Stream New Big Sandy, Avett Brothers Songs; Missy Raines’ Next Album Out 8/27; Pokey LaFarge on Boardwalk Empire Soundtrack

Juli Thanki | August 8th, 2013

  • Vince Gill on Bakersfield legends: “Merle’s acceptance and positive assessment of this album means everything to us. The most important thing is to have Merle know how much I respect him. I’ve known him, and I knew Buck, for a long time. To know your heroes is very sweet. I remember being awestruck when I did ‘Hee Haw’ in the 1980s and got to meet Buck for the first time. I’ve been awestruck every time I’ve been in the presence of either one of them. No matter what I have achieved, that reverence will always continue. I still very much feel like their student.”
  • The Avett Brothers will release their next album, Magpie and the Dandelion, October 15. Listen to the record’s first single, “Another is Waiting,” at NPR.
  • Pokey LaFarge, Neko Case, and Elvis Costello all have songs on the new Boardwalk Empire soundtrack. Listen to Costello’s take on “It Had to Be You” here.
  • Chuck Dauphin shines The 615’s spotlight on Erin Enderlin (“Last Call,” “Monday Morning Church), whose new EP comes out next week.
  • Justin Moore’s new album, out next month, includes a duet with Miranda Lambert.
  • CMT Edge premiered Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys’ “What a Dream It’s Been,” the title track of the band’s upcoming album celebrating their 25th anniversary.
  • Mike Stinson to the Houston Chronicle: “I don’t feel like I owe country music anything…No one loves it more than I do. And I made three albums of straight country. But the country-music world never embraced me. I was never invited to the party or invited to participate in anything. So I’m out here on my own and I’m happy with that.” 
  • The next Missy Raines & The New Hip album, New Frontier, will be released August 27. Guests include Sam Bush and Farewell Drifter Zach Bevill.
  • Here’s an excellent piece on JJ Grey written by Ted Scheinman for the Oxford American.
  • Carrie Underwood’s Blown Away Tour is thoroughly covered in this Billboard feature.
  • Listen to a version of “Pretty Saro” Bob Dylan recorded in 1970. It’ll be on Another Self Portrait, due out in three weeks.
  1. Dave D.
    August 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Good Mike Stinson article, thanks for linking it.

  2. Janice Brooks
    August 8, 2013 at 10:15 am

    I’ve been following Rodney Hayden for almost 10 years. Saw him at the Broken Spoke in 2005.

  3. Juli Thanki
    August 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm
  4. TX Music Jim
    August 8, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    RIP Cowboy A true Legend !

  5. Rick
    August 8, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of the passing of Cowboy Jack Clement. I know its a cliche, but in his case they truly don’t make ‘em like that any more. R.I.P. Cowboy Jack.

    Did Vince Gill really think Merle was ever going to say “You know Vince, this Bakersfield Sound tribute album of yours is sh*t!”? (lol)

    Was Mike Stinson expecting the “country music world” to accept him when he was out in Los Angeles?
    The last time anyone hit big nationally from the SoCal scene was Dwight Yoakam back in the late 1980’s. Mike also needs to realize the “country music world” has been shunning traditional country music for the last twenty years, so he shouldn’t take it personally! That being said I am looking forward to seeing him perform in LA later this month at the Echoplex. Go Mike!

    If Elvis Costello were actually able to sing, think of the career he might have had!…(lol)

  6. Paul W Dennis
    August 8, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    The Billboard list of Reba’s biggest songs is badly skewed because most of her best songs occurred during the years when Billboard was spinning their charts to produce a new #1 every week – usually 47 to 51 #1 records per year.

    A single could sell several million records and still only get one week at #1 (such as John ANderson’s 1983 hit “Swingin’ “)- in fact most of the records that got a second week at #1 were the records that were #1 during the next-to-the-last week of the year. Billboard did not have a week 52 chart so whatever record was #1 in week 51 was also #1 in week 52

  7. Paul W Dennis
    August 8, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Sorry to read about the passing of Jack Clements – it would be impossible to overstate his contributions to the industry. I think he only released two albums of himslf as a performer (at least that’s all I’ve ever found) but both of them were quirky but surprisingly engaging albums


  8. Luckyoldsun
    August 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    What’s the deal with John Anderson’s “Swingin'”?
    I wasn’t into country (other than Johnny Cash) in 1982 and I don’t think I ever even heard the song, at the time–seems to me, it never broke into the mainstream culture. I read that it was one of the biggest selling country singles ever, but according to the RIAA website, it’s only been certified gold–not platinum–which means sales of 500,000.

  9. Paul W Dennis
    August 11, 2013 at 1:17 am

    “Swingin'” got a lot of pop airplay, especially in the south where it reached the top twenty in many markets. It definitely broke into mainstream culture.

    More to the point, under a more honest chart system, it would have been #1 for multiple weeks, which was the point I was making about Reba – none of her really great records got to spend more than one week at #1 since Billboard was busy ensuring a new #1 virtually every week

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