Saturday, September 23, 2017

Meghan Linsey Announces Bold Like A Lion For November Release

Artist: Meghan Linsey
Album: Bold Like A Lion
Label: Bold Music Group
Release date: November 3, 2017

Former CMT Can You Duet winner, member of the duo Steel Magnolia and The Voice Season 8 runner-up Meghan Linsey has announced that she's releasing a brand new record titled Bold Like A Lion in early November.
 "I've really poured my heart and soul into writing songs the last couple years,” Meghan says. "I've been through and lost a lot and it's been really hard. Writing songs and creating has been therapy for me. I think it's obvious that the songs come from a real place and I hope that will resonate with people. For once, I have no boundaries,” Meghan continues, “and I can be as honest and expressive as I want and need to be.”
The project looks to be more pop-leaning that her previous efforts and will feature a couple guest stars in Fred Schneider (of the B-52's) and Grammy award-winning R&B artist Aloe Blacc.
"I cannot tell you the love and sweat and tears that went into creating this project. There were times Tyler Cain and I banged our heads against the wall for days, weeks, months trying to figure out what was missing or what we needed to take out to make each song exactly what it was meant to... be. I've never been so proud of a project. It was so hard sometimes, but we persisted and now it's finished and that is the best feeling in the world. The only better feeling, will be sharing it with you guys on November 3rd. Life is hard, but it's worth it and living your dreams is worth the hustle. Don't ever give up. Live Loud and be Bold Like A Lion."
Track listing:

1. Bold Like a Lion
2. Ride or Die
3. Freak for the Beat (feat. Fred Schneider)
4. Permanent Marker
5. Mr. Homewrecker
6. Say It to My Face (feat. Aloe Blacc)
7. Exes and Friends
8. Lover
9. Let It Go
10. Neon Sky
11. Made Me This Way
12. Hearts Against the Wall
13. Save Me from Myself

Friday, September 22, 2017

That Nashville Sound Friday Newsbytes- Jack Ingram, Carly Pearce, Willie Nelson & More

Welcome to Friday. Hopefully some of you have some live music you're seeing this weekend. We've got several new music videos and new songs up on the newsfeed this morning.

- Bruce Robison has filmed a short biopic behind-the-scenes piece about Jack Ingram's Jason Eady-penned release, "Why I Left Atlanta." 

- Jerrod Niemann has a new music video for "Comeback."

- Willie Nelson and The Boys have a new music video for "Can I Sleep In Your Arms."

- Midland have a new music video for their new single "Make a Little."

- Hear it here: Carly Pearce's new song "I Need a Ride Home."

- Hear it here: Chris Young's newly unveiled track "Holiday." 

- Hear it here: Dierks Bentley's powerful new ballad "Hold the Light" from the upcoming true firefighter film Only the Brave: The True Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots.

- Lee Roy Parnell performed his new track "Hours In Between" at Music City Roots last week and you can watch the performance (and funky guitar work) here.   

- Blake Shelton announced via Instagram that his next album will be out on November 3rd and be titled Texoma Shore.

- Big Loud Records' Jillian Jacqueline quietly released her new album today called Side A.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Live at Farm Aid- Jamey Johnson, Margo Price, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp & More

Farm Aid was started by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985 to keep family farmers on the land and has worked since then to make sure everyone has access to good food from family farmers. Dave Matthews joined Farm Aid's board of directors in 2001. Farm Aid 2017 was held at KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, on September 16 and was another incredible success, raising millions for the cause again. Many videos of the event have come out and each performance below can be clicked on to stream on YouTube:

Jamey Johnson - "Eastbound and Down"

Jamey Johnson - "This Land is Your Land"

Jamey Johnson - "'Til the Rivers All Run Dry"

Willie Nelson and Family - "Still Not Dead"

Willie Nelson and Family - "I Saw the Light"

Willie Nelson and Family - "On the Road Again"

Willie Nelson and Family - "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys"

Willie Nelson and Family - "Still is Still Moving To Me"

Willie Nelson and Family - "Whiskey River"

John Mellencamp - "Small Town"

John Mellencamp - "Lawless Times"

Margo Price - "Paper Cowboy"

Margo Price - "Hurtin' On The Bottle"

Margo Price - "Hands of Time"  

Margo Price - "Weakness"
Avett Brothers - "Slight Figure of Speech"

Avett Brothers - "True Sadness"

Dave Mathews and Tim Reynolds - "Crush"


New Music Video From Lady Antebellum - "Heart Break"

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Willie Nelson Announces Willie Nelson and the Boys For 10/20 Release

Artist: Willie Nelson
Album: Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2)
Label: Legacy Recordings
Release date: Oct. 20, 2017

Legacy Recordings will release Willie Nelson and the Boys, the eagerly-awaited second installment in the acclaimed Willie's Stash archival recordings series, on Friday, October 20.

Following in the musical footsteps of 2014's December Day, the first volume in the Willie's Stash series (featuring Willie's Sister Bobbie), Willie Nelson and the Boys is another family collaboration, this time showcasing Willie and sons, Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson, performing a selection of well-loved American country music standards and classics, including seven penned by the immortal Hank Williams Sr.

The Willie's Stash series will present a variety of archival releases, each personally curated by Willie Nelson, culled from decades of recording and touring, providing unique perspectives on one of America's most vital musical forces.

Consisting mainly of studio recordings laid down during the extraordinary 2011 sessions for Heroes, Willie's Legacy debut, Willie Nelson and the Boys (Willie's Stash, Vol. 2) is produced by Willie's longtime friend and collaborator Grammy-winning Buddy Cannon and recorded by Steve Chadie at Pedernales Recordings Studio in Austin, Texas.

Musicians on the album include Willie Nelson (vocals, Trigger), Lukas Nelson (vocals, electric guitar, resonator guitar), Micah Nelson (vocals), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Kevin "Swine" Grantt (bass), Bobby Terry (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Jim "Moose" Brown (piano, B-3 organ, Wurlitzer), Mike Johnson (steel guitar), Tony Creasman (drums), Barry Bales (upright bass on "My Tears Fall") and Lonnie Wilson (drums on "My Tears Fall"). "Move It On Over" featured background vocals by the Spur Of The Moment Singers: Buddy Cannon, Mickey Raphael, Kevin "Swine" Grantt, Bobby Terry, Jim "Moose" Brown, Mike Johnson, Tony Creasman, Melonie Cannon, and Shannon Finnegan.

According to Willie, the album is "....kinda like the country version of 'Stardust.' Where you have all these great songs and standards that the young people have never heard, then all of a sudden you have a whole new audience out there."

"I really love the live element of this record," said producer Buddy Cannon. "There was a fire in the studio during those sessions, especially on these particular tracks. It was as though the band was in a Nashville honky tonk and Willie and Lukas strolled in and jammed with the band for an hour. That's what this record is. It's honest excitement. I've never cut a record before that has this element.... It's a great joy to see Willie, Luke and Micah all equally part of a record that I love so much."

1. "Move It On Over" (Hank Williams)
2. "Mind Your Own Business" (Hank Williams)
3. "Healing Hands of Time" (Willie Nelson)
4. "Can I Sleep In Your Arms" (Hank Cochran)
5. "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" (Hank Locklin)
6. "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" (Hank Williams Sr.)
7. "I'm Movin' On" (Hank Snow)
8. "Your Cheatin' Heart" (Hank Williams)
9. "My Tears Fall" (Alyssa Miller)
10. "Cold, Cold Heart" (Hank Williams)
11. "Mansion on the Hill" (Hank Williams and Fred Rose)
12. "Why Don't You Love Me" (Hank Williams)

New Music Video From Mickey Guyton - "Nice Things"

Friday, September 15, 2017

Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis Team Up Again For Upcoming Come See Me & Come Lonely

Artist: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis
Album: Come See Me & Come Lonely
Label: Goldenlane
Release date: November 10, 2017

Two female legends of contemporary country music have combined forces on a new album, combining voices, vision and talents again after their critically-acclaimed 2013 project Dos Divas. Altogether, these two artists have sold well over 10 million albums worldwide, not to mention they both come from country royalty - Pam is the daughter of icon Mel Tillis and Lorrie, the daughter of hitmaker George Morgan. The two of have chosen some of their favorite country songs including those originally made famous by Dottie West, Billie Jo Spears' "Blanket On The Ground," and Dwight Yoakam's "Guitars, Cadillacs" plus early rock favorites such as Roy Orbison's "It's Over" and The Everly Brothers' "Walk Right Back." The project includes special guest appearances by Joe Diffie & Darryl Worley as well.

Track listing:

  1. Do Ya
  2. Walk Right Back
  3. It's Over
  4. Guitars, Cadillacs
  5. Summer Wine Feat. Joe Diffie & Darryl Worley
  6. Saunders Ferry Lane
  7. Rose in Paradise
  8. Blanket on the Ground
  9. Tennessee Waltz
  10. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  11. The End of the World
  12. Come See Me and Come Lonely

New Music Video From Brent Cobb - "Ain't A Road Too Long"

New Music Video From Chris Young - "Losing Sleep"

Thursday, September 14, 2017

That Nashville Sound Thursday Newsbyte- New Music Videos & Americana Music Award-Winners

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives Took Home Group of the Year at the Americana Music Honors Last Night
Happy Thursday, readers. Lots of new music videos and worthwhile musical performances are up on the newsfeed this morning- as well as the results to last night's Americana Music Honors and Awards Ceremony. Click on the song title to have them pop up.

- New music video from the Randy Rogers Band - "Meet Me Tonight"

- Mickey Guyton covered Patsy Cline's "I Fall To Pieces" backstage at the Grand Ole Opry.

- Michael Logen did an acoustic version of "Time Time Time" for Naked Sessions.

- The lovely Miss Hannah Blaylock (formerly of Eden's Edge) covered Dwight Yoakam's "Fast As You" at Eddie's Attic.

- Entertainment Weekly premiered Nikki Lane's new video for "Send the Sun."

 - We'll have some performance videos (hopefully) from last night's Americana Music Honors & Awards, but here are the night’s winners:
  • Album of the Year: A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, Sturgill Simpson (Simpson, producer)
  • Artist of the Year: John Prine
  • Group/Duo of the Year: Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives 
  • Song of the Year: “It Ain’t Over Yet” Rodney Crowell feat. Rosanne Cash and John Paul White  Crowell, songwriter)
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: Amanda Shires
  • Instrumentalist of the Year: Charlie Sexton
  • Spirit of Americana/Free Speech in Music Award: Graham Nash
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Trailblazer: Iris Dement
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Songwriting: Van Morrison
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Performance: Robert Cray
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Instrumentalist: Hi Rhythm Section
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Executive: Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

That Nashville Sound Wednesday Newsbytes- New Albums & Music Videos

A little happy birthday to That Nashville Sound this week. Ten years ago, this little music blog got started and over that time, we've had a couple million visitors- pretty remarkable. Thank you for taking the time to read it. It's genuinely appreciated.

- Bob Seger announced that he'll be releasing a new album just before Christmas.

- It's worth checking out this interview with Marty Stuart about the final photo of Johnny Cash ever taken.

- Jerrod Niemann has a new music video for his song "I Got This."

- Although it's missing the awesome horns that he has on the album track, still check out Josh Abbott Band's performance of "Texas Women, Tennessee Whiskey" on The Texas Music Scene.

- Tony Jackson admirably covered the Randy Travis classic "Diggin' Up Bones."

- I had an opportunity to interview Erin Enderlin about her phenomenal new album Whiskeytown Crier over at Saving Country Music. Check it out here.

- Country music chart-topper Granger Smith announced today his new album When The Good Guys Win will be out everywhere on Friday, October 27. When The Good Guys Win is his sophomore national release on BBR Music Group’s Wheelhouse Records and follows last year’s acclaimed, Remington, which included the No. 1 “Backroad Song” and No. 5 “If The Boot Fits.”

- Jillian Cardarelli is bright young star who was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the "Top 10 Country Artists You Need to Know" and she has new music video called "Rerun."

- Holly Tucker has a new music video for her single "Dallas On Your Boots."  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Texas-Sized Artist Collaboration - Jerry Jeff Walker's "Sangria Wine"

Earlier this year, an all-star group of Texas musicians got together for a pre-gig rehearsal at Ray Benson's own Bismeaux Productions studio in Austin, TX. They were preparing to play a gala the next week that would honor Jerry Jeff Walker, hosted by Turk Pipkin. A few hours... and glasses of wine later... Bruce Robison and his crew turned the camera on these good times so he could share them with us. This is what happens when great musicians get together to play music and enjoy some "Sangria Wine".

New Music Video From Parmalee - "Barrel of a Shot Glass"

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Henningsens Decide To End Things As A Trio

After nearly a decade together, the country music trio consisting of Brian Henningsen, his son Aaron, and daughter Clara- known as The Henningsens- have decided to do one last show and step away to do solo projects and work. This follows a stint on Arista Records and separate EP and album releases.

In 2008 at church, Aaron met Wynonna Judd's husband and Highway 101 member Cactus Moser, who in turn shared The Henningsens' demo recordings with producer Paul Worley. The Henningsens co-wrote The Band Perry's singles "You Lie" and "All Your Life", as well as several album tracks for The Band Perry. Their collaborative efforts would later yield several album cuts on Pioneer, including the title track, "Night Gone Wasted", "I Saw a Light", "I'm a Keeper", "Back to Me Without You", and "End of Time". Other songs that The Henningsens wrote include "Love It Out Loud" for Wynonna Judd, "Alone" for Sara Evans, and "Six Gold Coins" by Highway 101. They then signed to Arista Nashville and began working with Worley on their debut album.

On December 17, 2012, the trio released their debut single (and album title track) "American Beautiful". A self-titled EP was released on May 28, 2013. They released an independent album called World on Fire in summer of 2016.

The group plans one last show on 9/30, and had this to say on their Facebook page:
To all of our beloved and devoted fans, especially those of you in Central Illinois, we will be playing our final show (for now anyways!) on September 30th at Lake Land College in Mattoon, IL for the Laker Homecoming!!!
It's bittersweet for us to announce a final show, but we'd love to see you 9/30 nonetheless! When life gives you music, you make it play it while you can. We always plan to collaborate as a family- especially in writing songs! The time has come for us to journey down our owns paths though. We have truly enjoyed the the past 8+ years playing shows around the country and getting to know y'all. We appreciate the support we've received throughout the years! Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we hope to see you at our show at Lake Land College on September 30th!!!

Sunday, September 10, 2017

That Nashville Sound Sunday Newsbytes - New Music Videos & Upcoming Releases

We're playing catch-up this weekend with lots and lots of new music videos and a handful of new album introductions. TNS would love to hear from you- what's your favorite off of the list below?

- Tracy Lawrence has set November 10, 2017 as the release date for one of the most ambitious and significant albums of his career. Good Ole Days celebrates the country legend’s indelible mark on country traditionalism with an album of 11 duets pairing a selection of his most iconic hits with some of country and rock’s contemporary superstars and newcomers. See a video about the project HERE. The collaborative collection includes guest appearances by Jason Aldean, Big & Rich, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Tim McGraw, Justin Moore, Kellie Pickler and Chris Young. 3 Doors Down leader Brad Arnold makes his country music debut on the title track “Good Ole Days,” which is the second of the two original songs.

- On November 10th, Jeff Bates will be releasing an EP called Troublemaker.

- Blake Shelton released a new music video for the song "I'll Name The Dogs."

- Alison Krauss released a new music video for the track "Windy City."

- Whitney Rose released a new music video for her new song "Better To My Baby."

- Maggie Baugh released a new music video for "Catch Me."

- On the eve of Irma making landfall, it seems appropriate that Georgia-native Derek Hoke's next album is titled Bring the Flood. It comes out on Oct. 13 on Little Hollywood Records.

- Award-winning bluegrass artist Donna Ulisse has a new project out on Sept. 22 on Mountain Home Records called Breakin' Easy.

- Jack Ingram will be releasing a new song on Sept 19, a Next Waltz project with a cover of Jason Eady's "Why I Left Atlanta."

- Kelly Clarkson will return with her debut project for Atlantic Records on Friday, Oct. 27. The new album, Meaning Of Life, will feature songs including “Move You” and the album’s first single, “Love So Soft.”

- Valerie June and her top flight band stopped by Los Angeles' legendary public radio station KCRW on June 7th, 2017, for a live session on the their flagship Morning Becomes Eclectic program and released it into an live EP this week. Valerie June - Live at KCRW features eight songs from her critically acclaimed album The Order of Time (released earlier this year.)

- Blackbird Presents Records and CMT have combined forces and have announced the broadcast premiere and CD/DVD release of The Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson. The broadcast, concert film and music release features a collection of legendary singers, songwriters, and rising superstars who came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event taping in Nashville, Tennessee at the Bridgestone Arena to celebrate the songs of music icon Kris Kristofferson. CMT will premiere the 90-minute broadcast on Friday, October 27 at 10 PM ET/PT, and Blackbird Presents Records will release the full-length concert film as a CD/DVD combo, which is available for immediate preorder at and Life & Songs Of Kris Kristofferson features captivating performances, in-depth interviews, and compelling behind-the-scenes footage with Kris Kristofferson, Jessi Alexander, Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Ryan Bingham, Rosanne Cash, Eric Church, Jessi Colter, Rodney Crowell, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Jack Ingram, Shooter Jennings, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Martina McBride, The Travelin' McCourys, Reba McEntire, Buddy Miller, Willie Nelson, Jennifer Nettles, Jon Randall, Darius Rucker, Hank Williams Jr. and Lee Ann Womack.

- Calico the Band, the California Americana country group led by the female duo of Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit, premiered their Western-themed music video for "Cold Cold Love," the latest single from the band's forthcoming album Under Blue Skies. Click here to watch the video that was filmed just outside of Joshua Tree, a Southern California location which has a "mystical cosmic country connection that is inspiration for us," says the band. -

Friday, September 8, 2017

Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams Passes Away at 78

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.

The man they called "the Gentle Giant" is gone. Country Music Hall of Fame great Don Williams died today (9/8) after a short illness.

Born in Texas in 1939, Don Williams' smooth, Jim Reeves-like baritone voice began entertaining fans when he was part of the folk group the Pozo-Seco Singers in the 60s. The group had a minor successes with the songs "I Can Make It With You" and "Look What You've Done," both hitting the Billboard pop top 40 charts in 1966. After the band went their separate ways in 1970, member Susan Taylor found success as a songwriter for acts such as the Forrester Sisters, Tanya Tucker, and Mickey Gilley, using the name Taylor Pie. Don Williams, on the other hand, found the top of the mountain. Beginning with "The Shelter of Your Eyes" in late 1972, Williams had 56 singles chart in the Billboard country singles chart, all of four of which were top 40 hits.

There was nothing pretentious about Williams' music. It was pure, simple, and country. He sang of love ("Love Me All Over Again," "The Shelter of Your Eyes" -- both of which Williams wrote [an oft-overlooked element of his career] -- and "I Believe in You") with a beautiful voice and basic guitar, bass, and drum accompaniment. And it caught on. Oh, how it caught on. Over the course of his career Williams compiled seventeen #1 songs.

Interestingly, one of his comparative "flops" (only hitting #33 on the charts) was a Bob McDill love song called "Amanda." Waylon Jennings would later find chart-topping success with the song that Williams first recorded.

In addition to all of the great music, Williams was a devoted family man. He was one of the very few country singers you could say was never associated with any sort of scandal. He loved his wife, Joy, whom he married in 1960.

He also loved his music and his fans, staying on the road and performing until he decided to call it a career in 2016.

If an artist ever gave the world a song to describe how fans would feel about his/her death, it would be Don Williams and "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend."

A sad and grateful farewell to Don Williams, who was 78.