Randy Travis Releases George Jones Tribute Song; Julie Roberts Signs with Sun Records; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 10th, 2013

  • Julie Roberts announced that she has been signed to Sun Records, making her the first artist to release a new album for the label in almost three decades. The album will be called Good Wine and Bad Decisions and will be released this fall.
  • Randy Travis released a new song dedicated to George Jones. Listen to “Tonight I’m Playing Possum,” written by Keith Gattis and featuring Joe Nicholshere.
  • Carrie Underwood celebrated five years as a Grand Ole Opry member over the weekend.
  • Jett Williams did a short and sweet interview over at Nashville Gab regarding The Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams. Saving Country Music reviewed the film, writing, “Though The Last Ride makes some headway in helping to cover the Hank Williams storyline, and specifically his final days, it leaves the viewer a little wanting, while that one definitive film that rises to the mystique of Hank Williams himself remains elusive.”
  • Chuck Dauphin featured The Roys at Billboard.com and included a video of the duo talking about their latest album, Gypsy Runaway Train.
  • Chris Parton reviewed the CMA Musical Festival for CMT.
  • Ron Block’s new album, Walking Song, is coming out at the end of July on Rounder Records.
  • You can buy Elvis Presley’s gold piano on eBay.
  • Ralph Stanley’s Labor Day bluegrass festival will return in 2014.
  • A reminder to IBMA members:  don’t forget to fill out your first round ballots; they’re due this afternoon.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Granger Smith“Silverado Bench Seat”

David DiMuzio“I Don’t Want to Do Anything Else”

Tim Hicks“Hell Raisin’ Good Time”

Taylor Swift“Everything Has Changed”

Carrie Underwood“See You Again”

Trace Adkins and Colbie Caillat“Watch the World End”

Florida Georgia Line“Round Here”

The Lockets“Stepping Stone”

The Defibulators “Cackalacky”

Mavis Staples “I Like the Things About Me”


  1. Baron Lane
    June 10, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Great news re: Julie Roberts. Love her work and voice.

  2. Janice Brooks
    June 10, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Slaid Cleaves has a gretat tribute to Don Walser on this album.

  3. Bruce
    June 10, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Gotta admit I like Randy’s song with Joe Nichols.

  4. Rick
    June 10, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    What is it with Father’s Day Weekend? Here in the Los Angeles area we rarely have decent outdoor country music/Americana festivals excluding the overblown Stagecoach debacle. This coming weekend there is the only decent sized annual bluegrass festival in the southland named the Huck Finn Festival in Ontario featuring Rick Skaggs, Michael Cleveland and other notables. This same weekend is the new charitable fundraising Oakheart Festival in Thousand Oaks featuring Tracy Lawrence. Also this coming weekend is the Live Oak Festival near Santa Barbara featuring Robert Earl Keen and Jerry Douglas among others. Then for the rest of the summer there is nothing! Talk about feast or famine around these parts! Crikey mate!

    Rick’s quick concert reviews: 1.) Thom Bresh: Loved it! Hearing Thom sing and play Merle Travis songs is as good as it gets! I get to see him again on Friday night! Yee Haw!, 2.) The Living Sisters: Wacky stage banter and interesting harmonies. Entertaining but not exceptional., 3.) Pat Donohue: Says he loves to play his own gigs where he can relax and get sloppy unlike on APHC! (lol) His home brew comedy songs are hard to beat. Great stuff., 4.) Rich Mahan at the Grand Ole Echo. I’d never heard of this guy before but his music is really catchy. Thumbs up!…Well, that’s it!

    Julie Roberts on the SUN label! Blimey! I’d bet Sam Phillips is spinning in his grave at 45 RPM! (lol)

  5. BRUCE
    June 10, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    The times I have heard Julie Roberts live (although not in person) I was less than impressed.

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