USPS to Unveil Johnny Cash Stamp 6/5; Charlie Worsham Plans August Album Release; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 3rd, 2013

  • The Tennessean posted a feature with some great video of last week’s grand opening of the Johnny Cash Museum in downtown Nashville.
  • On Wednesday, the U.S. Postal Service will unveil the new Johnny Cash stamp at the Ryman.
  • Nashville’s Gruhn Guitars, a store that had spent 43 years down on Broadway, is moving to a new location on 8th Avenue. The store’s last day on Broadway is June 8, and the new location is scheduled to open June 15.
  • Can you tell the difference between country music lyrics and Justin Bieber lyrics? Take the quiz.
  • Joey+Rory have partnered with Crosley Radio; the company will sponsor the duo’s new radio show, scheduled to debut this Saturday on WSM. The “Joey+Rory Radio Show” will be the weekly lead-in to the Opry broadcast.
  • Madonna inspired Keith Urban’s new single, “Little Bit of Everything.”
  • A new Nashville label called Red River Entertainment launched and their first three projects will be compilation album Live From the Archives of 650 AM WSM–Vol. 1, Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis’ new album Dos Divas (7/23), and Michael Martin Murphey’s Red River Drifter (7/9).
  • Check out this phenomenally cool video of Josh Turner sharing the Opry stage with Logan Blade, an autistic musician.
  • Carrie Underwood will be releasing a new concert DVD in August.
  • Trace Adkins thinks that he may be at the end of his radio run: “I’m a realist. I look at this career that I’ve had, and it’s been fantastic. It’s been more than I ever could have dreamed or hoped for or wished for. And I may be getting to the end of my competitive run at radio. You what I’m sayin’? And this may be it. … If they play this one, maybe I’ll stick around a little while.”  He also reveals that he’ll have a Christmas album out in the fall.
  • On the heels of Blake Shelton’s benefit concert for the victims of last month’s tornados in Moore, Oklahoma, Ronnie Dunn, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks look to be cooking up one of their own.
  • Stephen Barker Liles of Love and Theft got engaged.
  • Travis Tritt has released “Why Me, Lord?,” the Kris Kristofferson song he performed at George Jones’ memorial service, as a single.
  • Bluegrass Hall of Fame mandolin player Lyle Miller passed away at the age of 96.
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Casey Donahew Band“Whiskey Baby”

Adrianna Freeman“Just a Girl”

LeAnn Rimes “Spitfire” and “What Have I Done”

Little Big Town“Your Side of the Bed”

John Fogerty“Mystic Highway”

Maggie Rose “Better”

Rosehill“Did You Ever Turn Around”

Angie Johnson“Sing for You”

Katie Brianna“Oh Night”

Bobby Wills“If It Was That Easy”

Baylou“Novocaine”

Zoe Louisa“Wiping My Hands Clean”

Pokey LaFarge “Central Time”

 

  1. time
    June 3, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Advice to “Bobby Wills”. Pick a different name. That one’s been taken.

  2. Matt
    June 3, 2013 at 10:25 am

    What’s a stamp?

  3. B
    June 3, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Staying relevant. That is what I see about Joey & Rory. Making an impact using alternate means other than typical radio airplay.

    An even better example is Marty Stuart. Far past radio’s airplay, he has maintained a relevancy by several means including his television show.

    I think that artists will need to continually explore these methods as the playlists at radio become increasingly smaller and new songs by established artists are not played as well.

    Trace Adkin’s recent comments about accepting the fact when your time in the sun has past were very pertinent. He is another artist that seems to be able to stay relevant after radio and album sales decline. At least thus far.

  4. Bruce
    June 3, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Sorry but the B is me – Bruce

  5. Barry Mazor
    June 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    I think you’re making good points, Bruce…And they’re especially relevant when the limited mainstream radio charts are not the be-all and end-all of “this is country music’ and “How do I have a career?” any more. Artists like the ones you’ve mentioned (And a Vince Gill, too, I';d say) seem more than comfortable about the freedom the post-“Make Me a #1″ life gives them–freedom to focus on whatever they care to to, and to see how far they cantake that.

  6. Michael A.
    June 3, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Anybody heard Rimes’ new album, released tomorrow? I’ve read a lot about it, but haven’t seen any actual reviews. I liked the couple of songs that have been released, but I’m curious about the rest of the content.

  7. Leeann Ward
    June 3, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Yes, I agree with you, Barry and Bruce. Unfortunately, from the interview, Trace’s way of accepting it is that he seems to be thinking about walking away from music to do other things rather than finding other ways to make himself relevant within music.

    Michael, I haven’t heard the album, but the Amazon clips sound really promising.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    June 3, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    LW–
    Adkins has never been a “musician” or a “singer” in the sense of a Willie Nelson or a Vince Gill. He’s a “personality”–a la Jimmy Dean, in a prior era. If he has a legitimate shot at making it as a TV star, I don’t see anything unfortunate about that.

    Heck, I can think of a bunch of Adkins’ contemporaries–who were more accomplished singers–who would probably damn near kill to be where he is. (Mark Chesnutt, Clint Black, Travis Tritt….)

  9. Leeann Ward
    June 3, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    I disagree. I think Adkins is quite a good singer; it’s just most of his songs that fall short of his talent, though he’s had plenty of good songs worthy of it too.

  10. BRUCE
    June 3, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    @ Barry – And I might add that they make better music when they reach the post-chart days.

  11. Barry Mazor
    June 4, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Interesting that a young ambitious artist like Charlie Worsham (album out in August) chooses to do a cut (“Tools of the Trade’) with both Marty and Vince. It tells us things about how he sees where he fits–and I’m sure that it’s meant to.

  12. A.B.
    June 4, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    @Barry – I think Marty is one of Charlie’s favorite artists. Charlie’s ‘follow your heart’ tattoo on his wrist is in Marty’s handwriting from an autograph to Charlie.

  13. Luckyoldsun
    June 4, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    A.B.
    Sounds like Charlie may be taking this favorite thing a bit too far.

    [I never heard of the guy before. First, I thought you were saying he was getting Marty Robbins’ race car tattooed on his arm. Now that would be cool.)

  14. Barry Mazor
    June 4, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Worsham’s first single/video from the oncoming album ( traditionalist but modern) is up here:

    http://www.charlieworsham.com

  15. A.B.
    June 4, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    @LuckyOldSun That would be cool!

    I don’t know. The way Charlie goes places & shows it off with a picture is a neat way. https://www.facebook.com/#!/media/set/?set=a.10150210287540699.337162.220707320698&type=3

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