Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Riders In The Sky Put The Western In Country & Western With Upcoming Roy Rogers Dedication Album Release

Artist: Riders in the Sky
Album: Riders in the Sky Salute Roy Rogers: King of the Cowboys
Label: Riders Radio Records
Release date: Feb. 26, 2016

Longtime country music veterans and frequent Grand Ole Opry performers Riders in the Sky release a new album later this month and it's a dedication to one of the great Country Music Hall of Famers of all time. They salute iconic western movie, music and TV star Roy Rogers, the undisputed King of the Cowboys. The project features family-friendly favorites from Roy's long career that include "Don't Fence Me In," "Pecos Bill," "Happy Trails" and more wrapped up in the Riders' two-time Grammy-winning high yodeling style.

Riders in the Sky is made up of lead singer/guitarist Ranger Doug (Douglas B. Green), singer/fiddler Woody Paul (Paul Chrisman), singer/bassist Too Slim (Fred LaBour) and Joey the Cowpolka King (Joey Miskulin) on accordion. They usually introduce themselves as "Ranger Doug, The Idol of American Youth", "Woody Paul, the King of the Cowboy Fiddlers", "Too Slim, the Man of a Thousand Hats" and "Joey, the Cowpolka King".

Track listing:

  1. A Gay Ranchero
  2. Blue Shadows on the Trail
  3. Skyball Paint
  4. My Adobe Hacienda
  5. Pecos Bill
  6. Don't Fence Me in
  7. Roll on Texas Moon
  8. Hawaiian Cowboy
  9. Lights of Old Santa Fe
  10. Hadie Brown
  11. Let Us Now Praise Gabby Hayes
  12. Yellow Rose of Texas
  13. Along the Navajo Trail
  14. Happy Trails (To You)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Nickel Creek's Sean Watkins Readies New Solo Album For Release In March

Artist: Sean Watkins (of Nickel Creek)
Album: What To Fear
Artist: Thirty Tigers
Release date: March 18, 2016

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming the itinerant and genre-hopping ensemble Watkins Family Hour with his sister Sara. However, in the last year he has taken on the role of solo artist. On March 18, Sean will release his new album What To Fear via Thirty Tigers, a follow-up to 2014's All I Do Is Lie, which had been his first solo record in nearly a decade.

"Ever since I was a kid, I always thought it was so funny when some news anchor would say something like 'Are the shoes you're wearing giving you cancer? Stay tuned for the answer right after this!' and then an ad comes on which they get paid for. It's a pretty simple and genius plan," said Watkins. "Where we get our information from is very important. Fear can keep us safe, but it can also cause us to make harsh reactionary decisions that we regret later."

From the press release:
"Watkins deftly juggles the observational and the autobiographical, convincingly taking on the personalities of others - a stalker, a preacher, a cynical newscaster - and then juxtaposing them with a voice that is clearly his own. Watkins' singing unites disparate narrative threads; he's disarmingly honest and sympathetic, no matter whom the character he is channeling might be. Similarly, he has managed to combine the work of his acoustic collaborators - the gifted young Northern Californian trio Bee Eaters - with the robust bass and drums combo of Matt Chamberlain and Mike Elizondo."
What To Fear includes guest-star turns from Sara as well as pianist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing).
Track List:
01) What To Fear
02) Last Time For Everything
03) I Am What You Want
04) Keep Your Promises II
05) Everything
06) Where You Were Living
07) Too Little Too Late
08) Local Honey
09) Tribulations
10) Back On My Feet

Friday, February 5, 2016

Mary Chapin Carpenter Teams With Producer Dave Cobb On Upcoming May Album Release

Artist: Mary Chapin Carpenter
Album: The Things That We Are Made Of
Label: Lambent Light/Thirty Tigers
Release date: May 6, 2016

The Things That We Are Made Of, the new full-length album by singer/songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter, will be released May 6 on Lambent Light Records via Thirty Tigers. Produced by 2016 Producer of the Year Grammy-nominee Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), the album features eleven new songs, including the lead track “Something Tamed Something Wild,” which can be heard/streamd via Soundcloud below.

The Things That We Are Made Of was recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium and Low Country Sound studios during the spring and summer of 2016. In addition to Carpenter (vocals, electric/acoustic guitar), the album features Cobb (electric/acoustic/gut string guitar, percussion, Moog, Mellotron), Annie Clements (bass), Brian Allen (bass), Chris Powell (drums, percussion), Mike Webb (piano, B3 organ, reed organ, Mellotron, Fender Rhodes) and Jimmy Wallace (piano, B3 organ).

Of the album, Carpenter comments, “Working with Dave felt great from the first day of our sessions. He is always willing to try something new, believes that ‘yes’ is the only answer, and surrounds himself with wonderfully talented and generous musicians; by the end of the project, I felt as if I was a part of a new family.”

Cobb adds, “I wanted to work with Mary Chapin because very few people can cut with words like she can. She’s an absolute poet and legend. I was so happy to collaborate on this album together."

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Grand Ole Opry Performance Music Video From Vince Gill- "Peaceful Easy Feeling" (Glenn Frey Tribute)

New Music Video From Wynonna - "Jesus and a Jukebox"

Cyndi Lauper To Take A Little Detour In May

Artist: Cyndi Lauper
Album: Detour
Label: Sire Records
Release date: May 6, 2016

Cyndi Lauper upcoming new country album Detour is leaning on some of her new friends from Nashville. The 12-track album includes guest features from Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jewel, Alison Krauss and Willie Nelson.

Detour highlights all of her favorite classic country songs including two Patsy Cline songs, “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces.”

“I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song — or two — because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That’s how close I felt to her. When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to,” she explains. “These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.”

The new project is her first release on Sire Records and was produced by Seymour Stein.

Cyndi Lauper, Detour Track Listing

1. “Funnel of Love”
2. “Detour” featuring Emmylou Harris
3. “Misty Blue”
4. “Walkin’ After Midnight”
5. “Heartaches by the Number”
6. “The End of the World”
7. “Night Life” featuring Willie Nelson
8. “Begging to You”
9. “You’re the Reason Our Kids Are Ugly” featuring Vince Gill
10. “I Fall to Pieces”
11. “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart” featuring Jewel
12. “Hard Candy Christmas” featuring Alison Krauss

Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Swon Brothers Drop Surprise Timeless EP

Artist: Swon Brothers
Album: Timeless EP
Label: TSB Records
Release date: Jan. 29, 2016

By the time their season on the The Voice ended, it seemed a foregone conclusion that The Swon Brothers were going to take home the win. As for their second project release, that was a bit more of a surprise.

"SURPRISE. NEW MUSIC is finally out," the Swons posted on their Facebook page. The duo posted on social media in recent weeks that new music was coming soon.

Timeless" dropped with six songs. Colton and Micah Swon had released their debut CD in October 2014 on Arista Nashville, but left the label one year later.

“We just want to get it right. We’re not in a rush. Once it’s out, it’s out. That’s kind of our take on it, Fans deserve our best. People have supported us by buying records, showing up to shows, and they’re giving us their best, so they deserve our best in return. And I think our biggest thing on this record is, our sound is really developing.”

1. Just Another Girl
2. Nobody
3. Throwback
4. Timeless
5. Killing Me
6. You Got Somebody