Thursday, March 22, 2018

That Nashville Sound Thursday Newsbytes: Merle Haggard, Maggie Rose, Red Marlow & More

There's some news and a couple of new music videos that are all yours in one big post this Thursday morning. Happy reading...

* Rachel Lee Rubin, Professor of American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, USA, and Director of the Center for the Study of Humanities, Culture, and Society, has written a book about Merle Haggard's iconic song in her upcoming book, Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee. The book is released today. From the press release:
"Every now and then, a song inspires a cultural conversation that ends up looking like a brawl. Merle Haggard's Okie from Muskogee, released in 1969, is a prime example of that important role of popular music. Okie immediately helped to frame an ongoing discussion about region and class, pride and politics, culture and counterculture. But the conversation around the song, useful as it was, drowned out the song itself, not to mention the other songs on the live album-named for Okie and performed in Muskogee-that Haggard has carefully chosen to frame what has turned out to be his most famous song. What are the internal clues for gleaning the intended meaning of Okie? What is the pay-off of the anti-fandom that Okie sparked (and continues to spark) in some quarters? How has the song come to be a shorthand for expressing all manner of anti-working class attitudes? What was Haggard's artistic path to that stage in Oklahoma, and how did he come to shape the industry so profoundly at the moment when urban country singers were playing a major role on the American social and political landscape?"
* The Voice star Red Marlow will be releasing his album Country as Cornbread on April 6- here's the official announcement and album cover.

* Maggie Rose has a new 2-song mini EP coming out tomorrow with tracks "It's You" and "Smooth."  Here's the source if you're interested in adding it to your music collection.

* John Mellencamp released a new performance video filmed at the landmark Chicago Theatre of him performing his iconic hit, "Small Town." 

* Kelly Clarkson released a powerful new music video considering all going on with the #metoo movement for her song "I Don't Think About You."

* British Nashville-transplants The Shires have a new album forthcoming on April 20 called Accidentally on Purpose on Decca Records.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nashville's Brightest & Best Contribute To Upcoming Elton John/Bernie Taupin Tribute Album (Hear Chris Stapleton's Contribution Here)

Artist: Various
Album: Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Label: MCA Nashville
Release date: April 6, 2018

A bevy of country and Americana artists are paying homage to the 50-year collaboration between Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin with a collection of new interpretations of a dozen of the team’s biggest hits and many less-familiar selections.

Restoration — curated by John and Taupin, respectively — will be released April 6.

The country-Americana-themed disc that Taupin has supervised features Willie Nelson, Miranda Lambert, Don Henley and Vince Gill, Kacey Musgraves, , Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris, Little Big Town and several others.

John, 70, said in a statement. “We have so many great artists doing our songs, it's quite incredible.”

Added Taupin in the same statement, “Because of our love of all kinds of music, we’re not stuck in one genre. From day one we borrowed from everything that’s good about American music — whether it’s blues, country, gospel, pop, pure rock — everything got thrown in the mix. I think that’s why our music over the years has been so varied.”

“’It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it,” said John. “As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Restoration choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We’re humbled and thank them all for their generosity."

The album, subtitled “Reimagining the Songs of Elton John and Bernie Taupin,” sets the stage for the recently announced “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” tour that John has proclaimed to be his final concert tour, which begins Sept. 8 in Allentown, Pa., and is scheduled to take three years to complete with 300 stops on five continents.

The albums also precede a two-hour, multi-artist network television special filmed in New York recently in conjunction with the 60th Grammy Awards ceremony and slated to air April 10 on CBS.

“Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A Grammy Salute” will include live performances by album participants Cyrus, Cara, Lambert, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Sheeran, Smith, Little Big Town and Maren Morris as well as John Legend, Kesha, Shawn Mendes and SZA.

John and Taupin met in 1967 through an ad in England’s New Musical Express, which brought the composer and lyricist together and started one of the most successful songwriting partnerships in pop music history.

Restoration Track List
1. "Rocket Man" – Little Big Town
2. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters" – Maren Morris
3. "Sacrifice" – Don Henley and Vince Gill
4. "Take Me to the Pilot" – Brothers Osborne
5. "My Father's Gun" – Miranda Lambert
6. "I Want Love" – Chris Stapleton
7. "Honky Cat" – Lee Ann Womack
8. "Roy Rogers" – Kacey Musgraves
9. "Please" – Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton
10. "The Bitch Is Back" – Miley Cyrus
11. "Sad Songs (Say So Much)" – Dierks Bentley
12. "This Train Don't Stop" – Rosanne Cash and Emmylou Harris
13. "Border Song" – Willie Nelson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Look At Country Album Release Dates In 2018

The landscape looks bright for numerous new releases that promise to engage listeners lyrically and musically. From legends like Loretta Lynn and Martina McBride to current stars like Jack Ingram and Dierks Bentley, there is lots of new music planned in the new year. Here is a just a partial list of projects that have had release dates and a long list of projects that are rumored to be released in the coming year. What are you most looking forward to?

January 12
Anderson East/Encore/Low Country Sound-Elektra Records
Walker McGuire/Walker McGuire/ EP
Sonia Leigh/ Mad Hatter/ Willing to Fly Records
Dixie Chicks / MMXVI Live

January 19
Devin Dawson/Dark Horse/Atlantic/Warner
LANco/Hallelujah Nights/Arista Nashville
Colter Wall/Imaginary Appalachia/Young Mary's
Lefty Frizzell/The Singles Collection 1950-62/Acrobat
Caitlyn Smith/Starfire/Monument Records
First Aid Kit/Ruins/Columbia
Moon Taxi/Let The Record Play/RCA Records
John Conlee/Classics 3/Rose Colored Records

January 26
Steep Canyon Rangers/Out In The Open/Ramseur
John Conlee/Classics 3/Rose Colored Records
Kalie Shorr/ Awake/Shorr Thing
Gord Bamford / Neon Smoke

January 31
Michael Peterson/Drink, Swear, Steal & Lie

February 2
Montgomery Gentry/ Here's To You/ Average Joes
Mike and the Moonpies/Steak Night at the Prairie Rose/Smith
Justin Timberlake/Man of the Woods/RCA

February 9
Wade Bowen/ Solid Ground/ Thirty Tigers
Dallas Smith/Side Effects/604 Music
Doc Watson/Live at Club 47/ Yep Roc Records
George Hamilton IV and V/Pictures From Life's Other Side/Scotdisc

February 16
I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan)/See You Around/Rounder
Brandi Carlisle/By the Way, I Forgive You/Low Country Sound / Elektra
Courtney Patton/ What It's Like To Fly Alone/ Courtney Patton Records
Dugger Band/East Tennessee Son/Dugger Band Music

February 23
Jeff Hyde / Norman Rockwell World/ Jeff Hyde Records
Dylan Pratt / Limbo / Razor and Tie

March 9
Leslie Satcher/Two Days In Muscle Shoals/Notting Hill
Guthrie Trapp/Life After Dark

March 16
Scotty McCreery/ Season's Change/ Triple Tigers
Oak Ridge Boys/17th Avenue Revival

March 23
Jordan Davis/Home State/MCA Nashville
High Valley/Farmhouse Sessions

March 30
Kim Richey/Edgeland/Yep Roc Records
Ashley McBryde/American Scandal/Warner Nashville
Lindi Ortega/Liberty
Mary Chapin Carpenter/Sometimes Just the Sky
Kacey Musgraves/Golden Hour/UMG

April 6
Blackberry Smoke/Find a Light
VA Dancehall Dreaming'- A Tribute to Pat Green
David Lee Murphy/No Zip Code/Reviver
Red Marlow/Country as Cornbread
Various/Johnny Cash: Forever Words/Legacy Recordings
Don Gibson/The Best of the Hickory Records Years (1970-1978)/Omnivore Recordings

April 13
Jason Aldean/Rearview Town/Broken Bow Records
John Prine/The Tree of Forgiveness/Oh Boy Records

April 20
Old Crow Medicine Show/Volunteer
Brothers Osborne/Port Saint Joe
Ashley Monroe/Sparrow/Warner Nashville
Donovan Woods/Both Ways/Meant Well
Joshua Hedley/Mr. Jukebox/Third Man Records

April 21
Record Store Day Offerings:
Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970 - The Allman Brothers Band Legacy - 4 x LP 'RSD First' - 3000 qty
Things Change - Bobby Bare - BFD LP RSD Exclusive - 1500
At Folsom Prison: 50th Anniversary Elegacy Edition - Johnny Cash - Legacy - 5 x LP - RSD Exclusive - 2500
I Love You Because / You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven - Johnny Cash - Charly - 7" Vinyl '- RSD First'
61 Days In Church - Covers - Eric Church - EMI Nashville - LP RSD Exclusive - 2500
Memories, Memoirs & Miles: Songs Of A Lifetime - Charlie Daniels - CDC Records - 2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 1500
Live at Twist & Shout - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - New West Records - Vinyl 'RSD First' - 3000
Heart Break - Lady Antebellum - Capitol Nashville - 7" Vinyl RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus - 500
The King In the Ring - Elvis Presley - Legacy - 2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 3000
The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa - Lou Reed and Kris
Kristofferson - The Bottom Line Records - 12" Picture Disc RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus - 1000
Starfire - Caitlyn Smith - Monument - LP 'RSD First' - 1000
Way Out West - Desert Suite (Trip One) - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives- Superlatone Recordings - 12" Vinyl RSD Exclusive - 1200
Fearless Platinum Edition - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - 2 x LP 'RSD First' - 2500
1989 - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500
Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500

April 27
Sideline/Front and Center/Mountain Home
Jason Michael Carroll/Strings Soundtrack
Willie Nelson/Last Man Standing/Sony Legacy
Beth Nielsen Chapman/Hearts of Glass
Southern Halo/Just Like In The Movies

April 29, 2018
Eric Church/61 Days In Church/EMI Nashville

May 4
Last Bandoleros/San Antonio
George Jones & The Jones Boys/Live In Texas 1965/Ace

May 11
Brent Cobb/Providence Canyon/Elektra
Ashley Campbell/The Lonely One/Whistle Stop Records
Luke Winslow-King/Blue Mesa

June 1
Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore/Downey to Lubbock

Albums with "to be announced" release dates but presumed to be 2018:
Loretta Lynn - Wouldn't It Be Great (Sony Legacy)
Marc Cohn - TBD
Pistol Annies - TBD
Ronnie Milsap Duets Project
Cole Swindell - TBD
Crystal Bowersox - "Promises" EP [Pledge Music]
Damn Davidsons- TBD (GoFundMe)
Dierks Bentley - The Mountain
Keith Urban - Graffiti U
Sam Hunt - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Julie Roberts- I Think You Know
Drake White - TBD
Jason Eady - TBD
Jack Ingram - An Album & Two EPs- Thirty Tigers
Jamie Lin Wilson - TBD
Aaron Watson - A Watson Family Christmas
Chris Roberts (Formerly of One Flew South) - EP
Terri Clark
Justin Moore

Other Projects Rumored To Be In The Works:
 Ashley Gearing - TBD
 Blue Sky Riders - TBD
Breaking Grass - TBD (Mountain Fever)
Brooke Eden - TBD (Red Bow Records)
Candi Carpenter - TBD
Carolina Chocolate Drops - TBD
Catherine Britt - TBD (Universal/Lost Highway)
Chase Bryant - TBD (Red Bow Records)
Clare Dunn - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Clay Walker - TBA
Craig Campbell - TBA (Red Bow Records)
David Fanning - TBA
Del McCoury - Woody Guthrie tribute album
Drew Baldridge - TBA (Cold River Records)
Ego Brothers (Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, and John Evans) - TBA
Eric Paslay - TBA (EMI Nashville)
Gary Allan - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Haley Georgia - TBA (EMI Nashville)
Hayes Carll - TBA
Holly Williams - TBA
Jackie Lee - TBA (Broken Bow Records)
Jake Owen - TBA
James Otto - TBA
John King - TBA (Black River Entertainment)
Jordan Rager - TBA (Broken Bow Records)
Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice - TBA
Kellie Pickler - TBA
Love and Theft - TBA (Curb)
Lucas Hoge - TBA
Maren Morris - TBA
Mark Collie - TBA (101 Ranch Records)
Martina McBride- Christmas Project
Mickey Guyton - TBA (Capitol Nashville)
Morgane Stapleton - TBA
Noel McKay - TBA
Oak Ridge Boys - Dave Cobb Produced Album
Pam Tillis- TBA
Randy Houser - TBA (Stoney Creek Records)
Rick Trevino - TBA
Rita Wilson - TBA
Robbie Fulks - TBA
Rodney Atkins - TBA (Curb Records)
Roland White - TBA
Ryan Kinder - TBA (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville)
Scotty McCreery - TBA (Label TBA)
Secret Sisters - TBA
Shooter Jennings - TBA
Steve Wariner - TBA (project with Duane Eddy)
Tanya Tucker - TBA
The Railers - TBA (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville)
Thompson Square - TBA
Trace Adkins - TBA (Wheelhouse Records)
Travis Tritt and Marty Stuart - TBA
Trick Pony - TBA
Wesley Dennis - TBA
Whitey Morgan - TBA
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard - TBA

Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Music Video From The Song Suffragettes - "Forever and Ever, Amen"

There's an incredible rotating female singer/songwriter round every Monday night at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN. A little while back, Randy Travis was in attendance and that night's group put together a memorable performance for him. The lineup left to right: Karla Davis, Makayla Lynn, Kalie Shorr, Katelyn Clampett and Kaylin Roberson.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cash, Kristofferson, Presley, Church, Swift, Isbell and Daniels Among Country Artists Releasing Special Record Store Day Projects On April 21

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. Today 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. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works with both independent and and major labels throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight the benefits of supporting these independent, locally owned stores with music purchases throughout the year. This year, the event will be held on April 21, 2018 and there are a number of country music releases including the following:

Live At The Atlanta Pop Festival, July 3 & 5, 1970 - The Allman Brothers Band Legacy -  4 x LP 'RSD First' - 3000 qty

Things ChangeBobby Bare - BFD LP RSD Exclusive - 1500

At Folsom Prison: 50th Anniversary Elegacy Edition - Johnny Cash - Legacy - 5 x LP - RSD Exclusive - 2500

I Love You Because / You're The Nearest Thing To Heaven -  Johnny Cash - Charly - 7" Vinyl '- RSD First' 

61 Days In Church - Covers - Eric Church - EMI Nashville - LP RSD Exclusive -  2500

Memories, Memoirs & Miles: Songs Of A Lifetime - Charlie Daniels - CDC Records -  2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 1500

Live at Twist & Shout - Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - New West Records - Vinyl 'RSD First' - 3000

Heart BreakLady Antebellum - Capitol Nashville - 7" Vinyl RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus  - 500

The King In the Ring - Elvis Presley -  Legacy -  2 x LP RSD Exclusive - 3000

The Bottom Line Archive Series: In Their Own Words: With Vin Scelsa - Lou Reed and Kris
Kristofferson - The Bottom Line Records  - 12" Picture Disc RSD Limited Run / Regional Focus  - 1000

Starfire  - Caitlyn Smith - Monument - LP 'RSD First' - 1000

Way Out West - Desert Suite (Trip One) - Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives-  Superlatone Recordings - 12" Vinyl RSD Exclusive - 1200

Fearless  Platinum Edition - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - 2 x LP 'RSD First' - 2500

1989 - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500

Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift - Big Machine - LP 'RSD First' - 2500

New Music Video From Sarah Darling - "Wasted"

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert Video Featuring Lee Ann Womack

Lee Ann Womack occupies rare terrain in country music. Though massively popular singles led to commercial success and widespread recognition, these days, she's working on the fringes of the genre. Her 2017 record, The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone, evokes the country music of Womack's Texas upbringing as the daughter of a country radio DJ, name-checking Hank Williams and covering George Jones.

At the Tiny Desk, the emotional storytelling and unparalleled vocal ability that anchor the album are all the more immediate. No bystander was impervious to the stormy and soaring "All The Trouble," and the affecting lyrics of "Mama Lost Her Smile" felt even more intimate and unguarded when performed just feet from the audience. "That's just good old country music story songs," she explained.

Steeped in tradition but singular in its expression, Womack's timeless performance tapped into the emotional core of country, and transcended our cluttered office space in the process.

"All the Trouble"
"Mama Lost Her Smile"

MUSICIANS Lee Ann Womack (vocals), Luke Bulla (fiddle and background vocals), Dave Dunseath (drums and background vocals), Jonathan Trebing (guitar), Lex Price (bass)

Monday, March 5, 2018

Golf & Guitars Music Festival Sets May 21 & May 22 For 2018 Dates- Crosses Million Dollar Mark In Fundraising For Children's Charities

The Haggin Oaks Golf Complex is thrilled to be partnering with KNCI 105.1 FM and hosting the 11th Annual Golf & Guitars Music Festival and Children’s Charity Concert on May 21 and May 22. Golf and Guitars is a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and concert featuring nationally recognized & major label country music artists that raises money for two key children's charities here in Sacramento. This year will mark the million dollar mark that has been raised for charity in the event's history.

Each golfer in the tournament gets to play with one of the celebrities and then gets a seat next to the stage where these artists put on a tremendous concert underneath the beautiful golf course sky.

The hottest acts in country music, the up-and-coming artists you’ll soon see topping the charts and some of Nashville’s very best songwriters are all donating their time to help raise funds for children’s charities during the Golf and Guitars KNCI Music Festival. Funds will go to the Morton Golf Foundation and a portion will paid out via a tournament purse to the artist’s children’s charity of choice.

Ticket Prices:
Day Two Concert General Admission: $35
VIP Ticket: $150 - VIP Tickets include designated concert seating, buffet dinner and a non-alcoholic drinks for both nights.
New One Day VIP Ticket: $100 (Tuesday night only) - includes designated concert seating, buffet dinner and non-alcoholic drinks for both nights.
The Beneficiaries:
The Morton Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, is to create a recreational environment that builds lasting personal development and that seamlessly introduces life’s core values of the great game of golf to the youth, disabled and underserved communities in the Sacramento region.
Tuesday, May 22 Night Performers:

Kane Brown
Love & Theft
Jason Michael Carroll
Jimmy Wayne
Runaway June
Jordan Davis
Morgan Wallen
preshow- Cripple Creek Band

Monday, May 21 Night Performers:

Bryan White
Drew Kennedy
Courtney Patton
Jason Eady
Jamie Lin Wilson
Jake Worthington
Jim McCormick
Megan Conner
Erin Enderlin
Avalon Kali
Chris Roberts
Kimbery Dahme

Get your tickets and raise money for a wonderful cause at