Friday, January 20, 2017

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes

There's so much new news floating around over the last 24 hours, we're going to go The 9513/Engine 145 old-school and do a news round-up on everything happening to get it all in one column this morning.

Little Big Town is releasing a new album called The Breaker and February 24 and it's filled with songs co-penned by one of our favorite writers, Lori McKenna.

It appears that Josh Turner will have his long wait for a new album ended with a March 10 MCA Nashville release of a project called Deep South.

ABC/CMT's Nashville actress and musician Clare Bowen has released a new song called "Love Steps In" and all of the proceeds are being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Nikki Lane has released a brand new music video for her song "Jackpot."

PBS will have Hayes Carll featured on Austin City Limits tomorrow night (1/21). Here's a performance of "Sake of the Song" if you can't wait.

Margo Price will be on that same episode with Carll. Here's her doing "Hands of Time." Check your local listings for time(s).

Cody Jinks was on Music City Roots earlier this week and here's his performance of "Hippies and Cowboys." Or if you prefer, his performance of "I'm Not The Devil."

Trio Lady Antebellum is back together after a year working on solo projects. They released their first single "You Look Good" yesterday which will be forthcoming off of their 6th studio album Heart Break being released on June 9.

"Somebody Else Will" is the brand new music video from Justin Moore. You can watch it here.

On the eve of the new President's inauguration, John Mellencamp has released a new politically-charged song called "Easy Target." Somewhat lost in that announcement, however, is the even-better news that he has a new collaborative album with Carlene Carter called Sad Clowns and Hillbillies coming out later this spring.

The impeccable Alison Krauss released the title track off her upcoming Buddy Cannon-produced project, Windy City.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Marty Stuart (and his Fabulous Superlatives) To Release Way Out West On March 10

Artist: Marty Stuart
Album: Way Out West
Label: Superlatone Records
Producer: Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty's Heartbreakers)
Release date: March 10, 2017

“If you go and sit by yourself in the middle of the Mojave Desert at sundown and you’re still the same person the next morning when the sun comes up, I’d be greatly surprised,” Stuart says. “It is that spirit world of the West that enchants me. Everything that came out of California captivated my kid mind in Mississippi.”

On the first song released out of the gate, "Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go" (which you can listen to below), "I've always been a sucker for a truck driving song. It's a true song, lived through, written from years of experience. The Superlatives and Mike Campbell played and sang their hearts out on this track," says Stuart, summoning bluegrass guitarist Clarence White. "The scariest part for me was in the middle of my guitar solo, the ghost of Clarence White took over. At the end of the take, I had to take a walk around the building."

“Working with Marty and the Superlatives was a blast, and it was fast!” says Campbell. “My role was easy, just set up the sound and let them play. Great guitars, great grooves, great vocals, they just have it all. This record is one of my favorite things I have ever been involved with.”

Track list for Way Out West:

1. Desert Prayer- Part 1
2. Mojave
3. Lost On The Desert
4. Way Out West
5. El Fantasma Del Toro
6. Old Mexico
7. Time Don't Wait
8. Quicksand
9. Air Mail Special
10. Torpedo
11. Please Don't Say Goodbye
12. Whole Lotta Highway (With a Million Miles to Go)
13. Desert Prayer - Part 2
14. Wait For The Morning
15. Way Out West (Reprise)

New Music Video From Sara Watkins - "Say So"

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bob Seger Debuts New Song About Friend Glenn Frey four months ago, Bob Seger went down to Nashville to record a song he'd written about his late friend Glenn Frey. The sparse, tender "Glenn Song" recounts their long friendship. Instead of releasing it on a future album, Seger decided to give it away to mark the one-year anniversary of Frey's death. You can listen and download the track for free by clicking on the link below.
"It's obviously not meant to be a hit," he says. "There's no chorus per se or title section or anything. The idea was just to honor his memory and talk, very specifically, about my impression of him in 1966 when we first met."
"I think it was take one or two," Seger says. "It was the first song we did that day. I said to the drummer, 'Hit it hard even though its a ballad and that's a little incongruous.' I wanted a ballad with a heavy beat because that's the way I remember Glenn."


Tommy Allsup Passes Away at 85

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge and the book We Can't Sing and We Ain't Funny: The World of Homer and Jethro is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

Guitarist and producer Tommy Allsup managed to survive the 1959 plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, and Ritchie losing a coin toss.

Allsup died 1/11 in Springfield, Missouri. Billboard magazine reported that Allsup died from complications following hernia surgery.

Tommy Allsup joined Buddy Holly's band following the break-up of the Crickets, along with Waylon Jennings on bass. They were on the "Winter Dance Party" with a number of other young rock and rockabilly acts. Due to the poor bus conditions (which resulted in Buddy's drummer ending up in the hospital because his feet got frostbitten) Holly decided to charter a plane for him and his two musicians. Jennings, noticing that Richardson ("The Big Bopper") was suffering with the flu, opted to take the bus so Richardson could get some rest and medication. Allsup, as he later recounted, was ready to board the plane when an anxious Ritchie Valens asked if they could swap places. Allsup pulled out a half-dollar piece and told Valens, "Call it."

"Heads," Tommy recounted the 17-year-old young singer's call.

Heads it was. Allsup went on the bus.

Tommy Allsup went on to make a significant mark in music, including working with Bob Wills. He played guitar on and produced Bob Wills' final album, For the Last Time. (Shortly after recording the Cindy Walker song, "What Makes Bob Holler," for that album Wills suffered a debilitating stroke that silenced his famous "ah-ha" call and left him bedridden for the final year of his life.) He also produced albums by the western swing act Asleep At the Wheel. As a session man, his work varied from Charlie Rich's "Behind Closed Doors" to the rock song "In the Year 2525."

Allsup was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. He kept an active schedule until the very end, including playing annually at the Winter Dance Party memorial/tribute concert at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. He was scheduled to play there this year as well.

Farewell to Tommy Allsup, who was 85.

New Music Video From Marc Broussard - "Fool For Your Love"


Monday, January 16, 2017

CD Review - Darin & Brooke Aldridge - Faster and Farther

Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Album: Faster and Farther
Label: Mountain Home Music
Release date: Feb. 10, 2017
Rating: 4 Stars Out Of Five

The North Carolinian husband and wife team of Darin and Brooke Aldridge have hit their stride with this outstanding new bluegrass release filled with incredible musicianship and rich harmonies. Faster and Farther, their sixth project for Mountain Home Music, has an infectious energy that has so much to like including:
- "Kingdom Come" and its frantic and desperate mandolin combined with the church-like choir on the chorus. It's soulful and the slowdown on the end draws you in like a film score. 
- Phenomenal dobro work throughout the project 
- Darin's Steve Wariner-like vocals on this River"
- Vintage Vince Gill back-up vocals on "Highway of Heartache"
- The familiarity and yet new interpretations on "Fit For a King" (Garth Brooks) and "Someday Soon" (Suzy Boguss/Moe Bandy) 
- The fantastic storytelling on "Eugene and Diane" of (timely) love-lost because of class/economic differences. (Editor's note: It's hard to find sad endings these days anywhere but in bluegrass.)
Yet it's the soaring and impeccable vocals of Brooke Aldridge that are the repeated highlights of the album. Her voice is commanding and match the production perfectly. Taking nothing away from Darin's tracks, each time Brooke takes the vocal reins, her beautiful delivery delivers on nearly every song. All in all, this is a project that delivers incredibly well and should be in a music collection for anyone who is a fan of modern bluegrass.

Willie Nelson To Release God's Problem Child In April

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: God's Problem Child
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release date: April 2017

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magzine, Willie Nelson announced that this new LP, God's Problem Child, will come out in April and will feature many new songs that he wrote with producer Buddy Cannon, who has worked on several Nelson records in recent years.
"We have a system that works," Nelson says of working with Cannon. "I write a verse and he'll write a verse and next thing you know, we've got a song completed. Then we'll get a melody, and he'll go in the studio with a band to record it and put his vocal on there. Then when I get a chance, I go in the studio and I'll record my vocal. Over the years, we put out four or five albums. It's been really easy to do it that way."
One of Nelson's new originals is "Still Not Dead," which Nelson says he wrote "'cause I'm still not dead." "I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I'd passed away," he says.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New Music Video From Danny Gokey - "Better Than I Found It" (feat. Kierra Sheard)

Jessi Colter To Release The Psalms In March

Artist: Jessi Colter
Album: The Psalms
Label: Legacy Sony
Release date: March 24, 2017

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release The Psalms, an all-new album from American country music legend Jessi Colter, on March 24, 2017. With lyrics drawn from timeless and sacred poems, these spiritual and personal recordings are spontaneous musical interpretations of the Old Testament songs attributed to the shepherd/poet/musician David. The Psalms is the first new album of Jessi Colter studio music since the release of the artist's Out Of The Ashes in 2006.

The core tracks for The Psalms--featuring Colter (piano and voice) and Lenny Kaye (electric and acoustic guitar)--were recorded at Dubway studios in Manhattan during two sessions (February 16-17, 2007 and January 4-5, 2008) nearly a decade ago. On The Psalms, the original tracks have been augmented with musical contributions from a variety of artists including Bobby Previte (drums, cymbals, tympani, triangle), Al Kooper (Hammond organ), Paul Dugan (arco bass), Mia Theodoratus (harp), John Jackson (mandolin, violin), Jenni Muldaur (background vocals), Jesse Lauter (mellotron), Black Sea Hotel (Willa Roberts, Sarah Small, Shelley Thomas) (background vocals).

In his enlightening liner notes and exegesis of The Psalms, penned especially for this release, Lenny Kaye recalls "One morning in 1995, while working with Waylon Jennings (Jessi's husband) on his autobiography in Nashville, I came into the living room to find Jessi Colter at the piano, singing the Psalms. She would place her fingers on the keys, forming simple chords and expressing melodies as they came to her. There was no forethought, no conception of composition; only the intuitive expression of the spirituality behind these most ancient of sacred poems, the divinity they wellspring within each of us. I listened transfixed while she paged through the Old Testament, choosing each Psalm, finding within them the emotive voice of the Shepherd Boy, the Warrior, ultimately the King that is David. It was one of the most beautiful expressions of belief I had ever witnessed."

"In the early months of 2007 I secured a studio with a good piano. There was no rehearsal. We would select a Psalm. She sat behind the keyboard, gathered herself, and then began to sing. There were one, perhaps two takes of each. Sometimes I accompanied her on guitar. Over the years I decorated them with chosen musicians, careful not to disturb their intimacy or their moment of improvised creation and inspiration."

"I am thrilled to work with Lenny Kaye and sing King David's Psalms, the most creative music I've ever done," says Jessi,  "...and the greatest challenge!"

Colter is an iconic American country music artist whose career began in the 1960s when, encouraged by her first husband, the mythic rock guitarist Duane Eddy ("Rebel Rouser"), she composed hit songs for Dottie West, Nancy Sinatra, Hank Locklin and others. Perhaps best-known for her musical collaborations with her second husband, Waylon Jennings, she rocketed to the top of the charts with her country-pop crossover hit "I'm Not Lisa" in 1975. In 1976, her contributions to the platinum-selling album Wanted: The Outlaws secured her place in American musical history as the premier bad-ass woman artist in the male-dominated "outlaw country music" sphere. She has fifteen major-label albums to her credit, and her songs and records have sold in the tens of millions.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Cody Jinks Announces An Upcoming Pink Floyd Cover Release

Critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Cody Jinks announced that he's releasing new music "soon" and this one is a unique cover to say the least- both in physical format and in the song that he'll be covering. The track is entitled "Wish You Were Here" and it's a Pink Floyd original from an album that was called the same originally released by in the mid-70's. The lyrics deal with the forces of "greed and ambition battling with compassion and idealism" according to songwriters David Gilmour and Roger Waters. The cover is a take from the lyrics of the song that say, "We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl." Click HERE to listen to the original.

When asked about the daunting task of covering such a legendary band on Facebook yesterday, Jinks replied, "Not something to take lightly to say the least. Beast of a band."

New Music Video From Jenny Gill - "Lonely Lost Me"

New Music Video From Dierks Bentley - "Black"

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Angaleena Presley Announces April Release Date For Wrangled

Artist: Angaleena Presley
Album: Wrangled
Label: Mining Light/Thirty Tigers
Release date; April 21, 2017

The talented one-third of the female supergroup Pistol Annies has announced her sophomore project will be coming out in the spring. Angaleena Presley will follow her acclaimed 2014 American Middle Class album with Wrangled, her second full-length solo album, on April 21 via Mining Light Music/Thirty Tigers. The album is co-produced by Angaleena and Oran Thornton and features 12 tracks, all of which were co-written by Presley.

The album features a special song co-penned by Presley and her late and dear friend Guy Clark entitled “Cheer Up Little Darling." Clark's Texas songwriting pedigree is stuff of legends. The song — the last song completed by Guy before his death — features Shawn Camp playing Guy's No. 10 guitar, which was used to write the song with Guy, and Guy’s mandola, which Guy had been learning to play during the last year of his life.

If there’s a pedigree for a modern country music star, then Angaleena Presley fits all of the criteria: a coal miner’s daughter; native of Beauty, Kentucky; a direct descendent of the original feuding McCoys; a one-time single mother; a graduate of both the school of hard knocks and college; a former cashier at both Wal-Mart and Winn-Dixie.
“In this fast-paced day and age, it’s so hard for us to slow down and live in the moment,” Presley says. “I just hope my songs can be three minutes for a person to experience something in the moment, to connect, and to feel something, whether that be tragedy or joy or something in between. I want to tell the truth.”
In 2000, Presley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she landed a publishing deal nine months later. Through her publisher she met Ashley Monroe, who later brought Presley's music to the attention of her friend, Miranda Lambert. The three artists began working together writing songs, which would later become Pistol Annies' debut album Hell on Heels, released in August 2011. The group spent much of the next two years touring North America and writing songs for their follow-up album. In May 2013, Pistol Annies released their second album Annie Up

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Hear It Here: Natalie Hemby Play "Grand Restoration" From Puxico

Friend-of-the-blog and all-around fantastical writer Juli Thanki of The Tennessean had Natalie Hemby into the newspaper's "studio" where she played "Grand Restoration" a couple days ahead of the release of her promising new album release of Puxico. Click HERE to hear her play live.