Welcome back to the Country Music Roundup, a weekly blog where we’ll give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows. For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where it’s headed, check back with our weekly Gone Country blog every Thursday.
New Music This Week:
-Martina McBride releases her 13th studio album “Reckless” this Friday. McBride has said the album is a deeply personal one, dealing with her past and some of the confidence shifts that come with getting older, according to Taste of Country. The album’s eponymous single is out now.
–AJ Croix‘s debut solo album “American Idols” releases this Friday. Stepping away from fronting the AJC Band, the New Jersey native mixes folk, country and rock in a collection of story-songs, according to Country Standard Time.
-“Parachute,” Chris Stapleton’s next single off of his award-winning album “Traveller,” was released to country radio last week.
-“American Idol” runner-up Kree Harrison dropped her debut single “This Old Thing” earlier this month.
-Also, it’s Willie Nelson Week over here at the Statesman! We’re celebrating Nelson’s birthday on the 29th all week long, so be sure to check back with us for more content each day.
Country Music Shows:
-For those that want a lot of mainstream country all at once, check out the iHeart Country Festival at the Erwin Center on Saturday. The third annual version of this event, which is really more of a marathon concert than a festival, features abbreviated sets from some of mainstream country radio’s most-played artists. Performers include Florida Georgia Line, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert, Lee Brice, Chris Young, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. New this year is a free afternoon show from 3 to 6 p.m. at the venue’s north box office plaza with sets by Bobby Bones & the Raging Idiots, Granger Smith, LoCash, Chris Lane and Maren Morris. $25-$375. 7 p.m. 1701 Red River St. uterwincenter.com. — P.B.
–Sour Bridges, an indie Americana act, will record a live album indoors at Stubb’s on Saturday night.
-And lastly, on Sunday, “Jimmy Webb: The Glen Campbell Years” will make its stop at One World Theatre. Webb wrote many of Campbell’s early hits, like “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman” and “Galveston.” This show focuses on Webb’s relationship with Campbell, featuring archival footage and duets with recordings of Campbell’s voice.
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