Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wade Hayes Readies New Album, Old Country Songs

Artist: Wade Hayes
Album: Old Country Song
Label: Conabor Records
Release date: Very soon
Six years after Hayes was diagnosed and publically battled (and beat) Stage IV colon cancer, the artist is back with a new project of very traditional country songs. He has been in remission since June 2012 and this project follows up the 2015 project Go Live Your Life.

Signed to Columbia Records in 1994, he made his debut that year with his gold-certified album Old Enough to Know Better. Its title track, which served as his debut single, reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts, and three more singles from it all reached Top Ten as well. Hayes' second album, 1996's On a Good Night, was also certified gold, although its No. 2-peaking title track was the only Top 40 hit from it. When the Wrong One Loves You Right, his third album, produced two more singles, including the No. 5 "The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)", although he left the label by 1999. A year later, he signed to the Monument roster, where he released Highways & Heartaches
Cut-By-Cut Commentary By Wade Hayes

Can’t Get Close Enough to You is a song I wrote with Clint Ingersol years ago. I think I did it once at a writers night and had totally forgotten about it.  My friend Helen Neal ask me about recording it for this project as she had remembered it all these years. I’m glad she did because it’s one of my favorites on this album
Full Moon Summer Night is a song I wrote with Mark Collie. I literally got the idea one night standing outside looking at the sky and smelling the honeysuckle. It brought back some wonderful memories of being young. Mark was awesome to write with.
I Wish I Still Drank is a song I wrote after a friend of mine told me one of the funniest true stories I’d ever heard- I knew I had to write a song around it. Lee Roy Parnell was actually there when it happened, so naturally, I had to have him play the slide solo on it. He killed it.
What You Need From Me is a song I came across years ago when I was trying to get my friend Megan Mullins another deal of her own. She’s one of the most talented people I’ve ever met. The people we met with played us the song and ask us to work it up for them. I fell in love with the song years ago and finally got the chance to record it with Megan.
We Needed the Rain is a song a friend of mine Alicia sent to me, and I loved it from day one. It was written by Chris Stapleton, and I really got to stretch out vocally for me.
Old Country Song, the title track was written by my old friend and writing partner Roger Springer. Mike Owens sent me the song and I knew I had to record it. This song is brilliant in my opinion.
All I Know was also written by Roger and Tim. I heard the song again when I was down in Oklahoma visiting Roger at his theater and ask him if I could cut it on this record. I had forgotten how much I liked it!
Julia was one of my favorite Conway songs written by my first producer Don Cook and John Jarvis. Megan and I were backstage warming up and we started singing it out of the blue. I really just enjoyed singing and playing it. I never forgot how I enjoyed it that day and decided to record it. It’s another one of my favorites on their project.
She Knows Me is another song I wrote yeas ago, and always kinda liked what it said. Don cook suggested after hearing it one day that I do an uptempo version of it, so I rewrote it and did just that.
Going Where the Lonely Go is one of my favorite Hag tunes. His passing was still pretty present in my mind when we were cutting so I decided to do it. It is also special to me because my favorite guitar picker in town and I are trading solos on the end. His are the good ones:-)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Four Classic Sun Records Albums To See Special Vinyl Reissue By Likes of Orbison, Cash & Perkins

ORG Music has announced that it will release three special vinyl releases from the legendary Sun Records this July: Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. A special Hank Williams dedication album will be released this fall.

Roy Orbison- At The Rock House
Release date: July 14, 2017
This reissue will finally get it’s wide release on black vinyl. It was originally released in 1961 by Sun Record Company as Orbison’s debut. ORB previously did a very limited color vinyl edition for Black Friday Record Store Day 2014.

Track Listing:
A1 This Kind Of Love
A2 Devil Doll
A3 You’re My Baby
A4 Tryin’ To Get To You
A5 It’s Too Late
A6 Rock House
B1 You’re Gonna Cry
B2 I Never Knew
B3 Sweet And Easy To Love
B4 Mean Little Mama
B5 Ooby Dooby
B6 Problem Child

Carl Perkins - Best of the Sun Records Sessions
Release date: July 21, 2017

Best of the Sun Records Sessions is a compilation featuring prime selections of Carl Perkins’ recordings during his time at the legendary Sun Record Company, which have been remastered for vinyl. The album includes favorites like “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Only You.”

An Indie Exclusive edition, limited to just 500 copies, is pressed on cream color vinyl. The standard, black vinyl edition will be widely available as well.

Track Listing:
A1: Only You
A2 All Mama’s Children
A3 Roll Over Beethoven
A4 Tennessee
A5 Lonely Street
A6 Blue Suede Shoes
A7 Turn Around
B1 Put You Cat Clothes On
B2 Gone Gone Gone
B3 Glad All Over
B4 I’m Sorry I’m Not Sorry
B5 Dixie Fried
B6 You Can’t Make Love To Somebody
B7 Forever More

Johnny Cash - Greatest!
Release date: July 28, 2017

Greatest! is the fourth album by American singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, released on the legendary Sun Records in 1959. The tracks on the album were recorded between July 1955 and July 1958. Six out of the twelve songs became singles, with “Get Rhythm” topping the Country charts and becoming the most successful one.

An Indie Exclusive edition, limited to just 500 copies, will pressed on red color vinyl. The standard, black vinyl edition will be more widely available.

Track Listing:
A1 Goodby Little Darlin’
A2 I Just Thought You’d Like To Know
A3 You Tell Me
A4 Just About Time
A5 I Forget To Remember To Forget
A6 Katy, Too
B1 Thanks A Lot
B2 Luther’s Boogie
B3 You Win Again
B4 Hey Good Lookin’
B5 I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
B6 Get Rhythm

Sun Records Does Hank Williams
Release date: TBD (possibly RSD Black Friday release)

Sun Records Does Hank Williams is a collection of Hank Williams hits performed by artists from the legendary Sun Record Company catalog. The compilation features superstars Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, alongside a handful of lesser-known Sun Records artists. A wide release on black vinyl is planned for fall 2017.

Track List:
A1      Carl Mann               Take These Chains From My Heart
A2      Sonny Burgess         My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
A3      Johnny Cash             I Could Never Be Ashamed Of You
A4      Eddie Bond              I Saw The Light
A5      Carl McVoy              There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
A6      Jerry Lee Lewis       You Win Again
B1      Roland Janes            Hey Good Looking
B2      Johnny Cash             I Can't Help It
B3      Cliff Gleaves            Your Cheatin' Heart
B4      Warren Smith            Dear John
B5      Jerry Lee Lewis         Settin' The Woods

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cody Jinks Covers Chris Cornell - "I Am The Highway"

With the tragic early passing this week of Chris Cornell, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as lead vocalist and songwriter for the group Audioslave, Cody Jinks went to YouTube to play a unique country cover of one of his favorite songs of the rocker.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Halfway To Hazard To Release Long-Awaited Third Album REDemptiOn In June

Artist: Halfway To Hazard
Album: REDemptiOn
Label: Picnic Hill Records
Release date: June 9, 2017

Ten years after their charted hit, eight years after their last album and seven years after they took a hiatus, Halfway to Hazard (David Tolliver and Chad Warrix) are back with a new album titled REDemptiOn and  a new single, "Heaven on Down the Highway." 

Despite living 50 miles apart, Warrix and Tolliver became friends after often running into one another in Hazard, Kentucky, exactly halfway between their two homes. The two were reacquainted when they moved to Nashville -- Warrix in 1996 when he enrolled at Belmont University, and Tolliver in 1998 -- and while Warrix didn't intend to make a career out of performing music, he and Tolliver began performing together at parties and discovered they had similar tastes and influences. In time, Warrix and Tolliver began writing material that combined their taste for both hard-edged rock & roll and heartfelt country story-songs, and they started making the rounds of Nashville clubs. In 2006, Halfway to Hazard got their big break when they were invited to join Faith Hill and Tim McGraw on their Soul2Soul concert tour, and they signed a deal with Mercury Records. Their song "Daisy" became a hit on country radio, and their self-titled debut album was released in the summer of 2007

1. Thank God That You Do
2. Heaven on Down the Highway
3. Meet Me in Vegas
4. Love It Round Here
5. Breaking Me
6. American Outlaw
7. Story of Me
8. Let's Fight
9. Girl Like That
10. Rebel Spirit

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary To Collaborate On July Release Of Traditional Country Record

Artist: Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary
Album: American Grandstand
Label: Upper Management
Release date: July 7, 2017

There's not much more American and patriotic than bluegrass and traditional country music so it seems only fitting that the long-awaited collaboration between Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary should be coming out the week of the 4th of July.

In an interview with the West Virginia Herald-Dispatch:

"I love singing with Daryle," she said. "Our voices have a very special magic when we sing together. We sing a lot alike when we turn a note, and I think more than anything that we challenge each other. We will get a little crazy when we're in the studio. There is no other way for me to describe this project other than it is very special."
Vincent is happy with the upcoming album with Singletary for a lot of reasons, one in particular being that they both recorded their vocals in the studio at the same time. That can be a rarity in this day and age of digital recording.
"Because Daryle has a little kid at home, at first we said, 'OK, you come into the studio and sing your parts,'" Vincent said. "Daryle did that for about 30 minutes and he said, 'This is really not going to work like this. We have got to sing together.' So, after that, we never sang apart. We always sang at the very same time on this album."
"Traditional country music is a whole different genre," Vincent said. "A lot of people will say that there is not a market for traditional country music, but I know that is not true as it has its own niche. I did that traditional country album with Gene Watson not long ago, and I found out that there is a tremendous audience out there for traditional country music. Daryle and I have been doing shows together, and he is so much fun. When everybody hears this new album, they will know how special it is."

If you should be local to Nashville, the duo will be having an album release party on July 8 at the Nashville Palace as well as performing on Music City Roots together on July 7.

New Music Video From Little Big Town - "Happy People"

Maggie Rose Set To Release New EP Next Week

Artist: Maggie Rose
Album: Dreams > Dollars
Label: Play It Again
Release date: May 19

On May 19, Maggie will release Dreams > Dollars, a five-song EP she penned and co-produced. Fueled by love and loss and her own personal experiences with the two, the EP showcases Maggie’s evolution into “one of country’s rising storytellers” (Washington Post).
From the press release:
Dreams > Dollars plays as an exuberant, anthemic collection, delivering poignant clarity through her relatable stories of love, success and struggle. Provocative lead-off track “Body On Fire” features Maggie’s sultry vocals setting free the yearning urgency of required love. A tender guitar intro builds to the lust-filled crescendo, "you don't even need to try, you just set my body on fire!" It hits right in the solar plexus and you wait for it to happen again and again. Her explosive range empowers listeners to embrace their bodies and sexuality
“This project was simply the most natural, relevant next step for me. I’m so inspired by what I am most passionate about: the music I made and the people I love,” says Rose. “I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin than I am now, and I think this EP showcases that.”

Rose will hit the road with Hunter Hayes this Spring and will cap her Summer as support on Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul tour. She’ll perform in Nashville during CMA Music Fest week on the Chevrolet Park Stage at Walk of Fame Park.

Dreams > Dollars Track List:

1. Too Many Love Songs (Nicolle Clawson/Jimmy Robbins/Maggie Rose)
2. Body On Fire (Maggie Rose/Chad Carolson)
3. More Dreams Than Dollars (Nicolle Clawson/Jimmy Robbins/Maggie Rose)
4. I Won’t (Larry Florman/Alex Haddad/Maggie Rose)
5. We’ll Grow Out of It (Alex Kline/Maggie Rose/Jason Saenz)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Music Video From Band of Heathens - "Deep Is Love"

Taylor Swift Collaborator Liz Rose To Release Her Debut Solo Album This Week

Artist: Liz Rose
Album: Swimming Alone
Label: Liz Rose Records
Release date: May 12, 2017

Liz Rose, Grammy-award winner, co-writer of many Taylor Swift hits (twenty of Swift's officially-released songs and singles, including "White Horse," "Teardrops on My Guitar," and "You Belong with Me") and mother of Caitlin Rose has announced details of her highly-awaited debut solo record, Swimming Alone.  Taking in numerous decades and recounting memories of swimming with her friends in the heat of Irving, Texas, or going to work in her Father’s shop on a Saturday morning with her siblings, Rose has compiled a collection of stories with the help of Caitlyn Smith and longtime co-writers Lori McKenna and Hillary Lindsey.

In a conversation with The Tennessean: "The feel on the record is kind of vintage. There are songs about my life, there’s a song about the five and dime, there are songs about me growing up. You can tell on the record I’m kind of free-spirited, I don’t have a plan, I just go through life,” Rose said. “I’m proud of the songs, I’m proud of the message. I’m not a great singer, I’m not really a great performer, but I love doing the songs and telling stories so it’s really just about people getting to know me and realizing what songwriting is really about,” Rose said.

The title track comes from a childhood story of when Rose’s mom couldn’t find a two-year-old Rose — and later discovered her swimming in the pool alone.

“I just realized, that’s kind of the story of my life. Even though I’m married and have kids and have tons of friends, I really do feel like whatever I jump into I really jump in alone and hope somebody is going to jump in with me,” Rose said.

Track listing:
1. Grocery Money
2. Five & Dime
3. Tulsa
4. Letters from Prison
5. Swimming Alone
6. Ex-Husbands
7. Sacred Ground
8. Yellow Room
9. Woodstock
10. My Apology

Live From The Grand Ole Opry - Natalie Hemby - "Worn"

Monday, May 8, 2017

Margo Price, Kris Kristofferson And Dolly Parton Join Adele And Others On Brandi Carlile's Benefit Album

Album: Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of the Story (An Album To Benefit War Child)
Label: Columbia
Release date: May 5, 2017

Nearly everything you need to know about this project is in the foreword that former President Barack Obama wrote for the album. He said, "As an artist, Brandi Carlile is using her talent on behalf of the most vulnerable among us, children living in areas of conflict. She reminds us that, together, we can build for our children a more just, peaceful world."

Carlile has collected covers of many of her songs from her heroes, artists who are fans of hers and mutual fans of one-another and put together an album in which 100% of the proceeds will end up going to benefit War Child.

In Carlile's own words:
Do you remember Sunday school? Goliath was a giant, he was undefeated, menacing and a paralyzing presence in his time. Goliath is our refugee crisis and the apathy it breeds. In particular, this giant is most devastating in that it is destroying the lives of the truly innocent, the hope of the world - children.
To quote Barack Obama – “These children are no less curious, hopeful and worthy of love than our own”. Instinctually, we understand this with such sobering clarity that it paralyzes us, frozen in the realization that Goliath might just be too big.
I am not big, or tall, or rich, or very powerful at all, are you? I close my eyes at the movies and although I’ve dreamed of being a singer my whole life, I’ve never really wanted or achieved monumental fame. I’ve lived in proximity to it for long enough though to know that The Story might be the biggest rock I’ll ever get my hands on and that’s more than enough for me. The Story is our rock, I’ve never had much of an arm though… and this story isn’t about me.
You are David.
Be David.
Track listing:

“Late Morning Lullaby” – Shovels & Rope
“The Story” – Dolly Parton
“Turpentine” – Kris Kristofferson
“My Song” – Old Crow Medicine Show
“Wasted” – Jim James
“Have You Ever” – The Avett Brothers
“Josephine” – Anderson East
“Losing Heart” – The Secret Sisters
“Cannonball” – The Indigo Girls
“UntiI I Die” – Torres
“Downpour” – Margo Price
“Shadow On The Wall” – Ruby Amanfu
“Again Today” – Pearl Jam
“Hiding My Heart” – Adele