Thursday, June 30, 2016

Waylon Jennings' Lost Nashville Sessions To Be Released In September

Artist: Waylon Jennings
Album: The Lost Nashville Sessions
Label: Country Rewind
Release date: September 2, 2016

It has a listing for release in both vinyl and CD form and has an album cover design for sale on Amazon. Beyond that, there's not many more details about this intriguing new project from the late Waylon Jennings that is forthcoming in September. An email into the label has (so far) produced no return information to share with our readers.

The last project released by the Jennings family was the 2012 Saguaro Road Recordings project, Goin' Down Rockin: The Last Recordings.

After in incredible music career that spanned nearly six decades and ultimately made him the face of the Outlaw Country movement in the 1970's, Jennings passed away from complications of diabetes in 2002.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Mavericks Plan October Release Of Live Album

Artist: The Mavericks
Album: All Night Live, Vol. 1
Label: Mono Mundo Recordings
Release date: October 2016

The Mavericks, one of the most independent-minded bands in the history of American music, have gone full indie, launching their own record label and announcing two new releases in the year ahead. Mono Mundo Recordings is a partnership that brings together the Mavericks, Nashville distribution and marketing innovators Thirty Tigers and the band’s trusted Ventura, Calif.-based co-producer Niko Bolas. It’s the first time since signing to MCA Records in 1991 that the Mavericks have opted out of the traditional label system.

A live album named All Night Live, Vol. 1 is set for release in October 2016, and a studio project set for spring of 2017. All this follows the Mavericks’ renewal in 2011 after a hiatus, which led to the most fruitful creative period in their career: The band came blazing back with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, earning two Grammy nominations and winning the AMA’s Americana Group/Duo of the Year award in 2015. The new label, which puts the Mavericks entirely in charge of their own artistic and business destiny, finds the veteran group as dedicated as ever to its work, its fans and its renowned live shows.

“This was a thought we had sitting on our back porch when we were having conversations about what was going to happen with the band,” says founding member and lead singer/songwriter Raul Malo. “It was always in the back of our mind to do our own label, in partnership with somebody. This is the right parties coming together at the right time.” Malo adds that the move is exciting and empowering. “It feels like we can do what we want now. I’m really looking forward to this time in the Mavericks’ life.”

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Matt Kennon To Release Leaving Ain't Letting Go On July 15

Artist: Matt Kennon
Album: Leaving Ain't Letting Go
Label: Roaddawg Records
Release date: July 15, 2016

As a songwriter, Matt Kennon has centered around lyrics and songs to tell his story and the stories of countless others who have been challenged by life and have overcome the odds to achieve success. As a singer, the passion behind his life experience is in every note. “I don’t want to sing about anything that I haven’t been through,” he says. “It’s honest and it’s real.”

He's back telling another batch of new stories with the July 15 release of Leaving Ain't Letting Go.

Matt’s breakthrough single off his self-titled major label 2010 album release, “The Call,” is a perfect example. Written with Noah Gordon and Jeremy Campbell, the song spoke to the saving power of a well-timed phone call. “I’ve known people who have committed suicide and I knew girls that had abortions,” Matt says. “We’re not going to bring anybody back with this song, but hopefully we can save lives.

“A lot of people are longing to talk and to be heard,” he adds.

The whiskey-voiced Georgian has a story to tell and songs to sing. “I put my life story all over my body,” the heavily tattooed Kennon says. “You can just look at me and know I’ve lived a pretty wild life. God’s going to use that as a testimony.”

While he went through a rebellious phase that saw him chasing wine, whiskey, women and worse, he came out the other side intact. “The good Lord’s been watching out for me,” Matt says. “I was raised in a Christian home; we went to church twice on Sunday and once on Wednesday. There was a rebellious side, but that upbringing stuck with me.

“I’m a walking contradiction,” he adds with a smile.

“I want to touch people with my music,” Matt says. “This is my calling. This is what God put me on this earth to do. Whether it’s a hundred people or a million, I want to have an impact.”

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Charlie Daniels To Release Album Of Cowboy Songs In August

Artist: Charlie Daniels Band
Album: Nighthawk
Label: BFD
Release date: Aug. 26, 2016

Newly crowned Country Music Hall of Fame member Charlie Daniels will be turning 80 this next year, but he's not slowing down a bit, planning a new acoustic album of cowboy songs that he's been holding onto for some time. The project will be out on August 26, 2016.

According to Daniels, the project is, "called Nighthawk and it’s an album of some cowboy songs that I have been — I can’t say “collecting” but at least aware of for a number of years that I wanted to record. A lot of them are songs people haven’t actually heard because they’re kind of obscure, maybe songs that weren’t recorded or were recorded in a way nobody had really heard them before. It lent itself to a campfire, front-porch type of an approach, an acoustic sound that would not have drums or electric instruments on it. It’s that kind of an album — campfire songs and that sort of thing. When I say “campfire,” it sounds like I’m talking about a Boy Scout thing! It’s not that at all. It’s an album that you really need to listen to the lyrics on it, because the lyrics are meaningful on a lot of this stuff."

“In my years of music, we've never tried to follow trends. We just made our brand of music. I've just always tried to deliver the best music I can to the fans. Most of our songs have a timeless message or story. I think that's probably what makes our music transcend time,” said Daniels.

Daniels said the acoustic album is a tribute to working cowboys. A voracious reader, Daniels reads three to four books at a time on his iPad. He said Westerns are among his favorite fiction works.

“I think I’ve read everything Louis L’Amour ever wrote,” he said.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

That Nashville Sound Thursday Newsbytes

The Randy Rogers Band
Lots of new music videos out today including four live performance videos from Jon Pardi off of his fantastic new California Sunrise album out last week. "She Ain't In It" is particularly strong- one of the favorite tracks of the year so far.

- Jon Pardi - "Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose" - Music Video

- Jon Pardi - She Ain't In It" - Music Video

- Jon Pardi - "California Sunrise" - Music Video

- Jon Pardi - "Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Here" - Music Video

- Brett Eldredge - "Wanna Be That Song" - Music Video

- Cam talked about her latest single "Mayday" and the story behind the song on this video interview.

- Kelleigh Bannen - "Landlocked" - Music Video

- Randy Rogers Band - "San Antone" - Music Video


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

That Nashville Sound Wednesday Newsbytes

Crystal Shawanda is back in the studio recording her new project.
Happy hump day. Lots of new music to look forward to in today's round-up.

- Brandy Clark performed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR featuring a few songs from her fantastic new album Big Day in a Small Town.

- Stephen and Eric from Love & Theft are back in the studio recording their fourth album- this one their first for Curb Records.

- Former Eden's Edge lead Hannah Blaylock released an edgy new song entitled "10 Men Down."

- Canadian sensation Crystal Shawanda is back in the studio as well recording what she described as  "a Blues/rock/soul/roots" record.

- The hot new all-girls trio of Post Monroe made their Opry debut and released their debut music video off of their Dave Haywood (Lady Antebellum) produced EP. Watch "Red Hot American Summer" HERE.

- James Dupre shows classic country and vocalists are alive and well in this new music video for "Stoned To Death."

- After her critically acclaimed classic 2014 album The Goldmine, Kelsey Weldon returns on August 12 with her next project, I've Got A Way. She's released a music video off of that upcoming project entitled "All By Myself."

- Cody Jinks unwrapped the title track for his upcoming August 12 album "I'm Not the Devil" that you can listen to HERE.

- Outlaw country jazz singer Freddy Powers has passed away.


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

That Nashville Sound Tuesday Newsbytes

A few new projects and a couple of new music videos make up this Tuesday's news round-up:

- That Nashville Sound's favorite news of the day is that Texas traditionalist Cody Jinks has a brand new album coming out on August 12 called I'm Not the Devil. His 2015 project Adobe Sessions was brilliant and made our top albums of the year list.

- The Grand Ole Opry posted a live performance video of Dot Records artist Ashley Campbell singing that powerful dedication to her father Glen, "Remembering."

- Luke Bryan is growing up. He's moving from his traditional annual Spring Break EP release to one called Farm Tour … Here's to the Farmer set for release on September 23rd.

- Austin native Dale Watson will be releasing a live album appropriately titled Live at the Big T Roadhouse, Chicken S#!+ Bingo Sunday. It lands August 19.

- Frankie Ballard released a new music video for one of his new El Rio album tracks, "Good as Gold."

- Former Steel Magnolia duo member Meghan Linsey recorded a live performance of "Neon Sky" for the YouTube channel Nashville Sessions that highlights her great vocal talent.

- Jack Ingram has a bunch of special PledgeMusic pre-order opportunities for his new August release project, Midnight Motel.

Monday, June 20, 2016

New Music Video From Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott & The Scott Family - "Thy Will"

Kate York and Joe Pisapia Collaborate On New EP

Artist: Kate York and Joe Pisapia
Album: Self-Titled
Release date: June 17, 2016

She's written more than a dozen songs for ABC's (and now CMT's) Nashville as well as songs for the likes of Little Big Town, Mindy Smith and Sarah Buxton. He's a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as a member of kd lang's band and worked with Ben Folds Five, Drew Holcolmb, Chuck Mead and a number of other independent Nashville artists.

Together, they've come together and released an EP that is available at their regular songwriter haunts that they play regularly in Nashville.

The first publically release "single" is titled "No One Else Will Do" and the music video can be watched below.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

New Music Video From The Last Bandoleros - "Where Do You Go?"

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott (& The Scott Family) Set July 29 For Album Release

Artist: Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
Album: Love Remains
Label: Capitol Nashville
Release date: July 29, 2016

Hillary Scott, one-third of the popular group Lady Antebellum, is set to release a Christian album featuring her family. In an open letter on social media earlier this year, Scott introduced her latest musical endeavor and first single, "Thy Will." With the song on its way to country and Christian radio, it was leaked that her debut album Love Remains by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family will be out on July 29.
"I'm so excited. The day is finally here that I get to share with you all what I've been up to," announced Scott. "I have made a faith-based album titled Love Remains. The best part about this collection of songs is that it is featuring my mom, Linda Davis, my father, Lang Scott, and my little sister, Rylee Scott, all produced by Ricky Skaggs.
"So ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you Hillary Scott & The Scott Family. I wanted to first share 'Thy Will.' I wrote this song about a very recent experience that left me heartbroken, asking why, and facing some of my most difficult days. This song is my letter to God. As I ask some really hard questions, I hold onto the truth that there is so much to the story of my life that I can't see, but that I still choose to trust Him," she wrote to fans.


Friday, June 17, 2016

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes

We've got a few details on new projects today...

- Rory Feek has finished what looks to be an emotional and beautiful documentary on his wife Joey that will come out in September for a single night run.

- Lee Ann Womack is headed to Texas to get back into the studio to begin the recording process on her next album.

- It appears that LeAnn Rimes next project will center around Brandi Carlile's "My Story."

- Justin Moore will release his fourth studio album, Kinda Don’t Care, on Aug. 12 on The Valory Music Co.

- The great Dolly Parton will be releasing her next album entitled Pure & Simple on August 19 in a collaboration with her Dolly Records and Sony.

- Kelleigh Bannen is releasing an EP called Cheap Sunglasses today.