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”
- Leeann Ward: Interesting! I just got an email from Amozon saying that they cancelled my preorder of Jamey Johnson's Christmas album due …
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …