Randy Travis Health Update; USA Today Premieres Pair of Country Covers; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 16th, 2013

  • Randy Travis is awake and recovering, but will remain in the hospital for at least another two to three weeks before transferring to another location for physical therapy, his doctors said in a video update.
  • Here’s a neat little piece on “music store matriarch” Barbara Clawson, the “most successful and prolific [artist] of the Corpus Christi 1960s country scene.”
  • Chuck Dauphin of The 615 chats with Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan about the duo’s new record, Dos Divas.
  • USA Today premiered a couple country tunes: Vince Gill and Paul Franklin’s take on Merle Haggard’s “Branded Man” and Neal McCoy and Darius Rucker’s version of “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’,” which will appear on McCoy’s PRIDE: A Tribute to Country Charley Pride, due out September 24.
  • Mandolin Orange have a new video for “Cavalry,” a song from their upcoming album, This Side of Jordan.
  • Robert Randolph talks about the steel guitar in this NPR piece. An excerpt: “Growing up as a kid in the church, you always wanted to be the pedal-steel guy…Because you were, you know, the main rock star.”
  • Dailey & Vincent’s July 18 “Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman” performance will be broadcast live on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction. (via press release)
  • The next season of CMT’s Concrete Country premieres tonight with a performance from Brian Davis. Future performers include Stoney LaRue, Nikki Lane, and Turnpike Troubadours.
  • Every artist in the history of music is playing AmericanaFest in September. Here are a few of this year’s showcase artistsAshley MonroeJD McPhersonMax GomezDelbert McClintonLaura CantrellThe McCrary SistersNora Jane StruthersRosanne CashSt. Paul & The Broken BonesShakey GravesThe Greencards, and Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien.
  • Taylor Swift’s writing for her next record, which she tells Rolling Stone won’t be a repeat of Red: “I never want to make the same record twice. Why do it? What’s the point? It’s so overwhelming that when you’re starting a project there are such endless possibilities if you’re willing to evolve and experiment. If you’re willing to become a different version of yourself, you can really go anywhere with it.” 
  • Moot Davis launched a fundraising campaign for his next album. He’ll be working with Kenny Vaughan once more, and the record promises “a wide spectrum of material from honky tonk to stomping, barn burning rock.”
  • Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett talks about his new alt-country album, All Hat and No Cattle, in an interview with Doug Wallen.
  • This week’s album releases (as always, thanks for purchasing through our affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you extra, but it helps us offset the server costs):

Doc Watson The Definitive Doc Watson

Alice Gerrard Bittersweet

Court Yard Hounds Amelita

Joey + Rory Inspired: Songs of Faith and Family

Nu-Blu – Ten

Jonas Friddle & The Majority Use Your Voice

Jason Cassidy Keep It Country

Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst Trouble

Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome Blue Side of Me

The Barn Birds (Jonathan Byrd & Chris Kokesh) The Barn Birds 

Zydeco Flames Fire Dance  

Various Artists A Road Leading Home: Songs by Dan Penn 

  1. Janice Brooks
    July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    A Road Leading Home-Wow Ted Roddy and the Hacienda Brothers on the same album as Brenda Lee and the Drifters

  2. Rick
    July 16, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    So who in the heck is Dan Penn? I was looking at the song titles and I didn’t recognize any of them! Hmmm…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Rhonda Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, Darius “Hootie” Rucker, Cassadee Pope, Thomas Rhett, Chris Janson (who has dang near become an Opry regular lately), and lone “Opry Legend” Jim Ed Brown. Grade: B+
    Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Maybe it’s easier for the Americana Festival to just mention who’s NOT going to be there! (lol) If I were heading to Nashville to see/hear one festival per year, I’d say the Americana version would hold far more interest for me than Fan Fair.

    Robert Randolph grew up in a church where the band had a steel guitar? Crikey, I was raised in the wrong kind of church! (lol)

  3. Barry Mazor
    July 16, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Not knowing who Dan Penn–one of the central figures in Muscle Shoals and Memphis music and Nashville’s, for years, is missing a lot. Not knowing such titles as “Dark End of the Street,” “Do Right Woman,” “I’m Your Puppet,” “I Cry LIke a Baby” and “A Woman Left Lonely,” just for a few, is to have a hell of a lot of major songs in American music of the past 40 years still awaiting you. Many of them started out as soul numbers; many have since been recorded in country as well. And he moved to Nashville. A major figure in music.

    As for Robert Randolph–he grew up in a large, impactful church that has produced multiple schools if “Sacred Steel” players, including a number of f the greatest of steel players alive now–also black–of our time, Sacred Steel is a traditional you could also learn something about. I can assure you that all of the country stele players know about it.

    These things are, in general, not news.

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