Aces Beat Kings: Charley Pride Bests Luke Bryan

Brody Vercher | December 20th, 2007

  • Luke Bryan got his butt whipped by Charley Pride at a charity poker event in Las Vegas last week.

    “I made the final table with Charley. He and I were the chip leaders. There were about four people left, and I got dealt a pair of kings – the money hand. I bet BIG and Charley went all in, and I called him. I was sure I was going to kick his butt. I flipped my kings over, and then he flipped a pair of aces and tore me apart with his winning hand. It was awesome. I got beat by Charley Pride. That was a fun day.”

  • There’s a lot of good music to be found in Nashville Scene‘s “2007 Revisited” feature. Particularly in the “Five Women Threatening to Give Mainstream Country a Good Name” and “Best Local Country, Off the Row” sections.
  • Kenny Chesney talks about what he was trying to accomplish as a producer on bandmate Tim Hensley’s upcoming bluegrass album and to prove his credibility he adds, “fact is I went to Russia with a bluegrass band when I was in college.” Good to know, Kenny.
  • Despite his lack of sleep the night before Blake Shelton decided to do a little blogging instead of taking a nap. He mentions something about his choir kicking everyone else’s asterisks., too.
  • Four country albums appear on Rolling Stone’s The Top 50 Albums of 2007.
    • 18. Lucinda Williams, West: “The sound of one of rock’s great songwriters getting her demons out.”
    • 24. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand: “They harmonize with natural worry and warmth against a midnight-Mississippi chill in songs by Tom Waits, the post-Byrds Gene Clark and country singer Mel Tillis.”
    • 26. Miranda Lambert, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: “Self-examining Lambert made the best album to emerge from Nashville since years started with ’19.'”
    • 33. Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Ray Price, Last of the Breed: “Etched with the grizzly candor of old country-music soldiers who know the road behind them is longer than the stretch ahead.”
  • One of the first members of Hank Williams‘ Drifting Cowboys, James Ervin “Jimmy” Porter, passed away on Saturday. “In his self-published autobiography, My Life as a Musician, he tells of learning to play the electric steel guitar when he was 12 and joining Williams’ group a year later.”
  • Country Mike wants your suggestions for Red Dirt artists and albums to check out.
  • The Eagles turned down an offer to play at the next Super Bowl, but Don Henley says they’d probably accept an offer to play on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • A federal judge ruled that Stonewall Jackson could pursue his lawsuit against the Opry on grounds of breach of contract, retaliation and age discrimination, but a lawyer for Opry General Manager Peter Fisher says the ruling is “purely procedural in nature.”
  • Country Universe‘s “The Fifty Best Single of 2007″ continues on with part three, numbers 30-21.
  • The release of Joe Ely’s Live Cactus album has been pushed back from a January release to March 11th. The record was initially intended as a limited release, but the growing consumer demand and response was overwhelming enough for them to delay the release in order to manufacture more CDs. The album was recorded live at the Cactus Cafe in Austin, TX with Joel Guzman and features Ryan Bingham on one of the tracks.
  • The CMT staffers chose a lot of solid albums as their favorites from 2007.
  • Trace Adkins if the first artist to participate in a promotion with Xbox 360. “The sweepstakes will run across 160 Clear Channel radio stations. The grand prize is a 30-minute backstage gaming session with Adkins, with travel accommodations included.” I wonder what game would be played.
  1. Rick
    December 20, 2007 at 11:40 am

    Here’s the Country Universe pick for single # 30:

    “Amy Dalley, “Let’s Try Goodbye” – The latest attempt from Dalley pulls yet another excellent song from her long-shelved debut album, and it rivals “I Would Cry” as her best single to date. She has a gift for melody and a unique point of view in her lyrics. If Curb would just put out the album, they may find she’s already earned an audience.”

    I’ve been an Amy Dalley fan since hearing “Men Don’t Change” and have been waiting for 5 years for Curb to release her album. Well instead Amy was recently released from the Curb label and her last journal entry on her website is titled “Freedom Is Bliss”.

    Fortunately in August and September Trisha Yearwood invited Amy to do opening acoustic sets on Trisha’s tour dates. Amy’s fans were actually able to purchase a CD of her songs at those concerts, CDs that have never been made available otherwise. Its nice that Trisha has become an Amy fan and I’m hoping that personal connection will help open doors for Amy to land another label deal….

  2. Kevin
    December 20, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    “Let’s Try Goodbye” is a very fitting swan song, then. Hopefully she’ll make the CD available digitally or at her website, so fans can buy it online.

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