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.

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.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The Skinny: Brand New Projects From Willie Nelson, Tracy Lawrence, Will Hoge, The Band of Heathens & Jimmie Allen

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: At the Boarding House: San Francisco Broadcast 1975
Label: All Access
Release date: September 7, 2018

By the mid-1970s Willie was writing and performing "Outlaw Country". He performed a dynamic show at San Francisco's Boarding House venue on 7th June '75, playing a selection of tunes from his recent albums, plus a number of covers, this entire show is now available as an album for the first time.

Artist: Tracy Lawrence
Album: Frozen In Time
Label: Lawrence Music Group
Release date: October 12, 2018

An official release hasn't been made on this one, but the timing of this project, along with the name and album cover would lead us to believe this will be a holiday album. No news on whether it will be Christmas standards or originals (or a combination thereof).

Artist: Will Hoge
Album: My American Dream
Label: Cumberland Recordings
Release date: October 5, 2018

The release features eight songs of rabble-rousing political commentary that turns a critical eye on the crisis of conscience and culture threatening to tear apart his country. The album is Hoge's impassioned portrait of what he holds dear - and what we all might risk losing.

Artist: The Band of Heathens
Album: A Message From The People Revisited
Label: BOH Records
Release date: September 14, 2018

The Band of Heathens have shared a new track, their version of "Take Me Home, Country Roads." While best known as a hit song first performed by John Denver, the song was also recorded by Ray Charles on his seminal 1972 album A Message From The People. Today, the Band's new version of the song is from their ambitious re-envisioning of Charles' album in its entirety. Aptly titled A Message From The People Revisited, The Band of Heathens' upcoming record offers new takes on the original album's ten tracks including "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong," “Hey Mister,” and "Heaven Help Us All" presented in The Band of Heathens' own voice while staying true to the weight and tone of the originals - as well as Charles' own indelible interpretations. The band chose to re-record the often forgotten album because of its moving commentary on social justice, abuse-of-power, and its vision for a stronger, more-unified America.

Artist: Jimmie Allen
Album: Mercury Lane
Label: Stoney Creek
Release date: October 12, 2018

Allen's debut single "Best Shot" is racing up the charts and it appears his debut album is not far behind: “It’s incredibly special to be able to introduce myself to Country music with such a personal song that was inspired by the person who always encouraged me to pursue my dreams,” said Allen. “I’ve always dreamt of what it would feel like to turn on the radio and hear my own song playing through my speakers and I’m so thankful to country radio for helping make that dream a reality.”


Monday, September 3, 2018

Gary Morris Back With New 9/14 Album Release, A Sense of Pride

Artist: Gary Morris
Album: A Sense of Pride
Release date: September 14, 2019

Gary Morris is putting the final touches on his upcoming album which will be called A Sense of Pride after the song of the same name. The project is produced by Michael Bonagura of Bailey & the Boys.

“This record, for the record, is my personality, my own belief system. There’s some fine arts stuff in it, but it’s almost completely about the intimate details,” Morris said. “’I’m In Church’ is a song is about… well, I am an avid hunter and fly fisherman and the song’s about nature and being close to God. And another song is called ‘Paint Me a River,’ It’s a 99 percent acoustic record, there’s a steel guitar on one track, maybe a little bit more added; but the rest is guitar and bass and mandolin. It’s a fun record.” Morris wrote all the songs on this new project.

 Morris has recorded twelve albums which spawned 16 Top 10 and five No.1 hit singles, including “Why Lady Why,” “The Love She Found in Me,” “Baby Bye Bye,” “100% Chance of Rain,” “Leave Me Lonely.” In 1984, his original rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” won both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music Song of the Year Award. In 1982, he was also named Billboard’s “Male Artist of the Year.” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” quickly a classic, has since been recorded by a couple of hundred other folks

Sunday, September 2, 2018

New Live Album Lands From Jack Ingram, With An Assist On One Song By Taylor Swift

Artist: Jack Ingram
Album: From the Vault: Live 2007 - 2009
Label: Big Machine Records
Release date: August 31, 2018

Big Machine Records released a surprise release earlier this week, unveiling a collection of ten previously unheard live tracks by Texan Jack Ingram. Recorded during his stint on the label, one of the tracks features a young Taylor Swift on background vocals before her meteoric rise to superstardom.

Says Ingram on the project, "In my experience, things that are “in the vault” are usually PUT there to REMAIN there... and there is usually a reason to do so... secrets, dangerous truths, provocative lies, stolen goods, somehow sub-par per-for-man-says... From my perspective, with a little time & distance from 2007-2009, I don’t have any idea why this music was IN the vault but sitting here giving these songs a listen, I’m just pleasantly pleased that they found their way OUT of the vault!"

"Extremely proud of the work we did & music we made during this era of a career! Thanks to Big Machine Records for shining a light on some of the good times from some real good times! & check out our young Princess, Taylor Swift nailing Sheryl Crow‘s part (she sang on the studio recording) some sweet harmony vocals on one of my favorite songs from those years!"

In an Instagram post, Ingram also teases that his next project will be called Riding High... Again and will be forthcoming soon.

Track listing:
1. Measure of a Man (live)
2. Wherever You Are (live)
3. Make a Wish (Coming Home Again) (live)
4. Ava Adele (live)
5. Hold On (featuring Taylor Swift) (live)
6. That's a Man (live)
7. Barefoot and Crazy (live)
8. Barbie Doll (live)
9. Seeing Stars (live)
10. Love You (live)