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:
The “Carolina” singers embrace their…roots on their new single, which rests in the knowledge that no matter where you move, you can’t outrun where you’re from.
Chris Janson: “Holdin’ Her”
Janson’s latest music video opens with a brief story about how he met his wife, Kelly, and ends with a close-up interview with his young daughter, Georgia. The song tiself is about his love for Kelly. Traditional subject matter, but the emotion makes it ring true. Janson calls this song “the best song [he’s] ever written.” It’s also the strongest country offering this week.
Alabama: “Come Find Me”
The country music legends return with a new single featuring Alison Krauss on vocals and the fiddle. It’s always nice to hear something new from anyone in that bunch.
New Albums This Week:
Cyndi Lauper: “Detour”
The “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” singer goes country with her new album, out now. Lauper puts her spin on old country standards with some assists from Vince Gill and other guests.
Cole Swindell: “You Should Be Here”
Swindell’s sophomore album featuring the single of the same name drops Friday.
Keith Urban: “Ripcord”
Urban’s latest genre-bending effrt, featuring “Break on Me,” “John Cougar, John Deere,” “John 3:16” and others, is out Friday.
Country Music Shows:
Rick Trevino plays a sold-out show at the Long Center’s Rollins Studio Theatre
Warren Hood at the ABGB
Sturgill Simpson plays the first of a a sold-out, two-night set at the Moody Theater for an ACL Live taping, while the new 3Ten club features Jason Boland & the Stragglers.
The Lone Star Jam!
For die-hard fans of Texas-tinged red dirt rockin’ country, the Lone Star Jam is a weekend-long party that’s hard to beat. This year the event moves from the LBJ Lawn on the University of Texas campus to a field in southeast Austin which might be a better fit, considering a cold tallboy in hand is the Lone Star Jam accessory of choice. Top names include Turnpike Troubadours and the Randy Rogers Band. The Lone Star Jam is presented by Young Texans Against Cancer, which supports cancer research and charities in Texas. $40 1-day, $70 2-day. Gates at noon Saturday and Sunday. 5901 E. Oltorf St. lonestarjam.com. — D.S.S.
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