Friday, August 26, 2016

New Music Video From Rissi Palmer - "Summerville"

Sylvia To Release First Album In Fourteen Years with It's All in the Family

Artist: Sylvia
Album: It's All in the Family
Label: Red Pony Records
Release date: Oct. 8, 2016

Fourteen years after her last project, 1982 ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and Grammy Award-Winning artist Sylvia is releasing her newest project in October, the first in which she is the co-writer on the majority of the songs.

The collaborations on the album – between co-producers Sylvia and John Mock, between co-writers, and between the cadre of other exceptional musicians featured on each track – truly feel organic, with distinct influences of folk, country, bluegrass, classical, and Irish music coming together naturally to produce something rooted in tradition.
From the press release: "It’s All In The Family is brimming with songs that evoke precise places, times, and emotions. Whether it’s the clawhammer banjo and old-time music influence on the opening track, “Every Time a Train Goes By,” or the Irish tin whistle and strong imagery on “Immigrant Shoes,” listeners are invited into dozens of specific, formative, and intimate moments in the lives of Sylvia and her family. But like all great stories, It’s All In The Family doesn’t feel limited to the bounds of its particular characters, images, and events. Each song touches and builds on a collection of themes that connects the listener with that which is universal."

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jenny Gill Follows Dad's Footsteps With An Upcoming Project Of Her Own

Artist: Jenny Gill
Album: The House Sessions EP
Label: Jenny Gill Music
Release date: Sept. 8, 2016

Jenny Gill announced this week that her new EP will be released digitally on Sept. 8, 2016. “The House Sessions” which was recorded at her father Vince Gill’s home studio which is affectionately called “The House” is Jenny’s first EP and will feature 6 songs.

The MTSU graduate began her music industry adventure working for an independent publisher as a song plugger. She spent several years working closely with songwriters and it became the inspiration that launched her into her own songwriting. In the meantime, her Dad began his own dream of building a home studio and the timing of the two couldn't have been more perfect. Cleverly named "The House" Vince's studio didn't just inspire the title for the EP, it helped set the perfect laid back tone that Jenny was after. Amy Grant guest-vocals on the project as well.

According to the press release: "The House Sessions also delivers a tasteful balance between her softer seductive tones and powerhouse abilities."

 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

New Music Video From Eric Church - "Kill a Word"

Interview Flashback - Talking Live With Joe Diffie

I have been blessed to write contributions/reviews/interviews/opinion pieces for several country music and roots-oriented websites and publications over the years including Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene, Country California, Country Weekly, American Noise, The 9513 and Engine 145. As a regular contributor to the last two in that list, I did close to a 100 interviews with different artists- and since both of those great sites have come down, I will reprint some of those interviews here to give them a home in perpetuity. This interview was originally published in December 2009 on The 9513.


Before Jason Aldean sang of sitting on his “Big Green Tractor,” Joe Diffie was painting the town with his smash hit “John Deere Green.” Before Alan Jackson’s “Between The Devil And Me”, there was Joe Diffie two-stepping with “If The Devil Dance In Empty Pockets.” After working as a demo singer for three years in Nashville, Diffie signed his first record deal with Epic Records. Since that time he has recorded an amazing 17 top ten hits on Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts, five number ones, nine studio albums, two platinum albums and has written songs that have been hits for others like Tim McGraw and Jo Dee Messina. Diffie’s mantle is full with a Grammy, multiple CMA Awards, and been honored as Humanitarian of the Year by the Country Music Broadcasters.

Fast-forward to December 2009 and Diffie has a brand new album- his first live recording called Joe Diffie: Live At Billy Bob’s Texas- and is putting the finishing touches on a brand new bluegrass album for Rounder Records that will be out in just a few short months. And while history has been bright for this longtime country star who even Vern Gosdin called “the man with the golden voice,” Diffie’s quick to point out that the future is just as bright. He’s playing music with family and playing a style of music in bluegrass that was his country genre choice out of college. Forget “Ships That Don’t Come In,” Diffie’s ship is sailing straight ahead.

Ken Morton, Jr.- You have a live album that has just come out- give us the scoop on this brand new project.

Joe Diffie- It’s something I’m very excited about, I’ve never done a live album before. It’s kind of a cool deal- a nerve-wracking deal. The folks at Billy-Bob’s had done a series of these things over the years and asked if we’d like to participate in it. I said, “Sure!” We went down there and had a blast doing it. Like I said, though, it was pretty nerve-wracking though. Just thinking anything I said or do is going to be recorded and listened to forever is hard. We had a good time doing it. The crowd was just great. And it’s always great performing at Billy-Bob’s.

KMJ- Was it recorded in a single night or recorded over a couple nights?

JD- It was a single night. We went in there and they had all the recording stuff set up. We just took off and there we were.

KMJ- That is some pressure, you have to be on your game.

JD- Yeah, you really do. But I think we did okay. The thing I was worried about was trying to capture what we do live on a disc. It’s hard to transfer some of that energy onto an album, but I think we did pretty good at that.

KMJ- I know you had two special guests on the album. Tell me first about singing on an album with your son, Parker.

JD- Parker is a fine young singer and he travels on the road with me all the time anyways. We did a Little Feat song called “Willin’.” He’s been doing it awhile on stage so we did a duet on that thing. He did a great job on it. And he sings a bunch on the choruses on the rest of the songs- just messing around. Then I got my dad up and he and I did an old Johnny Cash cut of the “Folsom Prison Blues.” Of course, he stole the whole show and got the biggest round of applause for the whole night.

KMJ- That was one of the more special moments on the album I thought. You could sense your pride as he was singing and the crowd was singing along with him.

JD- Yeah, it was really special. He’s gotten up there with me before a couple of different times at shows. I think people are always amazed that he can sing, you know? But he can sing really well. It’s always a thrill for me to spring him on people.

KMJ- Did he do any stage performing before you made it big in the music business or is it newer to him than you?

JD- He’s always been really musical. He taught himself how to play piano and banjo and guitar. But he never ever pursued music as a career. He was never in a band. He’s gotten up in front of people and sang many times before over the years. And everyone always compliments him on the job that he does. He kind of gets a kick when he gets on up there. He’s always a mini-celebrity whenever he gets on stage. He’s always signing autographs and taking pictures with people afterwards- it’s a really fun deal for all of us.

KMJ- As it was with you with Parker, it sounds like the apple didn’t fall far from the tree, did it?

JD- That’s right- more right than you’ll ever know. Most of what I learned about music, I learned from my parents. My dad, specifically, because he was so musical. That’s really who I developed my love of music from.

KMJ- I wanted to ask you about another project you’re working on- I hear you’re working on a bluegrass album with Rounder Records.

JD- It’s funny. I haven’t had a record out in three or four years and now I have three of them coming out within a four or five month period. It shows you I haven’t been sitting around at least. I’ve been recording all this new stuff. I’m really excited about this bluegrass project. You know, I sang bluegrass in a bluegrass group for six or seven years before I ever moved to Nashville. The group was called Special Edition. We had a blast doing it all those years and I developed a real love of bluegrass music, you know? I got the opportunity with Rounder to do a bluegrass album and I said, “Are you kidding me? Of course I want to do one!” We’ve brought in some great pickers into the studio. It was such a treasure just to not have any pressure- no pressure to make anything a hit. We wrote a few things for it and added a couple of old traditional songs. I’m just thrilled about it- I’m really really happy about how it turned out.

KMJ- How soon will your new bluegrass album be released?

JD- It’ll be sometime the spring of next year.

KMJ- What has it been like working with a label like Rounder Records?

JD- So far it’s been great. Everyone at Rounder has been very pleasant to work with and very helpful. They’ve played me some songs and offered me advice and it’s just been great- it really cannot be going any better.

KMJ- Your first job in Nashville was at the Gibson Guitar Factory. What was life for you like back in those days?

JD- (Laughter) Boy oh boy. When I first got hired there, it was actually through the bluegrass connection that I had believe it or not. I had a friend named Charlie that passed away recently and I met him singing through Special Edition. And Charlie got me a job there at Gibson. I went to work in the shipping and receiving department. I packed up guitars and sent them all over the world. It was quite interesting to see where those great instruments got shipped all over the world to.

KMJ- That’s the wrong end of working on a guitar for most people I’d imagine in Nashville, though…

JD- You got that right. Everybody would think it’s really interesting- and at first it is. But if you’re there to pursue music as a career, it’s the wrong side of the guitar, that’s for sure. But it’s a great place to work in the interim. They were really great to me. After working in shipping and receiving for about a year, they moved me over and I became an inspector. I had to inspect all the lumber that came in as it came in from the rough mill. I learned how to inspect guitars from the very beginning all the way to the very end of it.

KMJ- That had to give you a whole new respect for the instrument, I’d imagine.

JD- It really does. It’s kind of cool to have that in your back pocket and be able to look at an instrument and know whether it’s well-made or not. It’s pretty darn cool.

KMJ- What has Opry membership meant to you over the years?

JD- It’s been so great. It’s really the biggest thrills in my career- one of the biggest honors. I’ve been an Opry member since 93’. And I go play the Opry whenever I get the chance to. In fact, we’re playing there tonight. We’re headed over to the Ryman to do a couple of songs. I’ve always loved it. There’s so much history and so much tradition, it’s really a big family that I get to be a part of.

KMJ- As I was doing a little homework for questions for this interview, I discovered that you had a 2008 number one hit in Europe called “Long Gone Loner.” Tell me about that.

JD- That right there was a product of technology and today. It was really interesting. Through MySpace, Peter Dula contacted me and told me he was a big fan. So I checked his page, the same thing, to see he was legit. And he said he wanted to collaborate on a song. He’s made it to like eight European CMA Awards, he was definitely legit. So he emailed the tracks and outlined my parts and I loaded it up in my little Nashville studio and sang my part and sent it on back to him. Next thing I knew, he put it out there and it went all the way to number one. It was pretty darn cool.

KMJ- And I know you’ve started up a new little home project called Basement Tapes- what’s that about?

JD- We haven’t pursued that as much as much as we would like to eventually. But we loaded up a few songs that I thought people would like to hear- some different stuff. Not off-the-wall stuff, but some unfinished demos and guitar/vocal stuff. They’re some songs that I’ve written over the years that never got released. We load them up on MySpace occasionally. And people can go on there and download them whenever they want. It’s just a little something that I thought our fans would really like.

KMJ- Beyond the bluegrass album, what does the future hold for Joe Diffie?

JD- After we work doing our shows, and sprinkling in some bluegrass shows here and there, we have another album due for Rounder and at this point, it will probably be a more traditional country album. So, I’ve got that to look forward to. And we’ll keep touring and chasing my five-year-old girl around. That alone will keep me busy.

KMJ- Last question for you, what is country music to Joe Diffie?

JD- That question covers a wide spectrum of answers there. It’s been such a big part of my life from day one. I mentioned my dad being a huge country fan. I grew up listening to all of the great country artists through the years. Besides my family, I’ve derived more enjoyment and more emotions from my life in country music than anything else in my life.

Monday, August 22, 2016

New Music Video From The Time Jumpers- "I Miss You"

Ronnie Dunn Preps Tattooed Heart For Late October Release

Artist: Ronnie Dunn
Album: Tattooed Heart
Label: Big Machine Records
Release date: October 21

Ronnie Dunn has brought in a couple of familiar faces on his upcoming Big Machine Records release, Tattooed Heart. With Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts on board as the producer for most of the tracks, the project features guest vocals by friends Kix Brooks and Reba McEntire.

“I had a lot of fun making this album. Jay and I really clicked in the studio and we were both really proud of the final product,” said Dunn. “I branched out of my comfort zone while writing and listening to a ton of music. At the suggestion of my daughter, I even recorded an Ariana Grande song. Ironically, it became the title of the album.”

The lead single from the album, “Damn Drunk,” was released just over two weeks ago. It features vocals from his longtime Brooks & Dunn partner Brooks and was written by Liz Hengber, Alex Kline and Ben Stennis. “This is one of those tunes that I immediately gravitated to,” Dunn said at the time of the release. “I listened to hundreds of songs while writing a few myself. Jay and I took it into the studio and it went to another level. Witnessing a song do that is magic. It is one of the most gratifying dynamics of music for me. Thanks to Kix, my long time compadre in crime, for joining in on the fun.”

Track List and Songwriting Credits for Tattooed Heart

1. “Ain’t No Trucks in Texas” (Tony Martin, Wendell Mobley, Neil Thrasher)
2. “Damn Drunk” with Kix Brooks (Liz Hengber, Alex Kline, Ben Stennis)
3. “I Worship the Woman You Walked On” (Bob DiPiero, Mitzi Dawn Jenkins, Tony Mullins)
4. “That’s Why They Make Jack Daniels” (Jim Collins, Tom Hambridge, Tony Martin)
5. “I Put That There” (Deric Ruttan, Jonathan Singleton)
6. “Young Buck” (Jaren Johnston, Jeremy Stover)
7. “I Wanna Love Like That Again” (Ronnie Dunn)
8. “Still Feels Like Mexico” featuring Reba McEntire (Tommy Lee James, Jon Randall)
9. “Tattooed Heart” (Antonio Dixon, Kenneth Edmonds, Sean Forman, Ariana Grande, Matt Squire, Leon Thomas, Khristopher Van Riddick Tynes)
10. “This Old Heart” (Jim Beavers, Jonathan Singleton)
12. “Only Broken Heart in San Antone” (Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens)
13. “She Don’t Honky Tonk No More” (Ronnie Dunn, Nikki Fernandez)

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Celluloid Country - Gene Autry in Ride Ranger Ride

Movie title: Ride Ranger Ride
Starring: Gene Autry
Release date: 1936

A handful of old movies starring country music stars have (somewhat) recently fallen into the public domain. Summer being movie season, it makes sense to help share them here to watch at your convenience. Our fifth feature stars the legendary Gene Autry as a Texas Ranger working undercover to protect an Army wagon train full of ammunition and supplies from Indian attack.
 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Marc Broussard Combines Charity & Music Passions With Upcoming Save Our Soul II Album

Artist: Marc Broussard
Album: Save Our Soul II: Sings the Songs of the 50's and 60's
Label: G-Man Records
Release date: Sept. 30, 2016

Singer Marc Broussard of Carencro, LA has combined his love of his community and his love of the music that influenced his father and he growing up. His upcoming album titled Save Our Soul II: Marc Broussard Sings the Songs of the 50's and 60's will come out on September 30 and half of the proceeds of the album will go back to charity.

"Those moments have led me to believe I am doing what I'm supposed to be doing in life," Broussard said. "I'm going to continue to pursue these promptings, wherever they may come from. I'm going to continue to take my cues from my soul, from my gut. They've led me this far and have given me strong indications that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. I feel very, very excited about what the future holds."

That future includes extensive work with his Save Our Soul Foundation, Broussard's own nonprofit organization. The SOS Foundation will concentrate on local homelessness and work with an Oschner Hospital program that offers intense training to international pediatric cardiologists and heart surgeons who return to their home country to save children.

SOS, which will have a local board of directors that includes City Parish councilman Kenneth Boudreaux, will raise money through donations, concerts, VIP events and record sales.

"I have this fan base, every time I ask them to buy records, they buy records," said Broussard. "Every time I ask them to buy tickets, they buy tickets.

"Now if I tell them 100 percent of the proceeds are going to help homeless folks here locally, as well as help City of Refuge and groups like them expand their business model and achieve their goals, my fans are going to pick those records up, every time they see them. They're going to give them out as Christmas presents, birthday presents and office favors. I fully believe that."

SOS was inspired by City of Refuge, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that hired Broussard two years ago to perform for their Christmas fundraiser. Located in an area called The Bluff, which has one of the highest crime rates and homeless populations in Georgia, the organization helps residents with food, clothing, shelter, job training and placement, housing, healthcare and education.

The City operates 180 Kitchen, which feeds the hungry and fuels a Culinary Arts School that trains students in a culinary career. A catering program provides income for the students and covers the kitchen's expenses.

Save Our Soul II: Marc Broussard Sings the Songs of the 50's and 60's track listing:
Cry To Me - Solomon Burke
Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Aretha Franklin
Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson
Twistin’ The Night Away - Sam Cooke
These Arms Of Mine (Feat. Huey Lewis) - Otis Redding
What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin
I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder
In The Midnight Hour (Feat. J.J. Grey) - Wilson Pickett
Hold On, I'm Coming - Sam & Dave
It's Your Thing - Isley Brothers
Fool For Your Love - Original
Cry to Me (acoustic feat. Ted Broussard) - Solomon Burke
Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James
Every Tear - David Egan


New Music Video From John Anderson (feat. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road) - "Seminole Wind"

Monday, August 15, 2016

Interview Flashback - On The Road With The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit

I have been blessed to write contributions/reviews/interviews/opinion pieces for several country music and roots-oriented websites and publications over the years including Saving Country Music, Nashville Scene, Country California, Country Weekly, American Noise, The 9513 and Engine 145. As a regular contributor to the last two in that list, I did close to a 100 interviews with different artists- and since both of those great sites have come down, I will reprint some of those interviews here to give them a home in perpetuity. This interview was originally published in November 2009 on The 9513.

At some level, it has always been about the road for Timothy B. Schmit. Before travelling uncountable highway miles playing bass in the country-rock band Poco for nearly a decade and before charting courses around the world as a member of The Eagles, it was about chasing the song on tires. For this Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, music and home were one as a child in a trailer on wheels. 

Close to 50 years after its purchase, Schmit has gotten reflective about the Expando double-wide mobile home trailer that his family upgraded to after his musician father settled down working at a club in Sacramento. After chasing the next gig with his family in tow, Schmit’s father finally put down roots when Timothy B. Schmit was roughly a tween. The brand new shiny trailer with the pop-out sides, nearly twice as big as their old home, was the place where Schmit was raised and bitten by the music bug. 

Now, a worn classic advertisement for that trailer is blown up large and is mounted on the wall of Schmit’s studio- partly for inspiration, but also partly for reminding him of his roots and exactly where he came from. Expando is also the title for his latest solo album released this past month on Lost Highway Records.

The 9513 had an opportunity to sit down with the legend and talk trailers and tracks.

KEN MORTON, JR.- Let’s open up by looking back a bit. You got your start in music playing in a band called Tim, Tom & Ron in our hometown of Sacramento at Encina High School. Is that what brought you to music in the first place or was it before?

TIMOTHY B. SCHMIT- It was before. My father was a musician, that’s what he did for his livelihood. From before I was born, he played the club scene and standards of the day. They were a trio and did a little comedy. He was gone for the first part of my life a lot until I was about five years old. Then about that time, my parents sold our house down in the Bay Area (San Francisco) and moved into a trailer house. He pulled us around from town to town to wherever he was playing. He was probably my first real musical influence. From there, I started playing various instruments in early school. I sang in the chorus at school. I always took to the music thing.

KMJ- What kind of music was your dad playing in those days?

TBS- He was pretty active through the 50’s and early 60’s actually in the club scene.  The club scene back in the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s was a lot of supper clubs. They would host a group for a week at a time. He was one of those groups that they would hire. It was really standards of the day. It was pre rock and roll actually. It was whatever was popular on the radio at the time. They weren’t songwriters, they’d just interpret the songs. 

KMJ- Were you into his type of music back then or did you play the role of the rebellious teen and do your own thing musically?

TBS- It was the latter- a natural course of events where I would be interested in something else. But I never shunned what he was doing. I thought it was great. I was the only one in Sacramento where when they were filling out a form at school or something about what their parents did, they would write musician for my father. I was always really taken with it and he was always pretty magical in my eyes. I loved music and I’ve even purchased some of his old recordings that he did and I’ve transferred them to CD’s and gave them out as Christmas presents to significant people like family members. I’ve always been into all kinds of music. Anything I hear with my ears is really what influences me. 

KMJ- That probably leads us to your newest project. You’ve got this brand new album called Expando that just came out this last month, before we talk about its content, explain the title.

TBS- I mentioned that I lived in a trailer house for most of my younger years- most of grade school and all of high school, really. Over the years, they kept upgrading our trailer house and when we started staying pretty solidly in Sacramento they got a big one and it was called an Expando. You could park it where you wanted to park it and it would literally expand out from 8 feet to 15 feet wide. That’s where the word came from. My first encounter with that word was this mobile home called The Expando. Later on, when I was making this record, I thought of that. My engineer friend and I started to look for it and do research on it. We found this old website and we found a brochure of this very same trailer house that I used to live in called The Expando. And I printed it out and I have it big on my wall here in my studio. When it came time to start to think about titles, I didn’t want to title the album any of the song titles. None of them seemed to quite get it. This word popped into my head and it seemed to sum it up pretty good. It’s such an autobiographical record anyways in many of the songs. I like the word and it’s different and it implies growing and expanding and I think that’s what I’ve done with this record. I think I’ve done on this record a bit. I think I’ve taken a big step in my songwriting and recording abilities. 

KMJ- For someone that hasn’t heard the album yet, describe what they’ll hear.

TBS- For people that are familiar with my solo work, and even for those that aren’t, this is the best work I’ve done to date. It’s something I’ve done in my spare time with the time off with the Eagles. I’ve been really busy with the band for a long time. And we’re gearing up to go back out again after the first of the year- probably in the spring. For awhile, we’ve been working all the time, but have a month off here and there. That’s when I would write and record a little at a time. It’s the truest music I’ve done. I chose not collaborate with any other songwriters- even though I know plenty. I didn’t want to go down that path this time. I decided to do this all on my own just to see what would happen- no matter how long it took. And it did take awhile. I thought I would start everything with my roots which is kind of a type of folk music. I would come out to my studio on a regular basis and these songs kind of came together that way. I would figure out how I would want to treat them and then record them. I think it’s the truest representation of my music and partly me than anything I’ve done. 

KMJ- Fans know you well for your work with the Eagles. How would you say your solo album is different from your stuff with the other guys?

TBS- I’d say it’s way different. Certainly there will be hint of that, because that’s what I do on a regular basis. I think it’s quirkier and at times, more raw than the Eagles. It’s looser than the
Eagles. It is two different types of things for me. In a group situation, you have parameters. In my case, it’s the Eagles. You stay somewhat in those parameters. People look expect certain things from the Eagles. They expect lots of harmony and melodic songs- and whatever else the Eagles might imply to the fan. When any of us go into the studio alone, we don’t have those parameters any longer. We can do whatever we want. I did a lot of experimenting. I didn’t do anything extreme, but I definitely wasn’t as careful as maybe the Eagles are. 

KMJ- You have some special guests play with you on the album as well, don’t you?

TBS- When it came time for extra singing or extra instruments, I would literally sit down and think of who would be great on this or that. If I could have anybody, who would I choose? I would think of somebody and I would find out their info and I would get a hold of them. I would personally ask if them if they were available and if they’d do this. Luckily, the majority of the people I asked took me up on my offer. Some people I already knew, some people I didn’t. That’s how it happened. I did it all myself. I used management to get a few phone numbers, but I would do the legwork. 

KMJ- Who are some of those people you felt important enough to ask?

TBS- One is a really great new friend who I didn’t know before I contacted him and he’s on the first song “One More Mile” and that’s Keb Mo. He’s a really terrific musician and a really sweet guy. He took my call right away and he came right out. I have the legendary Van Dyke Parks who is more known as a write and an arranger. He played accordion on some things. I had Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers who did a lot of organ and keyboards for me. I had Garth Hudson from The Band- which is one of my favorite bands of all time. He was over here and did some organ on a song. I had Dwight Yoakam and Kid Rock on the same record. They’re both hard workers- in fact everyone was. On “White Boy,” my son Ben played drums and a little guitar. I have the Blind Boys of Alabama even on a song called “Secular Praise.” I ran into them on an elevator and got talking to them one night and that’s how that got started. And of course, Graham Nash, who is an old friend of mine. When I first wrote that song, “Parachute,” I figured out that I shouldn’t be in denial that it sounded like the Eagles. I decided just to not take it another way and have Graham sing harmony on that. 

KMJ- Do you have a favorite track on the album?

TBS- Not really. Everything on here is on here for a reason. I don’t really have a favorite track- I’m happy with all of it. 

KMJ- We mentioned your work with the Eagles a couple times. You guys finished an amazing 16 month international tour this summer, how was that experience overall?

TBS- It was great. We had a really good European run. And before that, we were doing most all of the states. It’s been an incredible experience for all of us. The fact that’s still alive and vibrant is amazing. The music still means a lot to a lot of people. We have a lot of people come experience it with us. I couldn’t have imagined that it would be going this strong at our ages. It’s still very exciting and pretty great. And now with some stuff that’s new in my life, it’s recharging me in another way too. It’s great to have the newness in my solo career and then the thing with the Eagles. I couldn’t really ask for anything more. I hear people around my age talking about
retirement and it’s just not something that is in my future. There’s no stop sign out there. And luckily, I don’t have to. I have a great job. 

KMJ- The relationship dynamic between the group members has been well-documented, how is that today?

TBS- It’s really good. Basically, we all have our separate lives and our separate families. We come together and we work. And we work very hard. And when it comes to take breaks, we scatter. We don’t socialize all the much together outside of work. And that is okay, it doesn’t mean that anyone is having problems. It simply means that we have our own things going on. It just means that we’re not young and sharing a big house together. You know what I mean? The other three guys have young children that they’re raising. My youngest is 19 and in college. So things are really good. We have a really good work ethic. We come together to go to work. 

KMJ- Will we be hearing new music again from the Eagles anytime in the future? 

TBS- You know, that’s hard to say. It was pretty difficult to get out this last record. It took a long time. There’s a lot of elements to take into consideration. We’re a complicated group of people- including myself. I think we’ll just wait and see. My tendency is to say probably not. But I’m not so sure. I’ve learned to not make statements like that. So we’ll have to wait and see. 

New Music Video From Maren Morris - "80's Mercedes"

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Celluloid Country - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans in Apache Rose

Movie title: Apache Rose
Starring: Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
Release date: 1947

A handful of old movies starring country music stars have (somewhat) recently fallen into the public domain. Summer being movie season, it makes sense to help share them here to watch at your convenience. Our fourth feature stars Roy Rogers is an oil prospector who wants to get rights to drill for oil on a promising piece of land. Dale Evans (as Billie) sails a local tugboat named "Apache Rose" and Olin Howlin is Mr. Rogers' lovable old codger friend "Alkali". Bob Nolan and the "Sons of the Pioneers" are around when necessary. Gamblers aboard the boat "Casino Del Mar" aka "S.S. Casino" are the main adversaries, led by nasty George Meeker (as Reed Calhoun).

 

That Nashville Sound Sunday Newsbytes

Lots of new music videos to share with our readers again on this lazy summer Sunday. Any favorites?

- Morgan Myles - "We Won't Go Home"

- Wayne Garner - "VooDoo Queen"

- SHEL - "You Could Be My Baby"

- Ruthie Collins - "Dear Dolly"

- Dylan Scott - "My Girl"

- Brian Collins - "Healing Highways"

- Lera Lynn - "Drive"

- Tony McKee - "Lightning Bugs"

- Clutch - "A Quick Death in Texas"

- Sasha McVeigh - "When I'm Over You"

- Texan Casey Donahew has a brand new live album called All Night Party that will be out on the 19th of this month.

- Listen to the new title track off of the upcoming release of Luke Winslow-King's I'm Glad Trouble Don't Last Always.



 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes

It's been a big week of country music news so we've culled it here with some links for you to discover some new projects and videos that you might find of interest.

- Greensky Bluegrass announced that they'll have their next album Shouted, Written Down and Quoted will come out on September 23rd via the band’s own Big Blue Zoo Records/Thirty Tigers label. "You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band," says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album's writing duties. "All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There's a flow to this album, just like there's a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It's a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape."

- Sara Evans has signed to Sugar Hill Records and will release her eighth album in early 2017 for the new label.“It doesn’t have to be in any specific genre and that’s what I’m excited about,” says Evans. “I can sing really country and mountainy bluegrass, mostly because that’s what I was raised on, and how I first loved to sing. I definitely do have that. However, I can sing pop, country, blues and anything as long as it is a song that moves me. It’s kind of funny in the pitch meetings, because people might pitch a song and say, ‘Well, it’s not really country, it’s more on the pop side,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t care about all of that. All I want is a great song.’”

- Check out this new music video from eclectic roots band The Devil Makes Three entitled "Champagne and Reefer."

- Dean Brody released the music video for his new single, "Bush Party."

- Listen to this great new cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Hey Tonight" by The Mavericks.

- Gavin DeGraw will be releasing a brand new album on Sept. 9 entitled Something Worth Saving and he's launched a PledgeMusic campaign with all kinds of fun swag that you can get if you're a fan.

-  Do yourself a favor and go over and pre-order the amazing book Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.  Author Tamara Saviano has carefully woven a beautiful dedication to one of this generation's finest storytellers and poets. Artists like Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs performed his tunes and nearly every Texas artist that has permanently marked that music landscape looks to the late artist as an icon. Saviano uses his deep music catalog and fantastic stories within the music business to celebrate in a way that's truly special. It's a must-read.

- Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand are releasing their newest album We Rode On on 8/19.

- Blackberry Smoke premiered their latest song "Believe You Me."