Stuart, Shaver Plan Album Releases; John Fahey Biography Due in June; Trampled By Turtles Debut New Song

Juli Thanki | May 23rd, 2014

  • Billy Joe Shaver will release Long in the Tooth on Lightning Rod Records August 5. Give a listen to “Hard to be an Outlaw,” Shaver’s new duet with Willie Nelson, here.
  • On September 30, Marty Stuart is going to release the double album Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. As the title suggests, one disc will be full of honky tonk, the other will feature gospel. Listen to one of his new Saturday night songs, “Rough Around the Edges,” at The 615.
  • Paste premiered the title track to Trampled By Turtles’ forthcoming release, Wild Animals (out July 15).
  • George Strait is on the cover of the June issue of Texas Monthly.
  • Crystal Gayle tells Jewly Hight the story behind The Hair: “When I started recording, that was easy on the road. My sister Loretta would tell me, ‘Why don’t you cut your hair? Style it. Do something.’ … And I said, ‘Well, I can’t fix hair.’ And I definitely couldn’t afford someone to do it. It wasn’t something where I said, ‘OK, I’m gonna have long hair, and I’m gonna have people know me by long hair.’ It was just something that I could deal with.” 
  • CMT posted video of Amos Lee performing at last weekend’s Hangout Festival.
  • Golf & Guitars raised approximately $100,000 for charity on Monday and Tuesday night. Our pal C.M. Wilcox reviewed the “guitars” part of the event.
  • The New York Times looks at the overlap of country music and hip hop, which, according to Blake Shelton, is “the sound of money.”
  • Well, Tim McGraw’s new song is better than his last two or three singles, so that’s something.
  • If you’re near Los Angeles next month, you might want to check out the documentary Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound at the L.A. Film Fest.
  • Keith Urban sold 22,000 guitars during an appearance on the Home Shopping Network last week. That’ll keep the Kidman-Urban household in beauty products for approximately three months.
  • On June 24, Capitol will release a vinyl-only 25th anniversary edition of Bonnie Raitt’s Nick of Time. (via press release)
  • Steve Lowenthal wrote a biography of John Fahey that’ll be released next month.
  • On this date in 1981, Rosanne Cash netted her first No. 1 single.

  1. Dave D.
    May 23, 2014 at 10:51 am

    They need to update the Country Song or Celeb Memoir quiz. Jason Eady’s “Wishful Drinking” is most assuredly a country song, and a fine one at that.

  2. nm
    May 23, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    That NY Times article is hilarious. I mean it’s interesting enough about the current synthesis of country and hip-hop. But Caramanica seems to think that country music as dance music is an aberration that never existed before ’90s line dancing. He repeats this a couple of times, so it’s not just a slip of the keyboard. But does he think people in the day listened to honky-tonk and rockabilly sitting staidly in their seats? I’m having a hard time picturing that.

  3. Both Kinds of Music
    May 23, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Did anyone cover last night’s big opening party for Country: Portrait of an American Sound in L.A.?

  4. luckyoldsun
    May 24, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Funny, that Marty Stuart “Rough Around the Edges” cut sounds like it should be a Travis Tritt recording. One wonders why Tritt can’t seem to put an album out, while his old buddy Stuart has a new one every six months.

  5. bruce
    May 25, 2014 at 12:52 am

    Anything by Marty will be good. Tritt had a long battle with his most recent now-defunct record label but seems to finally be past that. He and Marty are supposed to put out a duet album later this year. They are both top-noch in my opinion.

  6. luckyoldsun
    May 25, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Seems weird that Tritt and Clint Black–who were top-line country superstars, on a par with Alan Jackson in the ’90s–have been unable to put out new music for close to a decade.
    Marty makes it look so easy!

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