Revamped Ryman Alley Reopens; Brad Paisley Returns to the Studio; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 16th, 2012

  • John Rich is giving away a free download of his new song, “Whiskey Out Of Water Glasses.”
  • Rich produced Bradley Gaskin’s recent (out 4/10) self-titled EP that has his mid-level hit “Mr. Bartender” on it.
  • “Johnny and June” singer Heidi Newfield has signed with a new label called Sidewalk Records and will have new music coming soon.
  • Kenny Rogers is busy with a couple of new projects. Via press release: Kenny recently finished writing his autobiography.  If all goes as planned, the book will be released this October.  He is also beginning work on a brand new record this summer.  The release date is yet to be determined.
  • Check out this interesting video of Merle Haggard talking about his songwriting history at the new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit.
  • Bluegrass songstress Donna Ulisse just finished recording the Christmas album she told Engine 145 about in our interview with her several months ago.
  • Ryman Alley, the steps between the backstage of the Ryman Auditorium and Lower Broadway/Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge got a $400,000 remodel.
  • Paul Thorn talks about his upcoming album, What the Hell is Goin’ On?, in this interview on the Houston Press music blog.
  • Joey + Rory are opening up their farm to fans on Saturday, June 2, for their fourth annual Bib & Buckle Fest.
  • Country Music Tattletale has a schedule of some of the fanclub parties being held at the CMA Fest in Nashville this June.
  • Sugarland gave their depositions in the Indiana State Fair stage collapse case.
  • The sad one-year anniversary of the abduction of Whitney Duncan’s cousin, Holly Bobo, came this past weekend.
  • Music videos from the last week or so:

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver- “Country Store”

Josh Turner – “Time Is Love”

Hannah Mahoney – “Then and There”

Melody Nash – “Unbroken”

Viper Creek Band – “Tonight You Are Mine”

Chelsea Basham – “I Make My Own Sunshine”

Jim Lauderdale – “Iodine” (a new Robert Hunter song)

The Harmonators – “Perfect Storm”

Jimmy Rankin – “The Hurtin’ Part”

Bonnie Raitt – “Right Down the Line”

Kip Moore – “Hey Pretty Girl”

Two Man Gentleman Band – “Pork Chops”

  1. Rick
    April 16, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    I didn’t watch the ACM Awards Show on TV but I did listen through the Lionel Richie “goes country” concert which aired last Friday night on CBS. Most of the male country singers didn’t hold up well against Lionel in duets or singing his songs solo. Big and Rich on the closer “Brick House” were borderline horrid. On the other hand Kimberly Perry, Hillary Scott, and Sara Evans all did a fantastic job and actually redeemed the entire affair. I was especially thankful that Taylor Swift was not one of the participants…(lol)

    Well I’m glad Donna Ulisse finished her new album before this Christmas! At least we know it wasn’t a last minute rush job…(lol)

    I’m so glad The Hag stopped by the Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the CMHOF to talk a bit! I take back my calling him a twit recently, well until he starts talking politics again anyway…

    I think Tootsie’s itself could have used that $ 400K remodeling job more than the back alley. Is Lower Broadway next?

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    April 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Ken, thanks for the link to our Vern Gosdin coverage!

    I can only hope that Brad’s new music is a far cry from the horrid mess of songs like “Old Alabama” and “Camouflage.” Since the latter only managed to peak at #15, that should (but likely won’t) be an indicator that his formula is wearing thin. This is the least excited I’ve ever been about a new Brad Paisley album.

    I’ll also be checking out that Bradley Gaskin EP that somehow passed me by.

  3. Paul W Dennis
    April 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful interview with Haggard – the end of the interview hit me particularly hard since my Mom is in the throes of Alzheimers as well

  4. Rick
    April 16, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Just to prove I am not the only music lover who doesn’t care much for Obama, here’s a blurb from the Huffington Puffinton Compost Pile:

    “Rocker Ted Nugent came out strong for Mitt Romney at this weekend’s National Rifle Association convention, blasting the Obama administration as “wiping its ass with the Constitution” and demanding the audience rally the troops for the GOP candidate.

    In a video spotted by Right Wing Watch, Nugent doesn’t mince words when describing the sitting president’s administration, which he describes as “vile,” “evil” and “America-hating.”

    I truly appreciate Ted openly saying these honest truths about Obama, even if they are quite mild by my standards…(lol)

  5. Jon
    April 16, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    In the same series as the Lauderdale video is this, from the Infamous Stringdusters, featuring a song I wrote with fiddler/vocalist Jeremy Garrett: http://youtu.be/ByycPR9iot8 .

  6. Leeann Ward
    April 16, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Wow! I’m surprised that Rich produced the Gaskin EP. I just downloaded it and it’s pretty good, particularly “Satan Knew My Grandma Well.”

  7. luckyoldsun
    April 17, 2012 at 12:37 am

    “Rocker Ted Nugent came out strong for Mitt Romney at this weekend’s National Rifle Association convention, blasting the Obama administration as “wiping its ass with the Constitution” and demanding the audience rally the troops for the GOP candidate.

    I’ve seen and heard enough clips in recent years of Ted Nugent waving his gun around, screaming profanity, and threatening to shove it up the orifices of various politicians.

    I’m certainly eager to see if Romney accepts the endorsement!

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