Ray Price’s Beauty Is Debuts at No. 22; Billy Hawks Leaves Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; Song Premieres

Juli Thanki | April 25th, 2014

  • 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.
  • Our pal Eric of Music Tomes posted an interview with Steve Goodson, one of the editors of The Hank Williams Reader.
  • 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.” 


  1. Janice Brooks
    April 25, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Also of interest on that Billboard chart, Johnny Cash at nr 4 and Rodney Crowell at 25.

  2. luckyoldsun
    April 25, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Johnny Cash’s is now four weeks in the top 5–for an album that would not have made the chart at all if it had been released back when it was made in the ’80s! Apparently, this album even went top 5 in the UK.

    I suspect that the sudden success of artists like Cash and Price is due as much to old fogeys being the only people who still buy albums as anything else, but it’s still fun to see.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    April 26, 2014 at 12:39 am

    The article on vox.com is interesting but leaves out one of the main knocks against digital sound – peoples ears hear analog, not digital. There is something artificial about digital recordings. I buy lots of CDs and have an extensive vinyl collection. Assuming the LP was pressed on decent quality vinyl (not always the case) I will usually prefer the sound of the vinyl recording

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