Alan Jackson to Perform Benefit for Miners; George Strait Featured in Don’t Mess with Texas Spot
- Alan Jackson will perform a benefit concert on May 22 for the families of the miners who died earlier this month in an explosion.
- Charlie Hopper works for an advertising agency. Copywriting is the only career he’s ever had, but one day he got the idea that he should write a song and try to sell it to Nashville. Though unsuccessful to this point, he’s written 12 engaging dispatches about the experience for McSweeney’s, the latest of which is a quiz to help readers decide if country music is right for them. The following is an excerpt from the first dispatch, published last year, about a songwriting workshop he attended:
“Huh. Sounds like one of Bob McDill’s work tapes,” said the publisher, and asked Jason [Blume] directly: “You ever hear one of those…?”
Jason said he hadn’t. This CD was just me playing guitar (I’m not much of a guitar player) and singing (I’m definitely not a singer), which I’d been told was acceptable at the beginner’s level where there’s more interest in the writing than the performance. So even though I’d never heard of Bob McDill, I was all high on the comparison.
“McDill would’ve had a stronger chorus,” said the publisher. He shrugged.
- Joe Nichols partnered with Roper Apparel and Footwear to become the face of the brand.
- In other Joe Nichols news, he’s not so sure he’ll ever be able to play the role of Rusty in the Broadway adaptation of Pure Country.
“The status is, I don’t think it’s gonna happen for me,” he said Wednesday (April 28). Because of the economic crunch in New York City, many theaters have been forced to shut down, Nichols said. As a result, several productions were delayed, including Pure Country. “When they backed up the show, it put us in a difficult situation because we had blocked off about six to eight months of time just for that show,” he said.
- Light in the Attic Records recorded and posted a 17 minute audio file of a phone conversation between Charlie Louvin and Kris Kristofferson. (via Flop Eared Mule)
- On the nature of his next memoir, Rodney Crowell explains: “It focuses very little on my musical career. It focuses mostly on my childhood in east Houston … and the colorful characters around me. It is really a childhood story telling about my mother and father.”
- In case it slipped your mind, Still Is Still Moving is here to remind you it’s Willie Nelson‘s birthday. Be sure to check out Stephen L. Betts’ list of the top 10 Willie Nelson songs and chime in with any of your own.
- The latest Don’t Mess with Texas television spot features George Strait.
- Country Weekly named Gary Allan country’s hottest bachelor.
- Country Haiku:
Time for a beer run
Pull the lawnmower around
George, I’ll let you drive
- The 85th birthday celebration of the Grand Ole Opry will kick off on Tuesday, May 25 with a guitar jam that includes Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Ricky Skaggs, and Steve Wariner.
- Test your knowledge with Chet Flippo’s country quiz.
- To mark the unveiling of Brad Paisley‘s own signature guitar, Gibson’s Lifestyle blog posted 10 things you don’t know about Brad Paisley. They also posted a video interview with Paisley about guitars.
- There’s more to Eric Church than his albums:
“If you just listen to the record and don’t come see what we do live, you won’t ever get us. You’ll like the music, but you’ll never get what it is,” he said. “We haven’t had the opportunities some people have, TV-wise and marketing-wise, because of what we do and because we piss some people off. That happens sometimes, but the passion’s there, and that’s been where we’ve won up to now.”
- Fox News personality and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is in Nashville to record a music project with various country artists.
- It looks as though Mindy McCready may have signed a model release and received payment for her sex tape way back in January ’09. The Boot has an in-depth interview with her about her new album, rehab, and the aforementioned private tape.
- CMT tapped Kid Rock to host the CMT Music Awards.
- If you think of Suzy Bogguss exclusively as a country singer, the Star-Telegram’s Punch Shaw says you probably haven’t heard her lately.
American Songwriter published a few articles I haven’t been able to get to yet, but look like they’re worth the read:
- Congrats to C.M Wilcox and Country California for hitting the two year mark. To commemorate the occasion, he’s holding a couple of contests.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …