Rounder Signs Shelby Lynne; Ronnie Fauss, Over the Rhine Announce New Albums; Jean Redpath Passes Away

Juli Thanki | August 22nd, 2014

  • Rounder Records has signed Shelby Lynne. The label will release a 15th anniversary edition of I Am Shelby Lynne (with bonus tracks and a concert DVD) on October 7. Yesterday, USA Today premiered a clip from that concert film. Lynne also recently completed a new album that is tentatively set for a release in early 2015.
  • Ronnie Fauss’ Built to Break will be released November 4.
  • Lee Ann Womack, Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley, Kacey Musgraves, and Hunter Hayes, among others, will perform at the ACM Honors on September 9 at the Ryman. This year’s honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Ronnie Milsap, Bob Beckham, Steve Buchanan, Kris Kristofferson, Buck Owens, Dean Dillon, Toby Keith, Paul Moore, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts.
  • On November 4, Over the Rhine will release a holiday album called Blood Oranges in the Snow; the record will include a cover of “If We Make It Through December” as well as originals that the duo describes as “Reality Christmas.” (via press release)
  • This Boston Globe article says that Sturgill Simpson and producer Dave Cobb have already started work on a follow-up album to Metamodern Sounds in Country Music and that they “hope to cut as many as three albums by next year.”
  • Scottish folksinger Jean Redpath passed away after a battle with cancer. She was 77. Redpath had been a regular on A Prairie Home Companion and had performed and lived with Bob Dylan and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. If you haven’t, check out her multiple Songs of Robert Burns albums.
  • Peter Cooper wrote a fine column on Ben Haggard.
  • Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker takes a look at “Country Music’s Taylor Swift Problem” now that the singer-songwriter has officially gone pop with her freakishly catchy new single: In a mix-and-match culture, it’s refreshing, and somewhat miraculous, that country music still exists as a genre and a radio format and a culture, able to nurture a promising teen-aged singer-songwriter with a knack for impossibly memorable love songs. A country music that can do that might also be a country music strong enough, and stubborn enough, to hear a surefire hit from one of the biggest pop stars in the world and tell her goodbye, for now. 
  • Hot Rize released a video for “Blue is Fallin’” from their forthcoming album When I’m Free, due out in late September.
  • A Kickstarter campaign has been launched to help fund Far Western, a documentary about Japan’s country/bluegrass music scene.
  • Check out a new song by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real.
  • Justin Townes Earle to If you say “I play country music,” you have to follow it up with real country music and whoo-whoo and all this shit. I made The Good Life. I went out on the road, and I did not like what I was saying. I’m never going to make two records the same. I haven’t yet, and I’m going to continue to change them. My first honky-tonk band was put together about six months before I made The Good Life. That was an “I want to do this” record. After I saw where that was taking me, it was not the direction I wanted to go in. I didn’t want that fan base. I didn’t want to play the Grand Ole Opry. I did once and I don’t want to ever again. Country is a very narrow thought. There’s no room to branch out on it. I’m a serious classic honky-tonk fan, and I believe you shouldn’t do anything to it. I moved into a more experimental mode of combining all the kinds of music I like into something a little more neutral. 
  1. A.B.
    August 22, 2014 at 10:19 am

    THREE new albums from Sturgill next year?! I’m excited for that!

  2. Jack Williams
    August 22, 2014 at 10:26 am

    I’m a little surprised to hear of Shelby Lynne signing with another label, even if it is Rounder. She had released her last few on her own Everso label. From watching a few interviews of her, that seemed to suit her. I would guiess that this wasn’t an easy decision.

  3. luckyoldsun
    August 22, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I’m not surprised.
    Artists who can’t get seem to get a satisfactory deal with a commercial label always say how much happier they are to be on their own label, where they can make the music they want, etc. But it usually strikes me as deliberate spin or self-delusion. (Remember Clint Black??)

    Maybe now, in the digital delivery age, it should be different, but an artist like Lynn has to be better off having a real label behind her.

  4. nm
    August 22, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Does anyone know whatever became of the album that Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer were going to do together?

  5. Jack
    August 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Not impressed by Justin Townes Earle’s low view of country music.

  6. luckyoldsun
    August 23, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Someone should do a feature on the current “next generation” sons-of-superstar country artists–Hank III, Shooter Jennings, Bobby Bare Jr., Dean Miller, Justin Earle, Lukas Nelson I don’t know if there’s some sort of common thread here.

  7. Leeann
    August 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I was disappointed to read JTE’s take on country music too. I agree with the part about current country music, but it seems that he’s hating on country music in general and if he isn’t, he didn’t do a good job of clarifying otherwise. I had a hard time with his harsh words regarding the Grand Ole Opry too. And his first album is my favorite of his, so it’s too bad he’s kind of disavowing it now, but I suppose that’s somewhat common of artists.

  8. Jack WIlliams
    August 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Well, he says he’s a classic honky tonk fan and apparently “had to” make a honky tonk album, but then didn’t want a fan base made up of honky tonk fans? Not sure about this “country is a narrow thought” idea, especially if you’re not a mainstream artist. Case in point: Jim Lauderdale.

  9. Leeann
    August 23, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    Yeah, I had a few problems with that JTE interview. He hated on The Opry, country music, his first album, country music fans (including honky tonk fans) and Nashville. It seemed like for a guy who has his own deamons, he thinks of himself as a pretty marally superior guy. For him to say that it’s bogus that it’s hard to stay sober on the road seems ridiculous, since he’s fallen off the wagon himself. I applaud him for getting clean, but he really doesn’t seem to have much compassion for others. At least it doesn’t come across that way in the interview.

  10. Paul W Dernnis
    August 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

    A new album from Hot RIze is always a good thing

    Enjoyed the Pat Green & Lyle Lovett duet. More please !

  11. bruce
    August 24, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Even though I do not follow JTE, can’t say I personally disagree with his comments.

  12. Leeann
    August 24, 2014 at 10:41 pm

    I think he generalized way too much, too black and white. He reminded me too much of Ryan Adams, who also seems like a jerk in interviews.

  13. Erik North
    August 25, 2014 at 10:10 am

    I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also have to agree with what he implies, which is that present-day Music Row does not present the widest variety of country music that it possibly can; and in many ways, it hasn’t done so for years.

    When just about all you can hear on country radio is this icky bro-country junk, which is really bad Southern rock with “hick-hop” accents and white-boy misogyny towards women, it seems to me it isn’t too terribly hard to generalize.

  14. Leeann
    August 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Yes, if he had said that, I’d be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand Ole Opry and honky tonk music, in his statements. That’s what I have a problem with. There may be some things that I don’t like about the choices of the Grand Ole Opry these days, but there’s still a lot to celebrate there and I have a problem with an artist who will be so openly disrespectful toward it. There’s still a lot of great music and moments happening there.

  15. Leeann
    August 25, 2014 at 11:44 am

    At any rate, I’ll still look forward to his next album, because I’m a fan of his music.

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