Watch Jason Isbell’s Austin City Limits Outtakes; New Country Fest Comes to Cincinnati; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | January 14th, 2014

  • “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” was inspired by a dog. Songwriter Richard Leigh explains in this video (in true country fashion, the dog dies at the end of Leigh’s story and it’s really sad).
  • Ralph Stanley’s show at the Old Town School of Folk Music was reviewed in The Chicago Tribune. (Just ignore the part where Stanley’s late brother is referred to as “Clarence.” Hopefully that’ll get fixed soon.)
  • Jim Lauderdale played “Throw My Bucket Down” for
  • Tim McGraw’s new single is just awful. It’s (appropriately) streaming on McGraw will kick off his Sundown Heaven Town 2014 Tour in May.
  • Check out a behind-the-scenes video of The Haden Triplets as they record their new album, which includes a fine version of “Single Girl, Married Girl.” (warning: autoplay)
  • Stream Tom Brousseau’s Grass Punks. It is neither bluegrass nor punk, but still worth a listen-through.
  • Korby Lenker will release a self-titled album on March 25. In other Lenker news, he recently filmed a video for the Department of Health & Human Services. (via press release)
  • The Buckle Up Music Festival is coming to Cincinnati in July. The festival’s website says it’ll be a three-day, six-stage bash on “the banks of the Ohio,” which is either a humorous nod to country music history or the result of murder ballad obliviousness.
  • CMT Edge posted a new Roosevelt Dime song.
  • Dauphin also spoke with Jennifer Nettles about her new record.
  • This week’s album releases (thanks for continuing to support E145 by purchasing your music through our affiliate links — it doesn’t cost you extra, but helps us keep the lights on):

Rosanne Cash The River and the Thread

Jennifer Nettles That Girl

Lone Justice This is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983

Mary Chapin Carpenter Songs From the Movie

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Give the People What They Want

Jon Pardi Write You a Song

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes

Blackie & The Rodeo Kings South

David Broza East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem

Fox & The Bird Darkest Hours

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sounds – Fine Rude Thing

  1. tncheesehead
    January 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    That Tim McGraw songs is awful…just awful…

  2. Luckyoldsun
    January 14, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I’m sure the McGraw record is great…for people who enjoy listening to that kind of product–And it will be even better when the accompanying video is released.

    And the guy operating the computer/auto-tuner seems very competent–I’ll bet that if McGraw were not available, he could have made the same record with whatever other singer happened to show up at the studio.

  3. fiddle?nope.macbookpro
    January 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Was a single musician involved in the creation of that Tim McGraw cut?!?

  4. Markus Meyer
    January 14, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    That new McGraw single sucks.

  5. Jonathan Pappalardo
    January 14, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    You KNOW a song sucks when Matt Bjorke gives it a negative review. If he can’t even muster a positive review, then hell has completely frozen over as far as quality music is concerned. As terrible as “Lookin’ for That Girl” truly is, I can’t help but feel it’s slightly better then the worst of the worst.

    I was listening to Sirius/XM’s The Highway this morning when “That’s How We Roll” by FGL and Luke Bryan came on. I decided to give it a chance, to see just how low country music can go. I turned it off the second I heard Tyler Hubbard mention Hank Williams (Jr I believe) and Drake in the same sentence. In lieu of being tortured any longer (not even 30 seconds in) I switched to Willie’s Roadhouse in time to hear “I’m The Only Hell My Mama Ever Raised” in its entirety. I’m forever grateful for Johnny Paycheck for saving the day.

  6. Jim Malec
    January 15, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    The Jennifer Nettles album is very wordy.

  7. Both Kinds of Music
    January 15, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Re: the Buckle Up Fest
    There’s another fest that Pee Wee Moore is putting together called The Great American Honkytonk Tent Revival, which is taking place Memorial Day Weekend in Huntsville, AL. Check it out:

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