Randy Travis Health Update; USA Today Premieres Pair of Country Covers; Album Releases
- 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.
- Check out the track listing and cover art for Steve Wariner’s It Ain’t All Bad (out September 10).
- 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.
- Balsam Range released a music video for “Papertown.”
- 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 artists: Ashley Monroe, JD McPherson, Max Gomez, Delbert McClinton, Laura Cantrell, The McCrary Sisters, Nora Jane Struthers, Rosanne Cash, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Shakey Graves, The 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.”
- Catlin Rose has an EP available for download on NoiseTrade.
- Singer-songwriter Brent Dennen’s “Wild Child” premiered on RollingStone.com.
- Foo Fighter Chris Shiflett talks about his new alt-country album, All Hat and No Cattle, in an interview with Doug Wallen.
- Popular Science takes a look at a paper (recently published in Frontiers in Emotion Science) written about a study that attempted to answer the question, “Why do we love listening to sad songs?”
- Twang Nation posted a new Hayes Carll song, “The Magic Kid.”
- 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
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.
- luckyoldsun: Maybe he was just changing out of his hunting clothes. At least he didn't do the full Randy...um Monty.