Stream New Casey Driessen, Julie Roberts Albums; Black Friday Releases Announced; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Launch Tour

Juli Thanki | October 23rd, 2013

  • Leon Ashley passed away on October 20. He was 77. Robert K. Oermann writes that “Ashley made history in 1967 when he became the first person to have a No. 1 hit with a song he wrote, published and sang on his own record label. That song, ‘Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got),’ became a favorite also recorded by artists such as Marty Robbins, Claude King, Kenny Rogers, The Newbeats, Frankie Laine, Tom Jones, Hank Locklin, Tommy Collins, David Houston and Brook Benton.”
  • Stream Casey Driessen’s new record, The Singularity, at Relix.com. The Singularity is a pretty neat project, as every sound on the record was created through fiddle, voice, and looping. Be sure to listen to his carefully constructed take on “Billie Jean.”
  • Hail to the Chief, the new album from Swedish country rockers Bourbon Boys, is streaming at MSN.
  • And you can hear W.B. Givens’ new record, Locomotion, at The Boot.
  • Bill Duncan, two-time Blue Grass Boy and part of the West Virginia Boys, passed away October 19 at the age of 84.
  • Watch Trampled by Turtles play “Wait So Long” in a clip from their forthcoming live CD/DVD set.
  • Doug Davidson (Laurel River Line) passed away at the age of 45 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
  • Slaid Cleaves to Tricia Despres of The Chicago Sun-Times: “I just can’t stand that bigger-than-life, good ol’ boy kind of country music. It’s all pretty cheesy if you ask me. Whenever I accidently come across any nationally recognized music, it turns my stomach pretty much. All the videos are sexed up with people just trying to push buttons and get people all riled up. I have a friend who writes for a living in Nashville, and he tells me that last season it was all about banjos and now it’s all about tailgates and trucks. He tells me you got to hit those notes if you ever want to get your song cut. I mean, c’mon.” 
  • Former Infamous Stringduster Jesse Cobb will release his first solo album, Solitude, on November 12.
  • The Avett Brothers joined Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) for a cover of Pearl Jam’s “Footsteps” on Fallon.
  • This year’s Black Friday releases will include material recorded by Uncle Tupelo, Roy Orbison, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jason Isbell and John Paul White, Townes Van Zandt, and many others. Check out the full list on the Record Store Day site.
  • Clay Walker says he expects to release new music  in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Stephen Deusner interviewed Robin and Linda Williams for CMT Edge.
  • Here’s an interesting article on Gene Shay, who’s spent the past 50-some years as a Philly folk radio DJ.
  • Rounder Records’ co-founder Bill Nowlin discusses the new Woody Guthrie box set in this Huffington Post article.
  1. Rick
    October 23, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight show should be a good spot of fun with Robbie Fulks, The Wood Brothers, A.J. Croce (any relation to Jim?), Poor Old Shine, and the Shelf Dusters Union. I will admit a lot of these newer Americana acts do get pretty creative with their band names. If only the music they made was even half as interesting…
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    A Woody Guthrie box set getting coverage in the Huffington Puffington Compost Pile! I’m shocked! (lol) Hey, shouldn’t they change the name now that Arianna Huffington got booted out from the publication? Hmm…

    I wish some additional Robin and Linda Williams songs would be covered by Earl Thomas Conley and Emmylou Harris. Their chart topping cover of “We Believe in Happy Endings” back in the 1980’s was awesome.

    ABC’s “Nashville” is on tonight (isn’t it?) and I’m going to make it into a drinking game! Every time Juliette sneers at someone, or makes a smart aleck retort, I’m taking a swig of my Kevita Sparkling Probiotic Beverage! Yummmm (lol)

  2. bll
    October 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

    A J Croce is Jim Croce’s son, Rick.

  3. bob
    October 24, 2013 at 9:11 am

    I recently read a Croce bio, “I Got a Name, The Jim Croce Story” written by Jim’s wife Ingrid and her husband, Jimmy Rock. It was published in 2012 by Da Capo Press. September 20th was the 40th anniversary of Jim’s death at 30.

  4. Janice Brooks
    October 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Slaid Cleaves is the kind of guy that attracts me to Texas.

  5. TX Music Jim
    October 24, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Slaid moving from Maine to Texas many years ago was a great thing for Texas music, I love his writing. He has a very unique voice as well. Latest song “still fightin’ the war” is truly great and a portion of the money goes to the troops. Forgive me I forget which charity.

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