Whitey Morgan and the 78’s just released a new song and lyrical music video from their upcoming album, “Hard Times And White Lines,” which is to be released on October 26th. The song is titled, “Honky Tonk Hell” and can be streamed on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Whitey Morgan’s website. Listen to the song with they lyrical video below.
Travis Tritt posted on Facebook yesterday that he will be part of a new TV show that will premiere in October on USA Network called, “Real Country.” Findings from an article by the Tennessean seem to describe the show as similar to “The Voice” or “American Idol.” Each of the showcases will feature a sub-genre of country music (Tennessean, 2018). Artists will be chosen to compete in a grand finale at the end by Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and Jake Owen.
Aside from the TV show, Tritt says that he hopes to bring real country music back to the mainstream and says that he will not fail in doing so. The staff at Mudcat Country has high hopes that he is successful in bringing back country music that has value.
Sarah Ashley will be our first artist interview here on Mudcat Country Radio. We have been playing her songs for the past 2 or 3 weeks and think it has the value it needs to be part of our playlist. Find more about her below.
Bio: Sarah Ashley is an independent singer songwriter based in Nashville Tennessee and is now making her original music available to the public. Sarah’s early musical beginnings were banging on pots and pans then Sarah began singing at age three when her mother bought her a microphone from Fisher Price and she never stop singing. Her musical style is modern country rock, which came from multiple influences during her childhood listening to The Mamas and the Papas, The Beach Boys, Patsy Cline, and various classic 1940’s country artists. Sarah’s parents always had some music playing in the background at home while she was growing up, in fact her father wired the entire house with speakers inside and out. Sarah learned of her family’s talents hearing the stories of her family members being involved with music in churches and playing multiple instruments. Sarah remembers that whenever she was at her grandparents house, on her father’s side of the family, and she would get into trouble, Sarah’s punishment would be to sit on the organ bench. Little did she know that her “timeouts” would turn into Sarah and her grandfather playing a duet! Sarah’s grandfather on clarinet and she on the family’s organ. Sarah now thinks it paid off being the only girl with so many rowdy boys in her family! She came to realize looking back that what she had thought was a punishment would turn out to be one of her most precious memories and may have lead to her pursuits in music. After graduating with her degree in music from the University of South Dakota, Sarah moved to Nashville, TN and began writing original songs. Sarah has been recording her songs and began releasing her music in January of 2018.
Here are some things that happened on this date in history.
- 1966 – Miranda Rights are established.
- 1972 – Hurricane Agnes was formed.
- 323 – Alexander the Great dies.
- 1975 – Linda Ronstadt has her first #1 hit on the charts.
- 1971 – The New York Times published the Pentagon Papers.
On this day in history, the following events happened that we thought our listeners/readers would be interested in.
- 1944 – John F. Kennedy receives medals for heroic actions when he was a gunboat pilot during World War 2.
- 1971 – “Honey Comb” earns a #1 hit with Want Ads.
- 1987 – Reagan challenges Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin wall during the Cold War.
This is a new segment that we are starting called “This Day In History.” We just picked a few tidbits of history that might interest our readers.
- In 1979 actor John Wayne dies of cancer.
- 1949 Hank Williams Sr. makes his Grand Ole Opry debut.
- 1963 University of Alabama desegregated.
- 1967 Six Day War Ends.
It is always great to watch live performances, but performances with Hank Williams Sr. are extra special because they are rare. Hank Sr. died young but in those short years he gave us more music than any present artist has in the same timeline. What would Hank have been like if he lived longer? Would the star burn out, reinvent himself, or retire from the business? From what we know of Hank Sr, he certainly would not retire.
“A Different World” singer Bucky Covington will play at the Greencastle, Pennsylvania’s Carnival that is being continued by Green Grove Gardens since the announcement was made that the Firemen’s Carnival will no longer be held due to the sale of the land that the carnival was held on. The carnival will still be a Snyder’s Amusements event and will be held from July 2-7. Bucky will be playing July 5th at 7pm at the Antrim Way Honda Stage at Green Grove Gardens and the concert is free. Family nights will be held all week from 6:30 to 10pm and wristbands are $20.
It is finally the end of the work week for many Mudcat listeners and the beginning for those weekend workers. Travis Tritt is a great reminder as to why we wake up every morning and be the best that we can be. In these sad days in country music, good songs like this one, that put you in the mood of something wonderful, are rare. Give a listen to “It’s a Great Day To Be Alive” below.
Son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings announced on his website that new album will be released on August 10th. Unlike his last album, this one will be a country one. We already play one of the songs that will be included on the album, “Do You Love Texas.” You can preorder the album here: http://elektrar.ec/ShooterAlbum