Friday, September 4, 2015
Thursday, September 3, 2015
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Monday, August 31, 2015
"Softly & Tenderly" from Hickory Films on Vimeo.
Rory Feek posted this about this new track on his blog today. God bless the two of them- take a minute to say a prayer for them- they need a little miracle.
"Less than a week before we came here to Atlanta, Joey and I went into a studio in Nashville and recorded twelve tracks for a brand new album. It’s a record that Joey has always wanted to do… an album of nothing but old traditional hymns. Since this is a project that has been a dream of hers to do since she was very young, I let her choose all the songs. Most of the ones she chose I knew fairly well, and some I’m still getting familiar with. Songs like… “It Is Well With My Soul”, “Old Rugged Cross”, “I Surrender All”, “How Great Thou Art”, “He Touched Me” and a many others."
"I didn’t grow up with hymns or gospel music in my life. I was sorta raised Catholic (mostly because my Mom had been raised Catholic I think) and the few times that we went to church, they didn’t play those kinds of songs there. Much later in life, when I was in the service, I started going to non-denominational churches and slowly became acquainted with these old songs. Now I can’t get enough of them."
"Joey was raised singing hymns in the little church in Indiana that her and her family went to growing up. She has always loved them.. and because of her, and because of what God has done in my life, I have learned to love them deeply too. As a songwriter, I’ve also fallen in love with how simple, yet brilliant, the lyrics and melodies to these songs are. They say so much, with so little."
"We will travel back home this coming weekend to play sold-out concerts at our farm on Friday and Saturday nights, and then on Sunday evening, we’re going to do a special tv taping at our concert hall for the new hymns album. It’s a lot for us to do, especially since Joey’s in the middle of chemo and radiation right now, and she doesn’t feel well… but this record is important to her, and she wants to do the taping before the next round of chemo takes her hair and most of her energy away."
"We’ve been staying in a hotel a block or so from Cancer Treatment Center, and when Joey finishes her chemo and radiation treatments each day at the hospital, she’s been coming back to the room and recording her vocals for this new album. Since we aren’t home and won’t be home much in the next month or so, we set up a small microphone here in the hotel room and in between treatments and taking care of little Indy, Joey’s been singing the songs that mean the most to her. Songs like this one…"
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Album: First Comes the Night
Label: Vanguard Records
Release date: Nov. 13, 2015
Chris Isaak’s new album First Comes the Night produced by Paul Worley (Dixie Chicks, Lady Antebellum), Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell) and longtime Isaak collaborator Mark Needham will be released on Vanguard Records on November 13th. Recorded primarily in Nashville and Los Angeles, First Comes the Night is Isaak’s 13th studio album consisting of 12 new songs. A second configuration - a deluxe version with five additional cuts - will be released simultaneously. It is Isaak’s first recording of all original songs in over six years. First Comes the Night is the follow up release to Isaak’s critically acclaimed 2011 Beyond the Sun, his tribute album to Sun Records, Sam Phillips and the visionary artists who helped shape the early sounds of rock n’ roll.
Commented Isaak on his upcoming album: “I totally enjoyed recording in Nashville – a city filled with terrific musicians and what an honor to work with such great producers. As for the new songs, I like to mix it up so there’s some dark ones, funny ones and romantic ones. You have to absolutely play these songs after the break up while you’re cleaning the house.”
Saturday, August 29, 2015
Dot Records artist and daughter of Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, posted this fun video showcasing her musicianship. It's what she calls a "nerd-alert" video of she and friend Eli Bishop playing the theme from the Super Mario Brothers video game.
Friday, August 28, 2015
Album: Desperate Times: Songs of the Old 97's
Label: PledgeMusic indie
Release date: Fall 2015
Desperate Times, an album of Old 97’s songs covered by a group of mostly Texas based country and alt-country acts has been announced and is being currently funded on PledgeMusic HERE. The group of artists have come together to help fund a project for charity: water, a non-profit organization that’s working to bring clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
The Old 97's are an alternative country band from Dallas, Texas. Formed in 1993, they have since released ten studio albums, two full extended plays, shared split duty on another, and have one live album. They are recognized as pioneers of the alt-country movement during the mid to late 1990s along with bands such as Uncle Tupelo, Drive-By Truckers, Whiskeytown, and The Jayhawks.
The album features songs by artists, including:
Monte Warden (The Wagoneers) & Chip Kinman (Rank & File)
The Deathray Davies
Album: British Live Performance Series
Release date: Sep. 18, 2015
Los Angeles-based label Rainman Records has announced the "British Live Performance Series," an eclectic mix of artists captured live in England. Recorded between 1979 and 1991, the series will cover a wide array of artists and music styles including classic rock, pop and contemporary hitmakers. The first album, out September 18, is a live show from the iconic country singer Glen Campbell. DVDs of most shows will become available as well.
"We're excited to be bringing these U.K. shows to a U.S. audience," says Rainman Records president Ron Rainey. "When I first heard these recordings, I knew immediately we had to release them. They deserve to be heard."
The Glen Campbell project is the now-retired legend's first live album in 14 years, and was recorded in 1990 at the Dome in Doncaster, England. Backed by the Jeff Dayton Band, it features his biggest hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix." The inclusion of Paul McCartney's worldwide chart-topper "Mull Of Kintyre" allows Campbell to show off his instrumental prowess...on the bagpipes! In complete contrast, Jimmy Webb's "Highwayman" and Ralph McTell's "Streets Of London" are performed solo, with simple guitar backing.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Album: Country Evolution
Release date: Sep. 18, 2015
Home Free is an American a cappella group of five vocalists, Austin Brown, Rob Lundquist, Chris Rupp, Tim Foust and Adam Rupp. Country Evolution is the third studio album from the country quintet and winners of NBC s "The Sing-Off" Season 4. The high-energy album featuring their trademark tight harmonies is produced by longtime collaborator Darren Rust, and features 11 tracks and special guests Charlie Daniels, Oak Ridge Boys and YouTube star Taylor Davis.
Since being crowned "The Sing-Off" victors, Home Free has made their mark on the music scene with selling more than 150,000 copies of their first two studio albums, embarking on two major tours and amassing over 40 million YouTube views.
Founded by brothers Chris and Adam Rupp during their college years in the early 2000s, Home Free had been perfecting their sound and show for years prior to NBC s The Sing-Off --performing together for packed crowds at major fairs, colleges and theaters. It was their experience on the road that carried them to a Sing-Off victory, building their fan base and bringing their homegrown country style into the national spotlight. For the five talented singers based in Minnesota, their win was a satisfying culmination of nearly a decade of hard work and commitment to their vocal craft
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Label: Arista Nashville
Release date: Oct. 23, 2015
Carrie Underwood's first album in three years, 'Storyteller', is set to be released this fall. The new single, "Smoke Break" will be the first of 13 new tracks to be released.
"This is the longest time I've taken between studio albums," Underwood told in an interview with EW. "I've been listening to some of these songs for two years and to still be excited about them is great but then it's like 'Oh my gosh, is everybody else going to like it?' I'm more nervous now that I've taken time."
"I feel like [Storyteller] is just really relatable. There's going to be a lot of songs on the album that people can listen to and be like 'I totally get what you're trying to say. Each album so far has had its own look, its own feel, its own sound and this upcoming album is definitely no exception."
“I just went with it,” she says. “I love the story telling aspect of country music … it’s one of the reasons I always wanted to be a part of it.”
Monday, August 24, 2015
Artist: Ashley Gearing
Album: Ashley Gearing EP
Label: Curb Records
Release date: Sept. 4, 2015
Ashley Gearing made her chart debut in 2003 with the song "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?". That track, which peaked at #37, made her the youngest solo artist to enter the Bilboard country charts. "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?" was released as a single on Lyric Street Records, although a full album never materialized on that label. Her first full length album, Maybe It's Time, was released by Squeeze Records in 2006.
In 2007, she signed to Curb Records and now six singles and eight years later, the label is finally releasing a self-titled EP for the fledgling artist.