Friday, October 21, 2016

Juno Award-Winner Crystal Shawanda Releases Fish Out of Water Today

Artist: Crystal Shawanda
Album: Fish Out Of Water
Label: New Sun Records
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

Born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario, music was almost as integral to the community as food and shelter. Storytelling came easy through song. It told the history of the people, the stories of their natural surroundings and kept alive the traditions of her First Nation tribe. 

Her father was a truck driver and it was early in her teens when Shawanda accompanied him on a trip through Nashville and was hooked permanently on the music scene there. Multiple trips back and forth from home resulted in several independent albums and eventually, a permanent gig at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Nashville. While working at Tootsie’s, she met her future husband, met her future producer Scott Hendricks (Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn) and was signed by Joe Galante to RCA Records/Sony Music Nashville. Her first single, “You Can Let Go,” reached the top 5 in Canada, the top 20 in the U.S.  Her debut album, Dawn of a New Day- a direct translation of her surname- went on to sell 400,000 copies. She’d go on to be nominated for several awards, winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year in 2009 and a 2013 Juno award. 

But her island home is never far from her mind and continues to shape her musical direction and chart her course according to the values and traditions she learned as a child. She’s home frequently these days doing charity work and proudly representing her people wherever she goes.  And now she's releasing her fifth album.
"So excited today is the day, my new album Fish out of water, is now available everywhere, and live on iTunes! When we first started working on the new album, I didn't know what direction to go! Having musical influences of all styles, I am a bit of a hybrid! When I was singing country, they said I sounded too bluesy, when I did a blues album, they said I sounded too country, and it left me feeling like a Fish out of water trying to learn how to fly, like I didn't fit in anywhere! I think everyone feels like that now and than though, and we're all just trying to find that place where we belong! So I embraced that, and rather than trying to fit in, I just recorded songs that I loved singing, that meant something to me, and felt others could relate to as well! I ended up finding a happy medium of country, blues, and all soul, and very Crystal Shawanda! This new album will make you smile, cry, sing and dance, and there's something for everyone!"

Eric Paslay Covers Willie Nelson - "Always On My Mind"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, Eric Paslay covers the legendary Willie Nelson's 1983 CMA Song of the Year, "Always On My Mind."

New Music Video From Josh Abbott Band - "Amnesia"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lee Ann Womack Covers Vern Gosdin - "Chiseled in Stone"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, the great Lee Ann Womack sings the legendary track and 1989 CMA Song of the Year "Chiseled in Stone" by Vern Gosdin.

Faith Hill Set To Release Deep Tracks in November

Artist: Faith Hill
Album: Deep Tracks
Label: Warner Bros.
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016

Faith Hill's former label is putting together a unique collection of cuts across her seven albums that she's put out for them that were never released as singles. Entitled Deep Tracks, the project highlights some songs that didn't have a radio spotlight on them the first time they were released on previous LPs.

For every single about love that makes the airwaves and becomes a smash hit, Hill has had a deep collection of other songs that have stood the test of time and offer listeners not only insight into her life, but also something more universal that anyone who has felt the pangs and pleasure of love can relate to. Many of these tracks selected deal with those emotions, both positively and negatively.

It's been nearly ten years since we heard Faith Hill on a new album (save for a Greatest Hits and Christmas project) and her long-awaited album rumored to be called Illusion seems have to been shelved. The last single released in 2012 was "American Heart."

  1. Better Days
  2. Somebody Stand By Me
  3. If I Should Fall Behind
  4. Free
  5. If This Is the End
  6. Back to You
  7. Unsaveable
  8. If You Ask
  9. You Stay With Me
  10. Wish for You
  11. Boy
  12. Why
  13. Come to Jesus

The Wilkinsons Reunite To Cover Vince Gill - "Go Rest High On That Mountain"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, The Wilkinsons reunite to perform Vince Gill's 1996 CMA Song of the Year, "Go Rest High On That Mountain."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Music Video From Faren Rachels - "Free Drinks"

Former Jypsi member Lillie Mae Rische Follows Margo Price With Third Man Record Deal

Artist: Lillie Mae Rische
Album: TBD
Music label: Third Man (Nashville)
Release date: 2017 Projected

Former White Stripes leader Jack White has taken a break from performing as an artist and has been busy setting up his own label in Nashville titled Third Man Records. While Third Man was originally founded in 2001, it wasn't until 2009 he had purchased office space in Nashville and with his most recent-signing of Lillie Mae Rische and following critical-darling releases by Margo Price and Olivia Jean, it's clear this new effort has a renewed energy behind it.
"I'm proud to have become a part of the Third Man family, where there is no shortage of hard work and dedication to creating and making available the music we love so," Rische said in a release. "I'm forever thankful to Jack for believing in me and giving me a chance and all the freedom I've needed to make this album."
Rische has spent considerable time as a member of White’s touring and recording combo, playing fiddle and mandolin while also lending vocals. She was originally discovered by the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement while playing with her family band The Risches, which was formerly called Jypsi.
“Lillie Mae has been performing on stage since she was 3 years old,” White said. “She is an incredible writer who can play an array of instruments and has paid her dues from the honky-tonks on Broadway to stages around the world. She is a beloved artist in Nashville, and I think it is safe to say that she is one in a billion. You wont find anyone else quite like this woman no matter how long you live.”
Jypsi was formed in 1994 in Galena, Illinois by sisters Amber-Dawn, Lillie Mae, and Scarlett Rische, along with their brother, Frank.  In 2007, they were signed to Arista Nashville. In late 2007, the group began work on its debut album, eventually releasing three singles for the label. They've been longtime mainstay performers down at Layla's Bluegrass Station down on Broadway in Nashville.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Deana Carter Covers Vince Gill - "Look At Us"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series.  Here, Deana Carter performs Vince Gill's 1992 Song of the Year, "Look At Us."

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Cody Johnson Covers George Strait - "You Look So Good In Love"

George Strait is releasing a new box set that will emerge in time for the holiday season. The country icon will release Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 on Nov. 18. Helping him promote the new project is a variety of Texan country artists covering his biggest hits including this one by Cody Johnson with "You Look So Good In Love."

New Music Video From A Thousand Horses - "Travelin' Man"

Saturday, October 15, 2016

New Music City Roots Performance Music Video From Raul Malo - "Here Comes The Rain"

Brad Paisley To Release Live Album and Companion DVD This December

Artist: Brad Paisley
Album (& DVD): Life Amplified World Tour: Live From WVU
Label: Arista Nashville
Release date: December 9, 2016

Brad Paisley Life Amplified World Tour, Live at WVU is the new live concert DVD and CD from Multi-Platinum Country Artist, Brad Paisley. Straight off the wildly successful "Life Amplified World Tour", the show was shot with 20 cameras in front of over 30,000 people at West Virginia University in front of a home town crowd. Directed by award-winning director Daniel E Catullo III (Rush, Rage Against The Machine, Dave Matthews Band), Brad played an electrifying 2 hour show in the rain of all his hits including "Alcohol" and "Crushin It". The show has a very special version of the John Denver song "Country Roads". which has become an anthem for WVU.

"I am so pleased to be partnering with Brad on the WVU show.  Being an alumnus of WVU this show is very special for me.  To be able to bring WVU to the world stage is something I am proud to do and I couldn't think of a better artist to do it with than Brad, who has similar feelings of WVU, having grown up not too far from the campus.   It has been a dream of mine to go back to WVU and put on a huge show, free for the students," says series Creator and Executive Producer Daniel E Catullo III, who is also the CEO of City Drive Films.

"We are delighted to have Brad Paisley come to campus as part of his tour and are honored that Daniel and his team have chosen our University as one of the places they are filming for their television series," says WVU President E Gordon Gee. "Both Daniel and Brad are tremendous supporters of West Virginia University, as well as the state of West Virginia."

New Music Video From Ty Herndon - "That Kind of Night"

Kip Moore To Release Underground EP Late This Month

Artist: Kip Moore
Album: Underground EP
Label: MCA Nashville
Release date: Oct. 28, 2016

The distinctively gravelly-voiced Kip Moore announced that he will release a 5-track EP that draws inspiration from his unyielding time out on the road touring.  Available starting Oct. 28, Moore co-wrote every track on the EP and audiences across the country will be able to experience the new tracks live this fall.
"The problem I often face is leaving behind some songs, because I never stop writing," said Moore. "I write so many that some never see the light of day.  I've been working on a full record, which looks to be coming out in late spring, but everywhere we go the fans keep asking for the recordings of these underground songs that they've been hearing for the last few years.  They're a passionate fan base so I decided to ask my label if I could record these songs live and give them the raw recordings.  These songs are completely separate from the new record I've been making, I simply made this EP for the true fans.”

1. All Time Low  (Kip Moore, Westin Davis, Luke Dick)
2. My Kind  (Kip Moore, Erik Dylan, Justin Weaver)
3. Midnight Slow Dance (Live)   (Kip Moore, Mike Elizondo, Dan Couch)
4. Separate Ways (Live)  (Kip Moore, Jordyn Mallory, Dan Couch)
5. My Baby's Gone (Live)  (Kip Moore, William Rinehart, Nathaniel Rinehart) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Music Video From Carrie Underwood - "Dirty Laundry"

Josh Turner Covers Randy Travis - "Three Wooden Crosses"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series.  Here, Josh Turner covers the Randy Travis smash "Three Wooden Crosses," the 2003 CMA Song of the Year.