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”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.