Monday, June 24, 2019

Exile To Release Double-Album Of Previously-Unheard Demos In July

Artist: Exile
Album: The Garage Tapes
Label: Big Horse Records
Release date: July 13, 2019

A little over forty years have passed and over 8 million records have been sold, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country chart since Exile band members, Steve Goetzman, Marlon Hargis, J.P. Pennington, Sonny LeMaire and Les Taylor began making music and gathering in a small garage in Lexington, Kentucky making demos of their songs. Until now these recordings have remained unheard by anyone outside the small circle of the band. These particular garage tapes, were recorded between 1979 and 1982 at LEMCO studio in Lexington, Kentucky. The 30 song, two CD compilation is set for release by Big Horse Records in the upcoming weeks for purchase online and on all digital music platforms. 

The compilation includes pop songs as well as several country songs. Capturing these songs from the original source taped required a process known as “baking” to recover each song. Unfortunately, they could not recover the song “Take Me Down” in its entirety, so they included an actual rehearsal version recorded on a boom-box in 1980 prior to leaving L.A. to record it for the album, Don’t Leave Me This Way.

Since there are no demo versions of “Give Me One More Chance,” they have also included a rehearsal version recorded in the same manner on April 24, 1984. You will notice how the song morphed between this version and the final album version.

The band thought it would be interesting for fans to hear a song in the early stages of creation by including J.P. Pennington and Sonny LeMaire performing a very early version of “Keep It In The Middle of The Road from a songwriting cassette tape.

“Exile -The Garage Tapes” Track List:

Side 1:
Red Dancing Shoes (LeMaire / Gray)
There’s A Love (Pennington)
Me And You (Gray)
Your Love Is Everything (Pennington)
Dixie Girl (LeMaire / Paine)
Take Me To The River (Pennington)
Don’t Leave Me This Way (Pennington)
Nobody’s Hero (Pennington / Lawley)
Smooth Sailing (Gray / Slate / Pippin)
Midnight Man (Pennington)
Baby, It’s Me (Gray)
One More Night For Love (LeMaire / Gray / Gray)
Werewolf Of Love (LeMaire / Gray / Blazy)
The High Cost of Leaving (LeMaire / Pennington / Gray)
It Takes Love To Make Love (LeMaire / Gray / Silbar / Lorber)

Side 2:
I Can’t Get Close Enough (Pennington / LeMaire)
It’s You Again (Pennington / LeMaire)
My Hearts In Good Hands (Pennington / LeMaire)
Since You Came In (Pennington / Gray / Seals)
Did You See That Girl (Pennington / LeMaire)
I Can’t Love You Anymore (Pennington / Copeland)
Still So In Love With You (Pennington)
We Can Save Love (LeMaire / Blazy)
Do It All Over Again (Pennington)
Till The Very End (LeMaire / Gray)
The Closer You Get (Pennington / Gray)
Take Me Down (Pennington / Gray)
Give Me One More Chance (Pennington / LeMaire)
Keep It In The Middle Of The Road (Pennington / LeMaire)
Sixteen Tons (Travis)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Trisha Yearwood To Release Every Girl On August 30

Artist: Trisha Yearwood
Album: Every Girl
Label: Gwendolyn Records
Release date: August 30, 2019

Her 2019 Frank Sinatra tribute album notwithstanding, Trisha Yearwood's new record will be her first full-length country album since 2007's phenomenal Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love.

"Honestly, I didn't set out to make a certain kind of record. I didn't set out to do anything, except find songs that I loved, when I started this project about a year ago," Yearwood explains. "I had no expectation, except that I wanted to enjoy myself in the studio."

"Every Girl in This Town," is the first single. "This was one of the first songs I heard, and I just loved it," Yearwood recalls. "After the record was done, it kind of rose to the surface." The track went straight to radio, where it scored Yearwood the biggest-ever add day of her already impressive career.

As Yearwood says, she didn't have many expectations for her new project, and she certainly didn't expect early radio success. "I am very surprised to be one of the women who's on the radio right now. I'm really excited about it ...," she says. "I think it’s really just been in the last couple days since the song’s been out that I really am seeing that it’s striking the same nerve with other people that it struck with me."

1. Workin' on Whiskey
2. Find a Way
3. Home
4. Every Girl in This Town
5. Tell Me Something I Don't Know
6. What Gave Me Away
7. Something Kinda Like It
8. When Lonely Calls
9. The Matador
10. I’ll Carry You Home
11. Drink Up
12. Bible and a .44
13. Can't Take Back Goodbye
14. Love You Anyway

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.