Stream New Rodney Crowell, Bobby Bare Jr. Albums; Eric Church Announces Tour Dates; Walmart to Cut CD Stock

Juli Thanki | April 9th, 2014

  • Stream Rodney Crowell’s fine new album, Tarpaper Sky, before its release next week. Bobby Bare Jr.’s record, Undefeated, is also streaming online.
  • Last week we reported news of Arthur Smith’s passing. Today The New York Times published his obituary.
  • Music City Roots is moving from the Loveless Café Barn to the Factory at Franklin.
  • Trisha Yearwood’s Brentwood home is for sale if you’ve got a couple million bucks to spare.
  • Dig roots rock? Download a free Dirty Guv’nahs sampler.
  • Eric Church will launch The Outsiders World Tour with special guest Dwight Yoakam in September. Brandy Clark, The Brothers Osborne, and Halestorm will open various dates. (via press release)
  • Billboard reports that, by May, Walmart (the largest retailer of CDs in the U.S.) will downsize the space it devotes to music by 40 percent and could also reduce the available music selection proportionately.
  • Check out Dave and Phil Alvin’s version of “Key to the Highway” from their forthcoming Big Bill Broonzy tribute album.
  • Daniel Lanois discusses Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball in this Paste article.
  • Willie Watson visited A Prairie Home Companion. Watch his performance of “Mexican Cowboy” here.
  • Out May 13 on Omnivore Records: Dave Van Ronk’s Live in Monterey. (via press release)
  • Joy Williams of The Civil Wars has started recording a solo album.
  • Luke Bryan was nominated in six Billboard Music Award categories. Read the full list of nominees here; the award show will be broadcast on ABC May 18.
  • Check out Ben and Ellen Harper’s “Altar of Love” from their new album, Childhood Home (out May 6).
  • Sierra Hull, perhaps in a medicated state, posted a photo of her recovery from the recent removal of her wisdom teeth. Clearly Hull’s genius isn’t restricted to the music realm, as she has MacGyvered a bra into an ice-pack holder.
  • Jeff Tweedy and the television show Portlandia poked fun at contemporary folk singers who haven’t lived the life they’re singing about.
  • PBS animated portions of a 1996 Johnny Cash interview.

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