Wherein we keep you abreast of all the latest news and releases in the world of country music.

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – September 23

Ashley Monroe Weed Jacket

BLESS... - Erin Enderlin, for trying to see to it that standout track "I Let Her Talk" gets a proper music video and independent single release. Her Kickstarter campaign is 67% funded with about two weeks to go. - Otis Gibbs for hitting 50 episodes with his Thanks For Giving a Damn podcast, and inviting in special guest Otis Gibbs for the occasion. More details on Thanks for Giving a Damn here. - Ashley Monroe's Nashville Time Machine Sessions, which feature her sitting down with an … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – March 6

Precious Memories, Volume II

BLESS... - Alan Jackson, for announcing a sequel to his gospel album Precious Memories - which, as you might recall, was one of our "11 Modern-Era Country Albums Everyone Should Hear." Because we're excited for more traditional gospel music done up Alan Jackson style, we'll even let him off the hook for the not-so-creative title of Precious Memories, Volume II. GAC has the album cover and full track listing for the collection, which hits stores March 26. - Jason Eady fans, for putting … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – January 23

statue of liberty

BLESS... - Cumulus Media, for launching the first full-signal New York country station in 17 years. Even if you're no fan of media consolidation - as the nation's second-largest broadcaster, Cumulus already operates 525 stations - country being back in New York after such a long absence is a big deal. - Mercury Records, for scheduling a March 19 release for Kacey Musgraves' major label debut, Same Trailer Different Park. Frankly, I think Musgraves has been hugely over-hyped on the basis of … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – January 10


BLESS... - Honoring A Legend: A Tribute to Cowboy Jack Clement, a January 30 concert at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium celebrating legendary producer and songwriter Cowboy Jack Clement. Artists slated to appear include Dan Auerbach, Bobby Bare, T Bone Burnett, Billy Burnette, Shawn Camp, Marshall Chapman, Rodney Crowell, Jakob Dylan, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Nikki Lane, Charley Pride, John Prine and John C. Reilly. - Chris Knight, for releasing a new music … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – October 3

darius opry

BLESS... - The MacArthur Foundation, for awarding Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek, Goat Rodeo Sessions) one of its 'genius grants' worth $500,000 over the next five years. Thile has indicated he might use some of the money to fund a chamber music project for a bluegrass quintet. - Taylor Swift, for donating $10,000 and concert tickets for every student to Boston's Horace Mann School for the Deaf after internet pranksters voted to send the, er, occasionally pitch-challenged singer … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – September 12


BLESS... - Elizabeth Cook, for eliminating the last excuse one might have for not checking out her music. Grab her new (free) NoiseTrade sampler, which includes favorites "Heroin Addict Sister," "El Camino," and "Mama's Prayers," as well as a couple selections from her recent gospel EP. You'll be chasing down her full discography in no time. - Rodney Hayden, for the series of intimate acoustic performances he's begun posting to Youtube. "Huntsville" just went up on Monday; "Nuevo Laredo" … [Read more...]

Bless ‘Em, Blame ‘Em – September 6

jon wolfe

BLESS... - September 11, 2012, for serving as release day to new records by Chris Knight, Waylon Jennings, Kix Brooks, Kathy Mattea, Little Big Town, Patterson Hood, The Time Jumpers, and more. Better start saving up your pennies for next Tuesday. - Kellie Pickler, for shaving her head in support of a friend undergoing treatment for breast cancer. - Warner Music Nashville, for signing Texas neotraditionalist Jon Wolfe. The label's first move? Releasing an expanded deluxe edition of his … [Read more...]