Tuesday, May 21, 2019

New Music Video From Kiefer Sutherland - "Open Road"

Nashville Television Star Clare Bowen Readies Self-Titled Album For July 12 Release

Artist: Clare Bowen
Album: Clare Bowen
Label: BMG
Release date: 7/12/19

Known for her role as Scarlett O’Connor on CMT/Hulu’s hit television show, Nashville, Clare Bowen is releasing her self-titled debut solo album on July 12 on BMG Records. It was produced by Josh Kaufman (The National, Bob Weir) and includes contributions from songwriters Nathan Chapman, Lori McKenna, Amy Wadge and Wyatt Durrette among others.

The project includes an intimate and personal song titled "Warrior," written from her memories as a childhood cancer survivor.

“I grew up in a children’s hospital. A ways into writing the album, I realized I’d never written a song about the children that I lived with, most of whom didn’t get to grow up because we were in a terminal ward,” says Bowen of the inspiration for the song. “One of us passed away every single day. I watched a lot of children fight through hardships that no person should ever have to endure, and yet they were so incredibly brave. No matter what your troubles are, I want the ones who are still here to know they are not alone, and the ones that had to go on the next adventure early, that they will never, ever be forgotten.”

Other cuts include songs "All The Beds I've Made", "Let It Rain" and "Tide Rolls In" featuring Buddy Miller. 

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hear it Here: Jude Cole's Poignant New Song, "Partners In Time"

90's pop star turned producer Jude Cole (Kiefer Sutherland/Clay Davidson) released a powerful new song this week that was seriously worth sharing with our readers. The true-story song deals poetically and eloquently with the effects of dementia.  Per Jude's own words:
In the spring of '92 as I was putting some finishing touches on one of the tracks for 'Start The Car' at Cherokee Studios in Hollywood, the Rodney King riots broke out. Lori was in downtown LA right at the hot spot, shooting with a photographer for the album cover until late that afternoon.
By the evening things got really strange. The different rooms at Cherokee were booked with various artists of all races and color, and everyone was looking at each other with mistrust as we all watched the news in the lounge. Hostility filled the air, and I remember a fight almost broke out between two of the artists who were yelling obscenities at each other, posturing with puffed chests. Finally, someone changed the channel to MTV. The Michael Jackson video 'Black Or White' was playing.
It was a Twilight Zone episode, to say the least… a surreal time to be alive.
Concurrently that evening as I was driving home. the story of this song happened. It had nothing to do with the riots. Nothing to do with the city, the nation or politics. It was an equally touching part of my day, and I've never forgotten it.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Vince Gill, Julie Roberts, Bryan White, Kristi Grider & More

There's lots of news this morning on some on some of your favorite legacy artists and more- so without further ado...

- Vince Gill will return with his new album, Okie, to be released Aug. 23. Gill, who wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks on the album, derived the album’s name from a once-derogatory term meant to disparage migrants from Oklahoma to the west coast during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression.

“I thought this was going to be a songwriter record, not a concept album,” Gill says. “It wound up being more information than I’d envisioned. A friend sent me an email saying, ‘You could have only written this record after living a 60-year-plus life.’ He said, ‘There’s no struggle in these songs, just truth and your experience.”

- Julie Roberts is releasing new music. On May 17th, the songstress will release her new single, "I Couldn't Make You Love Me."

- Country music veteran Bryan White is also back with new music. He will be releasing the single "It Must Be Love"on May 31.

- Music City Hit-Makers (MCHM) will release their debut EP, Songs & Symphony, on June 4. The EP features some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters including Brett James, Jessi Alexander, Chris DeStefano, Hillary Lindsey, Marcus Hummon and Rivers Rutherford.

“Nashville is the epicenter of great songwriting, so the top songwriters in Nashville really are the best in the business,” says arranger Charlie Judge. “It is my incredibly good fortune to have the opportunity to work with these talented writers, both as a keyboardist in the studio recording their hits, and as an arranger re-casting their songs for orchestra.”

- Josh Grider is Lone Star State troubadour with nine albums under his belt and a following much longer than that Texas panhandle. He's got some new competition under his own roof now. Josh announced his wife Kristi Grider's new project to the world yesterday: 

"Kristi Grider has music for you to hear. I'm so proud of her and this project. She is a writer on all these, and the sole writer on most.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tanya Tucker Announces Upcoming Shooter Jennings/Brandi Carlile-Produced Album

Artist: Tanya Tucker
Album: While I'm Livin'
Label: Fantasy Records
Release date: Late Summer

Fantasy Records just announced the signing of country music outlaw Tanya Tucker, who is set to release her brand-new album, While I'm Livin' in late summer 2019. Produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings, While I'm Livin' will mark Tucker's first release of all new material since 2002's Tanya.

"Tanya Tucker is an original outlaw who bucked the country music establishment and became a living legend in the process - which makes Fantasy her perfect home," said Fantasy Records president, Margi Cheske. "We're thrilled to work with Tanya, Brandi and Shooter and help bring this stunning new album to the world."

Born in Seminole, TX, Tanya Tucker had her first country hit in 1972, the classic "Delta Dawn" when she was just 13 years old. Since that auspicious beginning she has become one of the most admired and influential artists in country music history amassing 23 Top 40 country albums and a stellar string of 56 Top 40 country singles, 10 of which reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts. Her indelible songs include some of country music's biggest hits such as the aforementioned, "Delta Dawn," "Soon," "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane," "It's a Little Too Late," "Trouble," "Texas (When I Die)," "If It Don't Come Easy," and "Strong Enough To Bend" just to name a few. Tucker is also the recipient of numerous awards, including two CMAs, two ACMs, three CMT awards to go along with 10 GRAMMY nominations.

In August 2016, the Academy of Country Music honored Tucker with the Cliffie Stone Icon Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honor. In all, Tucker has sold more than 25 million records worldwide throughout her illustrious career.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Hear It Here: P!nk and Chris Stapleton's New Duet, "Love Me Anyway"

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis To Collaborate On June Album Release, Beautiful Lie

Artist: Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Album: Beautiful Lie
Label: The Next Waltz
Release date: June 21, 2019

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are each renowned for crafting some of the most enduring music on the vast Texas country and Americana landscape. For only the fourth time in their history as a couple, they’re collaborating again. Beautiful Lie will arrive on the summer solstice, June 21, 2019, on Robison’s The Next Waltz label. The album’s first single, “Nobody’s Perfect,” will be released on May 10, followed by a tour commencing on May 19. 

Produced by Robison at the Bunker, his all-analog studio in Lockhart, Texas, outside of Austin, Beautiful Lie finds the pair harmonizing on a mix of originals, well-chosen covers and choice vintage nuggets, including the two-steppin’ country classic, “One Dime at a Time.” The title tune was plucked from the Amazing Rhythm Aces’ 1975 debut album; the sad ballad, “Lost My Best,” is by Uncle Walt’s Band veteran David Ball. Grammy nominee Adam Wright (Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack) contributed three tracks, one written with his wife, Shannon. Robison’s four contributions include the single and a co-write with Jack Ingram titled “Astrodome.” (He also nods to the dome’s home in the pretty closing duet, “Heartache to Houston.”)

For Robison, it’s always about the song. He’s written plenty of great ones — and ridden several to the upper reaches of Billboard’s country charts. (Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks hit No. 1 with “Angry All the Time” and “Travelin’ Soldier,” respectively; George Strait reached No. 2 with “Wrapped” and No. 6 with “Desperately.”)

Master stylist Willis, a 1993 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Female Vocalist nominee, has received several Austin Music Awards including 1999’s Album of the Year for What I Deserve, her widely praised breakout effort. In the tradition of country’s greatest ladies, Willis knows how to find the heartache in a note and hang her voice on it, as demonstrated on “Nobody’s Perfect.” When she and Robison trade verses or harmonize, backed by a stellar gang of Next Waltz regulars, the effect is simply beguiling. 

As for those contributors—Geoff Queen (pedal steel, mandolin, electric guitar); Trevor Nealon (keyboards); Scott Davis (electric guitar, piano, banjo); John Michael Schoepf (bass); Joshua Blue (drums, percussion); Rich Brotherton (vocals); and Brian Standefer (cello)—several have racked up considerable hours in the Bunker since Robison launched The Next Waltz in 2016. The multi-faceted endeavor encompasses a record label, a web series featuring interviews, videos and specially recorded songs, and other content that, according to Robison, “sounds and feels like authentic country music should."