USA Today Premieres New Slaid Cleaves Song; Faith Hill, Sunday Night Football Split; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 16th, 2013

  • Keith Urban, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, and more are performing at the “All for the Hall” benefit concert in Nashville tonight.
  • NoiseTrade is offering music from Aoife O’Donovan  as well as an ATO Records sampler, which features tracks from Caitlin Rose, Old Crow Medicine Show, Brandi Carlile with Emmylou Harris, and more. 
  • Toby Keith will embark on another USO Tour later this month.
  • USA Today premiered the title track from Slaid Cleaves’ upcoming album, Still Fighting the War (due out in June). All proceeds from the download of the song will go to Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial relief for service members and their families.
  • Check out The Infamous Stringdusters’ new video for “Rockets.”
  • The 2013 Podunk Bluegrass Festival has been canceled. Organizers are now turning their attention towards the 2014 festival.
  • A man is in critical condition after being stabbed at the Country Thunder festival. Police have arrested a suspect.
  • This is a fine Q&A with Bruce Molsky.
  • The Hillbilly Killers (Bill Chambers, Catherine Britt, and Tim Rogers) have made a new album; they’re talking to record labels and “figuring out the nitty gritty” before the project gets released. In this article, Britt describes the sound as “Hank Williams meets Nick Cave.”
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors played “Good Light” at the CMT Studios. Watch here.
  • This week’s album releases:

Willie Nelson Let’s Face the Music and Dance

Steve Earle & The Dukes (And Duchesses) The Low Highway

Kim Richey Thorn in My Heart

Statesboro Revue Ramble on Privilege Creek

Granger Smith Dirt Road Driveway

Steel Wheels No More Rain

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line Carnival

Casey Donahew Band Standoff

Adam Klein Sky Blue DeVille

Jonny Fritz Dad Country

Iron and Wine Ghost on Ghost

Amy Speace How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat

Keith Walker Miles from You

JJ Grey & Mofro – This River

Various Artists Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

  1. nm
    April 16, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Juli, I understand that you’re giving away copies of one of those new releases. Which one is it, again?

  2. Rick
    April 16, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Gosh, article links on Aoife O’Donovan, Nora Jane Struthers, Catherine Britt, and Sara Watkins all in the same day! I think I’ve died and gone to Hillbilly (Killer) Heaven! (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Blackberry Smoke (WTH!), Mark Wills, The Greencards, Aaron Tippin, Chris Janson, Mandy Barnett, and Darius Rucker. Ummm, that’s an interesting combination. Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    It’s really nice that Texas supports it’s indigenous country and Americana music artists (like Jason Boland and the Stragglers) the way they do. It’s just a shame that so many of the artists aren’t totally worthy of such dedication. Oh well…

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