Thursday, May 26, 2016

New Acoustic Music Video From Brandy Clark - "Big Day In A Small Town"

That Nashville Sound Thursday Newsbytes

Sunny Sweeney posted this in-studio photo to her Instagram page
With summer just around the corner, there's lots happening in and around country music at the moment.

- Craig Morgan just unveiled his new music video for "I'll Be Home Soon." You can watch it HERE.

- Gary Allan released his brand new single entitled "Do You Wish It Was Me?" and  you can listen to it HERE.

- Austin City Limits released a couple of performance videos from the late Guy Clark. "Desperadoes Waiting For A Train" and "Dublin Blues" are definitely worth watching if simply for their sentimental value.

- Congratulations to Texas troubadour Drew Kennedy and his wife on the early birth of their new son, Oliver Dennis Kennedy. Send good healthy thoughts to the family that their little guy's early arrival just means he's going to have good healthy singing lungs soon.

- Wade Hayes is back in the studio recording new music.

- Sunny Sweeney also announced that she's in studio working on a new project as well.

- Legendary songwriter John Prine has released a new project that can be downloaded with your choice of donation through NoiseTrade called Live in Asheville, '86.

- The band Alabama will be getting a new exhibit in The Country Music Hall of Fame.

- David Nail's new album Fighter will land on July 15.
 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

New Two-CD Live Willie Nelson Album To Feature Cash, Jennings, Colter, Kristofferson and King

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: New Years Eve in Houston 1984
Label: Golden Rain
Release date: Aug 12, 2016

Although he'd claimed in 1970, following poor record sales and a bad relationship with his then label RCA, that he was retiring from music, in 1972 Willie Nelson moved to Austin and became part of the bourgeoning hippie-country scene then exploding in the Texan capital. His popularity in Austin soared as he played his own brand of country music, marked additionally by folk and jazz influences, so Nelson decided to return to the recording business, and by February 1973, he was making his acclaimed Shotgun Willie at Atlantic Studios in New York. When Nelson, Jennings, Kris Kristofferson, and Johnny Cash formed The Highwaymen in the mid-1980s, they achieved platinum record sales and toured the world.

All four Highwaymen - along with Jessi Colter and B.B. King - appeared at the 1984 New Year's Eve show now released for the first time on this 2 x CD set. Something of a spectacular and broadcast across numerous local stations throughout the southern states, this superb performance from Willie and co. set the ball rolling for what was to become an annual event in the Willie Nelson diary and one that still continues to this very day, with the 2015 event taking place on the televised Austin City Limits, with guests Kacey Musgraves and Willy's son Lukas Nelson with his group Promise Of The Real.

Disc: 1
  1. Intro
  2. Whiskey River
  3. Stay A Little Longer
  4. If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time
  5. Blue Skies
  6. I Gotta Get Drunk
  7. Happy New Year
  8. Georgia On The Fast Train
  9. Forgiving You Is Easy
  10. I'M Not Lisa
  11. Storms Never Last
  12. Me & Paul
  13. America
  14. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain
  15. Georgia On My Mind
  16. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
  17. On The Road Again
  18. Always On My Mind

Disc: 2
  1. City Of New Orleans
  2. Stardust
  3. I'M A Memory
  4. Let The Good Times Roll
  5. Night Life
  6. She Is Gone
  7. Thrill Is Gone
  8. Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
  9. Good Hearted Woman
  10. Are You Ready For The Country'
  11. To All The Girls I've Loved Before
  12. Johnny Cash Impression
  13. I Still Miss Someone
  14. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
  15. Amazing Grace
  16. Uncloudy Day
  17. Whiskey River (Reprise)
  18. The Eye Of The Storm

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Little Big Town To Release Wanderlust In June

Artist: Little Big Town
Album: Wanderlust
Label: Capitol Nashville
Release date: June 10

Grammy Award-winning group Little Big Town will perform the new song, “One Of Those Days,” tonight on the season finale of NBC’s “The Voice,” with the song available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital service providers now.

Written by Little Big Town and Pharrell Williams, “One Of Those Days” will be the first song from the group’s new album, Wanderlust, produced by Pharrell, available Friday, June 10. From Capitol Records Nashville, Wanderlust will feature eight brand new songs from the group and the mega producer.

Wanderlust is the result of an incredible friendship and chemistry we have with Pharrell Williams,” said Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild. ”What started out as one writing session a few months ago turned into multiple writing sessions, as well as back and forth trips from Nashville to Los Angeles. When the songs started coming together, we realized it was too special to not share with our fans. Pharrell loves country music and is a huge fan of harmony. That shared passion and appreciation took us on a creative journey we had no idea would happen. The music feels like our worlds have collided in the best possible way - his infectious grooves paired with our layered vocals and harmonies. This music is meant to be danced to, sung along with and turned up loud. It's uplifting and hopeful. We've been a band for a long time and have had the pleasure of collaborating with so many people, and it's been a complete joy to make music with Pharrell!”

“We had a great time working together because we all love harmonies and that’s a really fun way to make a record,” Pharrell added. “A lot of the songs were based on what the group were going through at the time and creating good feelings around those experiences.”

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Jack Ingram Unveils New Song Written For and Dedicated to Guy Clark

Clark, Griffin, Throckmorton, Keen, and Ingram
Earlier today, Jack Ingram went to Facebook and unveiled a song entitled "Sailor and the Sea" that he wrote about Guy Clark and a story that he told Ingram about riding out a hurricane in a boat. The track can be listened to HERE.

Here's what Ingram had to say about the new track:
He told me a story about riding out Hurricane Carla, 1963, in the bay at Rockport on a boat he had helped restore & was scheduled to sail to Florida the next week. Hurricane Carla took out Galveston. It was a big one. He anchored the boat out in the bay with 100 lb test rope. He tied 10 lines of rope to the anchor, each one 10' ft longer than the previous. As one would break there would be 10 more feet of line & the boat remained steady. Storm passed. Made a few minor repairs & sailed the boat to Florida.
The old sailor's poem came to mind:"Red sky morning, Sailor's take warning- Red sky night, Sailor's delight"
In general...  I don't know how it all works- the if and what and why, where, when. I never will. But I do believe in magic. The kind of magic that we make. We make happen every day right here when we need it and especially when we need it now...the kind we muster up when we have the want to, the will, the why the hell not, the what's the worst that could happen and the what else we gonna do- quit...kinda spirit! It ain't because of a feel good, fill me up, help self help motivational pull...it's because quitting feels like shit and never fucking quitting feels fucking great AND gets us all feeling lucky in all the right ways even though we all know luck's for suckers, sucker...but THIS sucker sure as shit AINT NO QUITTER!
Guy Clark never quit. He died trying.
I'm not talking about "trying" to beat what ailed him...I know for a fact he died still trying to write a better song. Trying to cut the word "compromise" out of the artist's dictionary. Trying not to allow the world AS IT IS...NOT "offend his sensibilities" of the world he built every day at his workbench.
I loved Guy. I didn't need him to but he let me know in ways he knew I'd know that he was glad I was in his world. That felt really fuckin' good. He knew I needed that from him and he gave it to me. Guy Clark took moments of absolute CLARITY and turned them into songs that were clearer than the original moment!
If you've EVER tried to explain a dream to ANYBODY then you know that doing that in any meaningful way is damn near IMPOSSIBLE! That's what Guy's songwriting was like...like he explained something in FULL DETAIL that came from a dream, from a moment that was only seen by one person but now was sitting there in full color detail ready to be viewed by the world even more brilliant than when it was a perfect moment!
Guy was my hero. He was my friend. He was hard on my songs. He told me I was doing "Good Work"...which is the same, for Guy Clark, as when your puppy dog licks your face & wets himself because you're the best owner in the whole world!
 I could go on. In fact, I will! I'm gonna do what I've done since the day I first heard a Guy Clark song as a young songwriter...I'm gonna TRY! I'm going to keep trying...try to write a better song than I've written before! Try to write a better one than Guy ever wrote! After I do that...I'm gonna do it again...until I can't do it anymore...then I'll do it all again...or die trying! That's what my heroes would do!
Things Ain't Getting Any Better...But Everything's Gonna Be Okay (me, Shawn Camp & Guy Clark wrote that),
Good bye, Guy...that son of a bitch is comin'..,
Jack

New Music Video From Thompson Square - "You Make It Look So Good"

Friday, May 20, 2016

New Music Video From Darrell Scott- "Down To The River"

David Nail Releases Surprise Covers EP

Artist: David Nail
Album: Uncovered EP
Label: MCA Nashville
Release date: May 20, 2016

Without much fanfare, David Nail released an EP today ahead of his yet-to-be-given-a-release-date of his upcoming album, The Fighter. With covers from of songs from the likes of Mack Davis and Adele, Nail uses the project to cover some of his favorite songs and showcase his soulful voice.

"Something I've always prided myself in is putting the listener in that moment that you're singing about and letting them feel that raw emotion," he said in an interview with Rolling Stone Country. "And Adele's the best I’ve ever heard."

"They're extremely difficult, most importantly," Nail admits, marveling at the powerhouse's vocal majesty. "And ['Someone Like You'] happened really organically and spur of the moment, so I just felt like, 'I don't want to do one for the sake of doing it. When I heard the song we ended up covering, it was so unlike anything that I felt like she had done before, sound-wise," he says. "My initial reaction was, 'If I'm gonna do one, this has got to be it.'"

Track listing:
1. In The Ghetto
2. Can't Feel My Face
3. In The Air Tonight
4. Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
5. Looking For A Good Time




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Guy Clark - 1941 - 2016

Guy Clark, the Grammy Award winning American Texas country and folk singer, musician, songwriter, recording artist, and performer passed away yesterday and the world lost one of its most-amazing poets. He had released more than twenty albums, and his songs have been recorded by other artists including Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy Buffett, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, and Rodney Crowell among many others and in 2014, won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album: My Favorite Picture Of You.

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Henningsens Debut Album World's On Fire To Hit June 1

Artist: The Henningsens
Album: World's On Fire
Release date: June 1, 2016

Made up of a father, son/daughter trio, Brian, Aaron and Clara, the Henningsens have written their fair share of hit songs. Now with their debut album coming out, they hope to have some radio cuts of their own like their own The Band Perry hits “All Your Life” and “You Lie.”

Despite parting ways with their label last year, The Henningsens announced earlier this month that they would be putting out a new album called World’s On Fire out June 1, 2016.

“We’re all the way from very country to bluegrass to something you can’t quite put your finger on,” Brian says of the band’s music, rooted in very melodic, harmony-driven sounds and crossing generations of musical influences. While Brian cites such acts as Pure Prairie League, The Marshall Tucker Band, and The Eagles, Aaron notes influences like Johnny Cash, James Taylor, and Brad Paisley, and Clara is quick to mention Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss, and Nickel Creek. “We try to be very lyrically descriptive,” Brian says. “We always say it when we write: we’re trying to make a little movie play in your mind.”

This album features 13 songs, including "Like a Girl," "Sugar Rush," "Jesus or a Bullet" and the title track.

 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Lori McKenna Unveils Her Dave-Cobb Produced Project, The Bird & The Rifle

Artist: Lori McKenna
Album: The Bird & The Rifle
Release date: July 29

Fresh off her GRAMMY win for writing Little Big Town's "Girl Crush" and her number one with Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind," Lori McKenna is back with her own material with the Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Mary Chapin Carpenter) produced The Bird & The Rifle.

The Stoughton, Massachusetts native on working with Cobb, "when I went in to meet him and he reminded me of one of my brothers," McKenna says with a laugh. "Did you ever meet somebody that you don't know at all and they feel like they could be in your family? That's how I instantly felt with him."

1. Wreck You (Lori McKenna, Felix McTeigue)
2. The Bird & the Rifle (McKenna, Troy Verges, Caitlyn Smith)
3. Giving Up On Your Hometown (McKenna)
4. Halfway Home (McKenna, Barry Dean)
5. Humble & Kind (McKenna)
6. We Were Cool (McKenna)
7. Old Men Young Women (McKenna, Dean, Luke Laird)
8. All These Things (McKenna, Liz Rose)
9. Always Want You (McKenna, Rose, Hillary Lindsey)
10. If Whiskey Were a Woman (McKenna)

 

New Music Video From Marie Osmond - "Music Is Medicine"

Marie Osmond has spent 5 iconic decades in the entertainment industry and has won two Grammy nominations, a CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Award, had numerous Billboard chart-topping singles and albums, and has entertained millions of people through film, television, radio, literature, live concerts and Broadway performances. Perhaps, most importantly, however, she has helped raise over 5 billion dollars to date as co-founder of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. an organization that helps over 11 million children each year.

Music is Medicine marks her latest and the new video from the title track is designed to help raise awareness for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen Collaborate Again On A Live Album Dropping In June

Artist: Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen
Album: Watch This
Label: Lil' Buddy Tunes
Release date: June 3, 2016

The friendship between singer-songwriters Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers goes back about 15 years. That kind of longevity makes for plenty of fodder -- musical, personal and comical -- for their collaborative efforts on stage and on record.

Last time around, they released a critically-acclaimed album (Hold My Beer: Vol. 1), which was released in April of 2015.

This time, they're dropping a live acoustic album. Recorded at House of Blues in Dallas and Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos. 

"You have a friend in the world that just gets you and understands you, and he and I are just that," Bowen said in a recent phone interview. "We are complete opposites in every way, but we get it, we understand it and we respect each other. I respect him as a writer, as a man, just everything. We have an absolute blast together."

Track listing:

1. Tonight's Not the Night
2. Mood Ring
3. Buy Myself A Chance
4. Trouble
5. Interstate
6. Songs About Trucks
7. In My Arms Instead
8. You Had Me At My Best
9. Too Late For Goodbye
10. Whataburger
11. West Texas Rain
12. Fuzzy
13. One Step Closer
14. Satellite
15. One Step Closer
16. Kiss Me In The Dark
17. Who I Am
18. She's Gonna Run
19. Saturday Night

New Music Video From Carrie Underwood - "Church Bells"