Thursday, June 22, 2017

That Nashville Sound Thursday Newsbytes

There's plenty of interesting news occurring this week in the world of music including information about Glen Campbell, Sunny Sweeney, Brett Eldredge, Jamie Lin Wilson, Johnny Cash, Jamey Johnson, Kip Moore and more.

- The family of Glen Campbell released a video and backstory on an incredible new song called "Arkansas Farmboy" that's off his last and most recent album release, Adios.

- Brett Eldredge released a new music video for a song entitled "The Long Way."

- The lovely Miss Jamie Lin Wilson unveiled a "front porch video" with her singing "Baby Birds."

- People Magazine interviewed Sunny Sweeney about the inspiration behind her incredible song, "Bottle By The Bed."  In addition they premiered the music video for this song- a track that That Nashville Sound believes is the current frontrunner for Song of the Year.

- The Hard Working Americans will be releasing their We're All In This Together album on August 4.

- Chris Cornell, Jewel, Kacey Musgraves, Brad Paisley, Dailey and Vincent, Jamey Johnson and more will appear on a new album that sets some previously hidden poems of Johnny Cash to music. Titled Johnny Cash Forever Words: The Music, the project is the brainchild of Cash's son John Carter Cash.

- Slowheart is the name of the next Kip Moore album and it will be coming out on September 8.

Monday, June 19, 2017

New Music Video From Marc Broussard - "French Cafe"

Lee Roy Parnell To Release New Album Midnight Believer In August

Artist: Lee Roy Parnell
Album: Midnight Believer
Label: BFD
Release date: August 11, 2017

11 years after his last project, Lee Roy Parnell is back with a new project that will be released in August titled Midnight Believer. That last album saw the Texas Heritage Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member stretching his reach past the traditional country genre, touching on blues and southern roots in his music.

Active since 1990, he has recorded eight studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. His highest-charting hits are "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am" (1992), "Tender Moment" (1993), and "A Little Bit of You" (1995), all of which peaked at No. 2. Four more of his singles have charted in the Top Ten as well. Parnell made a shift in the early 2000s back to the bluesier sounds of his early works, releasing two blues albums on Vanguard Records and Universal South. Besides his own work, Parnell has played slide guitar and National guitar on several other country and blues recordings.

The last two years, Parnell has toured heavily as part of Guitar Army, a diverse combination of music and styles. The band is comprised of three world-class musicians: Robben Ford, Parnell, and Joe Robinson.

New Music Video From Jon Pardi - "Heartache On The Dance Floor"

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shania Now To Get Released In Late September- Hear New Single Here

Artist: Shania Twain
Album: Shania Now
Label: Mercury Nashville
Release date: September 29, 2017

Shania Twain went to Facebook yesterday and announced that she will release her first album in 15 years, titled Shania Now, on Sept. 29 via Mercury Nashville.

The album’s first single, “Life’s About To Get Good,” was debuted earlier this year during Twain’s performance at Stagecoach.  The new single can be heard below. The new track boasts a chorus that’s classic Shania, while the verses candidly address her feelings about her split from longtime producer and husband Mutt Lange .

When writing "Life's About to Get Good," Shania explains, "I was at home looking out at the ocean and I said to myself, 'Here I am stuck in this past of negativity, but it's so beautiful out. I'm not in the mood to write a 'feeling-sorry-for-myself' song." The songwriter recognized that with all of the negative in life also comes the positive. "You can¹t have the good without the bad. And that's what the song ended up being about."

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New Bluegrass Releases On The Horizon From The Grascals, Doyle Lawson and Jerry Douglas

Artist: The Grascals
Album: Before Breakfast
Label: Mountain Home
Release date: September 1, 2017

The bluegrass powerhouse steps out with a program of 12 numbers including Becky Buller's "Sleepin' with the Reaper," Webb Pierce's "Pathway of Teardrops," the gospel classic "I've Been Redeemed" and more, including "Clear Corn Liquor" highlighting the tune "Whiskey Before Breakfast," lending the album its title.

Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Album: Life Is A Story
Label: Mountain Home
Release date: August 25, 2017

With nearly 40 albums to their credit, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have multiple Grammy, Dove, ICM, IBMA and SPBGMA Award nominations, and are 7-time winners of IBMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. Lawson is reigning SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are also a winner of the Inspirational Country Music Association (ICM) Vocal Group of the Year, crowned in October 2012 at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, on the heels of Lawson’s induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the Ryman Auditorium in September of 2012.

Artist: Jerry Douglas
Album: What If
Label: Rounder
Release date: August 18, 2017

Jerry Douglas, the 14x GRAMMY award winner who has played on over 2,000 separate recordings (Alison Krauss, Mumford & Sons, James Taylor, etc.), presents a new album with a unique sound and a brand-new outfit of musicians, hand-picked by Douglas himself. On What If, Douglas decisively merges jazz inclinations with the bluegrass, country, blues, swing, rock, and soul he's spent his life absorbing and performing, forging a sound that flies beyond the boundaries of anything he - or anyone else - has done before. From the up-tempo combination of what Douglas calls 'bebop jazz and caveman jazz' on 'Cavebop' to the symphonically sweeping title track, What If delves into areas unexplored by any other musician, much less by Dobro! The album also includes a funky, soulful take on Tom Waits' '2:19' and a blistering bluegrass-meets-jam-band reinvention of the classic 'Hey Joe.'

New Music Video From Scotty McCreery - "Five More Minutes"

Saturday, June 10, 2017

New Music Video From The Eli Young Band - "Never Land"

Will Hoge Preps Anchors For August Release- Features Sheryl Crow Duet

Artist: Will Hoge
Album: Anchors
Label: Edlo Records
Release date: August 11, 2017

After a truly brilliant album release in 2015 with Small Town Dreams, Will Hoge is back with another anticipated album entitled Anchors. Will Hoge stands as a shining star example about how you can carve out a career in music doing it independently. Despite a year-and-a-half stint with Atlantic Records, Hoge has developed a significant following of fans and produced ten albums over the course of the last two decades. An extremely prolific songwriter, Hoge has written a small catalog of songs for others and even received a Grammy nomination for Eli Young Band’s number one hit, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart.”

There's a little background on the new project in a feature for Rolling Stone:
Anchors is about that duality – an anchor itself both weighs things down and keeps them grounded, and Hoge explores the comfort and crush of small towns, the freedom and limits of love, the knowledge that comes from aging at the expense of vital years. The one thing that he does not address, however, is anything political. Hoge is openly anti-Trump on his social media accounts, and Modern American Protest Songs included biting tracks like "Ballad of Trayvon Martin." It's not that he hasn't been thinking about it all, or writing even more modern protest songs. He has. 
"There are a bunch of those brewing constantly," he says, "but after the election – and still – every day you turn on the news it's something else further beyond the pale. I'm too mad to sing those songs at this point. I don't want to put those songs out in anger. I needed to see if I could still feel human."
Songs like the acoustic-led country weeper "Angels Wings" and the Tom Petty-esque closer "Young As We Will Ever Be," that contemplates the constant drip of time, are all dedicated to that which makes us human. Good with bad, pain with pleasure, the glory of some at the price of many. If writing music about that makes him an eternal square peg, then so be it.
"I don't want to have to go and try to write a hit song for what is popular on the charts," says Hoge. "I do want to wake up and try to write great songs. Full stop."