Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Music Video From Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen- "Standards"

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lynyrd Skynyrd Schedules New Live Album For June 2 Release

Lynyrd Skynyrd will release a new live album, Sweet Home Alabama, this summer.
Sweet Home Alabama was recorded during the band's appearance on German music program Rockpalast in 1996. In addition to the show, the new reissue includes three songs ("Workin' for MCA, "Free Bird" and "Sweet Home Alabama") recorded at the Hamburg Musikhalle on December 5, 1974.

The 1996 songs were recorded after the band's return to activity as a working band following the long period of inactivity prompted by the plane crash that claimed the lives of three band members, including singer and co-founder Ronnie Van Zant.

Sweet Home Alabama, previously available on DVD, will arrive as a digital audio release as well as a double-disc CD set, with plans for a two-LP vinyl version to follow. The new live release will arrive June 2.
Lynyrd Skynyrd Sweet Home Alabama Track Listing

“Workin’ for MCA”
“I Ain’t the One”
“Down South Jukin’”
“Double Trouble”
“I Know a Little”
“Saturday Night Special”
“Swamp Music”
“What’s Your Name”
“That Smell”
“Simple Man”
“Gimme Three Steps”
“Call Me the Breeze”
“Sweet Home Alabama”
“Free Bird”

1974 bonus tracks

“Workin’ for MCA”
“Free Bird”
“Sweet Home Alabama”

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Music Video From Blake Shelton- "Sangria"


HoneyHoney To Release III on June 9 on Rounder Records

The LA-based duo HoneyHoney are giving fans a sneak peek at their first single, “You and I,” from their third full-length release, III, due out June 9 on Rounder Records. The project is was recorded in Nashville and produced by Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson). According to the press release:
"It delivers straight-from-the-gut honesty and elegance of storytelling that makes the new album both cathartic and electrifying. While the album finds HoneyHoney offering their most finely crafted melodies and richly textured sound to date, the band also embodies a loose and scrappy energy drawn out with some help from Cobb"
The follow up to 2011’s Billy Jack (named one of the top albums of the year by American Songwriter), III finds lead singer/banjo player/violinist Suzanne Santo and vocalist/guitarist Ben Jaffe twisting their harmony-driven mix of country and Americana-infused rock and roll through tales of lost souls, broken boys, and girls with gold in their spit.

“Dave never let me obsess over my vocals,” says Santo, whose sultry but tender voice intensifies the intimacy of each track. “He’d just be like, ‘Nope, that was raw, we got it, we’re good.’” Adds Jaffe: “He didn’t really allow us to overthink anything, which is great for what we do – the more barriers you can remove to get to the soul of it, the better.”

Rolling Stone recently named the highly anticipated record one of “20 Reasons To Love This Year,” declaring that “the fierce, ball-busting attitude that steered the boy-girl twosome during their DIY days is still on full display.”

Listen to the first single, "You and I," below:
 

Limited Release Greg Allman Vinyl Release Features Jackson Browne, Vince Gill and Zac Brown

In conjunction with National Record Store Day, Greg Allman will release a self-titled vinyl record that is emblazoned with his image on it. It will be released on April 18. This 10-inch picture disc comes packed with 4 live tracks from the Midnight Rider himself. Joined by the likes of Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, and Zac Brown, this EP also features 2 unreleased tracks recently recorded in Macon, Georgia.

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally.

TRACKLIST:

Side A:
1. Whipping Post (Live in Macon) (previously unreleased),
2. I’m No Angel (Live in Macon) (previously unreleased)
Side B:
1.   Melissa – Jackson Browne and Gregg Allman (Live at The Fox in Atlanta),
2.   Midnight Rider – Vince Gill, Zac Brown and Gregg Allman (Live at The Fox in Atlanta)

New Music Video From Ray Scott- "Ain't Always Thirsty"

Friday, March 27, 2015

Special Limited Edition Red Vinyl Johnny Cash Live Album To Be Released 4/18.

Johnny Cash will have a special vinyl pressing of a somewhat obscure live album, Koncert V Praze, that will be made available in limited quantities on National Record Store Day, April 18. The album features Johnny Cash playing his greatest hits behind the Iron Curtain in 1983 and will printed on special edition Soviet Red 180 gram vinyl.

Recorded live in Prauge, Czechoslvakia on April 11, 1978 but not released until April 1983. This album was released CBS (Columbia) through Supraphon Records and only in Eastern Europe.
It was reissued on CD by Columbia/Legacy in 2012 as part of "The Complete Columbia Album Collection."

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. There are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.
Koncert V Praze Track listing

1."Ring Of Fire"
2."Folsom Prison Blues"
3."I Still Miss Someone"
4."Big River"
5."I Ride an Old Paint" & "Streets Of Laredo"
6."Sunday Morning Coming Down"
7."I Walk the Line"
8."Last Date"
9."City Of New Orleans"
10."Hey Porter" & "Wreck Of the Old '97" & "Casey Jones" & "Orange Blossom Special"
11."Wabash Cannonball"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Indigo Girls Plan One Lost Day For 6/2 Release

It has been four years since the folk/alt-country/Americana/rock music blend called the Indigo Girls released a new studio album. On June 2nd, their much-anticipated release, One Lost Day, will be available on IG Recordings / Vanguard Records. With the help of visionary new producer Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Lucy Wainwright Roche) and mixer Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, PHOX, Kathleen Edwards), Amy Ray and Emily Sailers have created a landscape of an array of genre and sounds.

On One Lost Day, musicality, whimsy, rawness, sadness and joy move through each of the 13 tracks. This theme is especially evident on the first single, “Happy in the Sorrow Key,” written by Amy Ray. “I drew from lyrics I wrote during some of my travels with the IG’s,” Amy said. “I was thinking about the things that keep us weighed down with non-acceptance and a refusal to embrace impermanence and suffering. I don’t think you can make change for the good until you do, so it’s an activist part of me searching for a way to face reality and still have the energy and passion to work for good.”

One Lost Day was recorded in studios in Nashville, TN and mixed at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios in Fall Creek, WI and at the Parhelion Recording Studios in Atlanta, GA. Musicians Brady Blade and Carol Isaacs from the Indigo Girls’ Beauty Queen Sister returned, along with the Indigo Girls’ touring band. Additionally, Amy and Emily brought in Lex Price (k.d. lang, Mindy Smith), Butterfly Boucher (Ingrid Michaelson, Katie Herzig, Mat Kearney), Fred Eltringham (Sheryl Crow, The Wallflowers, Gigolo Aunts) and Chris Donohue (Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant) to bring a good dose of infectious energy and creativity to the scene.

“We took some chances on the making of One Lost Day, with a new producer, engineer, and various musicians,” Emily said. “Stretching like that felt liberating to me. Each song tells a story of where we’ve been and what we’ve thought about, whom we’ve met, and the travels we’ve had. It is a travelogue on lessons learned and love lived. I’m so glad we brought Jordan Hamlin on board to take us to new musical landscapes for this group of songs. And my relationship with Amy feels further strengthened by the collection of these songs and the diligent effort to make them the best they could be.”

Amy mirrors Emily’s sentiments. “The title sums it up for me,” she said. “This is about the one lost day that rekindled and infused with our spirit to find that making music is just as vibrant and full of passion as it’s even been for us!”

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Browns, Grady Martin and the Oak Ridge Boys Make 2015 Country Music Hall of Fame Class

The Country Music Association announced three newly elected inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Jim Ed Brown and the Browns will be inducted in the Veteran’s Era category.  The late Grady Martin will be inducted as a Recording and/or Touring Musician active prior to 1980.  The Oak Ridge Boys will be the 2015 inductee in the Modern Era category.

These artists will be inducted during a special Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in the CMA Theater later this year. During the Medallion Ceremony, friends and colleagues pay tribute to each inductee through words and song. Bronze plaques honoring each inductee are unveiled, to be displayed later in the museum’s Rotunda.

For more than sixty years, Jim Ed Brown has maintained a solid reputation as a versatile country performer, radio and television host, and recording artist. On the air, on disc, and in personal appearances, he has extended the smooth-singing tradition established by country stars such as Red Foley, Eddy Arnold, and Jim Reeves. With the Browns—a trio he formed with sisters Maxine and Bonnie—as a solo artist, and as a duet singer, he placed hits in the country charts from 1954 into the early 1980s. Through his recordings and his performances on the Grand Ole Opry, many of these hits have become standards.

James Edward Brown began singing with his sisters in school programs and at church functions when the siblings were teenagers in southwestern Arkansas. In 1952, Maxine entered Jim Ed in a talent contest organized by radio station KLRA in Little Rock, on the program Dutch O’Neal’s Barnyard Frolic. Although a harmonica player took first prize, Jim Ed was asked to join the cast, Maxine quickly followed suit. Within two years, the duo was singing on the regionally prominent Louisiana Hayride, broadcast by Shreveport radio outlet KWKH. Using a KWKH studio, Maxine and Jim Ed recorded their original song “Looking Back to See” for Fabor Records, in March 1954. That summer the record became a Top Ten hit on Billboard’s country charts. Soon Jim Ed and Maxine moved up to KWTO’s Ozark Jubilee in Springfield, Missouri.

After Bonnie joined the act in 1955, the trio’s rendition of “Here Today and Gone Tomorrow” also cracked Billboard’s country Top Ten. RCA Records, one of the music industry’s major labels, signed the Browns, and during 1956–57, they scored Top Five hits with “I Take the Chance” and “I Heard the Bluebirds Sing.”

Legendary guitarist Grady Martin was a member of Nashville’s original “A-Team” of studio musicians. Whether playing the fiddle or the guitar—electric, acoustic, or six-string electric bass—his versatility and creativity helped to make hits of many records from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Thomas Grady Martin was fifteen when he became the fiddler for Nashville’s Big Jeff & the Radio Playboys. In 1946 Martin briefly joined Paul Howard’s western swing-oriented Arkansas Cotton Pickers as half of Howard’s “twin guitar” ensemble, along with Robert “Jabbo” Arrington. After Howard left the Grand Ole Opry, Opry newcomer Little Jimmy Dickens hired several former Cotton Pickers as his original Country Boys band. Martin backed Dickens in the studio, though he seldom toured with Dickens.

Martin’s role as studio guitarist yielded numerous memorable moments. It was he who played the throbbing leads on Johnny Horton’s 1956 hit “Honky-Tonk Man” and the exquisite acoustic guitar fills on Marty Robbins’s 1959 crossover smash “El Paso” and Lefty Frizzell’s 1964 hit “Saginaw, Michigan.” One of his most famous sessions involved an accidental preamplifier malfunction, when Martin played the distorted “fuzz” guitar solo on Robbins’s 1960 hit “Don’t Worry.” Producers often designated Martin as “session leader,” which meant that he directed the impromptu arrangements that became a trademark of Nashville recording and often became the de facto producer. Columbia A&R man Don Law used Martin in this capacity for years.

Martin continued to play sessions through the 1970s, working extensively with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and producing country-rock band Brush Arbor. His signature lead parts helped to make a hit of Jeanne Pruett’s 1973 “Satin Sheets.” Martin eventually returned to performing, first with Jerry Reed and then with Willie Nelson’s band, with whom he worked from 1980 to 1994.

By injecting gospel-based, four-part harmonies and exciting live shows into country music, the Oak Ridge Boys helped pave the way for the many vocal groups that followed them. From 1977 to 1987, with a lineup of Duane Allen, lead; William Lee Golden, baritone; Richard Sterban, bass; and Joe Bonsall, tenor – they notched twenty-six Top Ten hits (including fifteen #1s), sold millions of records, won numerous industry awards, filled top-tier performance venues, and notched Top Twenty pop hits with “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue.”

Prior to 1977, the Oaks had been a gospel act for more than thirty years. They began in 1945 as the Oak Ridge Quartet, a gospel ensemble within Wally Fowler’s country group, the Georgia Clodhoppers. The original quartet consisted of Fowler, lead; Curly Kinsey, bass; Lon “Deacon” Freeman, baritone; and Johnny New, tenor. They joined the Grand Ole Opry in September 1945.
In 1962, the Oak Ridge Quartet became the Oak Ridge Boys. Golden joined the group in 1965, Allen in 1966, Sterban in 1972, and Bonsall in 1973. By then, they had won a dozen gospel music Dove Awards as well as a Grammy. They signed with Columbia Records to broaden their audience, but three albums of “message” music produced two singles that didn’t make the country charts. Having removed themselves from the gospel world, the Oaks were struggling mightily to make waves in commercial country music.

Conventional industry wisdom held that there was room for only one gospel-rooted vocal quartet in country music (the Statler Brothers), but record executive Jim Foglesong was impressed with the Oak Ridge Boys’ versatility and range, and he signed them to ABC/Dot (later absorbed by MCA) in 1977. The group’s initial ABC/Dot single, the Sharon Vaughn-penned “Y’all Come Back Saloon,” was a country radio hit that sparked a remarkable run that included chart-toppers such as “I’ll Be True to You,” “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight,” “American Made,” “Fancy Free,” I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes,” and “Touch a Hand, Make a Friend.”

In 1987, William Lee Golden was replaced by Steve Sanders, a former child star in gospel music who was, at the time, the rhythm guitarist in the Oaks’ band. In 1996, Golden returned to the group, which remains a touring and recording force.

New Music Video From Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan - "Crossing Muddy Waters"


New Music Video From Sunny Sweeney (with Will Hoge)- "My Bed"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Boxmasters and Watkins/Jarosz/O'Donovan Each Plan New Releases


Somewhere Down The Road, the brand new album from Billy Bob Thorton's band The Boxmasters, is set for release on April 7. Featuring 22 brand new songs in a 2-disc set, Somewhere Down The Road is "an accumulation of all of the life stories, all of the musical influences, and all of The Boxmasters' history together - delivered in their signature Modbilly sound."
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On May 8, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan will be releasing a 7" vinyl two-track EP that includes "Crossing Muddy Waters" as well as a cover of Andy Stroud's "Be My Husband." From Bluegrass Today, "The three young women, known for their previous work in groups like Nickel Creek and Crooked Still, and as headlining solo artists, have come together this year to record and tour as a unit."
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Saturday, March 21, 2015

New Album Announcements From The Steeldrivers, Dale Watson, Rodney Crowel & Emmylou Harris, Vern Gosdin, Collin Raye & More

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The Steeldrivers announced at their Station Inn show last night that they'll have a brand new album out in June. Recorded in Muscle Shoals, a couple of the songs have been produced by Jason Isbell.
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Joanne Cash, sister to Johnny, has a new album called Breaking Down the Barriers out on 4/1. It features duets with the likes of Rosanne Cash, Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, George Hamilton IV and more.
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Dale Watson has a new project called Call Me Insane out on 6/9.
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Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris have a new album out together called Travelling Kind that will be released on 5/12.
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Wade Bowen and Randy Rogers have a new collaborative album out on 4/26 called Hold My Beer, Vol. 1.
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There's a three-CD project coming out over three different weeks in May for Vern Gosdin called The Voice Box, Vol.1, 2 and 3.
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Collin Raye has a brand new live album called Greatest Hits Live coming out on 4/28.
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Cash Music Legacy Grows With Joanne Cash's Upcoming Breaking Down the Barriers

Gospel music legend Joanne Cash, sister of country music icon Johnny Cash, will release her latest album, Breaking Down the Barriers, on April 1st. The star-studded duets album from Nashville-based indie label Proverbial Excellence will be available in stores and at all digital retailers including iTunes and Amazon, distributed by Elevate Entertainment and Syntax Distribution.

On Breaking Down the Barriers, Joanne teamed up with many of her famous friends for a collection of 14 duets that are firmly planted in Gospel. Fans of the Cash family will be thrilled to find duet’s with Rosanne Cash and Tommy Cash, in addition to contributions from iconic country artists Larry Gatlin, T. Graham Brown, The Fox Brothers, Razzy Bailey, George Hamilton IV and Riders in the Sky’s Ranger Doug and Christian rockers Kevin Max (dcTalk, Audio Adrenaline), Dan Haseltine (Jars of Clay), Rick Florian (Whiteheart) and John Schlitt (Petra).

Country music fans will take particular interest in two tracks on the new album, due to their historical significance. The lyrics for the Tommy Cash duet, “My Lord Has Gone,” were written by Joanne and Tommy’s brother Johnny Cash, who passed away before he had the chance to record it. On the song “On The Rock Where Moses Stood,” Joanne duets with legendary country artist George Hamilton IV, in what turned out to be his final recording. Hamilton died unexpectedly in September.

"These sessions, often done in Joanne's home, pair Joanne with artists from all walks of life and genres,” says producer Chad Randall Crow. "Each of these songs was hand-picked for this inspirational work. Like her brother's American Recordings sessions, these performances will stand the test of time."

As the younger sister of Johnny Cash, Joanne Cash has certainly made her way in the music industry. With 30 albums, the 2013 docufilm, Joanne Cash: I Do Believe, her acclaimed autobiography, My Fears Are Gone, and continuous concert appearances, the singer/songwriter is driven by a deeper sense of eternal purpose. Says Joanne, “I’m amazed that at my age I still want to sing, but it’s like therapy for me. Johnny always helped me remember that and he was constantly encouraging. But there was one short phrase from Johnny that’s always stuck with me and it’s one I’ll continue for as long as I’m here, ‘Baby, just keep on singing!’”

Joanne grew up in Dyess, Arkansas, where some of her earliest Cash family memories include singing spiritual standards in the cotton fields and laying on the living room floor listening to gospel and country music - scenes that would eventually be played out in the box office smash, I Walk the Line. Joanne found a musical calling in the 1970s while working at House of Cash, Johnny's famed recording studio, office space and musical museum. She sang at the Grand Ole Opry from 1972-1976 with Jimmy Rodgers Snow's Grand Ole Gospel Time. During that era, Joanne met her husband Dr. Harry Yates, and the couple soon dedicated themselves to full time music ministry, traveling the country for fifteen years of full time preaching and singing the gospel. When they came off the road in 1990, the couple founded Nashville Cowboy Church, where Joanne continues to sing every Sunday. In addition, Joanne continues to tour worldwide, and hosts a Tuesday night residency at the Wyndham Vacation Resort in Nashville, where she shares a variety of original and gospel/country covers, plus tidbits of the Cash family testimony.

For more information on Joanne Cash, please visit the official website at www.JoanneCash.com.

Track Listing for Breaking Down the Barriers:
1. Time Of Your Life (with Rick Florian)
2. My Lord Has Gone (with Tommy Cash)
3. The Touch Of God's Hand (with Ranger Doug)
4. Dust In The Wind (with John Schlitt)
5. Fair Weather Friends (with Razzy Bailey)
6. The Good Earth (with Larry Gatlin)
7. God's Gonna Cut You Down (with T Graham Brown)
8. Love Rescue Me (with Kevin Max)
9. My Ship Will Sail (with The Fox Brothers)
10. On The Rock Where Moses Stood (with George Hamilton IV)
11. Anchored In Love (with Rosanne Cash)
12. All My Tears (with Dan Haseltine)
13. Breaking Down The Barriers
 14. My Lord Has Gone (Proverbial Remix)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jason Michael Carroll To Release What Color Is Your Sky On May 5

After raising the funds for his newest album with a Kickstarter crowd-funding initiative, country singer/songwriter Jason Michael Carroll announced that his upcoming album What Color is Your Sky has a target release date of May 5. The album features 15 tracks and will be self-issued on his own For The Lonely Records label and follows his third album, titled Numbers, which was released by QuarterBack/GrassRoots/Cracker Barrel partnership and sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores.
“The theme I hope people take away from this record is Real Life.  Yeah, I want people to move with the party and drinking songs, but I want people to feel the heartbreak too. I want them to feel the urgency in ‘Urgency’ and the sense of standing on the edge of losing everything if something doesn’t change in ‘Civil War.’  Real life.”
Carroll was signed to the Arista Nashville label in 2006, releasing his debut album Waitin' in the Country that year. This album has produced three consecutive Top 40 country hits for him on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts: "Alyssa Lies", "Livin' Our Love Song" and "I Can Sleep When I'm Dead". Carroll's second album, Growing Up Is Getting Old, has also produced his fourth and fifth Top 40 hits.

What Color Is Your Sky Tracklist:

All I’m Drinking ‘Bout
God Only Knows
What Color Is Your Sky
Here’s To

Love Like July
Does He Know
‘Til The Speakers Blow
Civil War
Urgency
Blown Away
We Ride
Close Enough

Here With Me
Painting Pictures
Waste Their Life – Demo Version