Ray Price’s Beauty Is Debuts at No. 22; Billy Hawks Leaves Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; Song Premieres
- The Pittsburgh Banjo Club sounds both fun and heartwarming.
- Ray Price’s posthumous release, Beauty Is…, debuted at No. 22 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart, the best debut a Price album has had since 1981’s Town & Country. (via press release) (If you haven’t read David Cantwell’s review of the album, do it now.)
- But before you get too optimistic about country sales, be aware that Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It” has gone platinum.
- Bro-country singers have reclaimed the term “bro-country.”
- Dolly Parton is participating in a Q&A session on Twitter Sunday afternoon at 5 p.m. Eastern.
- Our pal Eric of Music Tomes posted an interview with Steve Goodson, one of the editors of The Hank Williams Reader.
- The third season of Troubadour, TX begins tomorrow.
- Fiddler Billy Hawks has left Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.
- Kelly Dearmore takes a look at the relationship between Texas’ many singer-songwriters and craft breweries.
- Stephen Deusner interviewed Black Prairie about their new album, Fortune.
- This is a pretty interesting article posted on Vox.com about how and why vinyl sounds different from CDs. An excerpt: On a theoretical level, there’s just no reason it should be the case that vinyl sounds better. There are built-in problems with using vinyl as a data encoding mechanisms that have no CD equivalent. Vinyl is physically limited by the fact that records have to be capable of being played without skipping or causing distortion. That both limits the dynamic range — the difference between the loudest and softest note — and the range of pitches (or “frequencies”) you can hear. If notes get too low in pitch, that means less audio can fit in a given amount of vinyl. If notes are too high, the stylus has difficulty tracking them, causing distortion. So engineers mastering for vinyl often cut back on extreme high or low ends, using a variety of methods, all of which alter the music.
- Here’s a handful of song premieres:
Jacob Thomas Jr. & Lily Costner covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.”
Neil Young’s version of “Needle of Death.”
Kelsey Waldon’s country ballad “The Goldmine,” the title track to her forthcoming record, which is due out in late June.
Walter Martin’s “Hey Sister” (featuring Kat Edmonson), from Martin’s folky kids’ album We’re All Young Together.”
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.