This Week – Danny, Hank, Jason, Laura, Lucinda, Marty, Steve, Shane and…well…Everybody

Some Recent News and Views

Marty Stuart at his photography exhibit in Bristol TN/VA – Photo: LTTL

Danny Barnes, Hank Williams, Jason Isbell, Laura Cortese, Lucinda Williams, Marty Stuart, Shane Nicholson, Steve Scott and You, Me, Everybody

Danny Barnes

Danny Barnes (r) with Nick Forster (Hot Rize) – Photo: LTTL

The quiet, but very talented and creative banjo player Danny Barnes will be issuing some new material. On March 6, the Fretboard Journal‘s favourite banjoist/singer-songwriter will release Man on Fire (via ATO). Executive produced by Dave Matthews, the album features guest appearances by Matthews himself, Bill Frisell, John Paul Jones (on bass and mandolin) and drummer Matt Chamberlain.

His career includes the founding of Austin’s Bad Livers, a serious solo catalogue and the prestigious Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Hank Williams

Hank Williams statue in Montgomery Alabama – Photo: LTTL

About to be available, a six-CD set and hard cover book – Hank Williams: Pictures From Life’s Other Side – The Man and his Music in Rare Photos and Recordings (BMG).

The collection will feature dozens of rare and unpublished photos that accompany Hank’s complete Mother’s Best radio show performances, presented without the intros and outros, guest vocalists, instrumental numbers or other material.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit‘s new album Reunions will be out 15 May 2020. Pre-order HERE.

Here’s the first taste – “Be Afraid”:

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards – Photo: LTTL

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards lend their extensive string folk section to an interesting pop music sound to create their latest album Bitter Better, released on May 1 on Compass Records.

“Everything is so heavy in the world right now,” Cortese says, who’s been living in Belgium the past two years. “When someone comes to our show, listens to this album, or hears one of the songs, I want it to feel like relief and release.”

Here’s what we mean about the fusion sound – the lead single “Treat You Better”:

Lucinda Williams

Lucinda Williams – Photo: LTTL

After a flurry of releases, it has been a little wait for Lucinda Williams’ next album. It will be titled Good Souls Better Angels and has a April 24 issue date via Highway 20/Thirty Tigers.

“It’s all come full circle,” says Williams about her new album. After spending the last year on her sold-out Car Wheels on a Gravel Road 20th anniversary tour, she has reunited with that album’s co-producer and engineer Ray Kennedy, recording the new material with her long-time touring band (guitarist Stuart Mathis, bassist David Sutton, and drummer Butch Norton) at Kennedy’s Nashville studio.

Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart – Photo: LTTL

Marty Stuart – The Pilgrim: A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey (BMG Books) is to be released. With a foreword by Billy Bob Thornton, the illustrated coffee-table book chronicles the artistic and spiritual journey that led to Stuart’s pivotal 1999 album The Pilgrim.

Included in the book is a newly remastered CD of the original album, along with ten bonus tracks that feature guest performances by Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris, Uncle Josh Graves, Earl Scruggs and Stuart’s wife, Connie Smith.

Shane Nicholson

“The High Price Of Surviving” is the new single from Shane Nicholson.

Here’s an intriguing clip of the song:

Steve Scott

We were impressed with Steve Scott‘s (then he went by the moniker Steve Scott Country) Those Tears I’ve Cried a while back. No Love For The Common Man (released this January ) sees a change of direction with less twang and cowboy aesthetic, but packing an emotional punch with some serious subject matter. And there’s that irresistible voice – a wonderful clarion call.

Here’s the weighty “Wish You Well”:

You, Me, Everybody

You, Me, Everybody blend bluegrass, country and Americana styles. Brothers Laurence and Sam Frangos-Rhodes are best known for their contributions to the family band RhodeWorks.

A self-titled EP and accompanying New Zealand tour is underway – for dates GO HERE.

In Case You Missed It

Our 2020 GrassRoots Music Tour of the American South is filling, but still open.

We reported on folk duo Ordinary Elephant’s Australian tour.

We updated our Australian Music Festivals List for 2020.

We published the full line-up for the 2020 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion


Some Recent News and Views

Some Recent News and Views

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