Stream Rhonda Vincent’s New Album; Kellie Pickler and Luke Bryan to Sing at All-Star Game; Zac Brown Band Gets Animated

Juli Thanki | July 6th, 2012

  • Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead) directed the new, animated Zac Brown Band video for their single “The Wind.”
  • Kix Brooks’ New to This Town will be released on September 11.
  • Kye Fleming (“Smoky Mountain Rain,” “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool”) is the next songwriter to take part in the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum’s “Poets & Prophets” series. She’ll do an interview and performance at the Hall on July 28.
  • Listen to four tracks from Smithsonian Folkways release Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection. The three-CD set is due out next week.
  • Peter Cooper celebrates Ringo Starr’s birthday by taking a look back at his Nashville album, Beaucoups of Blues.
  • Locally owned radio station KOKE-FM will debut Sunday, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The station will air “primarily Austin- and Texas-centric country music and featuring a roster of personalities who are well known to Central Texas listeners…The original KOKE — which saw those call letters disappear in 1987 — made a splash on the national radio scene in the early 1970s when it helped launch a format known as “progressive country” that featured an eclectic mix of country acts as well as other, noncountry performers. The playlist included songs from Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Gary P. Nunn, Kris Kristofferson, the Rolling Stones, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, among others.”
  • If you like alt-folkies like Sufjan Stevens or Iron & Wine, NoiseTrade is offering a free download of Heloise, the new album from singer-songwriter-steel guitarist Line of Sky, aka Mike Grigoni.
  • Chet Flippo on Andy Griffith’s legacy: “[The Andy Griffith Show] came along when small towns weren’t about pick-up trucks and babes and beer and bonfires but were a birthplace of and safe haven for true bedrock values. That was back when ‘values’ wasn’t just a political catchword and ‘true value’ wasn’t a hardware store. The Andy Griffith Show began and undoubtedly remains the most complete primer in how to live a decent and good and honorable life.”
  • Kellie Pickler and Luke Bryan will perform at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. The former is doing “God Bless America;” the latter is singing the national anthem.
  • Out this October: They’re Playing Our Song, the new album from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers. (via the JMMR newsletter)
  • Out this September: Carolyn Mark’s new album, The Queen of Vancouver Island. (via press release)
  • Phil Vassar received the 2012 Distinguished Virginian Award by the Virginia Association of Broadcasters. (via press release)
  • Toby Keith treated more than 500 Ford employees to a mini-concert at Ford’s Dearborn headquarters.
  • Davis Inman of American Songwriter profiled rootsy duo Shovels & Rope.
  • Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene wrote a feature on the late Susanna Clark.
  • This year, IBMA will debut the Momentum Awards, which “were envisioned as a way to recognize and encourage young people who are starting out their careers in bluegrass music, in a really spectacular, shooting star sort of way — both musicians and people working on the business side.”
  • Corey Smith’s “The Baseball Song” is American Songwriter’s Daily Discovery.
  • Jeff Place, head archivist of the Smithsonian’s Folklife Collection, singer-songwriter Elizabeth Mitchell, and more discuss Woody Guthrie’s legacy on NPR.


  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I streamed the new Austin-based KOKE FM station through their site,, for a few hours of Sunday. I can see myself listening to it a lot, actually. A half-hour playlist included Dwight Yoakam, Ryan Bingham, Big & Rich, Robert Earl Keen, Bellamy Brothers and Miranda Lambert.

  2. luckyoldsun
    July 8, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    “Kix Brooks’ New to This Town will be released on September 11….”

    The over/under for when the Brooks & Dunn reunion album and concerts will be announced is currently Feb. 15, 2013.

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