Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Texas Legend Jerry Jeff Walker Comes Back With New Indepedent Album

Artist: Jerry Jeff Walker
Album: It's About Time
Label: Tried & True Music
Release date: April 2018

Though not a native Texan, Jerry Jeff Walker is one of the artists who helped shape the Texas country music sound and put the city of Austin on the country music map in the 1970s. Walker's best-known song was 1968's "Mr. Bojangles" (a Top 10 pop hit in the hands of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), but he was immortalized five years later with the highly influential live album Viva Terlingua! Recorded in Luckenbach before Waylon and Willie and the boys made the town famous, Terlingua became a cornerstone of Red Dirt country music.

Details about the album come from an interview with the Austin Statesman:
"It’s About Time includes several original tunes he’s been playing in concert for a while. Perhaps the best is called “I Always Thought I Was Going to Live in California,” which retells how he landed in Austin in the 1960s while heading west after leaving his upstate New York hometown. He met Susan here, and the rest soon enough became history. But “It’s About Time” also gathers tunes by others that he’s known and loved for decades. “South Coast,” with its moving “the lion still rules the barranca” chorus, was written in the 1950s by Lillian Bos Ross, Rich Dehr and Sam Eskin before being immortalized first by the Kingston Trio and then Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. And he taps into Paul Siebel, best known for writing the folk classic “Louise,” with a slightly updated take on “The Ballad of Honest Sam.” That’s the one song on “It’s About Time” where Walker does get semi-political. “It really fits the Trump era,” he says, reeling off a couple of lines from the song about a character who “made his money shadily.”
The album is currently available through Walker's website HERE.  

Drake White Announces New EP For Early May Release

Artist: Drake White
EP: Spark
Label: BMLG
Release date: May 4

Drake White will release his new EP, Pieces, the followup to his debut album, Spark, digitally via BMLG Records on May 4.  Produced by songwriter busbee, White co-penned two tracks featured alongside three additional outside cuts. “I love writing that’s very simple, but it’s like, ‘Oh, I know exactly what you’re talking about,’ explained White. “I’m infatuated with words and trying to arrange them in a way that would make my heroes proud.”

TRACKLIST:

1. “Girl in Pieces” (busbee, Brad Tursi, Troy Verges)
2. “Grandpa’s Farm” (Brent Cobb, Adam Hood, Jason Saenz)
3. “Happy Place” (Drake White, busbee, Josh Osborne)
4. “Nothing Good Happens After Midnight” (Dan Isbell, Heather Lynn Morgan, Lindsay Rimes)
5. “The Best is Yet to Come” (Drake White, busbee, Josh Kear)

New Music Video From John Mellencamp - "Troubled Man"

John Mellencamp’s career in music, spanning more than 42 years, has seen him transition from pop star to one of the most highly regarded songwriters of a generation. Filmed at the landmark Chicago Theatre, just 250 miles away from his upbringing in Indiana, this stunning cinematic concert video captures John with his full band, along with special guest Carlene Carter.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Eric Church To Release Covers Album This Saturday In Conjunction With Record Store Day

Artist: Eric Church
Album: 61 Days In Church - Covers
Label: EMI Nashville
Release date: April 21, 2018

This Saturday, Eric Church is releasing an LP in conjunction with Record Store Day that consists of live covers from his larger live project, 61 Days In Church.

The covers, which feature popular music by Soundgarden, Billy Joel, Little Feat, Bob Seger and more, is available Saturday, April 21 during Record Store Day. The musical milestone, released by EMI Nashville, is available on LP with 2,500 exclusive copies available to fans.

Church recorded the ambitious project in 2017 during his Holdin’ My Own Tour, which ran from January through May and was named a Tour of the Year by none other than Rolling Stone, which opined: “Over the years, Church concerts have always been parties. But in 2017, they went from merely ass-kicking to epic.”

During the 61-date tour, Church recorded 30 songs per night for a total of more than 200 hours of live music. The Record Store Day exclusive release is a selection of the very best cover songs from those shows (available only at participating record stores).

The collection includes the following eight special cover songs:

1. “Better Man” (Live At Tacoma Drive, Tacoma, WA, March 18, 2017)
2. “Turn The Page” (Live At CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE, April 8, 2017)
3. “Dixie Chicken” (Live at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 with Chuck Leavell)
4. “Six Days On The Road” (Live at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, April 21, 2017)
5. “Rusty Cage” (Live at Verizon Center, Washington, D.C., May 19, 2017)
6. “Allentown” (Live at Santander Arena, Reading, PA, May 18, 2017)
7. “Midnight Rider” (Live at Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, TN, May 27, 2017)
8. “American Woman” (Live at Pepsi Center, Denver, CO, April 5, 2017 with Glenn Hughes)

New Music Video From Marc Broussard - "I'll Never Know"

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Carrie Underwood To Release Cry Pretty Album On 9/14

Artist: Carrie Underwood
Album: Cry Pretty
Label: UMG Nashville
Release date: September 14, 2018
 
"The... thing I’ve been up to over the past few months is of course making new music," Underwood recently shared on her website. "I’ve been in the studio writing and singing a TON, but I’ve also been able to be creative in a way that I’ve never been before, which has been very fulfilling and empowering. While I was writing last year, I met a writer/producer named David Garcia. We hit it off in a big way and I’m excited to say that we are co-producing my album together. I’ve always been lucky to have a voice in the writing and recording process, but this is the first time I am this involved in the production of my music."
 
The collaboration with Garcia has resulted in a full album entitled Cry Pretty that will is scheduled for release for September 14, 2018.
 
Underwood made a big move in March of 2017: She departed from Arista Records, where she had found a recording home since her American Idol win in 2005, and signed a deal with Universal Music Group's Capitol Records Nashville. This next album will be her first release with UMG Nashville.
 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes: Clay Walker, Jason Michael Carroll, Brent Cobb & More

A couple of country music veterans have released new singles, a couple new projects are on the way and some interesting music videos were released... all in your Saturday Newsbytes here at That Nashville Sound today.

Jason Michael Carroll
- Clay Walker has released a new single called "Working On Me" after some time away from pushing radio single releases. You can listen to it HERE.

- Ditto for Jason Michael Carroll. The good guy is back with a good message with his brand new single "I Want You To Know" that you can listen to HERE.

- Michael Ray is following up his self-titled debut album with a new project due out June 1 on Atlantic Records/ Warner Music Nashville called Amos, named after his grandfather who gave him his appreciation of country music.

- Gretchen Peters is releasing a new project with a message on May 18th. Dancing with the Beast puts female characters at the forefront, from teenage girls to old women, and intentionally so. With the 2017 Women's March and #MeToo Movement as bookends to her writing, Peters knew that a feminist perspective would be the critical core of the record. “Those two events just put everything -- as so many things in 2017 -- in really stark relief,” she admits. “You can trace the feminist DNA in my songwriting back to 'Independence Day' and probably before. The thing that 2017 did is just put it front and center. It was very easy to kind of go to sleep for a while and just not think about that stuff because we were lulled into complacency for eight years.”

- And Brent Cobb is back with a fun animated video for his song "Mornin's Gonna Come" that you can watch below.

 

Friday, April 13, 2018

Dierks Bentley's Upcoming June 8 Release The Mountain Features Collaborations with Brothers Osborne, Brandi Carlile and Jerry Douglas

Artist: Dierks Bentley
Album: The Mountain
Label: Capitol Records Nashville
Release date: June 8, 2018

Singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has built a reputation as both a forever-young drifter and a dedicated family man, put in millions of miles on headlining tours and taken the fearless stylistic detours of a truly authentic artist. He continues that journey with his highly anticipated ninth studio album, The Mountain (Capitol Records Nashville), set for release June 8th. Reaching a new creative high, Bentley co-wrote 10 of the 13 new tracks that are unified by themes of presence and positivity, and range in style from textured rock to acoustic folk, feeling both rooted and expansive at the same time.

The Mountain's story begins in the Rocky Mountain resort town of Telluride, Colorado, which every summer plays host to a celebrated bluegrass festival. Owing to his well-documented love of the genre, Bentley has attended the festival multiple times over the years, always making a point to slow down and tune back in to the world around him. But after performing on the festival’s main stage in 2017, the idyllic surroundings became more than a much-needed getaway.

“I found myself there, constantly reaching for my guitar,” Bentley said. “It was like a gravitational pull. That town and those people just make you want to be creative, I couldn’t describe it. I was like ‘How do I tell everyone in Nashville this is what I want to write about?’ I realized I couldn’t bring it back, so I had to take everyone out there.”

Returning that August with six of his most trusted songwriting collaborators, Bentley and his fellow ‘Telluwriters’ all bunked up in a small house, explored the area and dug deep into the peaceful, reflective vibes he was feeling. They had five days to work with and were hoping to write eight songs…but ended up with nearly twice that number, forming the core of the record. Bentley returned to Telluride with his production team Ross Copperman, Jon Randall Stewart and Arturo Buenahora Jr to a tucked-away hideout called Studio in the Clouds last November to record. Perched high on a mesa, its tracking room overlooking the endless Rocky Mountain landscape, The Mountain rose up in earnest.

“For me it’s the best of both worlds, and it feels like something new. It’s powerful but also happy, with acoustic sensibility mixed in with the big sounds I like to have for the road,” Bentley added. “They are the songs I’d play for somebody to say, ‘This is who I am right now.’"

The Mountain Track Listing:

1. Burning Man (Feat. Brothers Osborne)
2. The Mountain
3. Living
4. Woman, Amen
5. You Can’t Bring Me Down
6. Nothing On But The Stars
7. Goodbye In Telluride
8. My Religion
9. One Way
10. Son Of The Sun
11. Stranger To Myself
12. Travelin’ Light (Feat. Brandi Carlile)
13. How I’m Going Out

New Music Video From The Last Bandoleros - "Love With A Girl"

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Music Video From Emily West (With Whiskey Wolves of the West) - "I Only Have Eyes For You"

That Nashville Sound Tuesday Newsbytes: Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Morgan Wallen & More

There's some news, some new music videos and a couple of new music albums forthcoming that are all yours in one big post this Tuesday morning. Happy reading...

- A new music video came out from the Forever Words project, an album that came out last Friday featuring today's biggest country stars singing never-heard lyrics written as poetry by Johnny Cash. "Forever/To June This Morning" features Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves and Ruston Kelly.

- Zac Brown's side band Sir Rosevelt came out with a new music video for their latest single "Something 'Bout You."

- Deana Carter has announced that she's back in the studio recording new music for an upcoming project.

- Luke Combs is releasing a deluxe version of his debut album This One's For You on 6/1 with five additional songs.

- The duo of LOCASH released a new music video for their hit single, "Don't Get Better Than This."

-  Morgan Wallen is parlaying his success of "Up Down" to the release of his new 4/27 album release, If I Know Me. “I moved to town three years ago and have gotten to write with some of the best songwriters and artists in Nashville,” says Wallen. “I’m ready for people to hear this album and get to know what I’m all about. There are songs that have made the journey with me and I’m just really proud to be putting If I Know Me out there.”