Country Notes


Music industry veteran Jim Halsey wants his collection to find home in museum

You walk into the lobby of Jim Halsey’s office and he asks if you’ve ever held a Grammy Award.

“It’s heavy,” he cautioned. “You’ll need both hands.”

Hanging nearby is a decades-old jacket that once belonged to someone in Hank Thompson’s band, according to Halsey.

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Bright Lights and Honky Tonk Nights

By day, Kevin Martin runs on coffee and the promise of 5 p.m. But by night, it’s bright lights, shiny boots and steel guitars. Together with his friend, Brendan Malone, they makeup “The Cowpokes,” a two-step band playing 1950s country-western tunes wherever and whenever they can.

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Loretta Lynn Announces Release Date for Delayed New Album ‘Wouldn’t It Be Great’

After a delay of 13 months, during which she has been recovering from a stroke, 86-year-old music icon Loretta Lynn will release her new studio LP Wouldn’t It Be Great. A showcase of songs written or co-written by the resilient Country Music Hall of Fame legend, the album is now set for release on Friday, September 28th.

Read More: Rolling Stone > Loretta Lynn Album

Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Eric Church & More Put Their Spin on Roger Miller's 'King of the Road'

Of his five top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, Roger Miller is certainly best remembered for his highest charting of those, the No. 4-peaking "King of the Road." 

Read More: Billboard > Roger Miller Tribute Album

Emmylou Harris' underappreciated 'Sally Rose' gets second life 33 years later

It was supposed to be her masterpiece. 

But “The Ballad of Sally Rose,” Emmylou Harris’ 1985 country concept album and her first major label release composed entirely of songs she’d written, was, as she'd later describe it, a commercial disaster.

Read More: The Tennessean > Emmylou Harris

The Country Music Hall of Fame's New Exhibit Separates Fact From Myth

Outlaws & Armadillos Takes a Close Look at Country’s Most Revered Decade

o understand the music belonging to the genre we now loosely call “outlaw country,” look not to tales of drugs and debauchery, nor to cadres of men with big beards, big hats and even bigger police records. Don’t even look to one album, or one particular sound. Look first to a pair of sneakers: some blue Adidas tennis shoes, only slightly yellowed in the soles and caps, that once were owned by Willie Nelson.

Read More: Nashville Scene > Outlaws & Armadillos

Elvis Book Release Update


'Strictly Elvis Vol. 2': 1976-1977: Through The Lens Of Keith Alverson

As a follow up to his first volume 'Strictly Elvis Vol. 1: 1973-1975, Keith Alverson releases another beautiful 400+ page coffee table photo book of Elvis In Concert.

Ordering Information:

Keith Alverson

P.O. Box 1666

Palmetto, GA 30268


Phone: (770) 463-2727

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