Welcome back to the Country Music Roundup, a 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 every Thursday.
New Music This Week:
-Blake Shelton’s new song “Savior’s Shadow” is less country and more gospel, letting the strings enhance the emotion behind lyrics like “Standing in my Savior’s shadow/Grace will lead to where I’m free.” The song is the second single off of Shelton’s May 20 album “If I’m Honest.”
-Dierks Bentley’s new single “What the Hell Did I Say” tells a story of the rare, well-received drunk dial. His new album “Black” is slated for a May 27 release.
-Dallas native Michael Martin Murphey‘s “High Stakes” album comes out on Earth Day (April 22) and is about ranchers and cowboys who make their living from the environment.
Country Music Shows:
If you’re not in the mood for the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Fest, here are some shows you can see:
–Robert Earl Keen will be at the Nutty Brown Cafe April 22 at 6 p.m., starting off a new tour.
–The Band Perry will be at the Cedar Park Center on April 22, alongside Jessie James Decker.
-ABC’s “Nashville” tour comes to town April 24 at Austin City Limits Live.
-The Drive-By Truckers will headline the Burning Can Festival on the 23rd.
–Lucinda Williams will play the Hogg Auditorium on Monday the 25th.
-The iHeart Country Fest comes to town at the Frank Erwin Center April 30.
–Sturgill Simpson will play shows at Moody Theatre May 5 and 6. Tickets are sold out, but you could try searching online.