Alan Jackson Recognized By ASCAP; New Releases; Stream Kenny Chesney; Elizabeth Cook Sessions
- During tonight’s ASCAP Country Music Awards Alan Jackson will be recognized with the organization’s Founder’s Award. In an interview with The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts, Jackson talked about the honor, his oldest daughter leaving for college, and future plans: “He still wants to make a classic bluegrass record, is contemplating another gospel recording and thinks he might like to tackle an easy listening country project.”
- Alan Jackson also announced dates for a fall tour.
New releases for the week of September 14, 2010 include:
Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Country: Volume 3
- People.com is streaming the song “Reality” from Kenny Chesney‘s upcoming album, Hemingway’s Whiskey.
- Only one EP in Jo Dee Messina‘s trilogy of Unmistakable EPs has been released, but she told The Boston Globe‘s Sarah Rodman that she’s already begun work on a new album and is in the process of writing a memoir.
- The staff at CMT relayed their ten favorite Americana Music Festival moments.
- No Depression’s Grant Alden only stayed a song and a half into Charlie Louvin‘s set at the Americana Music Festival, but even that was probably too much:
He came on stage, small steps in tennis shoes, a baseball cap, glasses, a bright red shirt, a dark leather vest. George Burns, without the cigar.
I wondered why I was there a lot this last week, but Charlie Louvin onstage at the Rutledge that night made me feel acutely as if I had chosen badly. I mean especially not to be unkind, nor to judge the choices being made, but he had no voice left, and his (unlike Johnny Cash’s) is not a voice meant to growl. Nor does his repertoire suit that transition. He didn’t have much of that grand voice left a few years back.
- Michael McCall on Joey+Rory‘s Album Number Two: “[T]he funny songs are only the gravy on the duo’s meatiest strength, which is pulling heartstrings with sweetly stated truths set to acoustic-based arrangements recalling the front-porch sounds of the Judds.”
- Country California: Quotable Country – 09/13/10 Edition
- Jewly Hight recapped a live interview at the Americana Music Festival and Conference with author Marshall Chapman on the subject of her new book, They Came From Nashville, her role in the upcoming movie Country Strong, and her new album, Big Lonesome. Hight also covered sets from Jim Lauderdale and Shelby Lynne later in the evening.
- Country Universe’s Leeann Ward: What is the record label that you most admire and can count on to release your favorite music?
- Songs:Illinois highlighted the song “You Only Believe Me When I’m Lying” from Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers.
- American Songwriter‘s latest recording session features videos of Elizabeth Cook performing “El Camino” and “All The Time,” along with several mp3s and a brief Q&A.
- 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 …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.