Alabama HoF Honors Jamey Johnson; Drew Kennedy Bucks Trend, Releases Album On Thursday; Cash, Parton, & Jones Reissues
- The Alabama Music Hall of Fame announced its latest class of inductees, but it’s hard to tell who is actually being inducted and who is simply receiving an award. Either way, Jamey Johnson will be honored with the Alabama’s Rising Star award and Mac McAnally will receive the Arthur Alexander Songwriter’s award.
- Ninebullets.net: I am looking for the 5 songs that shifted you musically over your lifetime and made you who you are. Furthermore, I want to know how it changed you.
- A couple of weeks ago we announced Rodney Hayden‘s birthday, one which he shares with Johnny Cash. Can’t get anymore badass than that, right? Well today, Hayden’s New American Voices (The 9513 sponsored tour) counterpart, Drew Kennedy, is celebrating his own birthday, and it’s one that he shares with the inestimable Carrie Underwood. But onward to the cool part. To mark the occasion, he’s recorded a live album, complete with detailed song intros, featuring six favorites and six new, previously unreleased songs. How can you get it? Glad you asked, the physical copy can be had via Lone Star Music, or if you prefer the more economic (free) alternative, it can be downloaded through his website starting sometime today.
- Country Haiku:
That old man Wrigley
Offered me advice on life
Like, always chew gum
- The fans voted and the results are in: GAC presents the top 10 Brooks & Dunn videos.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Rap/Country Mashups (that someone ought to create… or not)
- Songwriter Tom Douglas confesses to The Boot that he was haunted by his lack of action to help a woman in need and that’s what led him to write the song “Grown Men Don’t Cry” with Steve Seskin.
- Rising stars Luke Bryan and Emily West are scheduled to appear in an episode of the new Celebrity Apprentice.
The two will take part in a Nashville-themed challenge that will have the celebrity teams try to figure out what it takes to make a country music superstar.
- Legacy Recordings plans to digitally reissue 14 of Johnny Cash‘s ’70s and ’80s Columbia Records albums. Dolly Parton‘s early ’70s gospel recordings will also be reissued, and Craig Shelburne encourages readers to pick up the new double-disc set George Jones: The Great Lost Hits, which includes 34 sides from ’60s and ’70s Musicor years.
- Rock critic Ken Tucker on the latest Johnny Cash record:
There’s a grand legacy of Johnny Cash music that American VI: Ain’t No Grave does not by any means trash. It simply presents the man in his final phase, reflective but also active; wanting, needing to make more music. You must choose the way you want to interpret the sentiments that he has left behind.
- My Kind of Country’s J.R. Journey reviewed the recent Lee Ann Womack/Reba McEntire/George Strait tour stop in Memphis, Tennessee.
- The Boot listed the top 10 Carrie Underwood songs, which equals 25 percent of her recorded output.
- Blake Shelton on marrying Miranda Lambert:
He tells Us Weekly, “I thought we were getting a little closer until she took me to Tiffany’s to show me the ring she wanted.
“It was a $450,000 pink diamond. I probably need to save a bit longer before I’m ready for that.”
- Galleywinter introduced Expectations and Parking Lots, the new album from the Brison Bursey Band. (MySpace)
- Josh Grider took to his MySpace blog to explain how sometimes things come full circle:
One such trip was to Belmont University in Nashville, TN. I was particularly excited about this audition because I felt like I could really play some music that I dug, and really showcase myself doing what I loved to do. I didn’t have to sing an aria, or a classical piece, but I could sing a contemporary country song and accompany myself on guitar. The song I chose to sing was one of my favorites at the time, and remains so to this day. It was called “The Cowboy Song” and was the last track on Garth Brooks’ In Pieces album.
- That latest video from Music Fog, David Olney and Sergio Webb performing “Postcard from Mexico,” prominently features a megaphone, a one-handed guitar performance, and free advertising for Radio Shack.
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- Barry Mazor: I would not rule out that possibility..There's a different set of voters involved..
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