Monday, September 24, 2018

Reba McEntire Back In Studio Recording New Music

Reba McEntire went to Instagram to post a trio of photos to announce that she was back in the studio recording new music. The first was a simple photo of her headphones on a stool. The second was a picture of a mixing board with the words, “FIDDLE” and “STEEL."  The third was a photo of the legendary Country Music Hall of Famer standing in the studio poised gently behind a vocal mic.

Though she’s kept busy since her last album, she hasn’t released new music since early 2017’s Sing It Now.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Hear It Here: The Farm Aid 2018 Concert In Entirety - Featuring Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson and More

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001.  Yesterday, in Hartford, Connecticut, Farm Aid 2018 played in front of 24,000 fans.

Now it can be 24,001. For the first time, Farm Aid partnered with YouTube and has the concert in entirety from start to finish in one video for fans to be able to enjoy around the world. You can share this once-in-a-lifetime experience from home. Watch and listen to the legendary artists who came together to support Farm Aid’s mission of building a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America.

The Farm Aid 2018 Webcast Lineup:
- Jamey Johnson – 3:00pm
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – 3:31pm
- Kacey Musgraves – 4:18pm
- Sturgill Simpson – 5:13pm
- Chris Stapleton – 6:08pm
- Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds – 7:03pm
- John Mellencamp – 8:03pm
- Neil Young & Promise of the Real – 9:03pm
- Willie Nelson & Family – 10:03pm

 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Pistol Annies Appear Poised To Share Some Interstate Gospel On 11/2

Artist: Pistol Annies
Album: Interstate Gospel (educated guess)
Label: RCA
Release date: Projected 11/2/18

While we know Pistol Annies have finished a new record that's supposed to be out sometime this fall, we don't know exactly when it will be released or exactly what it will be called. But Miranda Lambert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley have been dropping some hints and I think That Nashville Sound has put together all their clues here below.

You can now follow a new Pistol Annies playlist titled Interstate Gospel on both Spotify and Apple Music. The 45-song collection includes songs from the trio's two previous albums -- 2011's Hell on Heels and 2013's Annie Up -- as well as solo tracks from each of the women.  The ladies have also embarked on a retro postcard campaign in which they've mailed out postcards with supposed album tracks on it to fans across the country with the hopes that they'd post them on social media. 

A social media about the postcards reads, "The best way to describe this record is that three women came unleashed and told a bunch of truth. We didn't hold back and we're proud of it. There are 13/14 songs and they're our stories... our friends stories and your stories." 

Also on those postcards is a code of 112. Music sleuths are believing that number to be the release date of the new project as well.

That process has produced the following as a likely track listing as well:

Interstate Prelude
Stop Drop & Roll One
Best Years Of My Life
5 Acres Of Turnips
When I Was His Wife
Cheyenne
Got My Name Changed Back
Sugar Daddy
Leavers Lullaby
Milk Man
Commissary
Masterpiece
Interstate Gospel
This Too Shall Pass

Friday, September 21, 2018

Josh Turner To Release I Serve a Savior In Late October

Artist: Josh Turner
Album: I Serve A Savior
Release date: October 26, 2018

Golden-voiced traditionalist Josh Turner has announced that he will be releasing a faith-album at the end of October. The project includes some special guests including Sonya Isaacs, Bobby Osborne and The Turner Family.

The project includes some traditional country songs including "How Great Thou Art" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" in addition to a couple of tracks that have been staples of his over the years including a live version of "Long Black Train." 

1. I Saw the Light (ft. Sonya Isaacs)
2. I Pray My Way Out of Trouble (ft. Bobby Osborne)
3. Great is Your Faithfulness
4. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
5. Without Him
6. I Serve A Savior
7. How Great Thou Art (ft. Sonya Isaacs)
8. The River (of Happiness) (ft. The Turner Family) (Live from Gaither Studios)
9. Amazing Grace
10. Long Black Train (Live from Gaither Studios)
11. Doxology
12. Me and God (Live from Gaither Studios)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

The Band Perry Double-Down On Non-Country Direction With Friday's Release Of Rick Rubin-Produced Coordinates

Artist: The Band Perry
Album: Coordinates
Label: Artrat
Release date: Sept. 21, 2018

The Band Perry are back and ready to release new music — and it’s unlike anything we’ve previously heard from them. Variety reveals that the former country trio will return this Friday with a five-song digital EP of electronic-based music called Coordinates.

The band teamed up with executive producer Rick Rubin for the project, which will be available on their own label, Artrat. It marks the first time the band has released more than a single in over five years, and Variety describes the sound as “so unapologetically electronic, it makes their previous couple of unabashedly pop singles sound like vintage Carter Family sides by comparison.”

“We’re just so proud of everything that we’ve spent the last little while building,” Kimberly Perry tells the publication. “And I think the other pervasive feeling is freedom to put out music in the way that we’ve always desired to — not just the sound of it, but even the construction how to get it out quickly and directly to the folks whose ears we’re reaching for.”

She adds, “I think so much of the dark period, if you will, was time spent constructively, and I really feel like everybody’s going to love it.”

Kimberly says the band was listening to “very minimal but big sounds” ahead of creating the EP, including German electronic music, rap superstar Kanye West‘s Yeezus and Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor‘s side project, How to Destroy Angels.

“I think that the sound on the project is sort of like minimal brutalism — which, yes, was absolutely what we were feeling in our lives,” she notes, hinting at both professional changes as well as her recent divorce. “It was like, yeah, there’s some brutal things happening, but we’re all just moving toward simplicity and impact.”
 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

John Mellencamp Announces Release Date For Upcoming Other People's Stuff Album

Artist: John Mellencamp
Album: Other People's Stuff
Label: Republic
Release date: November 16, 2018

John Mellencamp announced a new album, Other People’s Stuff, will be released on Nov. 16. It will be followed by the John Mellencamp Show tour, which kicks off on Feb. 7 and runs until March 30, 2019. Producers AEG said that each show would start promptly at 8PM and would not include an opening act, and that each ticket purchased would come with a physical copy of the new album.

Not many details have come out about the new project but from the title, it may be possible that there are some covers and/or some tracks not written by the legendary hall of famer.
 
Other People’s Stuff marks Mellencamp’s 24th studio album and follows his 2017 release, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. Every ticket for Mellencamp’s upcoming tour purchased online will come with a physical copy of the record.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Uncovered 1975 Live Concert Recording From Waylon Jennings To See Release As Album

Artist: Waylon Jennings
Album: Live 75
Label: Laser Media
Release date: October 5, 2018

Another posthumous historic live music performance from Waylon Jennings has surfaced and will be being released on a special CD early next month. The album was recorded off of the soundboard during a concert that Waylon Jennings performed in Sugarloaf, Maine on August 2nd, 1975.

It was recorded when Jennings’ raw, barnstorming outlaw sound was a fresh revelation to country and rock fans alike. Then there’s the way pedal steel guitarist Ralph Mooney and drummer Richie Albright framed the band’s rugged-but-right-on feel. Most importantly, there’s Waylon himself, feeding off the crowd’s energy as his guts-and-gusto delivery drives the whole thing home on hard-charging mission statements like “I’m a Ramblin’ Man” and “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?” It’s the sound of an outlaw unleashed.

Live 75 track listing:
1. "Honky Tonk Heroes"
2. "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?"
3. "Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line"
4. "You Ask Me To"
5. "Ladies Love Outlaws"
6. "Waymore's Blues"
7. "Louisiana Woman"
8. "I've Been A Long Time Leaving"
9. "Amanda"
10. "Pick Up The Tempo"
11. "Me And Paul"
12. "Let's Turn Back The Years"
13. "This Time"
14. "Me And Bobbie McGee"
15. "Rainy Day Woman"
16. "Bob Wills Is Still The King"
17. "I'm A Ramblin'Man"
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Uncovered Highwaymen Performance To Be Released As Upcoming Live Album

Artist: Highwaymen
Album: On The Road Again: Aberdeen Broadcast 1992
Label: Go Faster Records
Release date: October 5, 2018

When the Highwaymen came together in 1985, consisting of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, the phrase super-group was, for once, applied with inarguable precision. With all members having been hugely influential on the Outlaw Country sub-genre, and each having earned huge plaudits and enormous success in their own rights, as both composers and performers, the project could still have failed had it been undertaken by a quartet of super-egos.

On August 14, 1992, they played Scotland's Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, a show which was recorded for live FM transmission, both locally and across the US. This CD includes this dazzling performance in full, providing as it does one of the finest shows the band ever played, and one which showcases many of their most loved cuts, alongside a host of songs that made these outlaws so successful individually.

Tracklist
1. Highwayman
2. Good Hearted Woman
3. Theme From 'The Dukes Of Hazzard' (Good Ol' Boys)
4. Folsom Prison Blues
5. Help Me Make It Through The Night
6. Loving Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again)
7. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
8. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
9. Always On My Mind
10. Me And Bobby McGee
11. Get Rhythm
12. Crazy
13. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky
14. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)
15. Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground
16. Big River
17. On The Road Again

Monday, September 10, 2018

"Thinkin' Problem" and "Riding With Private Malone" Singer David Ball Releases New Album, Come See Me

Artist: David Ball
Album: Come See Me
Label: Public Records
Release date: September 7, 2018

Multi-platinum singer, songwriter, and performer, David Ball, released his new record, Come See Me, last week on Public Records. The first single, “I Got A Broken Heart In The Mail,” hit radio on July 31 and is David’s first new music in eight years. The press release reads that "If David went to Bakersfield and picked guitars with Buck Owens, it might have come out like “I Got A Broken Heart In The Mail.""

 Recorded at his home studio in Franklin, TN, this may be David’s most personal record yet as he's written and produced every song. Aside from drums and percussion contributed by Scott Metko, David played all instruments.

Fans can contribute to his Pledge Music site here, which will be managing the release of the full record and exclusive new merchandise.

Ball grew up in Spartanburg, SC where he learned to play guitar but later honed his skills on the upright bass, which led to a gig playing bass in Uncle Walt’s Band, credited as the first Americana act. The legendary trio was headed by Walter Hyatt and also included Champ Hood. A solo career led Ball to Nashville where he signed a publishing deal and later, a recording contract. David’s music came full circle when Lyle Lovett reached back into Uncle Walt’s Band repertoire to include one of David’s early songs, "Don’t You Think I Feel It Too” on his 2009 disc, Natural Forces. David won a Grammy Award for the song “Old Folks At Home (Swanee River)” from the album Beautiful Dreamer - The Songs of Stephen Foster. (2005) Fourteen of his singles have entered the Billboard charts, including “Thinkin’ Problem” and “Riding With Private Malone,” which made Ball one of the first artists to take an indie single to the Country Top 5. He has recorded a total of seven studio albums, including his platinum certified Thinkin’ Problem. The title track was the top selling country song of 1994.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Upcoming Jamie Lin Wilson Project Jumping Over Rocks Features Jack Ingram Duet of Guy Clark Cover

Artist: Jamie Lin Wilson
Album: Jumping Over Rocks
Label: JLW
Release date: October 26, 2018

A trobairitz is defined as a female troubadour. That seems a likely and fair description for Texan Jamie Lin Wilson, whose sophomore solo album Jumping Over Rocks will land in ears on October 26, 2018. The project promises to write a second act on her fantastic debut Holidays and Wedding Rings (June 2016). That project comprised songs that painted lush portraits of everyday living with the good and bad of family, relationships, motherhood and life on the road. Intensely personal, her storytelling earned raves from nearly every corner of the country including this very site.

The album gets its title from standout track “Death and Life,” an epic it took Jamie four years to write. A widow mourning her husband and not quite ready to let go; a son who copes with his father’s death by getting to work with his hands, hammers, nails, and 2x4s: the two true tales became intertwined thematically as Jamie mulled them over. “I realized the song is how people who are still here deal with death,” she says. “It’s life after death, but not heavenly life. It’s how the living deal with death.”

“It’s unfair that the poets and songwriters are the ones who have the songs about their lives, when maybe that’s not what’s poetic,” Jamie says. “Maybe the moments are the ones happening in everyday farmers’ lives, or to a widow, or a son.” It’s her comfort in and commitment to two distinct worlds––that of the dream-chasing artists and the dirt-under-their-nails realists––that makes Jamie and her songs not just inviting, but cathartically important.

No one covers the spectrum of age and experience quite like Jamie: moving portraits of men, women, and children coping, striving, wondering, and celebrating. Interesting? Undoubtedly. Universal but specific and personal, too. “I studied people around me more for this record than I have in the past,” she says. “I wrote songs from my perspective, from the outside looking in.”

In an early listen, the standout track is a truly inspiring cover song, “Instant Coffee Blues.” Originally written by Guy Clark and featuring friend and fellow Texan Jack Ingram as a duet partner, it literally gave this reviewer goosebumps hearing it for the first time.