Gary Nichols to Join The SteelDrivers; CMT Music Awards Nominees; Sugarland, Marty Stuart, Larry Cordle Plan New Albums
- The SteelDrivers chose Gary Nichols to take the place of Chris Stapleton.
The first night we met Gary he had driven up to Nashville to audition and had been asked to learn four of our songs. He sat down, had a shot of brown, and launched into Blue Side of the Mountain. Around the room, eyebrows raised and sly glances were exchanged. By the time the harmonies blended for the first chorus, we all knew he had the gig. He then ripped off the other three songs with ease, sang a couple more of ours that had caught his ear and proceeded to teach us a couple of his. After he left, the vote was unanimous.
- Nominees for the 2010 CMT Music Awards were announced earlier this morning.
- NPR is streaming a couple of tracks from the new Peter Wolf album Midnight Souvenirs; more specifically, the duets with Shelby Lynne and Merle Haggard.
- No release date has been set for the new Sugarland album, The Incredible Machine, but the duo hopes fans will be able to hear the new material this fall.
Nettles says that “The Incredible Machine” –both the album and their forthcoming tour — take inspiration from the “steampunk movement,” a branch of science fiction that imagines a world where humans evolved intellectually, but technology remained set in Victorian times. “I describe it emotionally as bungee jumping and eating chocolate cake,” she says. “It’s terrifying and gratifying, all at the same time.”
- Following a 27 year separation, Marty Stuart will return to Sugar Hill Records this summer to release a new record of traditional country music titled Ghost Train (The Studio B Sessions).
- Larry Cordle has a new album in the works that he considers more of a songwriter’s album than a band project.
- Country California Fake News: Reports of Waylon Jennings Sightings on the Rise
On Thursday, the Grand Ole Opry called police out to investigate an incident of vandalism. The words “Hank ain’t here so kiss my ass” and Waylon’s trademark Flying W logo were spray-painted in red on the doors to the hallowed establishment.
“Oh, it was him!” said “Blame It on Waylon” singer Josh Thompson, as Baptist Hospital nurses cleaned his head wounds after a separate incident.
- Saving Country Music confirmed that “Where Do You Want It,” a song Dale Watson wrote about Billy Joe Shaver‘s shooting, will appear on the new Whitey Morgan & The 78‘s album.
- The Billy Joe Shaver trial starts tomorrow.
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica considers the new Gary Allan album the best country release so far this year:
The morbid “Along the Way” treads perilously close to Johnny Cash territory, holy ground Mr. Allan has more than earned the right to. The album closes with “No Regrets,” about his late wife, who took her own life in 2004. He’s plainly wounded — voice scraped and hollow, sapped of tension — but musters a bit of dignity and sunshine: “I’m so glad/When she was here/She was mine.”
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