Welcome to the Country Music Roundup, a new weekly blog where we’ll give you the latest news in country music releases and local country shows.
For a more in-depth analysis of the genre and where it’s headed, check back with our weekly “Gone Country” blog starting this Thursday.
New Music This Week:
-“A Sailor’s Guide to Earth,” Sturgill Simpson’s long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” is available Friday on vinyl, CD and digital, but those itching to hear the record now can head over to NPR and stream it for free.
Simpson will also be playing shows in Austin May 5 and 6 at Moody Theatre. Tickets are sold out, but you could try searching online.
-Marie Osmond’s first album in more than five years, “Music is Medicine,” comes out Friday. In addition to guest spots from country stars John Rich (of Big & Rich) and Marty Roe (of Diamond Rio), the album also features SisQo, of “Thong Song” fame.
– The Del McCoury Band sings Woody Guthrie lyrics set to new music in “Del and Woody,” out Friday.
Country Music Shows
–Dierks Bentley and Kacey Musgraves will perform at ACL Live Thursday at 9 p.m. Proceeds from the show will benefit Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, CureDuchenne, HeartGift, the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation and the Rise School of Austin. Find tickets here.
-The Old Settler’s Music Festival in Driftwood starts April 14 and goes all weekend. The lineup includes McCoury, Rodney Crowell, Hayes Carll, The Lonesome River Band and many more.