Willie Nelson Announces New Album; “All 4 the Hall” Raises $600K; CMA Music Festival Adds Free Shows

Juli Thanki | May 7th, 2014

  • Willie Nelson will release Band of Brothers on June 17. The track listing includes nine new songs (including this one) and Willie’s versions of “Whenever You Come Around” and “The Git Go,” which will be a duet with Jamey Johnson.
  • Drew Kennedy is going to release a double live album on August 12. (via email)
  • Esquire.com posted a cut from Dave and Phil Alvin’s forthcoming Big Bill Broonzy tribute record.
  • St. Paul and the Broken Bones visited KEXP; watch the band’s performance here.
  • Joe Ely joined Bruce Springsteen onstage in Houston last night.
  • Brian Mansfield chats with Bill Anderson for this USA Today piece.
  • Our pal Eric of Music Tomes interviewed Ricky Stein, author of Sonobeat Records: Pioneering the Austin Sound in the ‘60s.
  • Cody Canada & The Departed have returned to the studio to work on an album that’ll be released later this year. (via press release)
  • Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris are working on a follow-up to Old Yellow Moon. Crowell’s also thinking about writing another book.
  • John A. Brown, who was convicted for murdering Stringbean and Estelle Akeman, appeared before the parole board late last month; Brown will find out about the board’s decision in October after he undergoes a psychological evaluation.
  • Nikki Lane lets Music Row have it with both barrels in this Paste feature. An excerpt: “Country, it’s presented as real people singing real songs to real people…It’s not. There’s literally like 30 people behind every decision that’s made in that entire industry. The thing I love about this alt country, or Americana, whatever this world is that me and all my buddies have gotten lumped into, it’s a bunch of characters writing songs. Just as Gary Briggs from New West says, we’re ‘living’ our songs. We wrote them about real shit that happened to us. No hypotheticals.”  
  • 100+ acts are slated to play free shows at the CMA Music Festival next month.

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