Thursday, June 13, 2019

Former Jypsi Member Lillie Mae To Relase New Other Girls Album In August

Artist: Lillie Mae
Album: Other Girls
Label: Third Man Records
Release date: August 16, 2019

Lillie Mae announces her new album Other Girls will be released August 16th on Third Man Records, sharing new song and video "You've Got Other Girls for That" via an interview with Rolling Stone. The album features eleven new, original songs written by Lillie Mae, produced by Grammy-winner Dave Cobb at Nashville's famed RCA Studio A.

From the new track's opening line, "I ain't your baby," the Nashville singer, songwriter, downtown scene slayer, and most-wanted fiddler signals a reclaimed confidence and bold evolution, telling women's stories - including her own - that build on the strength of her "nervy" (NPR Music), 2017 Jack White-produced debut.

Lillie Mae led a sequestered childhood touring in a motorhome with her musician parents, constricted by religious boundaries. In her adolescence she busked from RV parks to the Rio Grande, swIn 2008, she recorded with her three siblings in the group Jypsi, which had a Top 40 hit on Hot Country Songs with "I Don't Love You Like That."

She embraces personal triumphs on "I Came For The Band (For Show)," breathes new perspective into "Terlingua Girl," a song she wrote as a 19-year-old in the South-Texan desert, and professes brave truths as heard in "You've Got Other Girls for That." After a vagabond past, crossing paths with hundreds of musicians, she limits the cast of Other Girls to just her brother, sister, and a few trusted collaborators.

Lillie Mae will debut songs from Other Girls live this summer, as she supports The Raconteurs from the midwest to the west coast. She will also join Robert Plant on tour, both opening for him and playing in his band.

Other Girls Track List:

You've Got Other Girls for That
Crisp & Cold
I Came For The Band (For Show)
Whole Blue Heart
A Golden Year
At Least Three In This Room
Some Gamble
Didn't I
Terlingua Girl
Love Dilly Love

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Luke Combs Invited To Become Next Member Of The Grand Ole Opry

Luke Combs will be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry. The "Beautiful Crazy" singer was invited on Tuesday night, June 11, while taking the famous stage for the 16th time. After performing his hit, "She Got the Best of Me," Combs was surprised to be joined on stage by fellow Opry members Chris Janson, Craig Morgan and John Conlee.

"We actually came out here to interrupt you because we want a little bit of your heat. We want to touch you," Conlee quipped. "What a career this guy is having. It is incredible. You all know that. We all know that. The Grand Ole Opry wants you to know that we just love you."

"Well I love the Grand Ole Opry," Combs said.

"We are proud you're here tonight, and I'm especially proud. I just love you," continued Morgan, before joining voices with Janson to together say, "How would you like to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry?"

Combs immediately broke down in tears, taking several seconds to compose himself.  His official induction date has yet to be set but you can watch the heart-warming video below:

Sunday, June 9, 2019

New Music Video From Jackson Browne - "Running on Empty"

A new version of "Running On Empty," with newly remastered sound and a faithful reproduction of the original artwork, will be available July 5 on CD, 180-gram vinyl, and digitally- so Jackson Browne celebrated with a brand new music video for one of his most revered songs. 

Saturday, June 8, 2019

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Tanya Tucker, Kelly Willis, Chris Stapleton, Cody Jinks & More

- Country music royalty Tanya Tucker had herself a VERY big week this week- and all of it is richly deserved. First of all, it was announced that her first album in a decade will be titled While I'm Livin' and will be out on August 23. The project is produced by Shooter Jennings and Brandi Carlile.

“Brandi is truly out of this world. She’s talented, smart, funny, never ever slows down and has a heart of gold,” says Tucker of the collaboration. “I just love her. She was like my shadow when we were in the studio. Every time I turned around, she was there. And Shooter, I’ve known him since he was a baby. He’s the one who brought us all together. So I’m ready to get this music out there because it’s different than anything I’ve ever done.”

While I’m Livin’ is largely comprised of songs written by Carlile, the twins Tim and Phil Hanseroth and Tucker. “It’s a musical biography of sorts,” said Carlile, “about Tanya’s real life and the places she’s seen, and it’s narrated by the greatest country and western singer this side of Johnny Cash.”

Tucker followed up the album announcement by stealing the show at this week's CMT Awards with a collaboration on her 1972 classic “Delta Dawn.” Bringing out Carlile, Trisha Yearwood, Lauren Alaina, Deana Carter, RaeLynn, Carly Pearce and Martina McBride for backing vocals was more than enough to guarantee that.

- Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis released a new music video for "Astrodome," off their new record Beautiful Lie, out June 21, 2019. 

- Carrie Underwood released a new music video for her latest single, "Southbound."

- 80's pop and country superstar Juice Newton is rerecording some of her biggest hits for an EP called Fresh Takes out July 19.

- Chris Stapleton has new music out- he sings a new track called "The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy" on the upcoming Disney/Pixar film, Toy Story 4.

- Last, but certainly not least, Cody Jinks has announced that he will independently release a new album titled After the Fire on October 4 of this year. The project is being recorded at Sonic Ranch where he has recorded his previous three project. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

New Music Video From Tanya Tucker - "The Wheels of Laredo"

Jennifer Nettles To Release Surprise New EP This Week

Jennifer Nettles, half of the duo Sugarland, is releasing a surprise new EP this Friday, June 7th. It will be named after her most-recent single "I Can Do Hard Things" but outside of that, information is scarce on the new project.

Says Nettles on the project, "Some of the songs are confessional. Some are saucy. All of them are fun explorations for me. I’ll be showcasing some sneak peeks this week to get you excited. But I am so thrilled to finally bring this little beauty to full light."

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama Collaborate on Upcoming Album

Artist: Marc Cohn and The Blind Boys of Alabama
Album: Work To Do
Label: BMG
Release date: 8/19/19

Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Marc Cohn and gospel titans Blind Boys of Alabama have announced the August 9th release of Work to Do, via BMG. Produced by John Leventhal, the unique collection combines the songwriting talents of Marc Cohn with the soul-stirring harmonies of Blind Boys of Alabama and falls on the heels of more than a year of live collaborative dates.

Work to Do is comprised of three studio tracks by Cohn and the Blind Boys (two originals, including the title track, and a version of the gospel standard “Walk In Jerusalem”) plus seven intimate live performances recorded at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook, CT, during a taping of the PBS series The Kate. Original plans were to release an EP containing the studio tracks, but the excitement and magic captured during the taping inspired the decision to create this unique hybrid album.

John Loeffler, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, New York, said, “The signing of Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama is an exciting opportunity for BMG. Marc has been an admired friend, composer and world class vocalist for over 25 years. From our early days of singing on jingles together, I have watched Marc become one of the most respected singer/songwriters on the music scene today. We have wanted to work with Marc for some time, and this recording opportunity with the Blind Boys is a perfect way to bring Marc’s songs and their amazing vocals to the public. The album, 'Work to Do', is already one of our favorites and we’re confident it will become a favorite of his many fans.”

The live performances on Work to Do feature the Grammy award-winning Blind Boys of Alabama adding their trademark harmonies and vocal textures to six songs drawn from the breadth of Cohn’s venerable career, including the mega-hit “Walking in Memphis,” “Ghost Train” and “Silver Thunderbird”. The Blind Boys’ striking rearrangement of the traditional hymn “Amazing Grace,” to the tune of “House of the Rising Sun,” completes the collection.

Grammy award-winning artist Marc Cohn has solidified his place as a highly acclaimed and compelling singer-songwriter, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man.

Hailed as "gospel titans" by Rolling Stone, the Blind Boys first rose to fame in the segregated south with their thrilling vocal harmonies and roof-raising live show. They released their debut single on the iconic Veejay label in 1948, launching a 70-year recording career that would see them rack up five Grammy Awards (plus one for Lifetime Achievement), enter the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, collaborate with everyone from Mavis Staples and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Lou Reed, and perform on the world's most prestigious stages.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Write You A Song Podcast - An Interview With Ashley McBryde

This morning we share another new podcast from host Tom Mailey from Bonneville radio station New Country 105.1 KNCI in Sacramento. Tom is a country radio veteran with over 30 years of experience in Seattle and Sacramento and a key partner in our Golf & Guitars Children's Charity Music Festival, a little event in our twelfth year that has raised well north of a million bucks for kids and individuals with disabilities. It highlights the songwriters in our industry and is entitled Write You a Song.

It's his hope that this podcast will shine a little overdue spotlight on the talented men and women who, mostly behind the scenes, write the songs that become part of our lives. You know their words and music, but maybe not their names: Write You a Song will feature some of country music’s biggest songwriters--like Jeffrey Steele, Brett Warren, Tim Nichols and more.

Eric Church called her a "badass".

Eric Church is right.

Recently nominated for a Grammy and up for two awards at the Academy of Country Music awards next month, Ashley McBryde might be one of the most exciting new country singer/songwriter you haven't yet heard of.

But if you have heard of her, You know what we're talking about.

She's smart, funny, honest and wildly talented and we're stoked to have her as our guest on this month's Write You A Song.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Jon Pardi Preps Heartache Medication For September Release

Artist: Jon Pardi
Album: Heartache Medication
Label: Capitol Nashville
Release date: 9/27/19

Northern California native Jon Pardi announced the upcoming arrival of his next album coming in September, Heartache Medication.

“I promise you that nobody has stressed over the dilemma of album number three more than the guy to my left right here,” Universal Music Group Nashville chairman and CEO Mike Dungan told the music media at the announcement as he recalled conversations with Pardi about the project. “‘What do I do? Do I back off? Do I make it country? How can I make it different? I don’t want to make the same record again.’ Along the way he kept saying, ‘It feels pretty good, but it’s even more country than the last one.’”

Dungan said upon listening to Heartache Medication, he thinks it’s “a complete masterpiece.” “Those of us who have had a chance to listen to this and had a chance to live with it have been divided into different camps. Everyone seems to have their own favorite [song],” he added. “It’s telling me we have a record that is going to go on in history and be talked about for a long time.”

“I named it Heartache Medication because it talks about sad topics, but it makes you feel good at the same time,” he said. Pardi further explained that the project also includes love songs and that the album goes “great with beer and good times.”

He added, “I’m really proud of it. I’m really proud of all the session players, the songwriters that delivered great songs. I wrote half the record and Nashville stepped in and wrote the other half, and I’m very proud of that. I think everybody’s going to love it.”

Heartache Medication is the follow up to Pardi’s co-produced Platinum-selling No. 1 album California Sunrise, which featured multi-Platinum hits including “Dirt on My Boots,” “Head Over Boots,” “Heartache on the Dancefloor” and “Night Shift.”

Heartache Medication Track Listing:

1. “Old Hat” (Jeff Hyde, Matt Jenkins and Ryan Tyndell)
2. “ Heartache Medication” (Jon Pardi, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby)
3. “Nobody Leaves A Girl Like That” (Bart Butler, Marv Green and Jimmy Yeary)
4. “Ain’t Always The Cowboy” (Brandon Kinney and Josh Thompson)
5. “Me And Jack” (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
6. “Don’t Blame It On Whiskey (Featuring Lauren Alaina)” (Eric Church, Michael Heeney, Luke Laird and Miranda Lambert)
7. “Tied One On” (Bart Butler, Chase McGill and Jamie Paulin)
8. “Oughta Know That” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Luke Laird)
9. “Tequila Little Time” (Jon Pardi, Rhett Akins and Luke Laird)
10. “Buy That Man A Beer” (Clint Daniels, Justin Lantz and John Pierce)
11. “Call Me Country” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Driver Williams)
12. “Just Like Old Times” (Jon Pardi, Jeff Hyde and Michael Heeney)
13. “Love Her Like She’s Leaving” (Bart Butler, Dean Dillon and Jessie Jo Dillon)
14. “Starlight” (Jon Pardi, Bart Butler and Jeffrey Steele)