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:
Alan Jackson: “The One You’re Waiting On”
Reminiscent of George Strait’s “The Chair” in setting and sound, this country dancehall number is prime Alan Jackson.
Brett Eldredge: “Wanna Be That Song”
Eldredge’s new single doesn’t sound like anything new for the singer, but the crowd loved it when he played it at this year’s iHeartCountry Fest. It works as a decent love ballad.
Brad Puckett: “Start Your Engines”
Puckett’s third single examines NASCAR’s history as it went from a way for moonshiners to outrun cops to a nationally recognized sport. I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it during an actual NASCAR race at some point if it takes off.
Nathan Stanley: “Controversial Man”
If country music is getting more religious, as I’ve wondered before, the biggest efforts for songs with actual theological relevance will probably come from independent artists like Nathan Stanley. The grandson of bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley, Nathan inherited the elder Stanley’s musical chops. His new song “Controversial Man” isn’t controversial, but it is a perfect example of a bluegrass Christian song.
New Albums This Week:
Darrell Scott: “Couchville Sessions”
This is singer/songwriter Scott’s first album since 2012’s “Long Ride Home.” This album includes covers of songs from Hank Williams, Townes Van Zandt and Johnny Cash.
Jennifer Nettles: “Playing With Fire”
The former lead singer for Sugarland, this is Jennifer Nettles’ second solo album, but first for Big Machine. Here’s a look at first single “Unlove You.”
Country Music Shows:
-Singer-songwriter Patty Griffin plays a benefit for Breakthrough Austin on the outdoor stage at Stubb’s.
-It’s about two hours northwest of town and the tickets are pricey at $250 and up, but the Cherokee Creek Music Festival outside the small town of Cherokee offers a chance to hear up-close performances by John Fogerty, Lyle Lovett, Dwight Yoakam, Counting Crows and more. (P.B.)
-Dwight Yoakam is back at Nutty Brown.
-Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. The softball jam was created by brothers Willy and Cody Braun, who anchor the roots-rock band Reckless Kelly, to merge the worlds of music and sports in a way that benefits the community. Now in its eighth year, the jam has raised more than $300,000 for area youth sports leagues and field restorations. A bunch of high-profile acts, including Ray Benson, Cody Canada & the Departed, William Clark Green, Kyle Park and Wade Bowen, were just added to a lineup that already had Micky & the Motorcars, Cory Morrow, Shinyribs and the Peterson Brothers. Athletes playing this year include baseball players Glenn Wilson Sr. and Jr., as well as Austin360 food writer Addie Broyles. $20-$30. Kids 12 and younger free. Game starts at 1 p.m., concert begins at 3. Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock rkcsj.org. — D.S.S./P.B.
-Elsewhere, the Wagoneers and Heybale will be at the Continental Club, Dale Watson will do an afternoon show at C-Boy’s, and Jim Stringer & the AM Band will be at El Mercado Backstage.
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