Monday, July 20, 2015

Sights and Sounds: George Strait, Sturgill Simpson, Lindsey Stirling

Happy Monday everybody! Here is a slew of news to kick off your week...

George Strait – The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium coming to DVD and Digital Formats on Friday, August 28, 2015

On August 28, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release the phenomenal concert film George Strait – The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium on DVD and Digital Formats [MSRP $14.98].
In 2014, the man known who has earned the moniker “The King Of Country” embarked on the second leg of his record-breaking two-year North American concert tour. The aptly titled 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour was unique in that the tour featured a special guest on each weekend, so when it culminated in the year’s grand finale, filmed on June 7, 2014 at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas in front of a North American indoor concert record-breaking 104,793 in attendance, it was only fitting that several of George’s friends joined for the celebration.
The Cowboy Rides Away is an all-star musical production, featuring appearances by Jason AldeanRay BensonKenny ChesneyEric ChurchSheryl CrowVince GillFaith HillAlan JacksonMiranda LambertMartina McBride, and introducing George “Bubba” Strait, JrStrait who join Strait to deliver a 40-song set rich with hits from across his career including the following: “Unwound,” “The Chair,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “Check Yes Or No,” “Give It Away,” “Troubadour,” “All My Ex’s Live In Texas” (featuring all of the guest stars), and many more.
In addition to the full concert, The Cowboy Rides Away features bonus commentary from Strait on his show and interviews with his guest stars.
A Country Music Hall Of Fame inductee with 60 Number 1 singles and over 68.5 million records sold, George Strait is a musical icon with a career spanning over three decades. He was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s “Legend Of Live” Award, and he earned 2013’s Entertainer of the Year from the Country Music Association as well as 2014’s Entertainer Of The Year by the Academy of Country Music Awards.
 The Cowboy Rides Home: Live From AT&T Stadium previously aired on CMT to rave reviews.
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Track Listing:
1.  Check Yes Or No
2.  A Fire I Can’t Put Out
3.  Love Bug (with Vince Gill)
4.  Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind (with Vince Gill)
5.  River Of Love
6.  Lead On
7.  Fool Hearted Memory (with Jason Aldean)
8.  Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her (with Jason Aldean)
9.  Arkansas Dave (with Bubba Strait)
10. I Saw God Today
11. Cowboys Like Us (with Eric Church)
12. Easy Come, Easy Go (with Eric Church)
13. That's What Breaking Hearts Do
14. Marina Del Rey
15. Here For A Good Time (with Sheryl Crow)
16. When Did You Stop Loving Me (with Sheryl Crow)
17. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
18. Drinkin’ Man
19. Jackson (with Martina McBride)
20. Golden Ring (with Martina McBride)
21. Give It Away
22. I Got A Car
23. A Showman's Life (with Faith Hill)
24. Let’s Fall To Pieces Together (with Faith Hill)
25. I Believe
26. Blame It On Mexico
27. Amarillo By Morning (with Alan Jackson)
28. Murder On Music Row (with Alan Jackson)
29. The Chair
30. Give It All We Got Tonight
31. How ‘Bout Them Cowgirls (with Miranda Lambert)
32. Run (with Miranda Lambert)
33. You Look So Good In Love
34. I'll Always Remember You
35. Ocean Front Property (with Kenny Chesney)
36. The Fireman (with Kenny Chesney)
37. Troubadour
38. Unwound
39. All My Ex’s Live In Texas (with Jason Aldean, Ray Benson, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride)

40. The Cowboy Rides Away

Sturgill Simpson’s highly anticipated “Living The Dream” fall tour extended through November 2015

Sturgill Simpson’s highly anticipated “Living The Dream” fall tour will extend through November including two nights at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium as well as shows in Buffalo, Atlanta, Denver, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, Eugene, Oakland, Los Angeles and San Diego. Previously announced tour stops include Asheville, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, DC and Baltimore. See below for complete details. Tickets for the second leg of the tour go on-sale this Friday, July 24.
The fall tour celebrates Sturgill’s highly acclaimed 2014 release, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music (iTunesAmazonBandcamp), which continues to receive overwhelming acclaim. The Americana Association recently nominated him in three categories at their 2015 Honors & Awards—“Artist of the Year,” “Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” (for “Turtles All The Way Down”). Sturgill’s widely praised guitarist, Laur Joamets, was also nominated for “Instrumentalist of the Year.” Sturgill won “Emerging Artist of the Year” at last year’s awards.
In the past year, Sturgill and his band—bassist Kevin Black, guitarist Laur Joamets and drummer Miles Miller—have performed twice on the “Late Show with David Letterman” (“Life of Sin,” “Long White Line”), “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” twice on “Conan” (“Living the Dream,” “Just Let Go”) and “Late Night with Seth Meyers” as well as on the PBS’ Austin City Limits (air date TBD), BBC’s “Later Live with Jools Holland,” “Later…with Jools Holland,” American Public Media’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and NPR Music’s “Tiny Desk Concert” series.
Metamodern Sounds In Country Music was also featured in year-end “Best of 2014” lists at The New York TimesRolling Stone, the Village Voices’ Pazz and JopRolling Stone CountryNPR MusicAmerican SongwriterStereogum, the Los Angeles TimesKCRWPitchforkThe Washington PostPaste, the Nashville SceneNo Depression and many others.
Produced by Dave CobbMetamodern Sounds In Country Music was recorded live-to-tape at Nashville’s LCS studio over four days in late 2013. Of the album, Simpson comments, “Myriad worldly offerings—religion, drugs, and more—all claim to be the omnipotent universal truth, but in my experience, love is the only certainty. That’s what this record is about.”
July 24—Cooperstown, NY—Brewery Ommegang*
July 25—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival
July 26—Hampton Beach, NH—Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
July 29—Pittsburgh, PA—Stage AE*
July 30—Columbus, OH—The LC Pavillion*
July 31—Chicago, IL—Metro (SOLD OUT)
August 1—Chicago, IL—Lollapalooza
August 2—Indianapolis, IN—White River State Park*
August 14—Gothenburg, Sweden—Way Out West
August 15—Oslo, Norway—The Oya Festival
August 18—Edinburgh, U.K.—Liquid Rooms
August 19—Leeds, U.K.—Brudenell Social Club
August 20—London, U.K.—Islington Assembly Hall
August 22—Wales, U.K.—Green Man
August 24—Groningen, Netherlands—Noorderzon Festival
August 25—Amsterdam, Netherlands—Paradiso Grote Zaal
August 27—Tonder, Denmark—Tonder Festival
August 29—Helsinki, Finland—Helsinki Festival
September 6—Moorhead, MN—Bluestem Center for the Arts Amphitheatre†
September 7—St. Paul, MN—Minnesota State Fair – Grandstand†
September 12—Maryville, TN—The Shed (SOLD OUT)
September 13—Asheville, NC—Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
September 15—Norfolk, VA—The NorVa
September 16—Charlottesville, VA—Jefferson Theater (SOLD OUT)
September 18—Philadelphia, PA—Theatre of Living Arts
September 19—New York, NY—Beacon Theatre
September 20—Buffalo, NY—Town Ballroom (ON-SALE JULY 24)
September 23—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre (SOLD OUT)
September 24—Washington, DC—Lincoln Theatre (SECOND SHOW JUST ADDED)
September 25—Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
September 26—Boston, MA—Boston Calling Festival
October 2-4—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 9-11—Austin, TX—Austin City Limits Music Festival
October 15—Tuscaloosa, AL—Tuscaloosa Amphitheater‡ (ON-SALE JULY 24)
October 23—Atlanta, GA—The Tabernacle (ON-SALE JULY 24)
October 30 & 31—Nashville, TN—Ryman Auditorium (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 5—Denver, CO—Ogden Theatre (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 7—Salt Lake City, UT—The Complex (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 10—Spokane, WA—Knitting Factory Concert House (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 12—Vancouver, BC—Vogue Theatre (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 13—Seattle, WA—Showbox SoDo (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 14—Portland, OR—Crystal Ballroom (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 15—Eugene, OR—McDonald Theatre (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 18—Oakland, CA—Fox Theater (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 20—Los Angeles, CA—The Theater at Ace Hotel (ON-SALE JULY 24)
November 22—San Diego, CA—The Observatory North Park (ON-SALE JULY 24)
*appearing with Old Crow Medicine Show
†appearing with Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson
‡appearing with Jason Isbell

Gallery Books to publish memoir by electronic violinist Lindsey Stirling on January 12, 2016

Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, is proud to announce the upcoming publication of Lindsey Stirling’s memoir, THE ONLY PIRATE AT THE PARTY.  Having become one of the biggest artist development breakthrough stories in recent years, the electronic violinist has brought to the global stage electrifying and genre-defying performances, backed by Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.

Co-written with Lindsey’s sister, Brooke S. Passey, Lindsey’s story is nothing short of inspirational. As a child, Lindsey's family struggled to make ends meet and as a young adult in the music industry, she faced rejection after rejection all the while battling inner demons—most prominently, anorexia. And after a devastating loss on America's Got Talent (where Sharon Osbourne told her she couldn't fill a theatre in Vegas), Lindsey had to carve out her own path. Resilience and tenacity along with creative ingenuity has led her to enchant over 6.7 million YouTube subscribers.  She has over 1 billion views on YouTube, and recently took home a Billboard Music Award for “Top Dance/Electronic Album.” An inspiration to musicians and fans alike, Lindsey shares with us her story, her personal testimony that there is no singular recipe for success, and despite what people may say, sometimes it’s okay to be THE ONLY PIRATE AT THE PARTY.   For additional information on Lindsey, please visit  

Gallery Books Senior Editor Jeremie Ruby-Strauss, negotiated the deal with Erin Malone at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.

THE ONLY PIRATE AT THE PARTY is scheduled for publication on January 12, 2016. The book is currently available for pre-order at all major retailers and local booksellers.  For more information please visit Lindsey’s author page at

GALLERY BOOKS is an imprint dedicated to publishing a variety of must-read books on a wide array of topics. Launched in February 2010, Gallery is designed to showcase established voices and to introduce emerging new ones—in both fiction and nonfiction genres. Some of Gallery Books’ bestselling titles include Still Alice by Lisa Genova,Gunn’s Golden Rules by Tim Gunn, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren, Mrs. Kennedy and Me by Clint Hill, and The Tucci Cookbook by Stanley Tucci.

SIMON & SCHUSTER, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats.  Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.  For more information, visit our website at

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