Saturday, May 26, 2018

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Rodney Crowell, Drew Kennedy, Josh Grider & Cody Jinks

There's some fantastic news regarding some of country music's finest songwriters in Rodney Crowell and Cody Jinks that came out yesterday- to go along with a video podcast concert performance that's worth stopping what you're doing to sit down and watch. If you're not a fan of Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider, you most certainly will be after watching their great performance.

Grammy-winning roots troubadour Rodney Crowell announces the July 13th release of his new album, Acoustic Classics, the debut entry from his newly-launched imprint, RC1.

A creative powerhouse with no off switch, the acclaimed songwriter, musician, author and poet is adding yet another title to his already esteemed pedigree; label head. As prolific today as he was in his twenties, Crowell has released six albums in the last ten years. Next on deck is a re-distilled, acoustic presentation of 12 tunes from his 40-plus-year career in a truly intimate setting. “With the help of some of my favorite musicians, I’ve made all acoustic instrument recordings of ten of my most recognizable songs. Also included is a couple more recently written that I want people to hear. There’s even a revised version of my most commercially successful song, "Shame on the Moon,” said Crowell. “All in good fun.”

Marking Crowell’s 19th solo effort and the first release from his new label, RC1, the project features songs originally made famous by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, The Oak Ridge Boys, Bob Seger, Tim McGraw and more. But for Acoustic Classics, Crowell peels back the layers of familiarity on these standouts of the American song cannon, revealing the original spirit behind each track’s creation.

Real Life Real Music was founded by Kyle Hutton almost 20 years ago and they had never done a video podcast... until now. Two phenomenal songwriters and best friends, Josh Grider and Drew Kennedy, were the guinea pigs and did a fantastic hour and 50 minute concert together with as much storytelling that could fill a book.

Watching them play with (and off of) each other on stage is enjoyable to a long time fan, as well as to a music fan in general. It’s a genuine friendship. Both artists have an equally deep respect for each other, as well as the talent for playing off of each other’s songs and stories.

We enjoyed some fantastic performances, including a fantastic rendition of “Vapor Trails” from Drew Kennedy and “Bad Times Roll” from Josh Grider. While the music was amazing, some of the stories were arguably just as good. Drew Kennedy’s backstory for his song “24 Hours In New York City” had everyone in the crowd belly laughing.

A teenage Kennedy, the new girl in town, and New York at three in the morning. We couldn’t help but be impressed by the smooth teenager in the story, despite Kennedy assuring us that he was a “huge nerd”. Grider’s acoustic performance of “Bad Times Roll” encouraged the listener to keep your head up when the low points of life come around.

You can watch the performance below:

Cody Jinks has signed with Rounder Records. His debut for the label, Lifers, is slated for release July 27. The first single from the album, “Must Be the Whiskey” is due out on June 15.

Rounder Records President John Strohm said, “When I became the President of Rounder in the Fall of 2017, I’d already been involved in Cody’s career for a couple years. I’m well aware of his immense talent, personal integrity, and work ethic.” He continues, “It’s been my top priority since I started my job last fall to sign Cody, and I could not be more thrilled for Rounder and Concord Music to have the opportunity to work with such an incredible, groundbreaking artist.”

Tom Whalley, Chief Label Officer at Concord, concurs. “Cody is a very special, unique, one of a kind artist. He’s an abundantly gifted singer, songwriter, and performer, and I’m very proud that he has chosen to work with our team at Rounder.”

“I set out to find a great partner to license my new album to – a record company that believed in my music and my vision, ” said Jinks. “I definitely found that with Rounder Records.”Jinks has employed a unique marketing strategy that has enabled him to sell in excess of 225k independently-released recordings and consistently sell out shows all over the United States, propelling him to the forefront of the country music scene. His recordings and raucous live shows have earned him a loyal and growing fan base and have made him a favorite among critics.

Independent distribution and label services company Thirty Tigers has entered into an agreement to reissue Jinks’ back catalog, including 2016’s breakthrough I’m Not the Devil. “In all my years of doing this, I can’t remember an act whose organic growth has happened so explosively. It’s a testament to the artist and his palpable honesty, but also to his amazing team who pull all the right levers at the right time. It’s an honor to fight for his body of work so far, and I predict that upon the release of the new album, his trajectory will continue at the same explosive pace,” said label CEO David Macias.

Jinks responds, “I’ve been doing business with Thirty Tigers for a couple of years now. They’ve proven to me that they’re believers who work very hard. I couldn’t have picked a better home for my catalog.”

Friday, May 25, 2018

Shooter Jennings To Release New Dave Cobb-Produced Album In August

Artist: Shooter Jennings
Album: Shooter
Label: Low Country/Elektra
Release date: August 10, 2018

Dave Cobb-produced, the new album Shooter is one that Jennings calls his "Bocephus" record.  "I was looking at country music and looking at my place in it and I had a different perspective after doing Countach," he tells Rolling Stone Country. "Nobody is cutting a honky-tonk Hank Williams Jr. record right now. That is still missing from country and that's what I and a lot of people want to hear. Everything is so politically divisive and everybody wants a break from that s**t, and it's that downhome attitude that this music was born out of."

1. "Bound Ta Git Down"
2. "Do You Love Texas?"
3. "Living In A Minor Key"
4. "D.R.U.N.K."
5. "Shades & Hues"
6. "I'm Wild & My Woman Is Crazy"
7. "Fast Horses & Good Hideouts"
8. "Rhinestone Eyes"
9. "Denim & Diamonds"

New Music Video From Kenny Chesney - "Get Along"

Sunday, May 20, 2018

New Music Video From Abby Anderson - "Make Him Wait"

I heard this track on Sirius/XM's The Highway On The Horizon feature and thought it phenomenally well-done. It's written really well, has a great message and is very well executed. Put Abby Anderson on your radar.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider Recording Live Album Together

Artists: Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider
Live Album: TBD
Recording date: July 5, 2018
Release date: TBD

Main Street Crossing, a great little non-profit venue that doubles up as a music hall and a Sunday-morning church, announced that they will be producing their first ever live record from an upcoming July 5 performance with phenomenal singer-songwriters Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider.

Here is what MSC's Matt Davis has to say:
Drew Kennedy - One of the finest songwriters I have ever met. A keen observer of humans, circumstance, and emotions. He has unintentionally helped me become the songwriter that I am and who I am still learning to be.
Josh Grider - I didn’t fall in love with country music until I was 18. I quickly lost some of that love as the new “Country” arrived. Then I found Josh Grider. It was like one of those Christmas movie scenes where the dad is finding out that Santa really is real. Josh is everything that is still right with Country music and everything that it can and should be.
So we are gonna record, mix, master, do artwork, print. It’s gonna be awesome. By the way, these guys are best friends and hopefully they leave some dirty laundry on the stage. Please join us for this epic evening of life and art on July 5. Also, I am printing T-shirt’s without permission. Limited run. Sorry Josh and Drew.
This project will be a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2017 release At Home In The Big Lonesome by Kennedy and the terrific release earlier this year by Josh Grider, Good People.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Maggie Rose, Craig Campbell, Lori McKenna and More

Several new projects were announced in the last day or two and we've got some a couple musical performances worth the watch this morning on That Nashville Sound's Newsbyte feature.

- Maggie Rose is releasing her third digital 45 this coming Friday and you can catch a tease of both new tracks HERE.

- Amy Grant released a new song in time for Mother's Day called "Say It With A Kiss" that you can listen to HERE.

- Nashville's collection of some of the best female songwriters has a collective called The Song Suffragettes and each week they release a new performance video from their standing show each Monday night at The Listening Room. Today's song is "A Million Ways" by Jessica Mack.

- Haunting. That's the only description for this beautiful music video from Ashley Monroe and her new song, "Sparrow." 

- Craig Campbell is releasing a new 7-song EP on June 8 entitled See You Try. “For the past few years, I’ve created and found some of the best music of my career,” shared Campbell. “I’m beyond excited to release this EP and show the country music world what I’ve been up to. I’m very proud of the music and can’t wait for everyone to finally hear these songs!”

- There's not a more well-respected country music songwriter on the planet right now than Lori McKenna and she's back with a new album entitled The Tree that will be out on 7/20.  The first song released off of the new project is a doozy and is called "People Get Old".

- 1980's star Sylvia is set to release her newest CD, Second Bloom – The Hits Re-Imagined, on Red Pony Records June 8The new project includes 10 all-new interpretations of her No. 1 and Top 10 hits from her RCA years. “My desire was to bring my music from the ’80s into alignment with the music I’m creating today,” said Sylvia.  “I wanted to breathe new life into the songs as if I was recording them for the first time while still honoring their musical identity. I believe the spirit of the music is just as relevant today as it was when these songs first bloomed.”

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

New Live Performance Music Video From Jason Isbell - "If We Were Vampires"

The Off Camera Show with Sam Jones is on Netflix and earlier this week, Jones had Isbell on the show where he played his incredible song, "If We Were Vampires."

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Collin Raye Recuts His 25 Biggest Hits For New Legacy Album

Artist: Collin Raye
Album: 25 Years, 25 Hits
Label: Independent
Release date: May 15

In celebration of his 25th anniversary as a recording artist, multi-platinum selling country singer Collin Raye will release a new legacy album titled, Collin Raye — 25 Years, 25 Hits, on Tuesday, May 15.

The ACM Award-winning artist has recut 25 of his hit songs, including all 16 No. 1s, along with 3 bonus tracks, to celebrate his silver anniversary — 25 hits for 25 years.

"After working on this album for well over a year, our release date is finally drawing close," says Raye. "I'm so proud of this record. For years, people have asked me, 'Why don't you have a collection of all of your hits on one record, instead of several greatest hits albums each with different songs?' Well, now I do — all 25 hits on one album."

 The 10-time "Male Vocalist of the Year" nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM) recorded the album in Nashville with producer Kelly Schoenfeld.

"It was a challenge to reproduce and beat what we did years ago, but I'm confident we have," he adds. "This is the definitive CR collection, and basically, the story of my career in making music."

Raye will celebrate the release at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, May 15, where he will perform in the historic circle and sign albums in-store for fans following the show.
Collin Raye — 25 Years, 25 Hits Track Listing:

1. I Can Still Feel You
2. On The Verge
3. Little Rock
4. My Kinda Girl
5. In This Life
6. All I Can Be (Is A Sweet Memory)
7. Every Second
8. Little Red Rodeo
9. Not That Different
10. I Think About You
11. If I Were You
12. That's My Story
13. I Want You Bad (And That Ain't Good)
14. Somebody Else's Moon
15. That Was A River
16. What The Heart Wants
17. One Boy, One Girl
18. Someone You Used To Know
19. Couldn't Last A Moment
20. A Man Of My Word
21. Anyone Else
22. The Gift
23. What If Jesus Comes Back Like That
24. Love Remains
25. Love, Me
26. Undefeated (Bonus track)
27. She's With Me (Bonus track)
28. Shall We Gather At The River (Bonus track)