COUNTRY MUSIC NEWS FOR FRIDAY, APRIL 18

Posted 4 months ago

By Corey Sorenson

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NEW HANK WILLIAMS MUSIC WILL BE RELEASED

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It’s considered “new” music — even though it has been around for close to 65 years. The recordings of country music legend Hank Williams were done for a taped show that aired on early country music stations — and sponsored by a Texas plant nursery. “The Garden Spot Programs, 1950″ feature two dozen songs and jingles on tape. Most of the tapes were lost — but the copies from one station in Iowa survived. The recordings were transferred, restored and mastered for release. The project will be available starting May 20 for both download and on vinyl.

ZAC BROWN BAND ADD NEW MEMBER

NEW YORK (AP) — Zac Brown Band have added a bassist. Matt Mangano joins the band as its eighth member. That doesn’t mean John Driskell Hopkins is leaving. He’s just moving to other instruments. He plans to play guitar, baritone guitar, ukulele, and banjo as well as bass and upright bass. Zac Brown Band will kick off their Great American Road Trip Tour on May 24 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

WILLIE NELSON WILL GET FIFTH-DEGREE BLACK BELT IN GONG KWON YU SUL

AUSTIN, Tex. (AP) — Willie Nelson is about to turn 81, and he’s about to get promoted in martial arts. Nelson will receive his fifth-degree black belt in the art of Gong Kwon Yu Sul, a Korean martial arts system, on April 28 in Austin, Texas. Nelson has practiced martial arts since he was a songwriter in Nashville. He often practices on his tour bus.

THE LOST TRAILERS’ JASON WYATT EXITS

NASHVILLE (AP) — Jason Wyatt is leaving The Lost Trailers. Wyatt wants to focus on his solo career and songwriting. He will also be a consultant and producer with “American Country Star,” a singing competition for country artists. He will release a solo album toward the end of the year.

RECORD STORE DAY IS TOMORROW

UNDATED (AP) — If you’re the type who prefers vinyl music over digital, tomorrow is your day. Acts like Devo, The Allman Brothers Band, Dolly Parton, Public Enemy, Korn and R.E.M. will have exclusive releases for Record Store Day. It’s meant to help out independent record stores with releases not sold in big outlets. David Bowie will have a “1984″ picture disc, and Harry Mancini’s “The Pink Panther” will come out on pink vinyl. Vinyl will not be the only thing available. Eric Clapton, Tegan and Sara and My Chemical Romance will issue T-shirts, Jake Bugg will release a live album on CD, and Green Day and Skrillex will have releases on cassette. The selection will vary from store to store. Find out which artists and which stores are participating at www.RecordStoreDay.com.

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