Willie Nelson’s Heroes Drops May 15; Reba’s GAC Concert Special Premieres Tomorrow; Bluegrass Meets Big Band

Juli Thanki | March 16th, 2012

  • Heroes, Willie Nelson’s first album for Legacy, will be released on May 15. Snoop Dogg, Lukas Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson, and Micah Nelson all appear on the record.
  • This week, Amazon offered albums by Lady Antebellum and others for 25 cents. Chet Flippo talks about the ramifications in his newest Nashville Skyline column.
  • Reba’s concert special All the Women I Am is premiering on GAC tomorrow night.
  • The Eli Young Band is headed on their first overseas tour; they’ll be opening shows in Australia for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
  • Toby Keith is on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight.
  • Jake Owen’s “Alone with You” has gone gold.
  • Check out Marvin Etzioni’s (Lone Justice) duet with Lucinda Williams from Etzioni’s upcoming album Marvin Country.
  • Eric Church is suing vendors who are selling knockoff merch.
  • Kellie Pickler played a few tunes for Ram Country. Watch the clips here.
  • Lee Brice will cohost the fourth hour of the Today show on March 20.
  • Elizabeth Cook’s father, Tom, passed away yesterday. Tom was a frequent fixture at Elizabeth’s shows. Here’s a video of the two of them singing “Rest Your Weary Mind.”

  1. Jon
    March 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Good for Eric Church.

  2. Rick
    March 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Elizabeth Cook’s father. Who’s going to handle her merchandise business now? My condolences to the family and especially Elizabeth who really loved her Dad.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Casey James, Sarah Darling, Mark Wills, Will Hoge, Vince Gill and Connie Smith. Grade: B
    The Saturday Night Opry features: Connie Smith, Kellie Pickler, Andy Gibson, Vince Gill and The Black Lillies. Also Grade: B
    Opry Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    I really like the list of additional artists contributing to Willie’s latest album! It’s too bad Willie waited until his voice was so far past its prime to do this project. Oh well…

    I think 25 cents is about what a lot of modern pop-rock country schlock albums are worth these days. Truth is I wouldn’t listen to most of them even if they were offered for free.

  3. luckyoldsun
    March 17, 2012 at 3:42 am

    “Snoop Dogg, Lukas Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson, and Micah Nelson all appear on the record.”

    No doubt next up will be the Haggard/Snoop Dogg project. Merle definitely seems to have moved toward the ironic–hipster view of “Okie (We don’t smoke marijuana in) Muskogee” in recent years!

  4. Leeann Ward
    March 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

    I do enjoy Snoop’s “My Medicine”, so I’m interested to hear what he does with Willie.

  5. nm
    March 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Leeann, have you ever seen the video of Snoop listening to the Gourds’ version of “Gin and Juice”?

    He seems a tad skeptical at first, but he warms up to it.

  6. nm
    March 17, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Well, that didn’t work. It was supposed to have the link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asrfBGkGsbo

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