JAZZ MUSIC NEWS
Vocalist Staci Griesbach reimagines George Jones’ catalog in My George Jones Songbook, a tribute album available everywhere on September 10, 2021. Set in a jazz context, Griesbach explores all-new interpretations for Jones’ beloved classics from his six-decade recording career including his signature ballad “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “The Grand Tour,” both which debuted as singles on August 27th.
“George Jones is one of the most iconic vocalists in not only country music but in all of 20th century American music. His voice rang out through the songbook of my youth, but it wasn’t until I started researching and preparing for this album that I really understood his distinctive style and the magnitude of his impact,” Griesbach said. My George Jones Songbook also features songwriter Jerry Chesnut’s “A Good Year for the Roses” and pays homage to J.P. Richardson, otherwise known as the Big Bopper, for “White Lightning.”
More about Staci Griesbach at https://www.stacigriesbach.com
OH BOY RECORDS
John Prine’s Grammy Award-winning album, Fair & Square, will be available on vinyl for the first time in over sixteen years October 1 with three special double LPs: standard black, opaque green and a special limited amount of “Irish Edition”—green and orange vinyl with a matte jacket featuring embossed lettering. All pressed at Third Man Records’ pressing plant in Detroit, the standard black will be available exclusively via Amazon, the opaque green exclusively via independent record stores and the “Irish Edition” exclusively via the John Prine and Oh Boy Records websites.
Originally released in 2005, Fair & Square won Best Contemporary Folk Album at the 48th Grammy Awards and achieved the fastest rise to number one in the history of Americana radio. Further celebrating Prine’s legendary life and career, The Prine Family will host “You Got Gold: Celebrating the Life & Songs of John Prine” October 3-10—a series of special concerts and events across various venues in Nashville. Full details on the album and concerts at https://www.johnprine.com.
LYRIC VIDEO NEWS
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Bone” is Collin Raye’s latest single and the second single to be released from Scars (BFD/Audium Nashville), Raye’s first album of all-new material in over a decade. The lyric video for “Rock ‘N’ Roll Bone” premiered exclusively by American Songwriter.
“’Rock ’N’ Roll Bone’ is an autobiographical song about the musical journey of my brother Scotty and I. I’m very proud of how it turned out,” Raye tells American Songwriter. “I wrote the song, primarily as a tribute to him, while I was pondering our past and childhood and how music was always such a constant element of our lives. We were influenced by many different things and I know it’s that musical diversity of loving classic Country Music, as well as Rock ’N’ Roll, that turned me into the singer/recording artist I am today. I hope folks will enjoy the story in the song. It’s totally true!” Scars is out now and available everywhere music is sold or streamed. Download now at https://orcd.co/CollinRayeScars
Florida Georgia Line have canceled their I Love My Country Tour 2021 ‘out of an abundance of caution’, due to COVID-19. “There is nothing better than seeing all of your faces from the stage, feeling your good energy, and making memories together,” shares FGL’s Tyler Hubbard. “We were hopeful we could get back on the road this fall and are so bummed to have to cancel this tour, but we know in our hearts that we still have to make sure we’re keeping our fans and crew safe. It’s unfortunate that we have to cancel but we hope y’all understand.” “We couldn’t do what we do without you, and we hope we can all do our part to bring live music back soon,” adds FGL’s Brian Kelley. For all current ticket holders, no action is required. All refunds will be issued to the original method of payment used at time of purchase. Updates at https://www.facebook.com/floridageorgialine.
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How about a career as a… plumber? Craig Morgan might help you decide. Pfister, a trusted leader in the plumbing industry since 1910, is introducing American Plumber Stories, a docuseries that features the lives of plumbers throughout the US. The bi-weekly digital series, hosted by country music entertainer and Army veteran Craig Morgan, launched in August at www.AmericanPlumberStories.com and hopes to combat the plumbing trade’s significant shortage of workers. The series aims to promote the plumbing trade to the next generation of professionals. The show highlights the stories of plumbers around the nation including how they got started in the plumbing trade and the passion they have for their profession. These stories show how they built a career that allows them to lead financially rewarding and fulfilling lives.
Sibling country group TRHibe (aka: The Runaway Hamsters) returns to the music scene telling a legendary western tale with their new music video and single for “Constantine.” The video premiered on Cowboys & Indians, while the song is officially now available on all digital platforms, including Spotify and Apple Music. Due to the pandemic restrictions which kept them from traveling and performing, TRHibe used this as an opportunity to continue developing their unique sound, writing, and staying busy recording for their upcoming album, which is slated to be released in 2022. Constantine is a wild west tale with a bit of truth and imagination. “We were thinking of old western icons and when it came to the Texas legends, we got to thinking of some villainous types and considered how parts of their story may not have been told in the main legend,” explains band member Gabby Keen. With over 2.3 million views on their YouTube page and 22 officially released songs, they are best known for combining their musical talent and huge hearts into music that is original, engaging and heartfelt. More at http://www.trhibe.com.
MUSIC ROW NEWS:
David Adam Byrnes has signed exclusive publishing deal with Reviver Publishing. Byrnes was signed by David Ross, founder of Nashville-based Reviver Entertainment Group, who has a highly respected ear for discovering the finest in songwriting talent. Byrnes has scored four straight #1 hit singles in Texas and his name popping up on influencer’s lists including Wide Open Country’s “Three Acts to Watch in 2021.” “David Adam Byrnes has proven himself a strong songwriter with depth, creativity, and an ability to bring his music all the way to #1,” said Ross. More about Byrnes at www.davidadambyrnes.com.