Ray Price Finishes New Album; Bentley, McBride Raise Money for Charity; James Reams Releases Bluegrass Documentary

Juli Thanki | July 24th, 2013

  • Ray Price has finished making an album. From his Facebook page: “I have, in fact, completed the CD I started working on in November, 2012. It is now in the hands of my Marketing People. I have to tell you that I am so pleased with the CD and I feel like it just may be the best collection of the most beautiful love songs that I have ever had the privilege of recording.” So far, there’s no release date or album title, but we’ll keep you posted.
  • Bluegrass band The Rigneys have been signed to Stephen Mougin’s Dark Shadow Records; the group’s next album, Double or Nothing, will be released on September 13. (via press release)
  • Dierks Bentley’s benefit concert for the families of the Arizona firefighters who died last month raised more than $475,000.
  • Earl Poole Ball was interviewed by CMT Edge’s Brian T. Atkinson.
  • James Reams’ documentary, Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass, has been released.
  • Due out September 24 on Tompkins Square Records: Caffe Lena: Music from America’s Legendary Coffeehouse 1967-2013, a three-disc set of unreleased live recordings by The Greenbriar Boys, Jean Ritchie, Jerry Jeff Walker, and 40+ other acts. Stream a trio of tracks from the new collection here.
  • Michael Hoinski of The New York Times wrote an article on Howard Rains and his new record, The Old Texas Fiddle. Rains is helping preserve a “distinctive form of fiddle music” that emerged in Texas in the mid-19th century.
  • Jennifer Nettles previewed a handful of songs from her forthcoming solo album, which was recorded with Rick Rubin. The record’s first single, “That Girl,” ships to radio next month.
  • Have $1500 and a desire for Bill Monroe’s eyes to follow you around your house, casting silent judgment on your life choices? Bid on this portrait of the Father of Bluegrass; proceeds will benefit the construction of the International Bluegrass Music Center in Owensboro, Kentucky.
  • Listen to “Darlene,” a bonus track from The Lumineers’ forthcoming deluxe edition of their self-titled breakout album.
  • The Martina McBride Breast Cancer Research Grant was awarded to Vanderbilt’s Ingram Cancer Center. The $40,000 grant was given through the T.J. Martell Foundation. (via press release)

 

  1. Rick
    July 24, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    It’s another Music City Roots vs. The Opry Wednesday!
    Tonight’s MCR features the above mentioned Claire Lynch, John Jorgenson with a Bluegrass Band(?), Daniel Ellsworth and the Great Lakes, Red June, and The Oh Hellos. MCR wins the goofy band name contest!
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows
    Tonight’s Opry features Charlie Daniels, Exile, Joel Crouse, The Willis Clan, Morgan Frazier, and Opry Legends John Conlee and Jeannie Seely.
    I think I’ll call this one a toss up…

    Gosh, the way Ray Price describes his new album it sounds like something you would expect from Daniel O’Donnell! (lol)

    That Caffe Lena live album sounds interesting. I hope Jerry Jeff Walker sang “Up Against the Wall You New York Mother”! (lol)

  2. BRUCE
    July 24, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I love New Country Rehab’s song. It is simply pleasant to my ears.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    July 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    If Ray’s “marketing people” hope to have him promote that album, I’d suggest that they fast-track it.

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