Stream Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison’s Cheater’s Game; New Lori McKenna Record Due in April; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 5th, 2013

  • On March 2, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will “present a special panel discussion, Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy, in memory of Country Music Hall of Fame member Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins and Randy Hughes, whose lives were lost in a plane crash a half century ago, and Jack Anglin, who died in a separate tragedy. Hosted by Eddie Stubbs, the panel features Charlie DickKathy Hughes, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard and Bobby Wright.”  (via press release)
  • February’s Blue Ridge Outdoors Trail Mix includes songs by Jimbo Mathus, Dustin Welch, The SteelDrivers, and others.
  • Stream Cheater’s Game, a fine new record from Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison.
  • Here’s an excellent Wall Street Journal article written by Marc Myers about the Billy Sherrill-Tammy Wynette classic, “Stand By Your Man.” An excerpt in which Hargus “Pig” Robbins discusses the recording session: “At the Quonset Hut, I played a Steinway Grand Model B. They put Tammy right behind me and the chorus further back, so her voice and theirs wrapped around me. The bass and drums were to my left and the guitar was on my right, with the pedal steel guitar a little farther away. I had been recording with Tammy for a couple of years by then, but I had no idea what she looked like. What came out through her lungs was enough to tell me what kind of soul she had—especially on that song’s chorus.” 
  • Rosanne Cash wrote and recorded a song called “Jim and George.” Proceeds from the song’s downloads go to St. Luke’s LGBT outreach programs.
  • Lori McKenna’s got a record coming out April 4.
  • Ashley Monroe played “Like a Rose,” “Weed Instead of Roses,” and “The Morning After” at the American Songwriter offices.
  • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice’s The Heart of a Song won Album of the Year honors at the SPBGMA Awards. Check out the list of winners here.
  • John Prine’s “Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow) is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
  • Reg Presley  of The Troggs passed away at the age of 71 after a battle with lung cancer.
  • The Boxcars just finished an album that will be released in the spring.
  • Doug Waterman of American Songwriter interviewed Matt Warren, one of the co-writers of Gary Allan’s hit, “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain).”
  • Chris Parton interviewed John Fullbright for CMT Edge.
  • Toby Keith announced dates for his Hammer Down Tour, which kicks off this summer. Kip Moore is the opening act.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Joan Osborne, who’s up for a Best Blues Album Grammy, for CMT Edge.
  • This week’s album releases:

SteelDrivers Hammer Down

Tim McGraw Two Lanes of Freedom

Chris Stamey Lovesick Blues

Mary Gauthier Live at Blue Rock

Wood & Wire Wood & Wire

Reed Turner Ghosts in the Attic

Holly Williams The Highway

Townes Van Zandt Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions and Demos 1971-1972

Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos  Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos

John Corbett Leaving Nothin’ Behind

Richard Thompson Electric

  1. Arlene
    February 5, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Interesting liner notes for Steeldrivers’ Hammer Down album…. And to celebrate its release, check out this 45 minute concert video recorded near the time when Reckless was issued:

  2. Leeann Ward
    February 5, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Yes, awesome job on the liner notes for the SteelDrivers album, Juli!

  3. Juli Thanki
    February 5, 2013 at 1:57 pm


  4. Scooter
    February 5, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    That Kelly and Bruce album sounds great

  5. Rick
    February 5, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I’m glad to read Sierra Hull is back in the studio. That gal is the next Alison Krauss I tell you…

    Hey Barry, it’s time to do an article on the tiny LA label Crest Records that was only around from about 1955 thru 1963. It was kind of like LA’s version of SUN Records except without all the talent and big hits! (lol) I do believe Glen Campbell got his start there though…

    Thanks for the Ashley Monroe live performance link. Good stuff!

    If both Bruce and Kelly had better singing voices that new album of theirs might be killer! Oh well…

  6. Jon
    February 6, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I’m sure your intent is to be complimentary, Rick, but not only is there no such thing as a “next Alison Krauss,” I’m confident that Sierra would prefer to be appreciated for her own, unique talents, which are manifold.

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