I was busy with other things yesterday, and missed some of the new album releases:
My huge oversight was Ray Fulcher’s EP. He is from Georgia, and is close with Luke Combs. I “tunnel vision” on the obscure material so much sometimes that I miss the obvious, bigger ones.
My goal now is to have 500 artists on my May new music list. This is a fun challenge, and it amazes me that so much material is out there.
Paul Lagendyk is from Ontario, and his new album is called “Blue Collared Cowboy,” which reflects his traditional country influences.
Nilsen’s Southern Harmony is based in Oslo, Norway, and I included one of their songs on my May list.
Cody Forrest is from Louisiana, and his new EP has a “Texas country” sound.
I’m In A Cowboy Band released an EP, or as they put it, the “last chapter of our album.” They’re based in Montevideo, Uruguay. As far as I know, this is the only act from South America on my May list so far. I did mention acts last year from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Ecuador, and there’s a Texas act on my January list who moved from Brazil as a teenager.
Miki Speer has a new EP and she’s from Minnesota
The Runout from South Carolina describes their album as “spacious Americana.”
I am looking at the Amazon new releases at the moment, and see that a group called the Kentucky Dirt Band has a new EP out today, and apparently, the Wes Cook Band released a 6-song project yesterday, as did Michael Christopher.
Alan Bibey & Grasstowne released a religious bluegrass album, and Jimmy Fortune also released a religious album, as did Jared Alan Meyers.
I’m sure most of my readers have heard the recent news that the Turnpike Troubadours had to abruptly cancel shows. Here’s hoping for the best, but let me add that I want the best for anyone dealing with such issues, regardless of their music. This goes far beyond music and to basic decency and humanity. Think about the hateful, nasty, and personal attacks some of the indie crowd would make if this were a “pop country” or otherwise mainstream artist. It really bothers me to think about how personal some of these anti-mainstream people make their attacks against artists and even the families of artists.
On to good news…
Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen stepped up on very short notice to fill the Troubadours’ headlining spot at the Lone Star Jam in Austin this weekend. Here’s a great, in-depth interview with Randy Rogers at Celebrity Access
Notice how positive Randy is. He has built a loyal, consistent fan base over many years, but you never see his fans attacking other artists.