Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New Music Video From Brad Paisley (and Johnny Cash) - "Gold All Over The Ground"

Brad Paisley has shared a special music video of a track off of his just-released album, Love & War — and this one a song fifty years in the works. Adapted from a poem written by Johnny Cash in 1967 to June Carter Cash, “Gold All Over the Ground” finds one country star paying tribute to another with a poignant love song.

Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, had collected these previously unpublished pieces for a new poetry book that came out this year and brought one to Paisley who put it to music. The song opens with audio snippets of Cash's voice introducing wife June Carter and, at the end of the track, proclaiming that she helped save his life. The poem, anchored by the line, "If you're ever down, I'd give you rows of roses and gold all over the ground," was first published in Cash's posthumous 2016 collection Forever Words.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The Voice Runner-Up Jake Worthington Readies New EP For May Release

Artist: Jake Worthington
Album: Hell of a Highway
Label: W3 Music
Release date: May 19, 2017

In 2014, Jake Worthington was named runner-up on Season 6 of the hit NBC TV Show, The Voice. While on the show Jake managed to release 2 songs that reached the Top 20 on Billboard Heat Seekers: His cover of Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" hit #14 and his remake of Keith Whitley's "Don't Close Your Eyes" went to #17. The 2 songs also reached the Top 15 on Billboard Country Top Digital Downloads.

Success from the TV show has led to a Social Media presence that reaches nearly 250,000 people across the world; resulting in numerous YouTube videos with over 1 Million views. In October 2015 Jake released his debut EP of original songs.  The debut single off the EP "Just Keep Falling In Love" is currently impacting The Music Row and Texas Music Chart and is also being featured on CMT and GAC. In the summer of 2016, he released his follow-up single "How Do You Honky Tonk" and hit the road on the "How Do You You Honky Tonk" summer tour sponsored by Amspec, Cinch Jeans and Ernie Ball. The tour featured 26 stops in 16 states. The song reached the Top 10 on the The Texas Music Chart and Top 60 on Music Row Breakout.

1. How Do You Honky Tonk
2. Big Time Lonesome
3. A Lot of Room to Talk
4. Hell of a Highway
5. Don't Think Twice

New Music Video From Charlie Worsham - "Cut Your Groove"

Monday, April 24, 2017

New Music City Roots Performance Music Video From Sunny Sweeney - "Better Bad Idea"

New Music Video From Joey Feek - "Red"

Rory Feek, on this newly unveiled music video that his bride made more than a dozen years ago, "In the spring of 2005, Joey and I were still newlyweds (we had only been married for three years). I was still just writing songs for a living and Joey was a solo artist, at least she wanted to be. But unfortunately, the doors on music row weren't opening for her. And the few that did open, seemed to close again right away. So, that April, we went in a small studio in Nashville and recorded an album of songs with Joey singing and me and our friend Bill McDermott behind the control board."

"She recorded beautiful ballads and touching story songs along with some fun uptempo tunes as well. She also made two music videos. This is one of them.  Filmed at and around our farm with friends and family later in the summer that year, Joey was still in her twenties, working full time at horse-vet clinic..."

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Eli Young Band To Release Fingerprints In July

Artist: Eli Young Band
Album: Fingerprints
Label: Valory
Release date: July 16, 2017

The Eli Young Band announced in a Facebook video that their new upcoming album will be titled Fingerprints, and will be released on June 16.

Mike Eli, James Young, Jon Jones, and Chris Thompson’s album will have 11 new songs, 8 of which were co-written by the group. 

Fingerprints is the band’s first release on the Valory Music Co., an imprint of Big Machine Records.
Songs such as, “Saltwater Gospel” and “Skin and Bones” will be on the album. The group said that they are heading back to their roots on this project. Fingerprints is produced by Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover both of whom collaborated with artists such as Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Justin Moore.

“We started out as college friends united through music and while we’ve grown into much more, this album really is a return to where we came from,” the bands guitarist, James Young said in a press release.

“With this album, we made a concerted effort to take our cues from our fans,” adds bass player Jon Jones. “We’ve really paid attention to which songs they respond to during the live shows, whether they were the singles, or deep album cuts. We wanted to go into the studio with sounds that resonated the most with the fans.”

You can pre-order Fingerprints now. Over the group’s career they’ve had three No. 1 songs on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs with, “Crazy Girl,” “Even if it Breaks Your Heart” and “Drunk Last Night.”

Fingerprints Track List:

1. “Saltwater Gospel” | Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon, Ashley Gorley
2. “Fingerprints” | Mike Eli, James Young, Ross Copperman, Josh Osborne
3. “Never Again” | Ryan Hurd, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz
4. “Old Songs” | Mike Eli, Andrew DeRoberts, Adam Hambrick, Jason Nix
5. “Drive” | Mike Eli, Ross Copperman, Tom Douglas, Ashley Gorley
6. “Skin & Bones” | Mike Eli, Phil Barton, Lori McKenna
7. “A Heart Needs A Break” | Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
8. “Once” | Mike Eli, James Young, Josh Osborne, Laura Veltz
9. “Never Land” | Mike Eli, James Young, Ross Copperman, Jon Nite
10. “God Love The Rain” | Mike Eli, Erik Dylan, Jason Nix
11. “The Days I Feel Alone” | Mike Eli, Andrew DeRoberts, Adam Hambrick, Jason Nix

Monday, April 17, 2017

New Music Video From Dale Watson and Ray Benson - "Feelin' Haggard"

Glen Campbell Adds To Musical Legacy With Upcoming Adios Release

Artist: Glen Campbell
Album: Adios
Label: Universal/UMG
Release date: June 9

Glen Campbell has one more project that will see the light of day. Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Glen Campbell is releasing his final studio album, recorded shortly after his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 2011.

The record label, Universal Music Enterprises, announced Friday that the album, Adios, will be released on June 9. Campbell hasn’t performed since 2012 and is in a long-term care facility, but his wife, Kim Campbell, said in a statement that he felt a sense of urgency after his diagnosis to record one last time.

“Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011,” Campbell’s wife Kim writes in the album liner notes (quotes via PEOPLE). “A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.”

Among the track listing is a cover of Harry Nilsson’s song “Everybody’s Talkin.” The inspiration to record the song came after the couple spent an afternoon with Campbell’s longtime banjo player Carl Jackson, who set the couple up more than 30 years ago.

“We reminisced about all of the songs that Glen had always wanted to record but had never gotten around to,” continues Kim in the notes. “Carl laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Glen to study and practice in preparation for his final session.”

“Glen was barely able to remember the words that he was singing at times. Carl held up sheets of paper with large print lyrics and fed them to him one line at a time,” she adds.

In addition to Campbell’s vocals, the family enlisted the help of Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and the couple’s children (Ashley, Shannon and Cal) for added depth to each track.

“All of the laughing, crying (we laughed much more than we cried!) and singing were certainly bittersweet, but more than worthwhile when listening back to the finished album today,” Kim concludes. “What you’re hearing … is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised and entertained them for decades — giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans.”

Adiós track listing

 1. “Everybody’s Talkin'”
2. “Just Like Always”
3. “Funny How Time Slips Away” (feat. Willie Nelson)
4. “Arkansas Farmboy”
5. “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) [Intro]” – Roger Miller
6. “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me)” (feat. Vince Gill)
7. “It Won’t Bring Her Back”
8. “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”
9. “She Thinks I Still Care”
10. “Postcard From Paris”
11. “A Thing Called Love”
12. “Adiós”

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hear It Here: Brad Paisley Turns Unpublished Johnny Cash Poem To June Carter Into Song For New Album

Brad Paisley has shared another track off of his upcoming album, Love & War — and this one a song fifty years in the works. Adapted from a poem written by Johnny Cash in 1967 to June Carter Cash, “Gold All Over the Ground” finds one country star paying tribute to another with a poignant love song. Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash, has collected these previously unpublished pieces for a new poetry book that came out this year and brought one to Paisley who put it to music. The song opens with audio snippets of Cash's voice introducing wife June Carter and, at the end of the track, proclaiming that she helped save his life. The poem, anchored by the line, "If you're ever down, I'd give you rows of roses and gold all over the ground," was first published in Cash's posthumous 2016 collection Forever Words.

Below, listen to Paisley and John Carter Cash talk about the process of writing the song and then listen to the song below that.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Loretta Lynn To Release Wouldn't It Be Great In August

Artist: Loretta Lynn
Album: Wouldn't It Be Great
Label: Legacy/Sony
Release date: August 18, 2017

Legacy Recordings (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) will release Wouldn't It Be Great, the new studio album from American music icon Loretta Lynn, on Friday, August 18. In what is being called "one of the most deeply personal albums of her career," Wouldn't It Be Great is comprised entirely of songs written (or co-written) by Loretta, premiering new compositions nestled alongside select soulful reinterpretations of enduring classics from her catalog.

Like its predecessor, the critically-acclaimed, Grammy-nominated Full Circle (released March 2016), Wouldn't It Be Great was mainly recorded at the Cash Cabin Studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with producers Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash.

From the press release:
An exploration of Loretta's songwriting, Wouldn't It Be Great finds her communicating the universality of human experiencelove in all its intoxication and heartbreak, the things of the soul and spirit that abide, the transformative power of making music and connecting. Wouldn't It Be Great debuts new songs"Ruby's Stool," "Ain't No Time To Go," "I'm Dying For Someone To Live For"alongside newly recorded renditions of recent compositions ("God Makes No Mistakes," from Lynn's 2004 Grammy-winning Jack White-produced Van Lear Rose) and immortal classics like "Coal Miner's Daughter" (the song Loretta says she's most proud to have written, also the title of her 1976 memoir and subsequent Oscar-winning 1982 film adaptation) and "Don't Come Home A' Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)," her first of 16 career No. 1 country singles.
"I think you try to do better with every record you put out," Loretta says of Wouldn't It Be Great. "It's just everyday living and everybody wants to know, 'Well, what is it about your songs that people like?' I think you've got to tell your stories. I just think it hits everybody, you know, the songs."

Despite turning 85 this year, Lynn is showing no signs of slowing down. The historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville has slated two celebratory birthday shows on April 14 and April 15, which are both sold out. In addition, as part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is mounting a major exhibitionopening August 25, 2017 focused on the life, art and music of Loretta Lynn.

"I am so happy the Country Music Hall of Fame has asked me to be one of their main exhibits in 2017...gonna show off my 50 some odd years in country music!," said Loretta. "They best have a big space...I have a lot of stuff! I'm so proud to share my life, and music with the Hall of Fame.Y'all come see us!" The exhibit is scheduled to run through June 2018.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Mark Chesnutt Album Features 12 Duets With Likes Of Womack, Jones, Diffie, Jennings, Watson & More

Artist: Mark Chesnutt
Album: Duets
Label: Row Entertainment
Release date: April 24, 2017

After selling more than ten million records over his career, Mark Chesnutt is doing something a little different and a little special for his fan club members this year. His brand new album featuring a dozen duets with the likes of Lee Ann Womack, George Jones, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Waylon Jennings, Gene Watson and more is being offered solely as a fan club exclusive and only available through his website. The album will not be sold separately on the website or sold in stores. In addition to the new project, fans will get meet and greet opportunities and a signed photograph.

The project is a collection of songs and collaborations- a unique greatest hits of sorts- over Chesnutt's long and stories career. The first track is off of Lee Ann Womack's debut album back in 1997.  Track two is off Chesnutt's 1992 Longnecks and Short Stories album. All told, it's a solid combination of Chesnutt's unique traditional country voice with some of the bigger country names over the last two decades.

Duets Track Listing

1. Make Memories with Me (with Lee Ann Womack)
2. Talking to Hank (with George Jones)
3. Stay All Night (with Ray Benson)
4. A Couple More Years ( With Amber Digby)
5. A Good Way To Get On My Bad Side (with Tracy Byrd)
6. Rockin the Roadhouse Down (with Tracy Lawrence & Joe Diffie)
7. Rainy Day Woman (with Waylon Jennings)
8. Good Ones And Bad Ones (with George Jones)
9. Political Incorrectness (with Kevin Fowler)
10. This Side of the Door ( with Gene Watson)
11. When The Grass Grows Over Me (with George Jones)
12. Honky Tonk Song (with Tom Aster)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tracy Lawrence Has A Special Duets Project Planned For Release in August 2017- Includes Aldean, McGraw, Corbin & Young

Tracy Lawrence has a special project planned for August 2017 and it's going to involve many of the artists currently on radio and he reinterpreting his dozens of hits from his long and illustrious career. Involved on the project are Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Easton Corbin, Chris Young and more. He's also been working on a solo album that will follow after that one.

From RR Daily Herald, "Lawrence said he’s feeling good about a collaboration album he’s been working on. “It’s a duet project with a few of my peers — current artists out there,” he said of the full-length album that reimagines some of his biggest songs, adding he didn’t want to confirm his collaborators just yet. Lawrence said he would like to put out another proper solo studio album after that, noting he has some new, original songs already complete."

From, "First up in the next phase of Lawrence’s professional life is an album of duets with an as-yet-unannounced roster of singing partners. Lawrence hopes to begin work on the project within the next few months, finish shopping for a label to issue the recording and release the recording in early 2017."

“I think the future is going to be bright. I don’t know if any of what I’m taking about entails radio. I don’t know if my career involves being high-profile at all on radio again at this point. I think that might be over and done with. But that’s OK. I’ve got a great body of work that I can draw from and a huge fan base out there. I’m just going to enjoy where I am in life and go with the flow.”

From Billboard, "“I signed with new management this year, and they are helping things to get on track to get my career moving forward again. The plan is to go in and recut a lot of my big hits. We’ve got commitments from some major artists to do duets, and we’re going to do a group sing on one of my marquee songs.”