VERSE OF THE MONTH: ‘Let the word of God dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms and hymms and spiritual songs. – Colossians (3:16)
Sheryl Crow’s latest album, Threads, was released August 30, and Sheryl says she believes this will be her last album, although she has no plans to stop recording. The album includes Sheryl’s collaborations with the likes of Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Clapton, Brandi Carlisle, Bonnie Raitt, Maren Morris and Keith Richards among others. In an interview with The Tennessean she recalls getting a call from Mick Jagger, asking her if she would join the Stones on stage at a gig in Florida. She said she was extremely nervous before the performance but Stones sax player Bobby Keys offered her a slug from a bottle of tequila to settle her nerves! Album info and tour updates at https://sherylcrow.com/
AMERICANA MUSIC NEWS:
The AMA has its 20th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, September 10-15, 2019. The AMA receives enormous support from the Tennessee Dept. of Tourism, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, Music City Networks, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SoundExchange, and AT&T. The Americana Music Association announced that The Milk Carton Kids will once again be on hand to host and Buddy Miller will return as musical director for the 18th annual Americana Honors & Awards ceremony. This year’s program will showcase a vibrant mix of musical icons and electrifying newcomers that will make up the list of performers for the critically acclaimed program scheduled for 6:30 PM CT on Wednesday, September 11 at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. Legends and longtime fan-favorites will cross paths with today’s buzz generators for an exceptional slate of confirmed performers that includes Jade Bird, Brandi Carlile, Elvis Costello, Mark Erelli, Rhiannon Giddens, I’m With Her, Ruston Kelly, Delbert McClinton, Lori McKenna, Maria Muldaur, John Prine, J.S. Ondara, Our Native Daughters, Erin Rae, Amanda Shires, Mavis Staples, The War and Treaty and Yola. The show also promises to have surprises in store for Americana music’s biggest night. Full details at https://americanamusic.org/
Billy Ray Cyrus is on a roll and is making room on the trophy shelf. After taking home two MTV VMA Moonmen for Song of the Year and Best Direction for Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (Remix, featuring Cyrus),” Cyrus learned that he’s nominated in the Musical Event of the Year category with Lil Nas X during the 53rd CMA Awards, being held on November 13 on ABC. “It’s crazy. It’s like the twilight zone of my life. I flew home from New York, put my Moonmen on the shelf and laid down for a solid 8 hours. I wake up and learn I’m nominated in the Country Music Association’s Musical Event of the Year on a song eliminated by Billboard critics for not ’embracing enough elements of today’s country music,’ ” said Cyrus. Cyrus and Lil Nas X went on to shatter Billboard Hot 100 all-genre records as the longest-running No. 1 for 19 consecutive weeks. This fall, Cyrus is focused on his new single, “Chevys and Fords,” with fellow BBR Music Group/BMG recording artist Johnny McGuire. Tour updates at https://www.facebook.com/BillyRayCyrus
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have released a new album, the group’s first on Nashville’s Billy Blue Records. Live in Prague, Czech Republic was recorded live at the beautiful Dlabacov Hall – Pyramida theatre in downtown Prague on January 26, 2019. An enthusiastic, sold-out crowd can be heard enjoying the high energy show that was captured for this new album. Packed with fourteen songs, Doyle and the band perform some of their previously recorded work, such as the hit “Little Girl,” the often requested Gospel classic “On The Sea of Life” and the ever-popular “I’ll Be True While Your Gone,” along with new arrangements of never-before recorded songs by the group, including “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow,” “Leaving On Her Mind,” and “Shenandoah Breakdown” among others. The first radio single, “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow,” was co-written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame members Jim McBride and Roger Murrah, and features the lead vocal of Kentucky native Jake Vanover, the newest Quicksilver member. Details at https://www.doylelawson.com/
Want to spend the winter in Hawaii? Here’s a good excuse: BMI’s fifth annual Maui Songwriters Festival is scheduled for Dec. 5 through 7. Miranda Lambert will be back for a second year and will headline, along with Maren Morris and Dustin Lynch. Other top songwriters who will be there include: Randy Houser, Bob DiPiero, Natale Hemby and a whole lot more. Tickets and info at https://www.MauiSongwritersFestival.com
Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Paula Cole is set for the release of her tenth full-length album, Revolution, September 13 via 675 Records. In celebration of the release, Cole is premiering her cover of the Marvin Gaye classic “The Ecology (Mercy Mercy Me)” via Billboard. Produced by Chris Bruce alongside Cole, the album delves into the themes of gender identity, race and age that are once again so relevant in the current social/political climate. “At the heart of it, Revolution is about breaking silence,” Cole notes. “At its core lie signature, highly-personal songs. Revolution is mostly about INNER revolution, breaking silence and finding a way through these times with love in our hearts.” Music and Revolution Tour info at https://paulacole.com/
Dylan Schneider’s new EP, Whole Town Talk (Interscope Records), is now available at all digital retailers. Interscope launched the four-song set in partnership with Round Here Records – the new label founded by Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley. “We are so excited to get to join team Dylan to help encourage, support, and create opportunities for this amazingly talented artist and writer,” shares Hubbard and Kelley. “We’ve loved Dylan since the day we met three or four years ago and are so thankful to have him in our family and on our roster. Timing is everything— and for Dylan, the time is now.” Schneider is opening for Florida Georgia Line on the final leg of the multi-platinum duo’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country tour. See https://www.dylanschneidermusic.com/ for tour updates.
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NEWS:
“Unbroken Circle” is an original video series featuring singer-songwriter Carly Pearce, produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in support of the exhibit American Currents. Over the course of multiple days, Pearce digs for inspiration and makes memories in the Museum’s archives and galleries along with her friends and collaborators Jeannie Seely, Emily Shackelton, busbee, and Michael Ray. You can watch all four episodes now, exclusively on the Museum’s YouTube channel. More CMHoF info at https://countrymusichalloffame.org/
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum launched Season 2 of its Voices in the Hall podcast on Aug. 16. Season 2 includes interviews with Nick Lowe, Jimmie Allen, Sam Bush, The War and Treaty, and Linda Ronstadt. Museum Senior Director, Producer and Writer Peter Cooper hosts the series and conducts the interviews for Voices in the Hall, which presents conversations with some of country’s most fascinating and influential figures. The podcast is available on CMHoF site and wherever podcasts are streamed.