Friday, July 20, 2018

Willie Nelson Tributes Frank Sinatra On Upcoming Album, My Way

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: My Way
Label: Sony Legacy
Release date: September 14, 2018

It seems appropriate that country music's most-senior star would also be its prolific. My Way, Willie Nelson's new studio album, explores his admiration and connection to Frank Sinatra's art and artistry across 11 fresh, intoxicating takes on songs made famous by the Chairman of the Board.

Recorded in the tradition of 1978s legendary Stardust and 2016s Grammy Award-winning Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, My Way is a warm and personal nod from one icon to another. Included are Willie's takes on timeless tunes like "Summer Wind," "It Was A Very Good Year," "I'll Be Around," "Fly Me To The Moon," "What Is This Thing Called Love" (cast as a duet with fellow Grammy winner Norah Jones) and, of course, the anthemic "My Way."

Add Willie's stalwart backing band plus lush arrangements for full string and horn sections - all produced by Grammy winners Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings - and you've got an album that promises to be as cool as it gets.

Nelson and Sinatra were close friends, musical colleagues and mutual admirers of each other’s work throughout Sinatra’s lifetime. In the 1980s, Sinatra opened for Willie at Golden Nugget in Las Vegas and the two of them appeared together in a public service announcement for NASA’s Space Foundation.

Willie Nelson – My Way Track Listing:
01. Fly Me To The Moon
02. Summer Wind
03. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
04. A Foggy Day
05. It Was A Very Good Year
06. Blue Moon
07. I’ll Be Around
08. Night And Day
09. What Is This Thing Called Love (with Norah Jones)
10. Young At Heart
11. My Way

Sunday, July 15, 2018

A Master List of Country & Americana Albums Scheduled For Release In 2018

As we gaze into the proverbial crystal ball, we can see lots of albums on the horizon in the second half of 2018- with another large batch most likely finished in the studio and awaiting a release date. Here's what we know today:

July 20
Lori McKenna/The Tree/CN Records-Thirty Tigers
Sarah Ross/Nervous Breakdown/Average Joes
Mason Ramsey/Famous [EP]/Big Loud Records-Atlantic Records

July 27
Kenny Chesney/Songs for the Saints/Blue Chair-Warner Bros. Nashville
Catherine McGrath – This Town
Cody Jinks – Lifers - Rounder
Various/The Music Of Nashville, Season 6, Vol. 2/Big Machine Records-Lionsgate Television Inc.-ABC Studios

August 3
Amanda Shires/To the Sunset/Silver Knife-Thirty Tigers
Lucero – Among The Ghosts
Jim Lauderdale – Time Flies + Jim Lauderdale and Roland White
Jim Lauderdale/Jim Lauderdale And Roland White/Yep Roc Records
Riley Clemmons/Riley Clemmons/Capitol CMG
Phil Wickham/Living Hope/Fair Trade Services
Dustin Collins/It’s Been Awhile/Average Joes Entertainment-DCDL Entertainment

August 10
Jason Eady/I Travel On/Old Guitar Records
Rhett Walker Band/Rhett Walker Band [EP]/Essential Records-Sony Music
Shooter Jennings – Shooter
Rhett Walker Band/Rhett Walker Band [EP]/Essential Records-Sony Music
The War and Treaty/Healing Tide/Strong World-Thirty Tigers
Liz Cooper & The Stampede/Window Flowers/Sleepyhead Records-Thirty Tigers
William Shatner & Jeff Cook/Why Not Me/Heartland Records Nashville
Various/Elvis Presley – Where No One Stands Alone/RCA-Legacy Recordings

August 17
Dillon Carmichael/Hell On An Angel/Riser House
Cole Swindell/All Of It/Warner Bros. Records
Buck Owens/Country Singer’s Prayer/Omnivore Recordings-Buck Owens Estate
Lydia Luce/Azalea
Joe Ely/The Lubbock Tapes: Full Circle/Rack'Em Records

August 24
Lucie Silvas/E.G.O.
Aaron Watson/Aaron Watson Live at the World’s Biggest Rodeo Show/Big Label Records
Devil Makes Three/Chains Are Broken/New West

August 31
Aaron Lee Tasjan/Karma for Cheap/New West

September 7
Ruston Kelly/Dying Star/Rounder Records
Mike Farris/Silver & Stone/Compass Records
Lauren Daigle/Look Up Child/Centricity Music
Kathy Mattea/Pretty Bird/Captain Potato
Larry Stewart/Shifting Gears/Independent

September 14
Asleep at the Wheel/New Routes/Thirty Tigers
Carrie Underwood/Cry Pretty
David Nail & The Well Ravens/Only This And Nothing More/One Five Sound
The Jaydees/Dandelions/WM

September 21
Amy Helm/This Too Shall Light/Yep Roc

September 28
Mandy Barnett/Strange Conversation/

October 5
Eric Church/Desperate Man/EMI Nashville
Will Hoge/My American Dream
For King & Country/Burn the Ships
Ward Thomas/Restless Minds/Sony

October 26
Rosanne Cash/She Remembers Everything/Blue Note

November 9
Kane Brown/TBD

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
Crystal Bowersox - "Promises" EP [Pledge Music]
Damn Davidsons- TBD (GoFundMe)
Sam Hunt - TBA (MCA Nashville)
Julie Roberts- I Think You Know
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
Sarah Buxton
Maren Morris
Garth Brooks - Live Album & New Album
Jake Owen
Deana Carter

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

Friday, July 13, 2018

Hear It Here: Eric Church's New Single, "Desperate Man"

“Desperate Man,” Church’s first single off the forthcoming new album, was made available everywhere this week. Co-written by Church with Oklahoma-Texas music icon Ray Wylie Hubbard, “Desperate Man” sees Church again collaborating with producer Jay Joyce. ­­­

It's great to see the ongoing relationship between Church and Hubbard. Church name-checked Hubbard on his 2015 song "Mr. Misunderstood," and Hubbard recruited Church to provide backing vocals on the title track to his latest album, "Tell the Devil I'm Getting There as Fast as I Can." Hubbard is a Texas music legend and it's great to see Church putting a little mainstream spotlight on the native Oklahoman's considerable songwriting talents.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Kathy Mattea Readies Pretty Bird For September Release

Artist: Kathy Mattea
Album: Pretty Bird
Label: Captain Potato
Release date: September 9, 2018

Active since 1984 as a recording artist, she has charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including four that reached No. 1: "Goin' Gone", "Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses", "Come from the Heart", and "Burnin' Old Memories", plus twelve more that charted within the top ten. She has released fourteen studio albums, two Christmas albums, and one greatest hits album. Most of her material was recorded for Universal Music Group Nashville's Mercury Records Nashville division between 1984 and 2000, with later albums being issued on Narada Productions, her own Captain Potato label, and Sugar Hill Records.

Now word has been released (or at least teased on Amazon) that Mattea will be using that Captain Potato label to release an all-new album this September called Pretty Bird. Details are scarce on the project, but her last two projects, Coal and Calling Me Home, were brilliant- and this goes to the top of what we're anticipating for the second half of the year.

1. Chocolate On My Tongue
2. Ode To Billy Joe
3. Mercy Now
4. Little Glass of Wine
5. He Moves Through The Fair
6. St. Teresa
7. This Love Will Carry
8. October Song
9. Tell Me What You Ache For
10. Holy Now
11. I Can't Stand Up Alone
12. Pretty Bird

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Restless Heart's Larry Stewart To Release Solo Album Shifting Gears On September 7

Artist: Larry Stewart
Album: Shifting Gears
Label: Breezewood Productions
Release Date: 9/7/18
Larry Stewart is probably best known for his role as lead singer of the country pop band Restless Heart but during his time during the 1990's, he released four solo albums as well. Number five will be forthcoming in September and will be titled Shifting Gears.
Stewart went to social media to announce his first single will be titled “What’s That Cowgirl See In Me” and will be released this Friday.
Restless Heart first signed a recording contract with RCA Records in 1984 and with the release of their first album in 1985, the vocal style of Restless Heart became instantly identifiable – an intertwining five part harmony led by Larry Stewart, with Dave Innis on keyboards, Greg Jennings on lead guitar, Paul Gregg on bass and drummer, John Dittrich.
They brought a new, contemporary sound to Nashville, a sound with a touch of pop – the sound which so strongly influences popular country acts of today like Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Little Big Town.

Gold became the standard for the group with the release of their self-titled album. Three more gold albums followed between 1986 and 1991. With an additional six albums released through the years, Restless Heart put 26 hits on the country charts with six #1 hits and nine others in the Top Ten. Cross-over success, rare in the music world, was also theirs with six songs making the adult contemporary charts, including taking the #1, #2 and #3 spots.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Will Hoge, FGL, Lindi Ortega, David Nail, Randy Houser & More

There's lots of new country music news that came out yesterday and we'll try and spill the beans and give you links to everything you should be in on the know for.

- Randy Houser has a brand new single out as of yesterday titled "What Whiskey Does" and you can hear it here.

- After parting ways with his major label, David Nail is back independently as David Nail and the Well Ravens and has an outstanding new track called "Heavy."

- Kenny Chesney has a new music video for "Trip Around the Sun."

- Shot at Battle Tapes Recording in Nashville, "You Ain't Foolin Me" is a new live music video done for Lindi Ortega's brand new album Liberty.

- Florida Georgia Line have a new music video for "Simple."

- Last Monday, the Song Suffragettes did a group cover of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" featuring Michelle Pereira, Emma White, Candi Carpenter, Tiera and Caroline Watkins.

- Corey Smith made a new sentimental music video for his new song "Halfway Home." 

- Jerry Wiggins, the second drummer in the famed Buck Owens band, the Buckaroos, has died. Check out KF Raizor's obituary here.

- That Nashville Sound favorite Will Hoge will have a new album out on October 5 titled My American Dream.