Unreleased Ralph Stanley Song Gets Record Store Day Treatment; Country Music Debate Leads to Hammer Attack; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 26th, 2012

  • The Eagles’ Joe Walsh is releasing his first solo album in two decades called Analog Man on June 5; it’s produced by Jeff Lynne. You can listen to the title track here.
  • Fellow Eagles member Glenn Frey talked with Rolling Stone about his May 8 album release of After Hours in addition to an Eagles DVD project.
  • From Dan Navarro: “At 5:13 pm Pacific time today, March 23, 2012, Eric Lowen peacefully ended his nine-year standoff with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), surrounded by family and awash in love, gratitude and beautiful music. We all appreciate the support and well wishes that have come his way these many years, and will always hold dear the shining example he was, and still is, to us all.” The duo of Lowen and Navarro put out 12 albums together and wrote a number of hits across several genres for other artists from Pat Benatar to The Temptations.
  • Gregg Allman has a new autobiography coming out May 1 called My Cross to Bear. You can check out a video interview with Allman here.
  • Former Hee Haw actor George “Goober” Lindsey suffered a stroke last week and has been recovering in ICU. (via William Lee Golden’s Facebook wall.)
  • Fans can pick their favorite version of Dolly Parton’s new roller coaster song for her new Dollywood attraction, The Wild Eagle.
  • Dolly Parton gave the Tennessean some info about her plans to write her life story as a musical.
  • Rolling Stone profiled the upcoming June release of Neil Young and Crazy Horse album Americana: “The emotions and scenarios behind these songs still resonate with what’s going on in the country today with equal, if not greater impact nearly 200 years later. The lyrics reflect the same concerns and are still remarkably meaningful to a society going through economic and cultural upheaval, especially during an election year. They are just as poignant and powerful today as the day they were written.”
  • Jim Harrington of the Oakland Tribune caught a Lady Antebellum concert and wasn’t impressed.
  • Chris Luquette has been named as a permanent member of bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen.
  • People Magazine’s cover story this week is all about Blake Shelton and Maroon 5’s Adam Levine’s bromance.
  • Kix Brooks has been sidelined by a burst vocal cord that will keep him off the stage for at least two weeks. Kix tweeted, “Doc asked if I ever got excited or yelled haha – doesn’t know me very well huh?” As a result of Kix’s vocal issues, his former duo partner Ronnie Dunn stepped in to perform in his place Friday night in Jacksonville, FL.

Shannon LaBrie – “I Remember a Boy” 

Lionel Richie & Shania Twain – “Endless Love” 

Busby Marou – “5 Rocks” 

Matraca Berg – “Dreaming Fields” 

Thomas Rhett – “Something To Do With My Hands” 

Josh Turner – “Time is Love” 

Shane Nicholson – “Whistling Cannonballs” 

Stephanie Jansen – “Risky” 

The Wolfe Brothers – “Wake Up”

Wade Bowen – “Saturday Night”

The Secret Sisters – “Tomorrow Will Be Kinder” (live on The Tonight Show)

Three Tall Pines – “Black Sunday Blues”

Chelsea Bain – “Rockin’ That Trailer” 

The Kentucky Waterfalls – “The Real Me” 

Landon Michael – “Might As Well Be Me” 

The White Buffalo – “Wish It Was True” 

Kingston (formerly The Carter Twins)“Someone” 

Gord Bamford – “Is It Friday Yet?” 

New Heir Bluegrass – “Illinois” 

  1. Jon
    March 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I caught Jim Harrington’s review of Lady Antebellum’s Oakland concert and wasn’t impressed.

  2. Rick
    March 26, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    What is going on here? I feel like I’m having a 60’s and 70’s rock and roll flashback! (lol) What do Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, Glenn Frye, Gregg Allman, and Neil Youung and Crazy Horse have to do with country music? I guess the Americana genre has so expanded its boundaries that nowadys it’s embraced vintage rock and roll as “roots” music! Talk about diluting the brand…

    Amy Dalley Online Concert Reminder! Remember Amy Dalley’s one hour duration online “CD Release Party” concert begings at 8 PM Nashville time tonight. So come on in, sit right down, and make yourself at home with Amy, her husband, and the rest of the band.
    Link: http://www.stickam.com/amydalley

    Its nice to see Katie Armiger has hooked up with a talented songwriter like Mac McAnally. Hopefully it will give her career a bit of real momentum, something its always lacked. Katie and her label must be growing weary of always being the bridessmaid at country radio. At least “Scream” made it to # 48 on the Mediabase singles chart.

    Gosh, Ralph Stanley’s album is being released as a 78 rpm vinyl record? Wow, that not only makes it unique, it also makes it unplayable to the vast majority of US citizens even including those with a turntable! That’s just crazy talk.

    Kudos to CMT for posting those Sierra Hull videos! Somehow I don’t think that Alison Bonaguro is the driving force here.

    Ken, you really should put a 1 to 5 star rating next to each of those new music videos so I know which ones to home in on! Remember, really pretty women in skimpy outfits earn an automatic 5 star rating! (lol)

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 26, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    The “brand,” Rick (which you can notice because it’s literally “branded” at the top of this page), is “A Roots Music Publication”.

    We are aware that you’d prefer that we never talk about things you don’t prefer, since from time to time you volunteer to mention it.

  4. Jon
    March 26, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Gosh, Ralph Stanley’s album is being released as a 78 rpm vinyl record?

    Gosh, it isn’t! They’re releasing a 78 rpm vinyl *single*. One song on one side, another on the other. They even give the two titles.

  5. Rick
    March 26, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    You guys should know by now that I don’t pay much attention to details big or small. I live by my motto “Details, Schmetials”. Picky, picky…

    I just received my copy of Chuck Mead’s “Back at the Quonset Hut” and Chuck’s vocals are just a bit too laid back and apathetic these days for my tastes. The production is also a bit thin, but that’s typical with most low budget indie recordings these days. Chuck really needs to stop taking that “I’m a tired, worn out singer” persona so seriously, and especially on weepers like “Apartment # 9″. On the other hand my pick of the litter is the duet with Jamey Johnson on “You Better Treat Your Man Right”. That track is definitely worth a buck for a legal download and highly recommended! Ricks’s Rating: 4 Stars (3.5 for the actual album, .5 brownie point for the nature of the project itself.)

  6. luckyoldsun
    March 27, 2012 at 1:39 am

    “Gosh, Ralph Stanley’s album is being released as a 78 rpm vinyl record? Wow, that not only makes it unique, it also makes it unplayable to the vast majority of US citizens even including those with a turntable! That’s just crazy talk.”

    Given that they are pressing 500 copies! of this single, it would appear that they are aiming it at that narrow minority of US citizens–or Legal Permanent Residents–who own multispeed turntables (or who simply want to own it)–and that they’re not all that concerned with what the vast majority are thinking.

  7. luckyoldsun
    March 27, 2012 at 1:45 am

    “As a result of Kix’s vocal issues, his former duo partner Ronnie Dunn stepped in to perform in his place Friday night in Jacksonville, FL.”

    I don’t know, but Kix and Ronnier are starting to sound like Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwartzenegger–(I saw in the paper last week that Maria and Arnold were seen having lunch together at an L.A. restaurant.)

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