- Shania Twain will world premiere her new single “Today Is Your Day” on the final episode of her show on the Oprah channel (June 12). It’ll be available on iTunes immediately after the show airs.
- Stream Randy Travis’ new Anniversary Celebration before you can buy it.
- My Kind of Country’s Razor X reviewed Randy’s landmark 1986 record Storms of Life, calling it the most significant album released in his own lifetime.
- Chet Flippo devoted his latest Nashville Skyline column to Lefty Frizzell, the subject of a new biography (written by brother and “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home” singer David) titled I Love You a Thousand Ways: The Lefty Frizzell Story. Flippo provides some fun Lefty trivia, such as:
When he and Opry performer Don Gibson went out drinking one night and Gibson spent the evening bitterly complaining about his treatment by the Opry, Lefty drove him home, helped him up to his front door and then — angered by having to listen to one more Gibson outburst — slammed him up against the house, knocking off Gibson’s toupee.
Frizzell also passed on “That’ll Be the Day” and an opportunity to hang out with a young Elvis.
- Suzy Bogguss will release a covers album and classy companion songbook, both titled American Folk Songbook, on July 18 via Cracker Barrel. It’ll go to other retailers on August 2. Songs include “Shenandoah,” “Wayfaring Stranger,” “Ol’ Dan Tucker,” “Beautiful Dreamer,” and “Red River Valley.”
- People Country‘s latest pack of free downloads includes Reba McEntire’s “When Love Gets a Hold of You,” Little Big Town’s “Shut Up Train,” and Ashton Shepherd’s “Where Country Grows.”
- Farce the Music contributor Bobby Joe wrote a parody of “Heart Like Mine” called, err, “Fart Like Mine.” The rewrite begins:
I ain’t the kind you take home to dinner
I ain’t the kind to hold it in
Somehow they always get louder
When I’m on a cabbage binge
- After rooting his three previous albums in ’60s honky tonk, Southern California artist David Serby is heading in more of a folk direction for Poor Man’s Poem, out August 9. The singer explains:
The record filters modern day economic and social issues that I’m concerned about through a landscape populated by striking rail workers, sinking gold ships, murdering outlaws, lost and broken gold miners, and drug-addled civil war soldiers.
- Using Kickstarter, Grant Langston has already raised $7,370 of the $8,000 he needs to fund his next record. You can help him bring it on home with a preorder. (The way Kickstarter works is that he doesn’t get any of the money pledged unless he hits the amount needed to complete the project.)
- Meanwhile, Rosie Flores’ Janis Martin Kickstarter project is more than halfway to an ambitious $15,000 goal with two weeks remaining.
- The American Songwriter September/October Lyric Contest is on! The winner gets his or her lyrics printed in the magazine, a Martin DCX1E acoustic-electric cutaway guitar, a legendary Shure SM58 Microphone, four sets of Elixir® Strings, and one Elixir® Guitar Cable.
- Jim Lauderdale recorded a podcast with the Roanoke Times’ Tad Dickens at the agreed-upon time… by phone from a dentist’s chair while numbed up with novocaine. Now that’s a good sport.
- Karlie Justus popped up at Country Standard Time, reviewing Hank III’s Hillbilly Joker.
- Tonight at the Opry: Emily West, Aaron Tippin, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Ralph Stanley, lots of other people. Tomorrow night’s show includes Elizabeth Cook, Billy Yates (he wrote George Jones’ “Choices”), Ralph Stanley, and Rascal Flatts. Tune in at WSM Online.
- Here’s Cherryholmes performing “Brand New Heartache” on Music City Roots.