A Hug From Taylor Swift; Lady Antebellum Goes Double Platinum; Wynonna Partners with Cracker Barrel
- Two Auburn University students, Ryan Leander and Michael Wekall, created a website in January for the sole purpose of soliciting a hug from Taylor Swift, which they collected on Monday when Swift surprised them with a free mini-concert.
New releases for the week of April 27, 2010 include:
Various Artists – Gloryland 2: Bluegrass Gospel Classics
- Farce the Music parodied the covers to four of today’s new releases.
- Rodney Hayden will stream a new song from his album Tavern of Poets everyday between now and next Tuesday, when the album will be available for purchase. Today’s song is “Take Me Back Wife.”
- GAC’s Tom Roland on the new Sugarland album, The Incredible Machine:
There’s only one ballad scheduled for the project, dominated by uptempo songs that Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles tried to fill with very human qualities. They’re not turning their backs on country music, but they believe the Machine will connect with a lot of pop fans as they try to find new ways to play with Jennifer’s voice.
- Chris Young shared advice Kenny Chesney gave him after earning his first No. 1: “He said, ‘If you could put two [hits] together, and then start garnering some more, you can make a career really easy that way.'”
- Lady Antebellum‘s sophomore album, Need You Now, has been certified double platinum.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope recommends the Jamie Richards album Sideways.
- Wynonna Judd partnered with Cracker Barrel to release Love Heals (May 24), a collection of her top singles and three previously unavailable tracks.
- As skilled and enjoyable as Steve Martin is, Austin Music Source’s Patrick Caldwell says it was his band, the Steep Canyon Rangers, that put his show over the top at the Long Center in Austin. Caldwell also lists a few of Martin’s zingers:
“I’m doing two of my favorite things tonight: comedy and charging people for music.”
- Music Fog: Annie & the Beekeepers – “Like a Dog”
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.