Steve Moore Resigns as CMA CEO; Alejandro Escovedo, Langhorne Slim Premiere New Videos; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 2nd, 2013

  • Brenda Lee talks about being sampled by Kanye West and her days as spelling bee champ in this interview with CMT’s Craig Shelburne.
  • Ashley Monroe played “Hickory Wind” for American Songwriter. Watch here.
  • Danny Wells shares the story behind “Check Yes or No,” the George Strait hit Wells co-wrote with Dana Hunt Black.
  • Since this week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, Bluegrass Today’s Richard Thompson takes a look at the story-song “Three Days in July,” the Mark Simos/Jon Weisberger song recorded by The Infamous Stringdusters.  
  • Paste posted video of Alejandro Escovedo’s version of “It’s a Sin,” which was recorded for the recently released tribute album You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold.
  • There’s a Guy Clark sampler available for free download on NoiseTrade.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog posted Langhorne Slim’s new music video.
  • The Stratocaster Bob Dylan played at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival is heading to auction.
  • Stephen Deusner interviewed Crystal Bowersox, who’ll be playing Patsy Cline on Broadway later this year.
  • CMT Edge posted Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants’ version of “Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young” from their forthcoming album, All Hat and No Cattle, due out at the end of the month.
  • Drew Kennedy’s next album, Wide Listener, will be released on September 10. He posted the album art and track listing on his website.
  • Paste posted a new Rayland Baxter song.
  • Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine’s free July Trail Mix includes songs by Westbound Rangers, The Deadly Gentlemen, Mustered Courage, and Bhi Bhiman.
  • Brian T. Atkinson of CMT Edge interviewed ex-Belleville Outfit member Phoebe Hunt about her new solo album, Live at the Cactus Cafe.
  • On August 18, Richie Havens’ ashes will be scattered at Yasgur’s farm, which is now the site of The Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The venue will honor Havens with a “day of song and remembrance.”
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Travis Tritt for The 615.
  • The HillBenders pick a few favorite tunes for a Bluegrass Situation mixtape.
  • The Coen Brothers released a new trailer for Inside Llewyn Davis.
  • Stream Jonny Fritz and John McCauley’s soundtrack to Oxyana, a documentary about prescription drug abuse in Appalachia.
  • On July 30, Rounder Records will reissue George Thorogood & The Destroyers’ 1977 self-titled album as well as Move It on Over, which was released the following year.
  • This week’s album releases:

Brandy Clark Brandy Clark (out July 4)

Two Tons of Steel Unraveled

The Henningsens American Beautiful

Michael Martin Murphy Red River Drifter

Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours – Hillbilly Fever

The Browns Complete Pop and Country Hits

Jackson & Emmons – The Steel Guitar & Dobro Sounds of Shot Jackson and Buddy Emmons

Various Artists The Lone Ranger: Wanted (Music Inspired by the Film)

Various Artists – American Folk

  1. Rick
    July 2, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    I’ve seen Chris Shiflett perform at LA’s free Grand Ole Echo shows for the last couple of years and he does love his classic country music! I’ll be interested to hear what his album sounds like.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show features Darryl Worley, Larry Gatlin, Connie Smith, Billy Dean, Chris Janson, Gwen Sebastion, Jesse McReynolds, and Sarah Darling. Grade: B+

    Ashley Monroe used to like to sing “Hickory Wind” on the Grand Ole Opry back when her Satisfied album was first supposed to be released (circa 2007) and her label put a couple of singles out to radio. It’s nice to hear it again.

    It’s always good to see favorable print on Phoebe Hunt. Go Phoebe!

    That “Oxyana” soundtrack sounds just perfect for the next season on the FX series “Justified”! It’s a match made in hillbilly holler! (lol)

  2. Jack Williams
    July 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Loved those two Rounder records from George Thorogood. First time I ever heard of Rounder. Got Move It On Over shortly after it came out in 1978 after hearing some songs on New York rock station WNEW. Then picked up the first one shortly thereafter. Seminal records for me.

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    That Brandy Clark is tremendous. Absolutely tremendous. I’d recommend anyone with a pulse buying it.

    Has anyone had an opportunity to listen to the new Henningsens or Michael Martin Murphey albums? It seems like they’re both dropping without much fanfare involved.

  4. Grace
    July 3, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Totally agree with you Ken – best album I’ve heard in ages. Such variation in each song except for the running constant that each story is so vivid and delicately crafted.

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