Saturday, October 14, 2017

Chris Stapleton To Release From A Room: Volume 2 On December 1

Chris Stapleton announced last night in Nashville that the second half of the album he released earlier this year will be released on December 1: From A Room: Volume 2.
1. Millionaire
2. Hard Livin'
3. Scarecrow In The Garden
4. Nobody's Lonely Tonight
5. Tryin' To Untangle My Mind
6. A Simple Song
7. Midnight Train To Memphis
8. Drunkard's Prayer
9. Friendship

New Music City Roots Performance Video From Jason Eady - "Barabbas"

Jason Eady travelled up from his home in Texas to perform "Barabbas" at Music City Roots Live From the Factory earlier this week. It's a song you'll see more of here at That Nashville Sound when we do our Best Of lists at the end of the year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Truly Historic Box Set At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight Features Previously Unheard Recordings From Hank Sr, Elvis, Cash & More

Album: At The Louisiana Hayride Tonight
Label: Bear Family Records
Release date: October 20, 2017

In the annals of country music history, only one show rivals the importance of The Grand Ole Opry. For more than two decades, the Louisiana Hayride radio show was a Saturday night staple for music lovers, broadcast by Shreveport, Louisiana’s KWKH-AM from 1948-
1960. While the Opry favored established Nashville stars, Hayride offered headliners and newcomers alike an opportunity to perform. It was this policy that led Hayride to say “yes” to a young singer from Tupelo, Mississippi after the Opry said “no.” That singer, Elvis Presley, debuted on the show in October 1954 and later made his first TV appearance on the television version in March 1955.

Now an amazing and truly historic collection of 20 CD's and a 200+ page book featuring more than 25 hours of music will be forthcoming on October 20. This unprecedented collection includes rare performances from stars like Presley, Johnny Cash, June Carter, Kitty Wells, George Jones, and Webb Pierce, as well as a previously unknown Hank Williams recording that you can listen to HERE.

The compilation has been constructed in chronological sequence. Throughout the 20 discs songs are interspersed with the Louisiana Hayride theme tune (“…we’re gonna have a wonderful time…”), and with show announcements, intros, ads, comedy routines, and even mistakes, giving listeners a real sense of what it was like to hear the show on the radio, or to have plunked down your 60¢ (or 30¢ for children) for a ticket to watch it live in Shreveport’s Municipal Auditorium. One of these stage announcements, in fact, is the old-time emcee Horace Logan making the now-famous proclamation that “Elvis has left the building.”

Eighteen of the set’s CDs cover the classic weekly Louisiana Hayride broadcasts that took place from April 3, 1948 until August 27, 1960. The other two CDs collect material from some post-1960 shows, along with commercial recordings made in the KWKH radio studios, promotional discs, and transcribed shows from KWKH’s early days. Among the studio-recorded commercial tracks are hits by Slim Whitman, the Browns, Mitchell Torok, Jim Reeves, Mac Wiseman, and Carolyn Bradshaw. Additionally, there are 11 “as live” studio-recorded transcriptions that feature selections from Kitty Wells, Johnnie and Jack, Hank Williams, and Curley Williams. 

New Music Video From Willie Nelson - "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Jennifer Hanson To Release Holiday Project Under the Tree

Artist: Jennifer Hanson
Album: Under the Tree
Label: Independent
Release date: November 3, 2017

Jennifer Hanson came on the scene to critical acclaim with her self-titled debut album. Her single “Beautiful Goodbye” went on to be a top 15 hit, the highest charting debut single by a new female artist for that year. Solidifying herself as a viable artist in the country music format, recording for both Capitol Records and Universal South, it has been Hanson’s songwriting that has led to her continued success in an ever-changing industry. Hanson’s artistry and songs have garnered ACM, CMT and GRAMMY nominations, as well as numerous BMI, SESAC and NSAI awards. Collectively, her songs have sold millions of albums worldwide. She wrote the #1 song “Leave the Pieces”; the debut single for Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp of The Wreckers, as well as the debut single for American Idol finalist Bucky Covington titled “A Different World”, which went on to become a top 5 hit on the Billboard charts. Hanson celebrated her second #1 single with her self-penned song “Let Me Down Easy” recorded by Billy Currington. Hanson also wrote the title track to the movie “Country Strong” performed by Gwyneth Paltrow and has had songs recorded by artists such as pop sensation Kelly Clarkson, country music superstars Rascal Flatts, The CW’s One Tree Hill actress and singer Jana Kramer, rising country music star Mickey Guyton and country legends Pam Tillis, Vince Gill and Don Williams to name a few.

Says Hanson about the project, "Several months ago, I ran across a cassette tape of my dad and I singing “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” when I was 3 ½ years old. As I listened to this spirited little kid blaring out the lyrics to “Rudolph” with such gusto and enthusiasm, I was reminded of the joy and wonder of Christmas and the love and good times it always used to bring around our home that time of year. It was a normal occurrence for my dad to put in a cassette tape and record everything back then, and there was never a minute there wasn’t music playing. Looking back now, I’m so thankful he did. That moment in time he captured is what inspired me to make “Under the Tree”. I’ve always had a love for all things Christmas. It is, by far, one of my most favorite times of the year and nothing makes the holidays more festive than Christmas music. I hope you’ll enjoy listening to this little sampler of new tunes and old as much as I enjoyed making it. Happy Holidays…"

Friday, October 6, 2017

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Unveil New Collaborative Album, The Rest of Our Life

Artist: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
Album: The Rest of Our Life
Label: Sony/Arista
Release date: November 17, 2017

Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will release their first-ever album together, The Rest of Our Life, on Nov. 17. The two Grammy-winning artists announced the news on Oct. 6, their 21st wedding anniversary.

The new album contains 11 songs, and the country royalty couple has already given fans a small sampling of their new music. In addition to announcing the new album, McGraw and Hill dropped their new single "The Rest of Our Life" penned by Ed Sheeran, Amy Wadge, Johnny McDaid, and Steve Mac along with a corresponding music video that you can watch HERE. The 11-song collection will be released by Sony Music Entertainment under the Arista Nashville/McGraw Music label.

Hill and McGraw produced nine of the new album’s 11 songs with Byron Gallimore, and two tracks with Dann Huff. The track listing and writer credits for The Rest of Our Life are as follows:

1. The Rest of Our Life (Ed Sheeran/Amy Wadge/Johnny McDaid/Steve Mac)
2. Telluride (Jon Randall/Jessi Alexander)
3. The Bed We Made (Lori McKenna/Liz Rose/Hillary Lindsey)
4. Cowboy Lullaby (Brett James/Brett Beavers)
5. Break First (Emily Weisband/Ashley Gorley/Jerry Flowers)
6. Love Me to Lie (Hayley Warner/Maureen McDonald/Nathan Chapman)
7. Sleeping in the Stars (Jaida Dreyer/Mark Irwin/Gareth Dunlop)
8. Damn Good at Holding On (Lori McKenna/Barry Dean)
9. Devil Callin’ Me Back (Jesse Frasure/Ben Caver/Nolan Sipe)
10. Speak to a Girl (Shy Carter/Dave Gibson/Joe Spargur)
11. Roll the Dice (Shy Carter/Bobby Hammrick/James LeBlanc/Meghan Trainor)

Showtime Networks will air the concert special Tim & Faith: Soul2Soul on Nov. 17 at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME, on-air, on demand and over the internet. This marks the first ever county music concert film for the network.

Live at the Grand Ole Opry - Eric Church - "Why Not Me"

Earlier this week on the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Eric Church held court for an entire segment and spoke about the tragic Las Vegas shooting this last weekend. He dedicated a song he wrote the following day entitled "Why Not Me" dedicated to one of the Tennessee shooting victims (and giant Eric Church fan) Sonny Melton. 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

New Trove Of Previously Unreleased Jimmy Buffet Music Found And Made Into Upcoming Release

Artist: Jimmy Buffet
Album: Buried Treasure: Volume 1
Label: Mailboat Records
Release date: November 17, 2017

For a self-proclaimed pirate, it seems only fitting that Jimmy Buffet literally had some buried treasure. When legendary Nashville producer Buzz Cason sold his recording studio to John and Martina McBride, there was some cleaning up to do. That is when Jimmy learned that they had found a sizeable collection of ¼-inch tapes that were the demos of songs Jimmy had written and recorded for Buzz when he was writing for his publishing company. It turned out that there were over 125 songs in that pile of tape boxes. Also discovered were the original first recordings Buffet had recorded in Mobile, and that is where the whole story of Buried Treasure starts.

The Buried Treasure project includes at least 20 original songs and some cover material Buffett recorded in Nashville between 1969 and 1973 with original producer Travis Turk. “Two years ago they were going to sell the studio we were working at and owners said go through this and see if there’s anything you can use. He found 74 original songs I forgot I had written,” Buffett says. “It’s really, right back to the beginning stuff. … I’m going back and listening to myself during these times and it’s sparking stories. I don’t remember writing a lot of these songs but once I hear them stuff starts coming back. So I’m doing a narration through this material that we found. I’m going to do that as a project. They were tape recordings they were about to throw out. Some is cover stuff, but the original stuff there’s probably about 20 songs that I had forgotten I had written. … It’s something people might want to add to their collection.”

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

That Nashville Sound Wednesday Newsbytes- Music Videos, New John Conlee & Johnny Cash

Lots and lots of music videos out the last couple of days- would be interested to know if you have any favorites. And item number one on today's list will certainly be on my Christmas list.

- Johnny Cash’s much-acclaimed box set of primarily unreleased material, Unearthed, is to be reissued as a nine-album vinyl box set on November 3, 2017. To celebrate the Man in Black’s enduring and influential legacy, American Recordings and UMe have reconfigured this monolithic collection for its first-ever vinyl release, spreading Unearthed’s 79 songs over nine high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs while expanding the original box's distinctive packaging for the long-playing format. The Unearthed vinyl box features a pair of cloth-bound books housed in an LP-sized black cloth slipcase. One book holds the nine LPs, while the other is a gorgeous 60-page coffee table book that incorporates Sylvie Simmons' extensive liner notes, drawn from five days of interviews at Cash's home in Tennessee, as well as Cash and Rubin's comments on every song on the set, plus a copious selection of photographs from the recording sessions, including some of the last photos ever taken of Cash.  Unearthed was originally released as a CD box set by producer Rick Rubin’s American Recordings in November 2003, two months after the country superstar’s passing.

- After 2000's Classics and 2015's Classics 2, John Conlee is prepping to release Classics 3 on November 17 on his own Rose Colored Glasses label.

- The Bottom Live Archive (a Northeast nightclub that recorded thousands of performances from the early 80's to the mid 90's) is releasing Harry Chapin: The Bottom Line Archive Series from a performance Chapin did in 1981.

- Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers went by NPR and did a Tiny Desk Concert together. Martin's in rare form like normal.

- Shania Twain released a new music video for "Swingin' With My Eyes Closed."

- Kenny Chesney released a new music video for "Young." 

- Danielle Bradbery released a new music video for "Hello Summer."

- Becca Mancari released a new music video for "Golden."

- Jenna Paulette released a new music video for "Coolest Girl in the World."

- Jarrod Dickenson released a new music video for "Take It From Me."

- The Kenny Shepherd Band released a new music video for "Nothing But The Night."

- Willie Watson premiered a new music video for "Gallows Pole." 

- Paul Cauthen released a new music video for "Saddle." 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

A Short Editor's Note On The Harvest 91 Shooting

For my daily readers, I apologize for having the site being dark yesterday. I didn't know how to respond. Like much of America, I had been up for much of the night after finding out about Sunday night's truly awful mass shooting at the Harvest 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas. I had friends in the music industry there and several artists that have participated in my own Golf & Guitars Music Festival that were on site when the shooting rang out. Thankfully, they each made it away to safety. But nearly 60 other individuals won't be going home. It's senseless. It's tragic.

This one hits home and fills me with an immense amount of sorrow. The victims weren't strangers. They were brothers and sisters not only to their own families, but were part of a larger family of country music fans that each one of us is part of.  If you're a music aficionado, you have been in a crowd just like that one- maybe not in Las Vegas, but in your hometown completely lost in the music. Not lost in the music.

No one should ever get shot over following their passion for this incredible form of expression that we all love. They sure as hell should never lose their life.

Let's all continue to look for healing and answers and until then, send a little love out there to the universe. We all have the ability to power positivity to those we surround ourselves with. I'll do the same and together, we can try to heal the broken and find our way back to the music. May the memory of those who lost their lives in Las Vegas live eternally.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Jude Cole To Release First New Music After 17 Years With In Plain Sight

Artist: Jude Cole
Album: In Plain Sight
Label: Watertown/Ironworks
Release date: Early November, 2017

17 years after his last album Falling Home and after nearly 3 decades removed from a string of Billboard-charted hits, Jude Cole announced via Facebook that he will have a brand new EP out in roughly a month titled In Plain Sight.
"The cover is my son Ethan's 2nd CD.  He did Kiefer's 1st record as well.  Quite a talented guy and expressed my desires better than I could have dreamt.  I'll be showing some lyrics and snippets beforehand when the website is up... and because of (producer) Chris (Lord-Alge) mixes, this record is kind of an extension of VFTS (A View From 3rd Street) and STC (Start the Car)... really happy with it... it's been a long time!"
His time off from releasing his own music hasn't been without being heavily involved in music. He created Ironworks Music with partner Kiefer Sutherland, which began as a recording studio and eventually became a record label and music publishing company. Together they signed Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith, punk rockers Billy Boy on Poison, blues-pop artist Rocco DeLuca & the Burden (Colorful) and folk rockers HoneyHoney, produced country artists Clay Davidson's project Unconditional, and most recently, Kiefer Sutherland’s Down In A Hole album (Ironworks/Warner Music Nashville). This is all in addition to being the manager, co-writer and producer for the smash success rock band, Lifehouse.

Among his Billboard chart hits are his own 1990 single, “Baby, It’s Tonight” (#4 Pop Singles),"Time For Letting Go" (Top 20 Pop Singles) as well as a number of Lifehouse songs that garnered multi-format airplay: “You and Me” (#1 Adult Top 40 and AC, #5 Billboard Hot 100, #4 Top 40), “First Time” (#3 Adult Top 40, #26 Hot 100), “Whatever It Takes” (#3 Adult Top 40, #10 Adult Contemporary, #17 Mainstream Top 40, #28 Christian Songs and #33 Hot 100), ”Halfway Gone” (#2 Adult Top 40, #12 Adult Contemporary, #15 Adult Alternative Songs, #16 Dance Club Songs, #25 Mainstream Top 40, #50 Hot 100), “All In” (#6 Adult Top 40, #25 Adult Contemporary, #26 Christian Songs, #29 Adult Alternative Songs) and “Between the Raindrops” (#21 Adult Pop Songs, #27 Adult Alternative Songs, #79 Hot 100).

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Hear It Here - Kellie Pickler's New Release, "If It Wasn't for a Woman"

“This song is so incredibly special to me…it means a lot to me to be able to spotlight the love of the woman who helped shape me into the woman I am today,” the country music darling shares of her grandmother Faye, who passed away from lung cancer in 2002, “One of the most beautiful things about this song is that this is real life in a song. I think so many people will identify with this sweet story.”

Dan Fogelberg Tribute Album Includes Garth Brooks, The Eagles, Zac Brown, Vince Gill & More

Album: A Tribute To Dan Fogelberg
Label: BMG
Release date: 11/1/18

Produced by Fogelberg’s wife, Jean, Norbert Putnam, his lifelong friend/manager, Irving Azoff, and Chuck Morris, the homage to Fogelberg will be released through BMG.
The album contains recreations of some of Dan's biggest hits, such as the Top 10 hits, including "Longer," "Hard to Say," "Leader of the Band," performed by Zac Brown and "Same Old Lang Syne," performed by Train. Songs from his multi-platinum albums are also featured, such as the eponymously titled hits "Phoenix," performed by Garth Brooks, and "Nether Lands," performed by Donna Summer. Additionally, a moving rendition of "Part of the Plan," from 1974's Souvenirs, performed by the Eagles, is included on the collection. A complete track listing can be found below.
"A good thing never dies and that 'good thing' is Dan's music. As for me, my life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man. That man is Dan Fogelberg, and he will live forever in those of us who have let his gift bring so much light to our paths." - Garth Brooks
"I first heard some of Dan's music from Irving Azoff, while visiting him in the early 70's. he played me some demos of songs by a young kid from Peoria, Illinois; a part of the country were both from. I was immediately transported to a musical place that I would look forward to returning to time and again over the years with each new release of a Dan Fogelberg album. So proud to be part of this project." - Michael McDonald.
"I always loved Dan's music and getting the opportunity to sing on the High Country Snows record, over 30 years ago, is still a great memory for me." - Vince Gill
A Tribute to Dan Fogelberg track listing:
1.Phoenix performed by Garth Brooks
2.Nether Lands performed by Donna Summer
3.Better Change performed by Michael McDonald
4.Longer performed by Amy Grant/Vince Gill
5.Same Old Lang Syne performed by Train
6.Don’t Lose Heart performed by Dobie Gray
7.Old Tennessee performed by Fool’s Gold/Denny Henson and Tom Kelly
8.As the Raven Flies performed by Casey James
9.Sutters Mill performed by Randy Owen
10.Run for the Roses performed by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Richie Furay
11.Hard to Say performed by Boz Scaggs
12.Part of the Plan performed by Eagles
13.There’s a Place in the World for a Gambler performed by Jimmy Buffett
14.Leader of the Band performed by Zac Brown

New Music Video From James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt - "You Can Close Your Eyes"

Check out James Taylor and the amazing Bonnie Raitt performing "You Can Close Your Eyes" at the Harvey Can't Mess with Texas benefit last Friday night below. To watch the entire concert and to find out how you can help, visit