Willie Nelson, AKUS Announce Co-Headlining Tour; Montreal Gets Country Radio Station; New Music Videos
- Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas announced that they will co-headline a tour together beginning May 1 in Murray, Kentucky. Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, and The Devil Makes Three will join the tour for select dates.
- Garth Brooks graciously sent off Jay Leno on The Tonight Show with “The Dance” and “Friends in Low Places.”
- Congratulations go out to Devon Leger and the Hearth Music crew for putting out the first issue of quarterly digital roots music magazine KithFolk.
- Peter Cooper celebrates Ernest Tubb’s 100th birthday with a look at how a botched tonsillectomy changed the course of his career.
- The consolidation of country music radio continues with Blair Garner’s America’s Morning Show getting added to 19 more Cumulus stations.
- Lawmakers are pushing for John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to become West Virginia’s official state song.
- Alan Light of The New York Times interviewed Eric Church about new album The Outsiders. An excerpt: “We did not want this to be ‘Chief Part 2,’…We started this album with 121 songs, and there were eight or nine songs in there that absolutely would have been the biggest songs of our career. But we felt we’d already been there, or that they were themes other people had done, and we chose to make things different.”
- From Country Aircheck: ”Kenny Chesney has been named an honorary board member for the Building Conservation Trust, the national marine habitat program of the Coastal Conservation Association.”
- Show Dog-Universal Music artist Josh Thompson will release Turn It Up on April 1.
- Miranda Lambert joined George Strait onstage at his concert in San Diego late last week for duets of “How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls” and “Run.”
- Leftover Salmon’s self-titled 2004 album will be released digitally for the first time tomorrow.
- Lady Antebellum is beginning to work on their next album. Says Hillary Scott, “We’re going to explore what we’re not afraid to talk about, we’re not afraid to do production-wise…We’re not going to go too far left of the core of who we are, but I definitely think that we’re going to see where it’s going to take us, and we can always reel ourselves back in.”
- 2013 Australian Independent Artist of the Year Kristy Cox will be making her U.S. debut on February 18 with bluegrass album Living for the Moment.
- Taylor Swift graces the cover of the 75th Anniversary issue of Glamour.
- Texas artist Deryl Dodd fought off two guys who were mugging his friend and got a welt on the side of his head to prove it.
- Marty Raybon and Shenandoah are the spotlight artists this month over at My Kind of Country.
- Meet country-western band The Apple-Bottom Gang.
- The ladies of Danity Kane (a group formed on MTV reality series Making the Band) look to incorporate country music on their next album.
- Tommy Overstreet has released a new autobiography called A Road Less Traveled; Chuck Dauphin has the details over at The 615.
- A 1970 internal memo between Nixon’s staff states that they wanted the president to politically “neutralize” Johnny Cash during the singer’s visit to the White House.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
Del McCoury Band – “Streets of Baltimore”
Dean Miller – “’Til You Stop Getting Up”
Jon Pontrello & Pepper Proud – “Lou’s Got the Flu”
Jerrod Niemann – “Drink to That All Night”
The Barefoot Movement – “Sheepherder”
Noah Gundersen – “Ledges”
Possessed by Paul James – “Songs We Used to Sing”
Alison Krauss – “End of a Summer Storm”