Briefs: New Album, Band Member For Zac Brown Band
Plus, News From Carrie Underwood, Jamey Johnson, Jana Kramer And Montgomery Gentry
• Zac Brown Band has returned to the studio to work on their forthcoming third studio album, “Uncaged,” which is set for release on July 10. The album will also mark the official debut of ZBB’s newest member, world renowned percussionist Daniel de los Reyes. The band now numbers a whopping seven members, six of whom are pictured.
Brown tells AP that the new line-up “creates a new kind of pulse within the band” and the music is “really about making people dance.”
• Jamey Johnson has recorded a duets album of songs by the late Hank Cochran. Buddy Cannon is producing. Cochran is best known for writing such classic songs as “Make The World Go Away” “I Fall To Pieces,” “She’s Got You,” “Ocean Front Property,” “The Chair,” and “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” among many others.
• Singer and hockey fan Carrie Underwood recently made a friendly wager with Tim Hattrick and Willy D. Loon, the morning hosts at country radio station KMLE in Phoenix over the second round NHL playoff series between the Phoenix Coyotes and the Nashville Predators. If the Coyotes win the series, Underwood (who is married to Predator’s center Mike Fisher), will have to sing one of Tim and Willy’s Coyote Songs when she comes to town on tour in October to perform at the Coyote’s Arena. If the Predators win, Tim and Willy will eat a vegan diet for an entire month from a menu provided by Underwood.
• Singer and actress Jana Kramer has set June 5 as the release date for her debut album, Kramer, who is best known for her role of Alex Dupre on “One Tree Hill,” has already sold 250,000 digital downloads to date, including her debut single “Why Ya Wanna.” She also recently made her Grand Ole Opry debut.
• ABC’s “The Revolution” made a visit to Nashville in early April to tape an episode that will feature Montgomery Gentry taking the show’s fashion expert, Tim Gunn, to some of the city’s hottest clothing stores. The episode will air tonight (April 26) on ABC.
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Veteran entertainment journalist Phyllis Stark has been reporting extensively on the music industry for two decades. As a freelance writer, her work appears regularly in numerous publications and sites. She previously was Nashville Bureau Chief at Billboard magazine.