Randy Travis Sued By Ex-Wife; Willie and Lukas Nelson Cover Pearl Jam; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 10th, 2012

  • Here’s Willie Nelson and son Lukas covering Pearl Jam’s “Just Breathe.” The song will be on Willie’s upcoming album, Heroes.
  • Bluegrass Today has some info on the upcoming Bill Monroe biopic, including the cast (Michael Shannon, Olivia Wilde, Ed Helms, and more), and the soundtrack, produced by T-Bone Burnett and Ronnie McCoury.
  • Keith Urban is donating the royalties from his song on the Act of Valor soundtrack to the Navy SEAL Foundation.
  • The CMT.com staff chose their ten favorite Sugarland songs.
  • Big & Rich are back in the saddle again, working on a new album to be recorded and released later this year.
  • Shawn Colvin’s upcoming, Buddy Miller-produced album, due out June 5, will feature Julie Miller, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Stuart Duncan, and more.
  • Buddy Melton is back onstage with Balsam Range after last month’s farm accident.
  • Gretchen Wilson will join 3 Doors Down and ZZ Top for their “Gang of Outlaws” tour this summer.
  • It’s gone viral, but in case you haven’t seen it, here’s a moving video about the way music can affect a person.
  • This week’s album releases:

Hoots & Hellmouth Salt

Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls (currently $5 on Amazon)

Nanci Griffith Intersection

Bonnie Raitt Slipstream

Steep Canyon Rangers Nobody Knows You

Jim Hanft Weddings or Funerals

Marty Raybon Southern Roots and Branches (Yesterday and Today)

Anthony Da Costa Secret Handshake

Jason Eady AM Country Heaven 

  1. Barry Mazor
    April 10, 2012 at 8:40 am

    The Bill and Earl choices could be pretty good, but, am I alone in finding Olivia Wilde as Bessie Lee Maudlin one of the great bits of possibly crowd-pleasing but non sequitur casting ever?…

  2. Saving Country Music
    April 10, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I need to write an article called “The Next Person To Call Themselves An Outlaw Gets A Gut Punch!” Three Doors Down? Please.

  3. Rick
    April 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I’m not surprised LA would name an intersection after commie boy Woody Guthrie. With a LaRaza re-conquista scumbag like Antonio Villar (his real name) as mayor of Mexico City Del Norte, its just a matter of time until Fidel Castro and Che Guevara get the same honor…

    I think that Olivia Wilde definitely expands the appeal of that Bill Monroe bio-pic to horny guys and House M.D. fans worldwide! I wonder if they considered the current House M.D. eye candy gal Odette Yustman-Annable as an alternative? Hmm… Its too bad that T-Bonehead Burnette is involved in the soundtrack as otherwise it might have been of interest. Oh well…

    It’s greate to see Gretchen Wilson will be touring with ZZ Top so she can earn some decent money again! Her old Chevy 4×4 probably needs some new 44’s and those things aren’t cheap! I don’t even know who “3 Doors Down” are and most likely don’t care regardless.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Gene Watson, the Del McCoury Band, the Black Lillies, Sarah Darling, Danny Gokey, and only 3 Opry regulars. Gene Watson alone is enough reason to tune in (for the final half hour segment anyway.)
    Grade: B+
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    PS – Caught Miss Willie Brown making a lot of noise on the stage at the Rammer Jammer bar in last night’s new episode of “Hart of Dixie”. Those gals sounded like a failed cross-breeding experiment between The Jane Dear Girls and Blackberry Smoke! Crikey! Thankfully you could only hear them for an extremely short duration.

  4. Jon
    April 10, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Good lord but that stuff gets tiresome.

  5. Donald
    April 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    Need to be a bit more specific, Jon; lots to choose from…

  6. luckyoldsun
    April 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    “I’m not surprised LA would name an intersection after commie boy Woody Guthrie.”

    I don’t know if you heard the news, Rick, but Woody’s in the Oklahoma Hall-of-Fame, and they’re honoring him in Tulsa. Maybe they want some of the “do-re-mi” that he can still bring in, or maybe they just like him.

  7. Jon
    April 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Actually, I think I was almost exactly as specific as necessary.

  8. Dana M
    April 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    The new Trampled By Turtles album was released today as well.

  9. Redd Dirt
    April 11, 2012 at 11:15 am

    This Land Is Your Land
    Words and Music by Woody Guthrie

    This land is your land This land is my land
    From California to the New York island;
    From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters
    This land was made for you and Me.

    As I was walking that ribbon of highway,
    I saw above me that endless skyway:
    I saw below me that golden valley:
    This land was made for you and me.

    I’ve roamed and rambled and I followed my footsteps
    To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts;
    And all around me a voice was sounding:
    This land was made for you and me.

    When the sun came shining, and I was strolling,
    And the wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling,
    As the fog was lifting a voice was chanting:
    This land was made for you and me.

    As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said “No Trespassing.”
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.

    In the shadow of the steeple I saw my people,
    By the relief office I seen my people;
    As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking
    Is this land made for you and me?

    Nobody living can ever stop me,
    As I go walking that freedom highway;
    Nobody living can ever make me turn back
    This land was made for you and me.

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