Saturday, March 25, 2017

Record Store Day Limited-Run Vinyl Releases Include Cash, Church, Parton, Clark, Isbell, Cadillac Three & More

Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica.

This is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the unique culture of a record store and the special role these independently owned stores play in their communities. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, DJs spinning records, and on and on. In 2008 a small list of titles was released on Record Store Day and that list has grown to include artists and labels both large and small, in every genre and price point. The list continues to include a wide range of artists, covering the diverse taste of record stores and their customers.

While there’s only one Record Store Day a year, the organization works with both independent and and major labels throughout the year to create contests, special releases and promotions in order to spotlight the benefits of supporting these independent, locally owned stores with music purchases throughout the year. This year, the event will be held on April 22, 2017 and there are a number of country music releases including the following:

Eric Church - Caught in the Act (Live) - 2x LP (2,500 limited red vinyl run with t-shirt)
The Cadillac Three - Live at Abbey Road - 10" (1,500 run)
Johnny Cash - Children's Album - LP (3,000 run)
Brandy Clark - Live From Los Angeles - LP (2,500 run)
Brantley Gilbert - The Devil Don't Sleep - LP (1,500 run)
Sam Hunt - Drinkin' Too Much - 7" (2,000 run)
Jason Isbell and the 400 - Welcome To 1979 - 12" EP (4,000 run)
Pokey Lafarge - Riot In The Streets/Better Man Than - 10" (1,500 run)
Old 97's - Terlingua/Off My Mind - 12" (2,530 run)
Dolly Parton - Puppy Love - 7" (1,500 run)
Townes Van Zant - Live at Austin City Limits - LP (2,500 run)
Johnny Mathis - Wonderful! Wonderful! - 7" (500 run)
Emmylou Harris - Queen of the Silver Dollar Studio Album - LP (1,000 regional run)
Waylon Jennings - Waylon Forever - LP (250 regional run)
John Paul White & Donnie Fritts - John Paul White Sings Donnie Fritts, Donnie Fritts Sings John Paul White - 7" (975 run)
Shooter Jennings and Waymore's Outlaws - Live - LP (500 regional run)

New Music Video From Steve Moakler - "Wheels"

Friday, March 24, 2017

Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band Sets Album Release Date Of April 28

Artist: Bruce Robison
Album: Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band
Label: Motel Time Music
Release date: April 28, 2017

Bruce Robison has taken his time releasing Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band. Available on April 28, the album marks his first solo project since 2008 (The New World).

Robison has been making music professionally for decades, including No. 1 hits for Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and George Strait, but he has never lost his genuine enthusiasm for music – writing it, recording it, playing it, sharing it. He literally can’t keep it to himself, and you feel that urgency of discovery and passion on every cut of this new album. Robison has also poured that passion into his new project, The Next Waltz, a blossoming community of artists, fans and friends gathering both virtually and at his recording studio in Lockhart, just outside of Austin. With impeccable musical taste and ability, Robison is a trusted North Star for anyone searching for music that is rooted in rich traditions and untethered creativity.

“Writing is where it all starts for me,” he explains. “Whether it’s my writing, or songs I want to do with somebody else. I love the mechanics of it; how simple it can be.”

Keeping it simple was the guiding principle behind the album, which is a collection of Robison originals, co-writes, and covers that capture country’s most beloved stylistic elements: good-time, lighthearted romps (“Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man;” “Paid My Dues”) and wistful, sometimes bittersweet ballads (“Long Time Coming;” “Still Doin’ Time”). But even the Who’s “Squeezebox” — which Robison calls “a great country song by some English dudes” — shows up, in a lively version dressed with Cajun fiddle by Warren Hood and acoustic guitar and harmonies by Robison’s wife, Kelly Willis. Robison’s last two albums were with Willis (Cheaters Game and Our Year) and while they are currently creating separately, Robison found the perfect love song to record for this album (he says he’s incapable of writing one of his own): Damon Bramblett’s “The Years,” a sweet, slow waltz with harmony from Willis.

The album reflects other influences as well: Christie Hayes’ “Lake of Fire” displays his love of the ‘70s West Coast sound embodied by Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.

“I’m always collecting songs,” he says. “That’s what The Next Waltz is about, too; I’m just a fan of songs, and I love the way they come alive in the hands of the right artist.”

The Next Waltz is a musical salon where you can find Jerry Jeff Walker’s ruminations on writing “Mr. Bojangles,” an exclusive recording of Randy Rogers singing Merle Haggard’s “Misery and Gin,” the Turnpike Troubadours performing “Come As You Are,” or Rodney Crowell telling Robison and Willis about how he came to own one of John Lennon’s suits.

Robison has created a place where songs are re-imagined, with reinvigorated covers and crafted new works. Meanwhile, he’s cultivating a house band he hopes might one day be as revered as Stax Records’ Booker T. & the M.G.’s or Muscle Shoals’ Swampers. The Back Porch Band does it old-school, all analog, cutting songs together in one paneled room where “happy accidents and all kinds of things that just feel real,” including sound bleed, are allowed to occur.

Next Waltz sessions are documented on video, along with interviews in which Robison, speaking artist-to-artist, often draws out stories journalists don’t. The content is designed to let fans peek behind the curtain to witness the creative process, not only providing unique insights, but tightening their connection to the proverbial unbroken circle of country music. That influence extends far beyond songwriting; Robison’s ultimate dream for The Next Waltz is to follow in the late Guy and Susanna Clark’s footsteps by providing a safe, welcoming place for artists, a haven where musicians can socialize, inspire one another artistically and find a creative, emotional and spiritual nourishment.

The windows are rolled down; fresh air pours in: “It’s all about performing the song and seeing where it takes us,” says Robison, “and having great players in a real collaborative atmosphere.”

1. Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin' Man
2. Long Time Comin'
3. Paid My Dues (featuring Jack Ingram)
4. Lake of Fire
5. Squeezebox
6. The Years
7. Long Shore
8. Sweet Dreams
9. Still Doin' Time (In a Honky Tonk Prison)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sarah Jarosz and Parker Millsap Collaborate On The Luck Mansion Sessions

Luck Reunion and Third Man Records took over a mansion in East Nashville creating an analogue studio space with the goal of inspiring collaboration. Artists were invited to perform live and record two songs as part of a series called the “Luck Mansion Sessions”. They provided a sandled chef, a house mixologist named “Floyd’, and unlimited tape. This is what happened..

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tony Jackson Gets Help From Bill Anderson and Vince Gill On Upcoming Debut Album

Artist: Tony Jackson
Album: Tony Jackson
Label: DDS/Sony RED
Release date: May 5, 2017

Supported by country music and rock and roll hall of fame members (Vince Gill, Steve Cropper and John Sebastian), this album was recorded at the hallowed RCA Studios on Music Row now serving as ground zero for the home for the new traditional country sound. Grand Ole Opry legend Bill Anderson contributes two songs to the disc and Jackson's original songs neatly complete a debut that can only be stamped as a modern stamp on a classic sound.

Jackson has fast become the new voice and face of traditional country while his approach to the business has been very modern. He has exceeded 10 million views on Facebook and over a quarter of a million shares just since November.

Tony Jackson will be released on DDS Entertainment/Sony-RED in May, 2017. The former Marine stands solid as the driving force leading the vanguard of a return to traditional country music. Surrounded by a supporting cast of music industry heavyweights, his team is top notch on every level. Jackson will tour heavily in support of the new album and release supporting video, PR campaigns and radio singles.

Album track listing:

1. Go
2. Nashville Cats
3. The Grand Tour
4. I Didn't Wake Up This Morning
5. Old Porch Swing
6. Drink by Drink
7. It's Only Make Believe
8. She's Taking Me Home
9. Such a Night
10. They Lived It Up
11. Do I Ever Cross Your Mind?
12. Last Call

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

New Music Video From The Kentucky Headhunters - "God Loves A Rolling Stone"

New Music Video From Josh Gracin - "I Go Crazy"

Jason Isbell Plans June Release For The Nashville Sound

Artist: Jason Isbell
Album: The Nashville Sound
Label: Southeastern/Thirty Tigers
Release date: June 16, 2017

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Isbell and his 400 Unit backing band will release The Nashville Sound on June 16 via Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. The follow-up to 2015’s Something More Than Free was also produced by Dave Cobb and is the first official Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit album since 2011’s Here We Rest.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit recorded The Nashville Sound at Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A. Isbell penned 10 new songs for the LP which are said to “address a range of real life subject matters that include politics and cultural privilege (‘White Man’s World’), longing nostalgia (‘The Last Of My Kind’), love and mortality (‘If We Were Vampires’), the toxic effect of today’s pressures (‘Anxiety’), the remnants of a break up (‘Chaos and Clothes’) and finding hope (‘Something To Love’).” The 400 Unit features Derry deBorja (keyboards), Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), Amanda Shires (fiddle) and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

The group launches an extensive summer tour June 17 in Asheville that runs through October, with a five-night stand at the Ryman Auditorium on Oct. 10, 11, 13, 14, and 15. He also travels to Europe for an international tour Oct. 25-Nov. 14 that hits Dublin, London, Paris, Brussels, and Copenhagen, among others.

The Nashville Sound Track Listing:

“The Last of My Kind”
“Cumberland Gap”
“White Man’s World”
“If We Were Vampires”
“Chaos and Clothes”
“Hope the High Road”
“Something to Love”

*All songs written by Jason Isbell except “Anxiety,” written by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires

Sunday, March 12, 2017

New Music Video From Mindy Smith - "Shelter Me"

This is the third song Mindy Smith has contributed to the Shelter Me project.  She has also contributed the show’s theme song “Shelter Me” and the curation of the compilation cd Songs for Shelter Me in connection with TVX Records and Tone Tree Music.

Shelter Me, created and produced by Steven Latham, is an inspiring series that celebrates the human-animal bond with uplifting stories about shelter pets and the people who help them.

“Starting Over Again” is featured in Episode 6 of Shelter Me and tells the story about a dog that finds a new life after being given up at a shelter. This episode, “Shelter Me: Hearts & Paws,” is hosted by Kristen Bell and it features award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell, creator of the popular Mutts comic strip.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Music Video From Kelleigh Bannen - "Church Clothes"

New Music Video From Tony Jackson - "The Grand Tour" (George Jones Cover)

This retired US Marine has just released a new tribute to the great George Jones with his own take on the iconic hit, "The Grand Tour." The video was filmed at the historic Glen Leven Mansion in Nashville, TN and the setting of the old civil war era house fits the theme of the song perfectly.

Swon Brothers Announce New Pretty Cool Scars EP

Artist: The Swon Brothers
Album: Pretty Cool Scars
Label: TSB Records
Release date: March 17, 2017

 The new Swon Brothers EP, titled Pretty Cool Scars and produced by Brad Hill, will be released on March 17th and the brothers have released a brand new single called “Don’t Call Me.”

“This is our first time to work with Brad, who produced records that garnered Grammy nominations and awards this year, and for good reason. He’s a very talented guy. He brought out sides of us that we didn’t even know were there, both musically and vocally. He actually brought this song to us also, he’s got a great ear,” says Zach.

The brothers describe “Don’t Call Me” as a song about being in a bad situation but becoming stronger despite the circumstances.

“It’s a song we can all relate to,” says Colton. “It’s about finally getting to a point where you get over the things you need to get over, and you can move on with your life. I think it can represent people in a lot of different ways, and then it becomes much more than a song at that point.”

“We always like to try out songs in our live show before we make the decision to record them. We like to listen to our fans that way, and hands down, our fans gave us every indication that this was definitely a keeper. Me and my brother knew we had something golden when we just sat down and played it for the first time in the living room with just the two of us, and it just felt like it was written for us,” says, Zach.