George Strait announced a new album (Cold Beer Conversation, available tomorrow through Walmart and Apple Music) and a few shows with Kacey Musgraves at the new 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena in 2016. Here’s a handwritten note from George Strait that’s currently on display as part of the Eric Church exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Tennessean’s Juli Thanki reviewed last night’s sparkly, sold-out Kacey Musgraves show at the Ryman Auditorium. "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On … [Read more...]
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Colbert's Late Show is off to a strong start, musically speaking: Chris Stapleton performed “Nobody to Blame” from Traveller. Don Henley performed “Too Much Pride” from Cass County. Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed “Night Life.” Chris Stapleton had a few songwriting tips for Stephen Colbert as well. Stapleton also got an American Songwriter cover story that was just posted online today. That same (September/October) issue of American Songwriter features this article … [Read more...]
The big winners at last night’s Americana Music Awards were Sturgill Simpson for Artist and Song (“Turtles All the Way Down”), Lucinda Williams for Album (Where the Spirit Meets the Bone), The Mavericks for Duo/Group, Shakey Graves for Emerging Artist, John Leventhal for Instrumentalist, and people in the audience for hearing neat performances. Sturgill Simpson soulfully covered Stax Records staple “You Don’t Miss Your Water” at a show in North Carolina. Jason Isbell gave an excellent, … [Read more...]
Here’s Carrie Underwood singing “Smoke Break” on Jimmy Fallon’s show last week. Here’s unofficial video of Kacey Musgraves singing “Dime Store Cowgirl” on Jimmy Kimmel’s show last night. I’ll update the link when official video becomes available. NPR posted an intimate Tiny Desk Concert with Chris and Morgane Stapleton, featuring “More of You,” “When the Stars Come Out,” and “Whiskey and You.” Speaking of Stapleton, a quick query via Twitter revealed that the Traveller song recorded … [Read more...]
This year’s CMA nominations are out, and thus ready to be skillfully dissected by Country Universe’s Jonathan Keefe. Also at Country Universe, a really lovely review of a really lovely album as Larry Rogowin writes up Darrell Scott’s Ten: Songs of Ben Bullington. I've been listening to the Scott album quite a bit this year myself. Saving Country Music’s Trigger made some CMA predictions. Chris Stapleton reacts to his four CMA nominations: “Mainly, I'm just trying to make music that I like. … [Read more...]
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott visited WSM’s "Coffee, Country & Cody" with stories about Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, the early days of the Newport Folk Festival, and more. Country Universe’s Leeann Ward counted down her 25 favorite Rosanne Cash songs. Farce the Music rounded up a few songs about work/drudgery for Labor Day. Brad Paisley is tapping into college football mania with a new single, video, and tour. Carrie Underwood is in strong form out on the road, says The Morning Call’s John J. … [Read more...]
Garth Brooks cut a new version of “Friends in Low Places” with George Strait, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, and Keith Urban. Maybe the song will achieve some measure of popularity this time. Chris Young’s next album, I’m Comin’ Over, will be out November 13. It includes a duet with Cassadee Pope and another song with harmony and guitar by Vince Gill. Here’s the video of Cam performing “Burning House” on Good Morning America. Maddie & Tae sang “Fly” and “Girl in a Country Song” on … [Read more...]