Randy Travis Discharged from Hospital; “Lost” Patty Griffin Album Due in October; Stream Cale Tyson, Amanda Shires Records

Juli Thanki | August 1st, 2013

  • Randy Travis was discharged from Baylor Heart Hospital yesterday and relocated to a physical therapy facility to continue his recovery. (via press release)
  • Patty Griffin’s 2000 “lost album,” Silver Bell, will be released October 8. From American Songwriter: “The all-original songs spent about 13 years in catalog limbo, due in large part to a change in ownership at A&M, and in that time both Top of the World’ and ‘Truth #2’ were covered (and made hits) by the Dixie Chicks on their 2002 album Home. (Natalie Maines kept up the homage, covering ‘Silver Bell’ on her solo debut.) Newly mixed by Glyn Johns, the 14-song collection was recorded in 2000 at Daniel Lanois’ Kingsway Studio with help from Doug Lancio on guitar, John Deaderick playing keys and Frank Swart handling bass. Emmylou Harris adds harmonies on ‘Truth #2.’”  
  • Music City Roots is coming to Nashville Public Television on September 13. Soon after that, it’ll air on public television stations around the country.
  • In September, Country Fried Rock is releasing a second compilation record to benefit Nuci’s Space, a non-profit that assists musicians struggling with depression and other mental health issues. Preorder here.
  • Stream Cale Tyson’s new EP, High on Lonesome, before its August 6 release date.
  • Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” now holds the record for the longest tenure atop the Hot Country Songs chart.
  • Brad Paisley was on Fallon the other night. Watch him sing a countrified version of Fallon’s “protest song,” “Balls in Your Mouth,” here.
  • Stream Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion’s Wassaic Way.
  • You’ll probably want to get in line now for Alan Jackson’s August 27 Station Inn gig.
  • Julie Roberts’ upcoming Sun Records release will feature guests Mickey Raphael, Buddy Miller, and Vince Gill.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Austin-based singer-songwriter Sara Hickman for CMT Edge.
  • Chuck Dauphin shines The 615’s spotlight on Joel Crouse.
  • Buddy Guy wants radio to play some more blues. I want a pet unicorn; some things just aren’t going to happen.
  • The 615 premiered the video for Brett Eldredge’s acoustic take on “Bring You Back,” the title track from his forthcoming debut.



  1. Rick
    August 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Music City Roots on Public Television eh? Hopefully there will be more stability than with the radio stations the show has been broadcast on in Nashville since they’re on station # 3 at this point. From WSM to “Hippie Radio” is not exactly what I’d call an upward trajectory! (lol)

    Sunny Sweeney News Update! Sunny’s recent message to her PledgeMusic subscribers:
    “Hey Yall!
    I am SOOOOO excited to actually get to be sharing this message with each of you! I started recording my third album yesterday!! It’s going great. We tracked 4 songs yesterday and are doing 4 more today. Next Wednesday, I will go back in and finish up the final songs. I start recording final vocals on Thursday. I love being in the studio with Luke Wooten as producer…The drummer is Sheryl Crow’s drummer, Fred, and he is a BAD ASS! There’s things he came up with that are just simply amazing! I can’t wait for y’all to hear this… Here’s some pictures of me in the studio from yesterday… Thanks for all the support! XOX
    Rick’s Comment: I just hope Sunny is heading back to her pure country roots rather than the more modern and rocking stuff on “Concrete”. Go Sunny!

    I just don’t think I could purchase that Country Fried Rock album as listening to it would likely cause me to get depressed…(lol)

    That Alan Jackson gig at The Station Inn is going to be mayhem unless they give out advance wristbands or tickets to limit admission. Does Alan have to pay for the traffic cops that will be needed out of his own pocket? Hmmm… (PS – The Wrights better be there with Alan on stage just to remind Nashvillians they’re still around.)

  2. BRUCE
    August 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I’m still trying to get my head around the Sun Records and Julie Roberts thing. I am not an insider so maybe others can enlighten me. It seems Sun is underachieving and Roberts overachieving. Of all the possibilites Sun could have had, I assume anyway, this one I can’t see as far as beneficial to them.

  3. Barry Mazor
    August 2, 2013 at 8:42 am

    The Sun/Julie thing is pretty much explained at the link below; there’s no particular reason the label imprint, as now constituted, has to look for new versions of exactly what they did 50+ years before. Any more than 1960 Jerry lee Lewis records had to be “like” 1953 Howlin’ Wolf records. Or a Columbia/Sony record now has to have much to do with a Columbia record from 1948. It’s a label–if one we didn’t expect to see reactivated.If the current owner wanted to see the imprint as reflecting a specific legacy or flavor, they could. Like a “new” VW Beetle update. But–whatever. Sun did so outright country records in its heyday after all, and pop.

  4. Barry Mazor
    August 2, 2013 at 8:42 am
  5. Leeann Ward
    August 2, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Great news about Randy Travis.

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