Shovels & Rope, Jason D. Williams Plan Summer Releases; CMT Music Awards Nominees Announced; New Album Releases
- Shovels & Rope will release their sophomore album, Swimmin’ Time, on August 26 via Dualtone Records. (via press release)
- Watch Kacey Musgraves sing “Follow Your Arrow” at the GLAAD Media Awards.
- The 615 reports that country singer Julia Sheer is a viral phenomenon thanks in part to YouTube’s Country Now channel; she’s got 450,000+ subscribers.
- A different kind of viral phenomenon, the cast of CMT’s Party Down South, announced the nominees for the 2014 CMT Music Awards yesterday. Except for one nomination – Willie Nelson and Neil Young’s “Long May You Run” is up for CMT Performance of the Year – there are no surprises. The awards show will be broadcast on June 4. Fans can vote for the winners here.
- Nominees for this year’s Americana Music Awards will be announced May 12. Elizabeth Cook, Buddy Miller, and Jim Lauderdale will host the hour-long program, which will be broadcast on SiriusXM’s Outlaw Country channel and streamed on Music City Roots. (via press release)
- Travelers: visit RecordShops.org and always know where the nearest record store is.
- Read an excerpt from Todd Snider’s book, I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like.
- Check out Hellbound Glory’s new video for “Streets of Aberdeen,” a song on their new record, LV (out next week).
- Langhorne Slim’s got a new video, too. Watch “Animal” here.
- John Fullbright’s “High Road” is streaming on Country Weekly’s site.
- Music City Roots celebrates its 200th show tomorrow.
- The documentary Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me won the grand jury prize at the Nashville Film Festival; director James Keach is working on a distribution deal that’ll hopefully bring the film to a theater near you.
- Here’s Nickel Creek playing “Destination.”
- Mary Sarah’s new album, Bridges, is streaming on USAToday.com before its May 13 release.
- Out June 10: piano pounder Jason D. Williams’ new, Dale Watson-produced album, Hillbillies and Holy Rollers. (via press release)
- Jewly Hight interviewed Willie Watson for The Nashville Scene.
- Bobby Osborne released another installment of his “Road to the Opry” video series.
- Band of Horses played a few for CMT Edge.
- The fifth “All 4 the Hall,” the benefit show spearheaded by Vince Gill and Keith Urban, is being held in Nashville tonight.
- Robby Hecht released a video for “The Light is Gone.”
- PopMatters premiered Collin Herring’s forthcoming record, Some Knives.
- Cole Swindell’s hometown uses quotation marks to hilarious effect.
- The Nashville Scene published a lengthy feature on Chuck Mead.
- This week’s album releases (if you dig the content on E145, we’d sure appreciate it if you’d purchase music through the below affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a small percentage that goes toward our server costs):
Willie Watson – Folk Singer, Vol. 1
Eden Brent – Jigsaw Heart
Ben and Ellen Harper – Childhood Home
Hunter Hayes – Storyline
Suzie Brown – Almost There
Grant Farm – Plowin’ Time
Craig Bickhardt – The More I Wonder
Cyndi Harvell – Heartache and Revolution
Matrimony – Montibello Memories
Kat Edmonson – Way Down Low
Nikki Lane – All or Nothin’
Leah Turner – Leah Turner
Flying Burrito Brothers – Devils in Disguise: 1971 Live Broadcast
Various Artists – All My Friends: Celebrating the Songs and Voice of Gregg Allman
Various Artists – The Music of Nashville, Season 2, Volume 2
- And a DVD:
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …