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. 

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