Rockabilly Hall of Fame inductee B. Jeff Stone passed away Friday at the age of 75. Stone worked with Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson and Jim Ed Brown and headed bands called The Westernaires and The Newsboys. Listen to him sing “Everybody Rock” here.
Eurythmics’ lead man Dave Stewart is a busy dude. Not only is he out doing promotion on his new solo Americana album Blackbird Diaries, he’s just released a new music video with a new “all-genre” band called SuperHeavy. The band includes Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, A.R. Rahman and Damian Marley in addition to Stewart. “After a while everybody feels like experimenting, doing something different, and just playing,” Stewart said. “I just want to play. I saw that happen with the Wilburys in the beginning and SuperHeavy was the same. We were jamming in this huge room and experimenting with different music and cultures… just having a really good time doing it.”
The CMA Award nominations will be revealed in two different cities on Tuesday, September 6th. The Band Perry and Jake Owen will announce the finalists in five categories live on ABC’s “Good Morning America” from the GMA Studio in New York City’s Times Square and Jerrod Niemann and Thompson Square will announce the finalists in seven categories at the Ryman Auditorium that same morning.
The October 11th release of ZZ Top: A Tribute from Friends will include Jamey Johnson covering “La Grange.” He’ll join a cast of characters covering famous ZZ Top songs including Mick Fleetwood, Daughtry, Nickelback, Stephen Tyler, Grace Potter and Wyclef Jean.
Walmart’s weekend advertising circular promoted an exclusive on Lady Antebellum’s Own The Night album. Unfortunately, no such exclusive album exists. Oops.
Kathy Copas Hughes, daughter of legendary Opry star Cowboy Copas, performed with three other acts in a memorial concert dedicated to her father this last week. “We plan to do it again,” Mary Fulton of the Adams County Historical Society said. “In two years, it will be the 100th birthday of Cowboy Copas, and the 50th anniversary of the airplane crash (that claimed his life).”
Dan Huff has produced the forthcoming album from young Hunter Hayes. The self-titled album will hit on October 11 and includes his first hit single, “Storm Warning.”
Dave Berg, who has helped write hits for dozens of artist including Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Darius Rucker, and Jewel and has worked with artists ranging from Reba McEntire to Keith Urban, has a brand new independent album out called Not So Quite Alone.
Longtime bluegrass musician Peter Rowan is putting his 50-year career down in print.
Following just a few months after his 25th Anniversary album, Randy Travis has a new album of gospel hymns and songs coming out October 18th called Blessed Assurance. From the press release: “Blessed Assurance showcases 15 of his best recordings of cherish hymns of faith that have been a refuge for the artist throughout his long and successful career. A follow up to the best selling gospel compilation, I’ll Fly Away, Blessed Assurance will sooth the soul and lift the spirits of all those who listen.”
Glenn Frey of The Eagles announced at a show this past weekend that he’s finishing up a solo album called After Hours that will hit around Valentine’s Day. It will contain his interpretations of some his favorite songs spanning the decades from the twenties to the sixties.
The folks that put on an event in the historic Everett Theatre in Everett, Washington got their hand slapped by the Grand Ole Opry for utilizing a piece of the Opry’s logo and their name in a hootenanny they called “Legends of the Opry.”