Scotty McCreery Talks Topping the Chart
Dropping His New Album, Getting Hitched & More
Jim Casey talks with Scotty McCreery about:
- getting up early and staying up late
- scoring his first No. 1 single, “Five More Minutes”
- keeping a positive outlook despite some career setbacks
- releasing his new album, Seasons Change, on March 16
- the apropos title of the new album
- picking his new single, “This Is It, which he penned with Frank Rogers and David Lee Murphy about his fiancée, Gabi Dugal
- planning his upcoming wedding
- the personal aspect of co-writing all 11 songs on the new album
- the most un-Scotty song on the new album, “Barefootin’”
- growing up around “beach music”
- hitting the road this spring and summer
Click link below to listen to Jim Casey as he talks with Scotty McCreery:
Jenny Tolman’s Pleasing Video for Something to Complain About
In Jenny Tolman’s new video for “Something to Complain About,” the up-and-coming artist turns a clever lyric and brings it to life with an almost-effortless alto as she playfully dishes about blisters, thousand-dollar heels and double Ds.
The video, which is Jenny’s first, gives fans a glimpse into her upcoming concept project, Jennyville—and one of its entertaining inhabitants: a rich woman with first-world problems. There are more characters throughout the album, including a woman who contemplates becoming a stripper for a week to pay the bills and a flirty coupon-clipper who tries to put the moves on her butcher.
The Nashville native, who has opened shows for Alabama, Cole Swindell, Michael Ray and more, is working with producer Dave Brainard on the new album, which Jenny hopes to release later this year as she continues looking for her ideal label partner.
Check out Jenny’s new video for “Something to Complain About.”
Big Names For Daryle Singletary Tribute Concert
Alison Krauss, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson & More to Perform
Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium will host a tribute concert on March 27 in honor of Daryle Singletary, who died unexpectedly on Feb. 12 at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. Daryle had a string of Top 10 hits in the mid-1990s with “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun” and “Amen Kind of Love.
Those slated to perform at the Daryle Singletary Keepin’ It Country Tribute include Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Chris Young, Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Andy Griggs, Ben Hayslip, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Mo Pitney, Pete Schlegel, Josh Turner and Curtis Wright. The event will be hosted by Eddie Stubbs.
The tribute is free and open to the public. Daryle is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, and two daughters, Nora and Charlotte. An online fundraiser on YouCaring.com has been organized by Franklin Synergy Bank for Daryle’s family. More than $16,000 has been raised so far.
Longtime George Jones Collaborator Sues Widow Record Label For $5 Million
Concord released George Jones & the Smoky Mountain Boys via Cracker Barrel
Montgomery’s suit claims George Jones contacted him in the late ’70s to produce the project, and that his longtime friend intended for him “to produce and own [the album] as his retirement package for all his years of service and friendship to Mr. Jones.” The album did not get released for decades as Jones moved through several label deals, and Montgomery says that as the producer, he maintained possession of the original mixed version of the album, while the master tapes resided in the vault at the recording studio where they recorded the tracks.
After Jones died in 2013, Nancy Jones sold his intellectual property and other assets to Concord Music Group for a reported $30 million, and in February of 2017, Concord released George Jones & the Smoky Mountain Boys via Cracker Barrel. The project is also available on streaming services, and Montgomery’s suit alleges that he was not paid for his work or even credited in the album’s liner notes.
“The release further misrepresents the album as lost recordings which were discovered, when in fact recordings were converted by defendant Nancy Jones and ultimately the Concord defendants with full knowledge of [Montgomery’s] ownership,” the filing alleges. The Tennessean did not report that a court date has been set. Nancy Jones has not commented publicly on the lawsuit.
You Don’t Know Scotty McCreery Until You Hear His ‘Seasons Change’ Album
For me I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, I’ve been sued, I’ve been dropped by labels
Scotty McCreery bet on himself for his third studio album. The mostly self-written, very autobiographical Seasons Change details his engagement, makes clear that he’s no saint and reminds you that while he’s Nashville proud now, he’ll always be a Carolina boy.
In fact, fiancee Gabi Dugal and his home state dominate the 11-song project, his first on Triple Tigers Records after two records on UMG Nashville. It’s counterintuitive to claim that in spite of the very high profile way we met the now 24-year-old singer we didn’t really know him until now, but that’s exactly what’s happened. Part of the reason is that he’s a more competent writer than ever, something he’ll freely admit.
McCreery and Dugal are set to marry this spring in what the singer describes as a very classic, old-school destination wedding. Deep inside the album liner notes he lets his love of six years know that every love song he writes is about her, and that’s apparent on Seasons Change, but not in a way that’s obstructive. This is important because great songs don’t just tell great stories, they’re accessible.
“Wherever You Are” and “Still” are the two most obvious examples. The first — a fun, mid-tempo, melodic pop-country cut — puts a roseate spin on the struggles of long-distance love (for the last several years they’ve been split by his job in Nashville and hers in Durham, N.C.), while the latter is a soft, dare-we-say sexy ballad. To this point, the Season 10 American Idol winner has not cut a true bed sheet burner, but this one comes close. However, he never objectifies. The woman he’s singing about is never reduced to a one-dimensional, here-for-the-pleasing cartoon character. There’s a maturity here that amidst widespread, valid complaints about how women are treated in society and entertainment deserves to be mentioned.
“She’s still working,” McCreery says when asked what the future holds for them. “She’s a nurse. She’s a very strong, independent woman. She wants to make her own living and all that. So I fully support that. I wanna support her dreams just like she supports mine.”
“This Is It” is the song everyone will gravitate toward, because it tells the story of how McCreery proposed to Dugal. There is a major twist to that story, which you can learn all about below, but the takeaway is how much it is a blueprint for that afternoon.
He always has been soft-spoken, even as a chip forged from competitive fire grew larger and larger on his shoulder. Through the years he hasn’t so much been protective of the details of his life as he has just not been great at presenting them. McCreery constantly referred to this “we” when asked questions about his career or life. He doesn’t any longer. Expectations were very high and the results weren’t always satisfying. They are now.
“You live a lot of life 17 to 24,” he says, reminding us of something so obvious but so forgotten when it comes to the celebrity lifestyle. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s seven years, so it doesn’t sound like that big. But those are big years in anybody’s life. Moving out on your own, you’re paying your own bills, getting married. For me I’ve been robbed at gunpoint, I’ve been sued, I’ve been dropped by labels … there’s been a lot of life that’s been lived in these last seven years.”
More than ever before he’s figured out how to funnel it into his music. Well, most of it. “There’s not a robbed by gunpoint song but that’d make a cool wild, wild, west song.”
Luanne Hunt and Steven Bankey Team up to Create a New Masterful Piece of Music
Steven and Luanne sing in such a way that their vocals are a perfect fit
“Lightning In A Bottle” is a charming, country gem with a genuine and organic feel. The stomping rhythm and chunky chords of the guitar and the depth of the male vocals echo the work of classic legends of the genre from Johnny Cash to Waylon Jennings, and even Willie Nelson, just to mention a few.
As it often happens with the greatest country tracks, one of the greatest strengths of “Lightning In A Bottle” is decidedly the song’s stark minimalism, as well as its earnest and personal lyricism.
When Luanne joins in, her presence revolutionizes the dynamics of the song, morphing the tune from a somber country loner to an uplifting number with a more hopeful twist. Steven and Luanne sing in such a way that their vocals are a perfect fit, covering a wide range and using their different timbers and vital textures to add depth and width to this song.
Luanne is a true country star on the rise, and this song is yet another milestone in her amazing and fast-growing career. Along with her new “partner in crime”, Steven Bankey, Luanne managed to bring something very personal and unique to the table, while following the timeless traditions and stylistic quirks that make country music great. The production approach, for example, is direct and on-the-spot, with a spontaneous, ”live” feel, which retains clarity, while adding some life to the recording. “Lightning In A Bottle” lives up to its title with a truly electrifying melody and lyrics!
This country tune, with an alt-folk taste, will leave you yearning for some more.
– Band Camp Diaries
Country’s All-American Sweetheart Irlene Mandrell Releases Patriotic Album
Irlene And Her Unwavering Support For Our Nation Is Beyond Compare
Irlene Mandrell, the youngest of The Mandrell Sisters, has released her debut solo album, Thanks To You, on Reviver Records. This Patriotic project delivers Irlene’s heartfelt message to our nation’s military, veterans, law enforcement and first responders, and praises them in their vigilant fight as they continue to risk their lives on behalf of our freedom.
“This album is dedicated to our military, our law enforcement, our first responders, and everyone who works tirelessly to keep us safe and free, You are our heroes, and we thank you for everything you do!” says Mandrell.
Irlene is no stranger to the spotlight, with television credits including Barbara Mandrell & The Mandrell Sisters, Hee-Haw, The Love Boat, and more. Irlene is also a gifted musician and a Country Music Hall Of FameWalkway of Stars inductee.
Even more admirable than her illustrious career is Irlene’s desire to dedicate her platform to elevating a message for our nation. Thanks To You promotes a rejuvenation of national unity and respect for our heroes through her songs.
Reviver Records, LLC CEO and President David Ross states, “Irlene and her family are woven into the fabric of country music, and her unwavering support for our nation is beyond compare.”
Thanks To You was produced by producer/engineer, and Irlene’s husband, Pat Holt, whose credits include Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, The Judds, Doctor Hook, Keith Whitley, and Alabama, among others.
Featured on the album are Irlene’s three children, Deric, Vanessa, and Christina, establishing this album as a familial salute to our nation’s heroes.
– Music News Desk
49 Years Ago: Lester Flatt And Earl Scruggs Split Up
10 Years Later a Reunion was discussed But Flatt passed away later that same year
Forty-nine years ago today (March 11, 1969) was a sad day for Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs: It was on that date that the men, together known as the bluegrass duo Flatt and Scruggs, split up, ending a musical partnership that spanned 25 years.
Flatt and Scruggs first began playing together in 1945, as part of another band, but in 1948, they launched out on their own, along with their band, known as the Foggy Mountain Boys. The duo remained a mainstay on the charts for the next several years, with hits such as “‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered” and “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the latter of which was the theme song for the TV show The Beverly Hillbillies.
“The Ballad of Jed Clampett” sparked a new wave of popularity for the duo, who then became sought after for TV and movie appearances. Their music was heard in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, further growing their popularity. Unfortunately, Flatt and Scruggs had differing opinions about the future of their music: Flatt wanted to remain true to their bluegrass roots, while Scruggs wanted to follow more mainstream sounds. Because of these differences, they parted ways in 1969. Following their split, Flatt formed a bluegrass band, Nashville Grass, while Scruggs formed the contemporary-sounding Earl Scruggs Revue.
Ten years later, in 1979, the men began discussing a reunion. Unfortunately, Flatt passed away later that year. Flatt and Scruggs were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985. Their Foggy Mountain Boys were immortalized in the 2000 blockbuster film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which featured a band named the Soggy Bottom Boys as a tribute to their iconic music.
Rory Feek Will Play More Solo Concerts In 2018
Rory Feek’s Wife And Singing Partner, Joey Martin Feek Died In 2016
Joey + Rory singer and guitarist Rory Feek is returning to the stage in 2018 for a series of concerts that will mark his first full schedule of shows since his wife and singing partner, Joey Martin Feek, died in 2016. Feek has announced a string of concert dates beginning in April. He’s not hitting the road for a tour; instead, the singer-songwriter will perform a series of intimate shows at the concert hall he and Joey built on their farm an hour outside of Nashville.
In late 2017, Feek played his first concerts since his wife died, and his new shows will follow a similar format. Billed as An Evening With Rory Feek, the shows will feature him sharing not only songs, but also stories from before he and Joey met, as well as the kinds of personal glimpses into their life together that endeared the couple to fans all over the world. “What Rory does on stage is more like a TED Talk with music, than it is a concert,” Feek’s manager, Aaron Carnahan, says in a press release. “Rory’s an unusually gifted storyteller who is able to weave songs, stories and video components seamlessly together in a way that not only entertains an audience, but also profoundly impacts their character and marriages and the way they look at life.”
Joey + Rory came to public attention after competing on Can You Duet in 2008, and they went on to release a string of successful albums and star in a popular television variety show. Feek chronicled his wife’s brave battle with cancer in his blog, This Life I Live, which inspired fans all over the world.
Since Joey’s death in March of 2016, he’s produced a documentary about their life titled To Joey, With Love, and written a New York Times bestselling autobiography, This Life I Live: One Man’s Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever. Feek will release his second book, Once Upon A Farm: Lessons on Growing Love, Life, and Hope on a New Frontier, in June.
Tickets for all of the upcoming An Evening With Rory Feek shows are available via his official website.
Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July Picnic Books Sturgill Simpson and More
Sturgill Simpson and the Head and the Heart are among the artists scheduled to perform at Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Joining the 2018 lineup are Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Margo Price, Jamestown Revival, The Wild Feathers, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Asleep at the Wheel, Particle Kid, Johnny Bush, David Allan Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Folk Uke and Raelyn Nelson Band.
The day-long event will culminate with a performance by Willie Nelson & Family. Tickets go on sale Friday (March 9) through Ticketmaster.
Nelson’s next album, Last Man Standing, arrives April 27.