Alan Jackson’s “Good Time” Tops List of Country Dance Songs
- For the fifth consecutive year, a panel of more than 215 nightclubs and dance instructors throughout the country were surveyed to find the most requested and played country dance club songs of 2008. Country Music Is Love shared the results as announced by Marco Club Connection.
- For an article in the Los Angeles Chronicle, Tom Roland joined Kitty Wells at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to reflect on the impact that her success had in opening the music industry to women. (via Twang Nation)
Here’s an interesting story from freelance writer Bobby McMahon: At the age of 17, Carlene Carter didn’t have enough money to buy her stepfather a present, so she wrote him a song titled “It Takes One To Know Me.” Johnny Cash and June Carter later recorded the song, but as McMahon explains, Carlene didn’t find out until they had passed away and John Carter Cash asked her to add vocals to the track. She didn’t think she’d ever sing with them, so it became a special song for her.
McMahon also notes that Carlene is currently working on a tribute album to her father, Carl Smith. (via ggcolumn)
- The video for Keith Urban‘s “Sweet Thing” will debut on MySpace this Friday (Jan. 16), marking the first country music video debut for the social networking site.
- Nashville Scene published the results of their ninth annual year-end critics poll. Seventy-four voters (including Managing Editor Jim Malec and Podcast Host Kelly Dearmore) turned in ballots and the Scene explains that Jamey Johnson was as near unanimous for the top spot as a group of music writers is ever going to be. (Results)
- Watch the new video for Jamie O’Neal‘s “Like A Woman.” (via That Nashville Sound)
- Steve Earle comments on his relationship with Townes Van Zandt and the tribute album he’s currently working on in an interview with Brian Braiker for Rolling Stone. (via Twang Nation)
- The Zac Brown Band added a new member.
- A new album titled A Stranger Here, scheduled for an April 7 release, finds Ramblin’ Jack Elliott interpreting country blues music from the Depression era of his birth.
- Aaron Tippin‘s new album, In Overdrive, is a dedication to truckers. It’s scheduled for a Feb. 3 release.
- Country Weekly published a few internet-only outtakes from Chris Neal’s interview with Blake Shelton. He discusses the process for selecting singles, supporting Miranda’s desire to barrel race and Oklahomans’ innate sense of humor.
- Janson Media is releasing the one-hour documentary special The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash: A Story of Faith & Redemption, hosted by Dan Rather, to international television markets. (Watch the trailer)
- mrsandy: Also worth noting: Priscilla Mitchell was Jerry Reed's widow.
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- Greg Judy: Cooler festivals and marching bands at the football games!
- kevin ilinger: Fall colors bluegrass and apple cider
- luckyoldsun: If I was a "long-time fan" of Trisha, I'd probably spring for the CD.