(Press Release) The Snakehandlers had a great excuse to skip SXSW this year - they began tracking for their new album, Little Black Heart at Dale Watson's Ameripolitan Studios with Cris Burns (Rosie Flores, Asleep at the Wheel, The Mavericks) manning the board. They are finalizing vocals now, the album will be released this summer. Ruby and guitarist Jorge Harada will co-produce for the first time, a new set of Ruby-penned songs since her journey back from a serious brain injury that threatened to sideline her permanently 8 years ago. The accident was devastating physically and personally - afterwords she was unable to speak easily let alone write or compose songs, so she began writing recipes out for friends and family as a form of cognitive therapy. Within 8 months, she found she'd written a southern cook book: Ruby's Juke Joint Americana Cookbook. Ruby soon found a publisher to release it and began hosting a cooking show on the radio. But songwriting continued to elude her, until a few years ago, when something clicked into place and she began again. "It takes a lot more out of me, but that makes me feel like I am giving that much more of myself to the song," Ruby reflects.
37th Release from Black Country Rock Produced by Shooter Jennings
(Hollywood, California Press Release) - March 31, 2016 - Billy Don Burns may not be a household name in most music circles, but the singer/songwriter/producer is often listed in same sentence when referring to original outlaws like Waylon, Willie, Merle, Johnny and Kris. In the beginning of 2014, during a period of sobriety for Burns, he, Shooter Jennings, the late Colonel Jon Hensley and a few others retreated to the Joshua Tree Inn in Joshua Tree, CA, to room 8, the hotel room where Gram Parsons was found dead in 1973. The result is the incredibly compelling
A Night In Room 8, set for a very limited release exclusive to Record Store Day on white vinyl April 16, 2016 and June 17 on digital and CD formats.
The entirety of A Night In Room 8 was recorded within the hotel room on a Tascam Portastudio (the same model on which Bruce Springsteen recorded Nebraska.) A Night in Room 8 is an eerie yet extremely vulnerable album of new, brilliant material from such a relic of country music. The environment of the recording by itself creates a very unusual and haunting atmosphere for the performances.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – The Bellamy Brothers returned to the U.S. after another sold-out European tour that included packed venues in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Finland. While they did not travel to Brussels, the internationally-acclaimed duo were warned of heightened security and potential threats while overseas.
"The news of the Brussels Airport bombing was released less than an hour before we were due to depart our hotel to the Zurich Airport for our flight to Stockholm via Amsterdam. There was heightened security in the form of armed guards at the check-in counters at the Zurich Airport. By the time we landed in Amsterdam, the news had reached our family and friends in the USA. We all started receiving emails, text and Facebook messages and phone calls from people concerned about our safety. Many of those concerned wanted to know if we would cancel the remainder of the tour and return to the USA. While this was a horrific tragedy, unfortunately it is unrealistic to think a similar attack can't happen in the USA or anywhere else in the world. If we live our lives in fear, the terrorists have succeeded. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brussels and the families of those who lost loved ones," David Bellamy said.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Press Release) — Over the course of a remarkable musical journey that stretches back to the 1970s, Australian singer-songwriter-guitaristPaul Kelly has consistently embraced musical risks and creative challenges. In the process, he’s emerged as one of his country’s most beloved and influential artists, with a devoted fan base that spans the world.
Kelly’s latest release, Seven Sonnets & A Song, features an audacious concept inspired by the artist’s longstanding love for the classic works ofWilliam Shakespeare. Recorded in various studios over the course of 18 months, the seven-track mini-album finds Kelly singing six Shakespeare sonnets as well as a song from Twelfth Night. The collection’s only non-Shakespearean piece is “My True Love Hath My Heart,” written by Shakespeare’s contemporary Sir Philip Sidney and sung by noted Australian vocalist Vika Bull.
Lone Star Theatre Bar in Ranger, TX Celebrates Grand Opening with Boom Town Jam Music Festival, May 21
With Performance by Cory Morrow, Cody Canada and the Departed, Sunny Sweeney and More
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Press Release) – After months of restoration and renovation, The Lone Star Theatre Bar in Ranger, Texas is proud to announce its grand opening with the Boom Town Jam, a music festival presented by Lucky 13 Presents to take place Saturday, May 21 starting at 11a.m. This is an all age’s event. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased here.
Originally built in 1920, current owner, Chad Cunningham, bought the abandoned structure in the heart of Ranger, Texas from the Ranger Historical Preservation Society in hopes to bring the historical building back to life and to its heydays of the 1920s. During rehabilitation of the building, an eager and enthusiastic Cunningham had hopes to create a place where music could bring people together.
March 30, 2016 (Press Release)-- Nashville, Tenn. - T Bone Burnett will deliver the keynote speech at the Americana Music Festival & Conference, which takes place September 20-25, 2016. The keynote will be presented at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel during Nashville’s most comprehensive music industry confab.
Burnett has built an unparalleled career in the music and entertainment business over the last 50 years, earning a reputation as a first-rate innovative artist, composer, performer, film, record, and concert producer, record company owner, and artist advocate.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 30, 2016 PR) – The incomparable Roy Clark will sit down with Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame DJ Keith Bilbrey during this week’s “Reflections” to chat about his remarkable career as a musician, stage performer and television entertainer. Clark is also celebrating HEE HAW’s legacy with a 3-disc collection (available here).
The Country Music Hall of Fame member opens up about his upbringing in Virginia that led him to headlining some of the world's most prestigious venues, winning the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year and becoming a household name as the co-host of HEE HAW.
Columbia/Legacy Set to Release The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws--a New Deluxe 3CD/1DVD (3CD/1 Blu-ray) Box Set
Columbia/Legacy is proud to announce the upcoming release of The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws, a deluxe new 3CD/1DVD (or 3CD/1 Blu-ray) box set of concert performances--including a previously unreleased complete concert on CD and DVD (or Blu-ray)--from country music's legendary first "supergroup," on Friday, May 20.
The Highwaymen Live - American Outlaws includes: a) two audio discs recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990; b) an audio disc with tracks recorded live at various Farm Aid Festivals and c) a previously unreleased full-length concert film recorded live at Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, New York, March 14, 1990 and transferred from the original film reels especially for this collection.
NASHVILLE, TN. (March 29, 2016 PR) – Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile and high energy old-time string band Old Crow Medicine Show are teaming up for a co-headlining tour, which was announced yesterday viaRolling Stone Country. Kicking off at the beautiful Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 30th, the sixteen-date run will conclude at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA with highlights including a night at The Fox Theatre in Detroit and a stop at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, CO. Fans can look forward to a double dose of music, as Brandi and Old Crow collaborate on a handful of songs nightly in addition to performing separate sets.
Brandi Carlile is excited to bring her show to fans out on the road with Old Crow Medicine Show this summer, saying “Those boys don’t put on a show, they throw a party! That’s the way I want to spend my summer — throwing a party for our crowd with all my buddies.” Brandi is touring in support of her Grammy-nominated and highest charting album to date, The Firewatcher’s Daughter. The album reached the top 10 in the Billboard 200, and reached #1 on the Rock album chart, #1 on the Independent album chart and #9 on the Billboard 200. She has recently made appearances on The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan and CBS Saturday Morning.
(Press Release) On May 6, Nashville's Ryan Beaver will release his anticipated new album Rx. This week, NPR Music premiered the album's closing track "If I Had A Horse" and CMT has premiered the video for his single, "Dark."
Writing in NPR Music, Jewly Hight said "'Horse concludes Beaver's new album RX, with stark, demo-like vulnerability… The remainder of the dozen tracks perform similarly visceral emotional work, albeit with a livelier combination of Music Row proficiency, singer-songwriter/ roots-rock earthiness and digital punch.
Stream "If I Had A Horse" via YouTube:
Today, CMT premiered the video for "Dark." Watch here: http://www.cmt.com/videos/ryan-beaver/1346357/dark.jhtml