Randy Travis, Joe Nichols to Release Albums in October; Stream Stuart Duncan/Dolly Parton Collaboration; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | August 27th, 2013

  • Randy Travis will release Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am on October 1. On this album, he’ll look back at “songs and artists that were instrumental in crafting his musical career;” the track listing includes “Thanks a Lot,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” and “Someday We’ll Look Back.” (via press release)
  • Joe Nichols’ next album, Crickets, is coming out October 8.
  • USA Today premiered Stuart Duncan and Dolly Parton’s version of “Listen to the Mockingbird” from upcoming Civil War collection Divided & United.
  • English folk singer Louisa Jo Killen passed away at the age of 79 earlier this month. Born Louis Killen, Louisa Jo was a “bawdy, bearded pioneer of the 1950s British folk revival” who underwent sex reassignment surgery a few years ago.
  • Don’t forget that WSM is broadcasting Alan Jackson’s Station Inn show tonight. Might as well tune in, since you won’t get in to the club anyway: folks have been lining up since yesterday afternoon like it’s a new Star Wars.
  • Here’s Robbie Fulks’ “Long I Ride,” from his solid new album, Gone Away Backward.
  • Missy Werner’s recording a new album, working with not only her band, but folks like Sierra Hull and Megan McCormick.
  • Relix premiered a version of “Foggy Mountain Top” from Scranton string band Coal Town Rounders’ debut EP, Numero Uno.
  • Stream Over the Rhine’s forthcoming double album Meet Me at the Edge of the World
  • Larry Gatlin on today’s country artists: “People criticize the new artists sometimes, but I say ‘Wait a minute. You need to understand something. Ernest Tubb was different from Roy Acuff. Marty Robbins was different than Ernest Tubb. Ronnie Milsap was different from Marty. It doesn’t have to be exactly the same. I love the old traditional stuff, but let’s open our hearts and ears to these young people. Keith Urban was raised in Australia listening to country music, and he loves it. He honors it. Let’s don’t criticize because he rocks it up a little. That’s the way he feels it. I’m rooting for them.”
  • Speaking of Keith Urban, RollingStone.com posted a behind-the-scenes video about his new album, Fuse.
  • Brian T. Atkonson of CMT Edge interviewed Tim Easton.
  • At 9 p.m. Eastern, Drew Kennedy is hosting an online listening party for his new album, Wide Listener.
  • More than 100 winners were arrested at Country Fest on Friday.
  • Remember when Americana singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson was arrested after taking more than $500,000 from investors to “fund” a bogus charity album? He recently pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Anderson faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
  • Album releases (thanks for purchasing stuff through our affiliate links — it doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a small percentage that helps cover the server costs):

Robbie Fulks Gone Away Backward

Sam Baker Say Grace

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Lonely Comes Easy

The Coal Men Escalator

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys What a Dream It’s Been

Missy Raines & The New Hip New Frontier

Austin Lucas Reckless

Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 (1969-1971)

Alabama Alabama & Friends

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

The Rides – Can’t Get Enough

Foy Vance – Joy of Nothing

Taylor Faith Country Summer

The Defibulators Debt’ll Get ‘Em

Sundy Best – Door Without a Screen: Deluxe Edition

Carly Ritter – Carly Ritter

Lucy Ward – Single Flame

  1. Luckyoldsun
    August 27, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Seems just about every country artist releases a covers album (Sorry, B.M.)–surprising that it took Randy Travis this long to get around to it. (Not that he hasn’t recorded some big covers (Sorry again, Maze) in the past–like “It’s Just a Matter of Time” and “King of the Road.”)

    At least when Travis says songs like “Thanks A Lot” and “Saginaw,” were influential to him, we know it’s not just marketing–He’s actually telling the truth!

    I’ll buy this disc sight unseen–or track unheard.

  2. Rick
    August 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    I saw Carly Ritter open a show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop awhile back and she is really pretty and sweet. During her set she commented that it would mean a lot to her if people bought her EP CD at the merch table afterwards, so I did! (lol) It was emotional blackmail I tell you…

    Is Alan Jackson’s Station Inn gig tonight actually pre-empting the Opry broadcast on WSM? Crikey, that’s a first! Alan should have done this on a Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday to avoid such conflicts.

  3. Rick
    August 27, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    So I actually checked and Alan Jackson’s live concert show starts right at the same time the Opry ends at 9:30 PM Central Time! How’s that for a coincidence! (lol) Eddie Stubbs is even going to be the host, not surprising given Eddie’s bluegrass background…

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Del McCoury, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Easton Corbin, Charlie Worsham, Sara Haze, Diamond (can’t seem to stay on pitch) Rio, those Montgomery Gentry bozos, and Jim Ed Brown. Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

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