Luke Combs is on a red-hot streak, and it looks like he’ll have a busy July. He posted on FB June 26th that he will post a clip of an unreleased song every Thursday “for the next 5 weeks or so.” Luke will be at Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic in Austin, and will be officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry June 16th.
Speaking of the Opry, there are some robust lineups that week. Carrie Underwood will be there on the 19th and 20th. Many of the Opry’s recent inductees show up on the July schedule. Whatever anyone’s thoughts about which people should be “members” or the music of said members, it is welcome news that the recent inductees are actually showing up. The Opry went through a few years when a lot of members very rarely made appearances.
I’ll also mention the July 12th show. Opry member Jesse McReynolds turns 90 on July 9th, and is scheduled to be on this show ! I also see that Candi Carpenter is one of the guests on the 12th, and she has a huge voice. I keep expecting her to put out an album.
Ed Sheeran hinted on Instagram that a video with Bruno Mars should be out Friday, July 5th. Since I’m a huge Chris Stapleton fan, I look forward to hearing this. Chris also has a writing credit with Shawn Camp on Tracy Lawrence’s August 16th album. Chris also has a couple of writing credits on Sheryl Crow’s August 30th album, one of which is a duet.
Speaking of Shawn Camp, I saw a recent episode of Larry’s Country Diner on RFD-TV, and Shawn Camp was the featured guest, alongside his girlfriend Lauren Mascitti. Lauren has new music on the way, so keep an ear out for that.
Heart of Texas Records is primarily known for very traditional country music. Look for Myra Rolen’s album in July.
The Steeldrivers posted that the album they’re working on will probably be ready in early 2020.
Patrick McAvinue is perhaps best known for playing the fiddle with Dailey and Vincent, but Patrick’s own album comes out July 12th. One of the songs is on my June YouTube list.