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.”
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.
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.
Josh Abbott Band Tribute Pat Green With ‘Take Me Out to a Dancehall’
Josh Abbott Band are one of the most popular and influential groups in the Texas music scene today, and they pay homage to their own roots with a new project that is close to their hearts. JAB have recorded a tribute to Texas music icon Pat Green that they are sharing for the first time with Taste of Country readers. It’s a stellar cover version of Green’s “Take Me Out to a Dancehall” as part of a new tribute album to Green titled Dancehall Dreamin’: A Tribute to Pat Green. Green wrote “Take Me Out to a Dancehall” and recorded the song as part of his debut major label solo album, Three Days, in 2001.
Ironically, Willie Nelson helped inspire the song, and he appeared on that album with Green on a different track titled “Threadbare Gypsy Soul.”
“I had a song in mind about Billy Bob’s Texas, and about some times I had there in college with Willie Nelson, and that’s how the song came about,” Green tells us. “And to have Josh Abbott record that song, who also went to Texas Tech, same place I did, it’s just a huge compliment. He has a control over his vocal range like very few people. I don’t know how to compliment him highly enough, but I sure wish I could sing like that guy.”
“To say that Pat Green belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Texas Country is incontrovertible,” Abbott states. “His influence on the scene is enormous, and I’m proud to be a part of an album that honors his legacy. I fell in love with this genre because of Pat Green and songs like ‘Take Me Out to a Dancehall.'”
“Take Me Out to a Dancehall” is one of 20 tracks on Dancehall Dreamin’: A Tribute to Pat Green, which is set for release on April 5, Green’s birthday. The album also includes tributes from Jack Ingram, Randy Rogers Band with Radney Foster, Aaron Watson, Kevin Fowler and more. It is currently available for pre-order via all major digital music retailers. For more information, please visit Green’s official website.
Alan Jackson Says Chris Stapleton Is the Closest Thing to Country Out There
Alan Jackson isn’t such a big fan of a lot of mainstream contemporary country music, but he is a fan of Chris Stapleton, who he was aware of years before Stapleton shot to mainstream superstardom. Jackson recently sat down with GQ to talk about his classic flashy fashion sense, and in a wide-ranging interview to accompany the photo piece, the interviewer asks him about where he sees country music headed now. “Aaaah, you probably don’t want me to get on my soapbox about it,” Jackson responds, but can’t hold back from doing just that. “There’s some good music out there, but there’s not really much at all that’s real country music anymore on the mainstream country charts — what is nominated for awards,” he says. “It’s been going that way for years now, and I don’t know if it’ll ever come back.”
That includes Stapleton, although Jackson clarifies he thinks he’s an excellent musician and writer. Stapleton opened for him before his popularity exploded. “I’m a big fan of his. He was a bluegrass singer and has written bluegrass stuff. But what he’s making now really isn’t real country,” Jackson opines. “It’s more like bluesy, Southern rock kinda stuff. I love it, it’s great, but he’s the closest thing to country out there.”
As for ever seeing true traditional country music back at country radio, Jackson thinks that’s a matter of the right artists catching on, just like Randy Travis and the other Neo Traditionalists did in the late ’80s. “I’ve got guys that work for me or young guys that I know in their 20s that listen to the old stuff, older than me, because there’s nothing new to listen to. It’s just sad,” he laments. “I’m not bitter and I don’t expect radio at all to sound like Hank Williams in the ’50s, but there oughta be room for all of it out there. Because there’s fans for it out there.”
Travis, Stapleton, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Jason Isbell and more also participated in GQ’s Sultans of Twang photo shoot.
Craig Morgan’s Wife Recalls the Day Son Jerry Died
Karen Greer tells People in an emotional new interview “We just had to find his body”
Craig Morgan and his family are opening up in public about the tragic death of his son, Jerry, in 2016. In a new interview, Morgan’s wife Karen says that when they first learned of Jerry’s death, one of her primary concerns was finding his body.
Nineteen-year-old Jerry Greer went missing on July 10, 2016, after a tubing accident on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee, not far from the family’s home in the small rural community of Dickson. Jerry was being pulled along behind a boat when he went under, and although he was wearing a life jacket, he did not resurface. After a massive search that involved multiple agencies, as well as his family (Morgan is a former EMT, sheriff’s deputy and Army Ranger), his body was found late the following day.
“We just had to find him,” Karen Greer tells People tearfully in an emotional new interview. “We just had to find his body.”
That was not just for their sake, she explains. It was for the sake of their three other children. “We had to deal with Alex, Kyle and Wyatt. That was it,” she says. “Jerry was gone, and we knew that. I wanted him found. I didn’t want to get a call six months later.”
A devout Catholic, Karen reveals that Jerry wore a Saint Michael medallion every day. In Catholicism, Michael is the patron saint of warriors, the sick and the suffering, and that was also Jerry’s middle name. But when he came home that summer from visiting Marshall College — where he was set to play football that fall — he told her he had lost the necklace. He died the following day during what would have normally been a fun day on the lake with friends.
“If you’re wearing a Saint Michael medal, you’re protected, and Jerry didn’t have his on,” she shares. “It was one of the questions Kyle asked. He said, ‘Why didn’t Saint Michael save him?’ I said, ‘I just think God could have, he just chose not to.'”
Morgan says the family’s faith helped get them through the period after their loss, and he found himself turning not to music, but to carving to process his grief. That turned into a new project for the whole family; they recently opened a store called the Gallery at Morgan Farms in downtown Dickson to give the family a common goal, and to sell some of his hand-carved items. That store — and the family’s journey through loss, faith and healing — are the subject of a new reality TV series titled Morgan Family Strong, which debuts on UP TV on March 1.
“I think we, as a family, hope that the viewers get the essence of faith and that you can do it, you can pull yourself together and make something good, and do something good for the world,” Karen says.
Alan Jackson, Randy Travis Dress Up for GQ’s Sultans of Twang Portraits
Jackson was feeling nostalgic on the day of his shoot, thinking back to the ’70s
A spring fashion profile by GQ Magazine puts Randy Travis, Chris Stapleton, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart and Jason Isbell in the sharpest threads for our benefit. The publication’s spring 2018 issue highlights each artist’s career achievements, sprinkling in colorful interview quotes alongside the portraits (shot by Robert Maxwell), which are the meat of the piece.
Styled by Mobalaji Dawodu, the clothes are expensive — Stuart and John Prine brought their own, but other artists put on blazers worth thousands (see Gill sporting a Versace piece worth $29,825) and shoes you wouldn’t want to step in mud in.
It was a family affair for some, as Stapleton is pictured with his wife, Morgane, who is expecting the couple’s twins, and Isbell and his wife Amanda Shires brought 2-year-old Mercy, who stole the show with his look.
Jackson was feeling nostalgic on the day of his shoot, thinking back to the ’70s when country music embraced pop infiltration with open arms. “Some of it was more pop than the stuff they’re making now!” he remembers.
At the time, Jackson looked to his idols like Conway Twitty and Charley Pride, hoping to find a sound that was more traditional. “People tell me over and over again that I’m the one that’s kept alive what little bit of country music’s left. I’m really proud of that, and that’s what I came to Nashville to do,” he says now, in 2018.
Stapleton’s relatively young career is also highlighted. The reigning CMA Album of the Year winner attributes his success to one philosophy: hard work. “You do the work and you put your head down and you keep doing the work,” he says. “And when you’re done doing that work, you go do some more work.”
Stuart admits he sees himself as a bridge between traditional styles and more contemporary sounds, but he makes a point to honor the classics. The icon says he’s a collector of country music memorabilia and plans to open his own museum called Marty Stuart’s Congress of Country Music someday. He’s got Johnny Cash‘s first black suit and the boots Patsy Cline died in lined up for when that day comes.
Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town Set to Co-Headline Tour
If you couldn’t get enough of Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town’s collaboration on “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” this news is for you! The award-winning acts announced today that they would be hitting the road together on The Bandwagon Tour this coming summer. The show will be a part of LiveNation’s annual Megaticket, which went on sale January 26.So far the co-headliners have announced thirteen dates. Additional dates and support acts are expected to be shared in the near future.The Bandwagon Tour dates:
7/12/18 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
7/13/18 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
7/14/18 Indianapolis, IN Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/20/18 Hartford, CT XFINITY Theatre
7/21/18 Mansfield, MA XFINITY Center
8/2/18 Orange Beach, AL The Wharf at Orange Beach
8/3/18 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/4/18 West Palm Beach, FL Coral Sky Amphitheatre
8/16/18 Darien Center NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/17/18 Pittsburgh, PA KeyBank Pavilion
8/18/18 Philadelphia, PA BB&T Pavilion
8/23/18 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
8/24/18 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
Cash Campbell Remembers the ‘Little Things’ in New Video
Let’s face it: breakups are unbelievably hard. Flashbacks captivate a broken heart’s every move and it typically always goes right back to the “Little Things” in a relationship, or so Cash Campbell believes. In the video for his newest song, Campbell acts as somewhat of a narrator overseeing the happy moments in a relationship. Although the sun finally set on what once was for the couple, all they can remember were those good memories with one another.
Campbell actually found the inspiration for the track within his own life, using the verses as a therapeutic release from the haunting thoughts of the girl he used to love. Although going back in time wasn’t the easiest task to put down on paper, the reminiscent wave rushed over Campbell and he knew others could relate who’d been through the same thing. “So I wrote this song with a couple of my buddies and this is actually the first song we recorded. We were kind of releasing them out of order. But all three of the verses are actually real stories from my life. Most of them high school and one of them college. But yeah, so there’s this definitely personally, kind of puts you in the feels, so you’re like, ‘Yep, that was that point in my life.’ Kind of fun, just another day. Depends on how you feel in the moment when you’re thinking back; nostalgia,” Campbell told Sounds Like Nashville about the song. While creating the song was a hands-on process for the singer, he stepped away from the video treatment and let a director come in to make the song into a visual masterpiece.
“This one, I actually, is the first video I’ve gotten to be a part of where I had nothing to do with it. He… I’ve gotten to be pretty hands on with all of the other videos. Most of them were my ridiculous crazy ideas that me and my friends just try to figure how to pull them off. This was the other way around where he was like, ‘Hey I heard this song, I’ve got this thought, how much do you trust me?’ And I was like, I trust you implicitly. Let’s do it. So I just kind of got to walk around and avoid being hit by pigeons while he did all the hard work, really,” he explained.