Hayes Carll drops new acoustic versions of his classics, Twisted Pines evolves from their start as a bluegrass band, Jon Pardi offers new covers album, and more music news.
Hayes Carll has been keeping busy during his quarantine downtime. He has been putting out the virtual tip jar while playing Alone Together Tuesday streaming live shows every week from his front porch or living room. Now he has a new album coming out September 4 from Dualtone, Alone Together Sessions, a collection of 10 songs from throughout his career as well as a duet with his wife, fellow singer-songwriter Allison Moorer, on Lefty Frizzell and Whitey Shafer’s classic “That’s the Way Love Goes.” The acoustic album follows last year’s acclaimed What It Is So Far. Other players on the album include producer, frequent collaborator, and multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, violinist Luke Moeller, and Ray Wylie Hubbard, who shows up for a fun version of their co-written tune “Drunken Poet’s Dream.” At his website, you can listen to “Times Like These” from the new album, preorder the album, and find links to his social media profiles where you can listen to his next Alone Together Tuesday, which will be at 6 p.m. Central tomorrow.
Band of Heathens’ Good Time Supper Club Live
On the subject of standing Tuesday evening streaming shows, the Band of Heathens has a weekly Good Time Supper Club Live at 7:30 p.m. Central. You can ask them about songs, make requests, book your own personal concert via a web conference service, and, of course, send them a tip via Venmo or PayPal.
Twisted Pine began as a bluegrass band. They’re from Boston, which ain’t exactly Kentucky — your first clue that they’re probably not going to sound like your grandpa’s bluegrass. Their latest, Right Now, was released Friday and shows how they have evolved into something completely different, and yet the difficult-to-pin-down-a-genre tunes still have plenty of fiddle, string bass, and mandolin chops that should impress even the most ardent traditionalists — at least until new member Anh Phung starts playing flute. It’s got a groove-heavy yet laid-back feel that would sound right at home in a hip coffee shop or dorm room at 2 a.m. Check it out at their website.
New Music From Ozark Composer
Saunder Jurriaans recently released an interesting music video for his song “Easy Now” from his upcoming debut album, Beasts, due out September 18. Jurriaans composed music for The OA, Ozark, and The Rental, to name a few. “‘Easy Now’ was originally written as sort of an anthem to get myself out of a dark place,” Jurriaans says in a press release. “Now it seems like it could speak to everything going on around us in the world. It’s about stepping back from the whirlwind of uncertainty and darkness, taking a pause — and a breath — and seeing it for what it really is.” Check it out here.
Okie Music Tribute
Paul Benjaman, John Fullbright, Branjae, and Jesse Aycock are among the Tulsa, Oklahoma, musicians who recorded the first album tracked at Leon Russell’s Paradise Studio at Grand Lake since 1978. Back to Paradise: A Tulsa Tribute to Okie Music honors previous generations of songwriters with covers such as Benjaman’s tight full-band cover of JJ Cale’s “I’ll Make Love to You Anytime,” the in-studio performance video of which you can watch here.
Jon Pardi Covers LP
Jon Pardi, whom we profiled as “The Heartache Kid” in our October 2019 country music feature, has a new covers album out, Rancho Fiesta Sessions, with his takes on classic tracks such as Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down,” Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and Tom Petty’s “The Waiting.” Stream it or buy it at his website.
More C&I Recommended Music
And don’t forget about the C&I-approved new music playlist on Spotify. We’ve added great tunes from Orville Peck, Mark Chesnutt, Lindsay Ell, Brandon Stansell, Willie Nelson, and a pair of wonderful covers by Jon Pardi from his aforementioned covers album.
Photography: David McClister