Monday, April 27, 2015

Kacey Musgraves To Release Pageant Material on June 9

Artist: Kacey Musgraves
Album: Pageant Material
Label: Mercury Nashville
Release Date: June 9, 2015

Kacey Musgraves hasn't officially announced her sophomore album on her website, but a look at Hits Daily Double now shows a June 9 release date.  Musgraves' label Mercury Records sent a stream of her highly anticipated sophomore album to media this past week and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said it is "loaded beginning to end with catchy songs, sweet vocals and remarkably clever and heartfelt lyrics, its every bit as good as the Grammy and ACM Award-winning "Same Trailer Different Park"-- possibly even better."

Here's the track list. Not officially listed, but included at the end, is an untitled hidden track featuring Willie Nelson.

1. "High Time" (written by Kacey Musgraves, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally)
2. "Dime Store Cowgirl" (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
3. "Late to the Party" (Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Josh Osborne)
4. "Pageant Material" (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
5. "This Town" (Musgraves, Laird, Clark)
6. "Biscuits" (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
7. "Somebody to Love" (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
8. "Miserable" (Musgraves, Osborne, Clark)
9. "Die Fun" (Musgraves, Laird, McAnally)
10. "Family is Family" (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
11. "Good Ol' Boys Club" (Musgraves, Laird, Natalie Hemby)
12. "Cup of Tea" (Musgraves, McAnally, Osborne)
13. "Fine" (Musgraves, Ashley Arrison, Shane McAnally)

Sunday, April 26, 2015

New Live Music Video From Will Hoge- "Little Bitty Dreams"

Lindi Ortega Readies Faded Gloryville for August Release

Artist: Lindi Ortega
Title: Faded Gloryville
Label: Last Gang Records
Release date: 8/7/15

 "Faded Gloryville isn't just about music," Lindi Ortega says about her new album coming out August 7, 2015. "It's about anything that brings you down, whether it's dreams not coming true or relationships not working out, and its message is this: you can go to place where you're feeling really down about things, but it's what you do afterwards — do you decide to reside there forever, or do you leave and make the situation better — that matters. You have to travel through Faded Gloryville to get to Paradise."

"It's about how much faith you need to put into whatever you're doing, and how hard it is to keep that faith," Ortega says of her follow-up to her award-winning 2013 album Tin Star. "Everyone starts off in this business with huge dreams. Years later, after being signed to a major label, then getting dropped, then getting signed to an indie label, I realized that the dreams I had at the beginning were a bit naive. Metaphorically, Faded Gloryville is a state of mind where you've gone from being so excited about something to so tired, and you realize it's not quite what you thought it was gonna be. You realize just how much you have to sacrifice to make those dreams work, and you need to reassess what you're doing. Do you stop there, or do you move on?"
Faded Gloryville track listing:

1. "Ashes"
2. "Faded Gloryville"
3. "Tell It Like It Is"
4. "Someday Soon"
5. "To Love Somebody"
6. "When You Ain’t Home"
7. "Run-down Neighborhood"
8. "I Ain’t The Girl"
9. "Run Amuck"
10. "Half Moon"

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The SteelDrivers To Release The Muscle Shoals Recordings on June 16

Artist: The SteelDrivers
Title: The Muscle Shoals Recordings
Label: Rounder
Release date: 6/16/15

Though The Muscle Shoals Recordings may sound like something historic, as in 'from the vault,' it is fully from this moment. This is the fourth SteelDrivers studio album, made up of all-new material, mostly original, and recorded in Muscle Shoals at the legendary NuttHouse Recording Studio. Much of the inspiration came from Muscle Shoals, an area of exultation and experimentation, and home to the SteelDrivers' lead vocalist, writer, and lead singer Gary Nichols, with the band joined by Nichols' lifelong friend Jason Isbell on two songs. The group continues its rich musical progression, conjuring music drenched in soul, blues, bluegrass, R&B, country, and rock 'n' roll.

Can a new album be a classic album? If the 'blend of soul and slink, blues and country, mountain coal and red dirt,' as Peter Cooper characterized their sound, is timeless, the SteelDrivers have delivered another new classic. Fiddle-player, songwriter, and singer Tammy Rogers aptly describes the 'realness, rawness, and edge' in the band's sound. With Nichols having written nearly half of the new songs and Rogers most of the balance, this is the SteelDrivers' most fully realized album to date, and another spectacular step forward.

Track listing:
1. Long Way Down
2. Drinkin' Alone
3. Ashes of Yesterday
4. Day Before Temptation
5. Here She Goes
6. California Chainshaw
7. Hangin' Around
8. Brother John
9. Six Feet Away
10. Too Much
11. River Runs Red

Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Projects Announced From John Anderson, Sammy Kershaw, Keith Anderson, Billy Currington and JT Hodges

Artist: John Anderson
Title: Goldmine
Label: Bayou Boys Music
Release Date: May 26, 2015

“With Goldmine, I thought, first off, I’m going to take my songs into the studio and make a record like I think it ought to be made, without all those other influences,” Anderson says, “I’m more pleased with the sound of this record than I have been in a long time.” The first single, “I Work a Lot Better” will be shipped to radio on May 11.  When asked about the single, Anderson stated, “It was actually Josh Turner’s idea. He is a fine young man, a great talent and a real asset to modern day country music. Josh and I have written several songs together and it’s always a pleasure to write with him”.

Artist: Sammy Kershaw
Title: I Won't Back Down
Label: Cleopatra Records
Release Date: June 9, 2015

“At all of our shows, or wherever go, people keep asking for new music. I’m glad to have a new record coming their way. They’ve waited a while. Hell, I’ve waited a while,” he said with a grin. “The other aspect of the new album that makes it exciting is getting a chance to work with Tim Yasui and all the staff at Cleopatra Records. Together, we’re ready to get it out to the people.”

The album s a mixture of all things Kershaw, ranging from the romantic yearnings of “Lay Back Down” and “Let’s Lay Here Forever” to the heartfelt regret of the haunting “I Had To Give That Up Too.” He also ventures into a light-hearted feel on up-tempo cuts like “Fixer Upper” and “Grillin’ and Chillin.” As is the case with any Kershaw album, you can always count on a cover – and I Won't Back Down adds two to the mix – “Take A Letter Maria,” originally a No. 2 hit for R.B. Greaves on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969, and the title cut, familiar to Pop listeners as a hit for Tom Petty from 1989.

Artist: Keith Anderson
Title: I'll Bring the Music EP
Label: Indie
Release Date: May 12, 2015

Award winning songwriter/performer Keith Anderson is back with brand new music, a brand new perspective and a brand new tour.  The man behind "Pickin’ Wildflowers" will release his I'll Bring the Music EP to iTunes May 12. “After taking a break when my mother passed away, it gave me a chance to focus on my growing family and appreciate the blessings in my life.  I used that fire to create this music.  I can’t wait for people to hear it,” explains Anderson.

Artist: Billy Currington
Title: Summer Forever
Label: Mercury Nashville
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Mercury Nashville recording artist Billy Currington will return with his sixth studio album, Summer Forever, on June 2. With producer Dann Huff at the helm, the project features song from writers including Ashley Gorley, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Cole Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Jimmy Robbins.

“Making this album was such a blast for me. I put a lot of love into this project and couldn’t be more excited for fans to hear the new music,” shares Currington. “Summer Forever for me represents a positive, happy, good time lifestyle and that’s what I hope the fans feel when they hear this record.”

Artist: JT Hodges
Title: Locks on Doors EP
Label: Indie
Release Date: This week

“The EP, ‘Locks on Doors,’ is a compilation of songs I’ve always kept close to me. You could kind of say I’ve locked them behind a door, but it was time for these songs to be set free,” said Hodges of the new project. “These songs were me. The production, the music, the arrangements, all represent who I am stylistically as an artist. For the first time I was free to make music instinctively rather than calculated and for the first time every song went beyond what I imagined it could be. I’m proud of that.”  In honor of Earth Day, Hodges releases his eco-friendly EP packaged with a sleeve made of recycled paper and vegetable based inks

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard Share Details On 6/2 Release, Django and Jimmie

Legacy Recordings has announced the June 2 release of Django and Jimmie, the new studio album collaboration from Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, two of the founding fathers of American outlaw country music.

"Me and Merle got a new album coming out called Django and Jimmie and the title track is about Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers," said Willie Nelson. "Both of those guys were very influential in both of our careers."

According to Merle Haggard, there's "new songs, a couple of classics and Willie sang like he was a teenager."

For Django and Jimmie, Willie Nelson's sixth studio album release for Legacy since inking an historic deal with the label in 2012, the legendary singer-songwriter joined forces with longtime friend and collaborator Merle Haggard to reignite the musical chemistry that made the pair's Pancho & Lefty a honky-tonk blockbuster and America's #1 Country Album following its release in January 1983. Driven by a title track penned by Townes Van Zandt (and arguably the songwriter's most familiar song), the critically-acclaimed top-selling Pancho & Lefty solidified the reputations of both Willie and Merle as among the most formidable and influential artists in outlaw country music while topping the Billboard Country charts for seven non-consecutive weeks between April and October 1983.

The success of Pancho & Lefty opened the doors for a number of successful follow-up projects including 1987's Seashores Of Old Mexico album, 2007's double album Last Of The Breed with Ray Price, and the Merle Haggard-penned "A Horse Called Music" (the lead track on 2012's Heroes, Willie Nelson's first album for Legacy).

Helmed by Nelson's longtime producer, collaborator and friend Buddy Cannon, Django and Jimmie premieres 14 brand-new studio recordings including: "Django and Jimmie," a dual tribute to jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and Jimmie Rodgers, country music's mythic "Singing Brakeman"; the reflective and meditative "Live This Long"; "Missing Ol' Johnny Cash," an homage to country music's original Man in Black featuring guest vocals from Bobby Bare; a sublime interpretation of Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"; and the future outlaw country classic "Unfair Weather Friend," written by rising songsmiths Marla Cannon-Goodman (Buddy Cannon's daughter) and Ward Davis.

A legendary country music producer and songwriter in his own right, Buddy helped pen five of the album's tracks, including "It's All Going To Pot" (a rollicking anthem for the emerging 21st century cannabis culture) and four cowrites with Willie: "Alice In Hulaland," "It's Only Money," "Where Dreams Come To Die," and "Driving The Herd."

Among the 14 essential recordings on Django and Jimmie, Nelson and Haggard each pay musical tribute to the other through heartfelt solo performances: Willie singing Merle's "Somewhere Between" and Merle covering Willie's "Family Bible."

Willie sums up the duo's new collaboration simply saying, "It's good music, I got a good feeling about it."

Track listing:
Django and Jimmie- written by Jimmy Melton and Jeff Prince
It's All Going To Pot- written by Buddy Cannon, Jamey Johnson and Larry Shell
Unfair Weather Friend - written by Marla Cannon-Goodman and Ward Davis
Missing Ol' Johnny Cash - written by Merle Haggard
Live This Long written by Shawn Camp and Marv Green
Alice In Hulaland - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - written by Bob Dylan
Family Bible written by Walter M. Breeland, Paul F. Buskirk, and Claude Gray
It's Only Money - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon
Swinging Doors - written by Merle Haggard
Where Dreams Come To Die - written by Willie Nelson and Buddy Cannon

Jason Isbell To Release Something More Than Free on July 17

Jason Isbell has announced his follow-up to his universally critically acclaimed Southeastern, an album titled Something More Than Free. The new album will be released via Southeastern Records on July 17. Dave Cobb, who also helmed Southeastern as well as projects like Sturgill Simpson’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, produced the 11-song collection, which he and Isbell recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium. This will be Isbell’s fifth solo album.

“Everything was played initially with multiple musicians, pretty much the whole band, right off the bat,” Isbell explained to about the recording process on Something More Than Free. “It’s good to have that conversation, because you can really capture some inspired moments.”

There isn’t a ‘theme’ per se on the album, but as Isbell said that through his songwriting he is still “trying to explain relationships between people, and relationships with an individual and his or her past, and the sort of things you trade in to be happy the older you get—I think that’s a big concern on this record.

“There are a lot of instances of some sort of exchange. Exchanging freedom or exchanging something that you thought you had in the past in order to be a happier person in the future.”

The album will feature the throwback country number “If It Takes a Lifetime,” emotional ballad “Flagship” and blues rocker “Palmetto Rose.” The album also includes “24 Frames,” which Isbell unveiled for the first time at the American Songwriter 30th Anniversary Party.

New Music Video From Allison Moorer- "Tear Me Apart"

New Live Performance Music Video From Brandy Clark- "Please Don't Tell Me How The Story Ends"

Friday, April 17, 2015

Chris Stapleton To Release In Stereo On Vinyl For Record Store Day On 4/18

Country music fans and critics interested in getting an early start on their solo Chris Stapleton collection can pick up a copy of the singer’s limited-edition Record Store Day release, IN STEREO, a 10″ vinyl featuring three tracks from Traveller, at Mercury Records Nashville. The record be released in conjunction with National Record Store Day this Saturday, April 18.

Chris Stapleton is an established songwriter. with four number one songs including the 5-week number one "Never Wanted Nothing More" recorded by Kenny Chesney, "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" recorded by George Strait and "Come Back Song" recorded by Darius Rucker. As a writer for Sea Gayle Music, over 150 of Stapleton's songs have appeared on albums by such artists as Adele, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley, and he has several notable co-writers including Vince Gill, Peter Frampton and Sheryl Crow. His debut solo album, Traveller, is set to be released on May 5, 2015.

This item will be available at select independent record stores on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, and online on Sunday, April 19th, if any remain, while supplies last.

IN STEREO Track Listing:

"When the Stars Come Out"
"Fire Away"
"Tennessee Whiskey"

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Connie Smith's Lost Tapes To Be Released May 19

On May 19, Country Rewind Records will be releasing a new previously unreleased collection of songs from the Country Music Hall of Famer, Connie Smith. Titled Lost Tapes, this project highlights one of country's purest vocalists at the height of her popularity. Her husband and producer on this project, Marty Stuart, explains the project:
On December 8, 1972, Connie Smith arrived at Music City Recorders for a Navy Hoedown recording appointment. The studio owner and master engineer listed for the sessions was Elvis Presley's original guitarist, former Sun Records engineer and A&R legend, Scotty Moore. The assistant engineer was Al Gore (no relation to the Vice President). Sadly, the tracking sheets listing the musical personnel for Connie Smith's December session have been lost.
The steel guitarist is unquestionably Pete Drake. The fiddle players is no doubt, Johnny Gimble. Their signature styles confirm their presence. Pianist Marvin Hughes was the session leader for many of the Armed Forces shows produced in Nashville. It is speculated that the electric guitarist is the incomparable Grady Martin, the bassist Barry Chance and the drummer, session ace Kenneth Buttrey. There is no speculation however, as to the power and majesty of Connie Smith's performance. Connie was eight years into a string of hits for RCA Victor and her initial wave of popularity was at its zenith. Then, as now, the range o heartfelt emotion she invests into every syllable of every word of a song sets her apart and casts her into an awed realm all her own.
In the course of one hour's time, Miss Smith delivered sixteen textbook performances for the ages. Her vocal power on this session is absolutely stunning.
Of the sixteen titles recorded at the December 8th session, thirteen have been selected here by merit of total performance. The original two track masters are long since lost. Their last known whereabouts was a Music Row studio in Nashville, circa 1990, when producer Snuffy Miller transferred the analog reels into a digital format utilizing the Sony PCM 1630 system. At the time of transferal, Miller embellished some of the tracks with synthesized strings.
The Navy Hoedown sessions were later purchased by Hindsight Records CEO, Mr. Thomas Gramuglia for release on his Country Rewind label's anthology of rare and unreleased country music recordings.
At the request of Mr. Gramuglia, on August 25 and 26, 2014, Connie Smith, along with engineer Mick Conley, Marty Stuart, Paul Martin, Harry Stinson, Terry Wilson, Christian Davis and Kris Wilkinson's Superlative Strings gathered at Apostle Paul's Clubhouse Recording Studio in Henderson, Tennessee and retouched history as lightly as possible. Painstaking measures were taken to embellish these songs in a pure and authentic light. The original 1972 performances were approached with the same care that goes into a frame by frame restoration of a classic film. The intention being to offer critics, scholars and fans alike a twenty-first century out of time experience that lovingly mirrors a golden age that was indeed a perfect time in country music.
Track Listing:
1. Just One Time
2. I Never Once Stopped Loving You
3. Louisiana Man
4. Cincinnati, Ohio
5. Just For What I Am
6. Once a Day
7. If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)
8. Long Black Limousine
9. The Race Is On
10. Amazing Grace
11. How Great Thou Art