The Mavericks to Tape PBS Special; Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay to Release Duets Album in September; Della Mae Debuts New Video

Juli Thanki | July 31st, 2013

  • Singer-songwriter Nick Nixon (he co-wrote “The Teddy Bear Song” and many others) passed away yesterday afternoon.
  • George Jones’ gospel album, Amazing Grace, will be released September 10. Jones “recorded the gospel songs with producer Billy Sherrill in 2002 with the exception of one track, “Great Judgment Morning,” which was produced by Brian Ahern in 1994.”
  • Out September 17: Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay’s Before the World Was Made, an album of “modern country duets a la George Jones and Melba Montgomery.”
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin announced a string of North American tour dates.
  • Joey Allcorn is raising funds to help produce a commemorative compilation CD to benefit the Hank Williams Museum.
  • Amanda Shires is featured in the August issue of Texas Monthly.
  • Bluegrasser John Miller is fighting cancer and a couple of his pals have set up a fund to help offset the cost of treatment. Everyone who donates will be entered in a drawing to win an Eastman E10D guitar.
  • RIAA chairman Cary Sherman will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Americana Music Festival & Conference.
  • Check out a new tune from rootsy rockers Deer Tick. Dean Russell wrote a feature on the band and frontman John McCauley for WBUR’s The Artery.
  • David Bromberg takes on “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” Listen at RollingStone.com.
  • Chuck Dauphin reviewed Keith Urban’s Saturday night show for The 615.
  • Columbia Nashville has signed 26-year old Leah Turner. Turner’s first single, “Take the Keys,” will be released in early October.
  • Bassist Norman Putnam remembers Elvis Presley’s 1973 Stax sessions.

 

  1. Rick
    July 31, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    It’s another round for Opry vs. Music City Roots Wednesday! The Opry features Del McCoury, Kristen Kelly, Billy Dean, Restless Heart, Josh Thompson, Lauren Alaina, Connie Smith and John Conlee. Grade: B+
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html
    Music City Roots is having another “Bands You’ve Probably Never Heard Of!” night. The artists are Kansas Bible Company, Pine Hill Haints(?), Honey Island Swamp Band, and John and Jacob. Again the Opry takes the decision by a wide margin this week.

    It’s about time the lovebirds Brennen and Noel made a duets album! I’ve been suggesting it to them every time they’ve come to LA to perform over the last few years. I even recommended they change “Vacation in Lubbock” to “Honeymoon in Lubbock” and only got mean stares in response! (lol)

    I’m so glad to see Craig Shelburne has become a die hard Nicki Bluhm fan. Join the club Craig! Now he can keep me informed of her doings via CMT Edge. Go Nicki! (lol)

  2. Janice Brooks
    August 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Brennen and Noal were recording this album over Christmas last year.

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