Saturday, August 13, 2016

That Nashville Sound Saturday Newsbytes

It's been a big week of country music news so we've culled it here with some links for you to discover some new projects and videos that you might find of interest.

- Greensky Bluegrass announced that they'll have their next album Shouted, Written Down and Quoted will come out on September 23rd via the band’s own Big Blue Zoo Records/Thirty Tigers label. "You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band," says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album's writing duties. "All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There's a flow to this album, just like there's a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It's a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape."

- Sara Evans has signed to Sugar Hill Records and will release her eighth album in early 2017 for the new label.“It doesn’t have to be in any specific genre and that’s what I’m excited about,” says Evans. “I can sing really country and mountainy bluegrass, mostly because that’s what I was raised on, and how I first loved to sing. I definitely do have that. However, I can sing pop, country, blues and anything as long as it is a song that moves me. It’s kind of funny in the pitch meetings, because people might pitch a song and say, ‘Well, it’s not really country, it’s more on the pop side,’ and I’m like, ‘I don’t care about all of that. All I want is a great song.’”

- Check out this new music video from eclectic roots band The Devil Makes Three entitled "Champagne and Reefer."

- Dean Brody released the music video for his new single, "Bush Party."

- Listen to this great new cover of the Creedence Clearwater Revival song "Hey Tonight" by The Mavericks.

- Gavin DeGraw will be releasing a brand new album on Sept. 9 entitled Something Worth Saving and he's launched a PledgeMusic campaign with all kinds of fun swag that you can get if you're a fan.

-  Do yourself a favor and go over and pre-order the amazing book Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.  Author Tamara Saviano has carefully woven a beautiful dedication to one of this generation's finest storytellers and poets. Artists like Johnny Cash and Ricky Skaggs performed his tunes and nearly every Texas artist that has permanently marked that music landscape looks to the late artist as an icon. Saviano uses his deep music catalog and fantastic stories within the music business to celebrate in a way that's truly special. It's a must-read.

- Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand are releasing their newest album We Rode On on 8/19.

- Blackberry Smoke premiered their latest song "Believe You Me."


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