Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Travis Tritt Schedules New Double Live Album Next Month

Artist: Travis Tritt
Album: A Man and His Guitar: Live From the Franklin Theatre
Label: Post Oak Recordings
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016

Multi-award winning artist and country music hit-maker Travis Tritt will release a special live 2-disc CD and DVD, titled A Man and His Guitar – Live From The Franklin Theatre, on Nov. 18. The much-anticipated release, shot and recorded at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., spotlights Tritt’s distinctively soulful voice and his exceptional guitar prowess in an intimate theater setting. 

The project features Tritt at his best; performing an unplugged solo concert that gives fans the rare opportunity to hear a fresh take on some of Tritt’s biggest hits, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Anymore,” and “Best of Intentions,” in a stripped down, pure form. Previously unreleased renditions of “Come And Go Blues” and “Pickin’ At It" are also included in the program. 

Tritt’s discovery that an audience loved to hear him perform songs accompanied only by his guitar served as the inspiration behind the project. In this concert, Tritt acknowledges and pays tribute to artists he grew up admiring and those that were influential to him as he punctuates the release with personal stories and anecdotes from his long career. Select acoustic numbers and humorous moments between Tritt and his guests, Marty Stuart and James Otto, are also highlighted. 

More than 25-years after he launched his music career, the Southern-rock influenced artist continues to stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. Last year, Tritt's compilation album, The Very Best of Travis Tritt, continued a trend that started in 2014 by topping the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for 50 consecutive weeks with 15 weeks spent at No. 1 and 33 weeks notched in the Top Five. 

Over the course of his career, Tritt has produced over 25 million in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the country radio charts, including “Help Me Hold On,” “Can I Trust You With My Heart” and “Foolish Pride.” Tritt was dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all whom dominated the charts in the 1990s and beyond. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Here’s A Quarter” and “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive.”  


Disc 1

1. “It’s All About The Money” (Donny Kees, Jody Harris)
2. “Where Corn Don’t Grow” (Mark Alan Springer, Roger Murrah)
3. “The Pressure Is On” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
4. “I’m Gonna Be Somebody” (Jill Colucci, Stewart Harris)
5. “Lord Have Mercy On The Working Man” [with James Otto] (Kostas)
6. “Country Club” (Catesby Jones, Dennis Lord)
7. “Country Ain’t Country” (Carson Chamberlain, Casey Beatherd, Teresa Boaz)
8. “500 Miles Away From Home” (Bobby Bare, Charles Williams, Hedy West)
9. “Here’s A Quarter” (Travis Tritt)
10. “Best of Intentions” (Travis Tritt)
11. “Drift Off To Dream” (Travis Tritt, Stewart Harris)
12. “Help Me Hold On” (Travis Tritt, Pat Terry) 

Disc 2
1. “Whiskey Ain’t Workin’” [with Marty Stuart] (Ronny Scaife, Marty Stuart)
2. “Pickin’ At It” [with Marty Stuart] (Travis Tritt)
3. “Come And Go Blues” (Gregg Allman)
4. “Anymore” (Travis Tritt, Jill Colucci)
5. “I Walk the Line” (Johnny Cash)
6. “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” (Waylon Jennings)
7. “A Long Time Ago” (Waylon Jennings, Shel Silverstein)
8. “Mama’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grown Up To Be Cowboys” (Patsy Bruce, Ed Bruce)
9. “Lone Wolf” (Hank Williams, Jr.)
10. “It’s A Great Day To Be Alive” (Darrell Scott)
11. “T-R-O-U-B-L-E” (Jerry Chestnut)
12. “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde” (Walt Aldridge, James LeBlanc)

Scotty McCreery Covers Jamey Johnson - "In Color"

Scotty McCreery sings Jamey Johnson's "In Color," which won the 2009 CMA Song of the Year Award. In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

New Music Video - Margo Price Covers Bob Dylan - "Wallflower"

Singer-Songwriter Natalie Hemby Goes Home For Upcoming Puxico Release

Artist: Natalie Hemby
Album: Puxico
Label: GetWrucke Records
Release date: Jan. 13, 2017

You can officially mark this as the first highly anticipated album of 2017. Accomplished and critically-acclaimed songwriter Natalie Hemby has announced that she'll be releasing her album Puxico in mid-January. She has written songs for Lee Ann Womack, Eli Young Band, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney and Little Big Town. Hemby has accumulated five #1 Billboard singles during her career. Hemby's cuts include "White Liar" and "Only Prettier" by Lambert, "Pontoon" and "Tornado" by Little Big Town, "Drinks After Work" by Keith and "Automatic" by Miranda Lambert.

The album follows the documentary of the same name that Hemby released in late 2014. Named after the hometown of her grandparents in Missouri, the filmed celebrated the lives of the people living in the town and the Homecoming celebration happening during filming.
"When I originally set out to make this film, I wanted to tell the story of Homecoming," said Hemby. "How it's put on, who's involved, what's involved, how do you keep it going, etc. I wanted to show that small town America still existed and the kind of unsung heroes it still creates."
"I really want people to fall in love with their hometowns again, big or small," said Hemby. "I want people to see this documentary and say, 'Hey, that reminds me of my hometown.' I want people to understand how sacred and rare it is to have a long-standing tradition and how important it is that we keep it alive." 
"When you keep these traditions alive, you keep your hometown from disappearing, and it is so important that we never let our towns disappear because they raise such extraordinary people."
Hemby recorded all of the music for the documentary and while it's unclear at press time of this article whether the album is the soundtrack release , it is categorized that way under Apple Music. You can listen to a snippet of the first single below.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

New Music Video From Sarah Darling - "You Take Me All The Way"

Ryan Bingham Surprises With Live Album Release This Week

Artist: Ryan Bingham
Album: Ryan Bingham Live
Label: Axster Bingham Records
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

GRAMMY and Oscar award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Ryan Bingham has released Ryan Bingham Live (An Amazon Music Original) exclusively for streaming on Amazon Music—both Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music, and for digital download or physical purchase through the online retailer as an exclusive. Ryan Bingham Live features songs recorded during his performance in New Braunfels, TX on August 6, 2016. Last month, the Ryan Bingham Live video was released exclusively in 4K Ultra HD, HD and SD on Amazon Prime Video for customers to watch at no additional cost to their Prime membership. Rolling Stone Country premiered the clip of Bingham performing his song, “Radio,” calling it a “blistering performance” in advance of the video release.

This week, USA Today, debuted “Sunrise” the album opener on Ryan Bingham Live, saying the song “captures the frenetic energy and love that radiates at a Bingham show. The sound is incredible, and you can hear the crowd singing along every word.”

Ryan Bingham Live album track list:

1. Sunrise
2. Top Shelf Drug
3. Depression
4. Tell My Mother I Miss Her So
5. Radio
6. Bluebird
7. My Diamond Is Too Rough
8. Nobody Knows My Trouble
9. The Weary Kind
10. Hallelujah
11. Hard Times
12. Southside of Heaven
13. Sunshine
14. Bread and Water

Friday, October 21, 2016

Juno Award-Winner Crystal Shawanda Releases Fish Out of Water Today

Artist: Crystal Shawanda
Album: Fish Out Of Water
Label: New Sun Records
Release date: Oct. 21, 2016

Born on the Wikwemikong Native Reservation on Canada’s Manitoulin Island in Ontario, music was almost as integral to the community as food and shelter. Storytelling came easy through song. It told the history of the people, the stories of their natural surroundings and kept alive the traditions of her First Nation tribe. 

Her father was a truck driver and it was early in her teens when Shawanda accompanied him on a trip through Nashville and was hooked permanently on the music scene there. Multiple trips back and forth from home resulted in several independent albums and eventually, a permanent gig at the famed Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Broadway in Nashville. While working at Tootsie’s, she met her future husband, met her future producer Scott Hendricks (Faith Hill, Brooks and Dunn) and was signed by Joe Galante to RCA Records/Sony Music Nashville. Her first single, “You Can Let Go,” reached the top 5 in Canada, the top 20 in the U.S.  Her debut album, Dawn of a New Day- a direct translation of her surname- went on to sell 400,000 copies. She’d go on to be nominated for several awards, winning the Canadian Country Music Association’s Female Artist of the Year in 2009 and a 2013 Juno award. 

But her island home is never far from her mind and continues to shape her musical direction and chart her course according to the values and traditions she learned as a child. She’s home frequently these days doing charity work and proudly representing her people wherever she goes.  And now she's releasing her fifth album.
"So excited today is the day, my new album Fish out of water, is now available everywhere, and live on iTunes! When we first started working on the new album, I didn't know what direction to go! Having musical influences of all styles, I am a bit of a hybrid! When I was singing country, they said I sounded too bluesy, when I did a blues album, they said I sounded too country, and it left me feeling like a Fish out of water trying to learn how to fly, like I didn't fit in anywhere! I think everyone feels like that now and than though, and we're all just trying to find that place where we belong! So I embraced that, and rather than trying to fit in, I just recorded songs that I loved singing, that meant something to me, and felt others could relate to as well! I ended up finding a happy medium of country, blues, and all soul, and very Crystal Shawanda! This new album will make you smile, cry, sing and dance, and there's something for everyone!"

Eric Paslay Covers Willie Nelson - "Always On My Mind"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, Eric Paslay covers the legendary Willie Nelson's 1983 CMA Song of the Year, "Always On My Mind."

New Music Video From Josh Abbott Band - "Amnesia"

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Lee Ann Womack Covers Vern Gosdin - "Chiseled in Stone"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, the great Lee Ann Womack sings the legendary track and 1989 CMA Song of the Year "Chiseled in Stone" by Vern Gosdin.

Faith Hill Set To Release Deep Tracks in November

Artist: Faith Hill
Album: Deep Tracks
Label: Warner Bros.
Release date: Nov. 18, 2016

Faith Hill's former label is putting together a unique collection of cuts across her seven albums that she's put out for them that were never released as singles. Entitled Deep Tracks, the project highlights some songs that didn't have a radio spotlight on them the first time they were released on previous LPs.

For every single about love that makes the airwaves and becomes a smash hit, Hill has had a deep collection of other songs that have stood the test of time and offer listeners not only insight into her life, but also something more universal that anyone who has felt the pangs and pleasure of love can relate to. Many of these tracks selected deal with those emotions, both positively and negatively.

It's been nearly ten years since we heard Faith Hill on a new album (save for a Greatest Hits and Christmas project) and her long-awaited album rumored to be called Illusion seems have to been shelved. The last single released in 2012 was "American Heart."

  1. Better Days
  2. Somebody Stand By Me
  3. If I Should Fall Behind
  4. Free
  5. If This Is the End
  6. Back to You
  7. Unsaveable
  8. If You Ask
  9. You Stay With Me
  10. Wish for You
  11. Boy
  12. Why
  13. Come to Jesus

The Wilkinsons Reunite To Cover Vince Gill - "Go Rest High On That Mountain"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series. Here, The Wilkinsons reunite to perform Vince Gill's 1996 CMA Song of the Year, "Go Rest High On That Mountain."

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New Music Video From Faren Rachels - "Free Drinks"

Former Jypsi member Lillie Mae Rische Follows Margo Price With Third Man Record Deal

Artist: Lillie Mae Rische
Album: TBD
Music label: Third Man (Nashville)
Release date: 2017 Projected

Former White Stripes leader Jack White has taken a break from performing as an artist and has been busy setting up his own label in Nashville titled Third Man Records. While Third Man was originally founded in 2001, it wasn't until 2009 he had purchased office space in Nashville and with his most recent-signing of Lillie Mae Rische and following critical-darling releases by Margo Price and Olivia Jean, it's clear this new effort has a renewed energy behind it.
"I'm proud to have become a part of the Third Man family, where there is no shortage of hard work and dedication to creating and making available the music we love so," Rische said in a release. "I'm forever thankful to Jack for believing in me and giving me a chance and all the freedom I've needed to make this album."
Rische has spent considerable time as a member of White’s touring and recording combo, playing fiddle and mandolin while also lending vocals. She was originally discovered by the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement while playing with her family band The Risches, which was formerly called Jypsi.
“Lillie Mae has been performing on stage since she was 3 years old,” White said. “She is an incredible writer who can play an array of instruments and has paid her dues from the honky-tonks on Broadway to stages around the world. She is a beloved artist in Nashville, and I think it is safe to say that she is one in a billion. You wont find anyone else quite like this woman no matter how long you live.”
Jypsi was formed in 1994 in Galena, Illinois by sisters Amber-Dawn, Lillie Mae, and Scarlett Rische, along with their brother, Frank.  In 2007, they were signed to Arista Nashville. In late 2007, the group began work on its debut album, eventually releasing three singles for the label. They've been longtime mainstay performers down at Layla's Bluegrass Station down on Broadway in Nashville.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Deana Carter Covers Vince Gill - "Look At Us"

In celebration of “The 50th Annual CMA Awards,” Country Music’s biggest names and rising stars are paying tribute to some of the most nominated and awarded songs from the past five decades in the official “Forever Country Covers” series.  Here, Deana Carter performs Vince Gill's 1992 Song of the Year, "Look At Us."