Sturgill Simpson’s Sophomore Album Due 5/13; Jean Shepard Working on Her Book; Infamous Stringdusters Release New Video

Juli Thanki | February 21st, 2014

  • Jean Shepard has been working for quite a while on a book called Down Through the Years. Fingers crossed it gets released sooner rather than later.
  • Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music will be released on May 13. Listen to “Living the Dream” and take a peek at the tracklisting (which includes a pretty sweet cover of one hit wonder When In Rome’s “The Promise”) here.
  • The Infamous Stringdusters released a video for “Let It Go,” the title track of their new album, which comes out April 1.
  • According to this infographic, Johnny Cash is the top-selling artist in the state of his birth, Arkansas, and Garth Brooks is Oklahoma’s best-selling act. Ohio, you’ve got some explaining to do.
  • O Brother band The Soggy Bottom Boys are reuniting for a free show (their first onstage performance) at the Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine Distillery in Gatlinburg on March 22.
  • Willie Nelson’s Luck, Texas ranch will host a daylong festival during SXSW. Shovels and Rope, John Fullbright, Sons of Fathers, and Shakey Graves are a few of the acts scheduled to perform.
  • From NPR: “Flaco Jimenez and the Legacy of Conjunto.”
  • David Nail’s tour bus was in an accident on the way to a show in Albany last week due to icy roads. Luckily nobody was injured and Darius Rucker was there to give Nail and his band a lift.
  • Colin Irwin of The Guardian writes that the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “seemed to symbolise a sea change not just for the awards, but the British folk scene itself.”
  • Can’t decide what to call your new, middling rootsy group? Use Farce the Music’s Genericana Band Name Generator and you can spend all that new free time sculpting your facial hair and buying vests.
  • Don’t get your hopes up for an Uncle Tupelo reunion. (Not that those hopes were particularly high to begin with.)
  • Phil Leadbetter’s got a new single.
  • A couple Nashville Scene features are worth your time: Jewly Hight’s look at Brad Paisley’s arena shows and Edd Hurt’s Hard Working Americans article.
  • Out April 8: Linda Ronstadt’s The Duets, a compilation that includes collaborations with Dolly Parton (“I Will Never Marry”), Emmylou Harris (“I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)”), Carl Jackson (“The New Partner Waltz”), Laurie Lewis (a previously unreleased version of “Pretty Bird”) and more. (via press release)
  1. TexasVet
    February 21, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “Ohio, you’ve got some explaining to do.”

    Connecticut has even more to explain!

  2. Daniel Mullins
    February 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Don’t blame all Ohioans.

    There’s some great artists who are Buckeyes:

    Harley Allen, Dan Auerbach, Bobby Bare, David Allan Coe, Earl Thomas Conley, Cowboy Copas, Jerry Douglas, Dave Grohl, The Isaacs, John Legend, Dean Martin, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Johnny Paycheck, Pure Prairie League, Trent Reznor, Roy Rogers, Connie Smith, Larry Sparks, and Dwight Yoakam.

    We tried…

    • Juli Thanki
      February 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Sure, but the graphic isn’t displaying the best artists from each state, just the best-selling.

  3. Daniel Mullins
    February 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Fact: ALL of those are better than Rascal Flatts.

  4. Andrew
    February 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Wyoming left blank? Apparently this guy has never heard of Chris LeDoux.

  5. bob
    February 21, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    @Andrew – Wyoming was not the only state left blank. The article explains that “Presumably the blanks are because those states just didn’t have any musicians who cracked the RIAA top 250, but still, the redditor in question could have done some research and picked some artists who are associated with their states”.

  6. nm
    February 21, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Is that gonna be the version of the Soggy Bottom Boys that has George Clooney in it? Because, if it is, I’m planning a small road trip….

  7. Chris
    February 21, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    That new Sturgill track is fantastic.

  8. Daniel Mullins
    February 22, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Oh, I know, Juli. I was just making sure people knew that Ohio has produced music a WHOLE lot better than Rascal Flatts. Haha.

    I was actually pretty surprised that John Legend didn’t beat out Rascal Flatts.

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