Fans of Cledus T. Judd can celebrate with the announcement of his upcoming tribute to Ray Stevens, Boogity, Boogity — A Tribute to the Comedic Genius of Ray Stevens. The album is due out later this summer and contains some high profile country stars as guests, including a collaboration with Stevens himself on “The Streak”.
Despite not having a studio recording of “If You’re Reading This”, Tim McGraw entered the Hot Country Songs chart at No. 35. McGraw’ s manager said they’re addressing the fact that they don’t have a studio recording yet, but in the mean time radio stations are playing the live version from the CBS broadcast. Also check out the poll on Coquet-Shack asking listeners whether they think the song should be released as a single or not. Only 1% of the 139 voters have said no thus far. CS plans to pass the results on to Curb Records. Be sure to check out Matt’s review of the song and watch the live performance of Tim McGraw from the ACM Awards.
When Colin Raye’s independent label deal fell through he had a couple of friends step in and create their own label, Starpointe Records, to help release his album. Ken Kragen and Pat Melfi are the co-founders of Starpointe Records and Raye is the only artist signed at the moment, which is the way they like it. The first single, “A Soldier’s Prayer”, is a patriotic song that radio stations were wanting to play before final copies were even available.
The producers of Austin City Limits have another sure-to-be hit festival with the first ever Big State Festival in October. The festival will be a two day event in Bryan-College Station, TX and will include about 50 acts on five stages. Artists scheduled to perform include: Tim McGraw, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lyle Lovett and his Large Band, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, The Wreckers, Los Lonely Boys, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen, and a whole lot more. Tickets go on sale on June 5th.
And last but not least, to kick start our Summer Time T-shirt Giveaway, we have our first winner. Rex’s email was the first to pop-up in our fancy random email generator that Brady coded up. Rex has commented a couple of times, but most recently on Matt’s review of Confederate Railroad’s latest single, “Please Come to Boston”. Start leaving your comments today to be entered for next Friday’s giveaway.