Aldean’s Night Train Sells 409K Units in First Week; More Performers Added to CMA Awards; Remembering Minnie Pearl

Juli Thanki | October 25th, 2012

  • John McEuen talks about the 40th anniversary of landmark album Will the Circle be Unbroken in a video interview for Folk Alley.
  • Jason Aldean’s Night Train sold over 409,000 copies in its first week. Taylor Swift’s Red is expected to sell a million units this week. 
  • Chely Wright remembers Sarah “Minnie Pearl” Cannon on what would have been the comedienne’s 100th birthday. Got any favorite Minnie Pearl memories?
  • Bassist Edgar Meyer on the term “crossover artist”: “I often shun the word,” he said by phone from his home in Nashville, Tenn. “It has such negative associations. It’s often done so poorly.” Blending musical traditions is tricky, he stressed. And yet most music now considered pure emerged from an amalgam of styles and influences, he said. “Bluegrass didn’t exist before 1945, and it’s a hybrid, combining some elements of old country music, blues and some of the fiddle music that came across from Europe.” Classical music is just as blended. “It’s 10 different things at some level. There is no more interesting figure in classical music than Bach, and he combined styles from across the continent and also brought in ideas that were 100 years old.” Rather than embracing the crossover tag, Meyer, 51, said he prefers, as Yo-Yo Ma does, to call himself “a musical explorer.” 
  • Reba and Lily Tomlin talk about their new sitcom, Malibu Country, in this article.
  • In a Spotify-commissioned study about sex, romance, and seduction, respondents said that music is 40% more likely to turn them on than the touch/feel of their partner.
  • Our Canadian radio pal Dave Woods conducted some new interviews with Michelle Wright and Anne Murray.
  • Billboard debuted “Set it Free” from The Departed’s forthcoming album, Adventus.
  • In Fake News, Romney and Obama debated the merits of Taylor Swift’s new album.
  • From Lee Stabert’s Nashville Scene piece about The Old 97s’ Too Far to Care anniversary tour: Personally, I have passed on multiple opportunities to see Old 97’s play live in recent years, yet I am breathlessly anticipating this show. Therein lies the dark secret of concert-going: We don’t want to hear the new stuff. Not really. The best albums — and the best songs — are time machines. They connect moments to each other across the expanse of time. Proust could have easily replaced his cookies with a guitar riff. I’m sure this band remembers the era when they made this album (though, after considering the content, maybe Miller would prefer not to). I certainly remember the period when I was listening to it. I was in college. I had a lot of feelings and drank a lot of beer. When I stand in the audience and experience Too Far To Care from start to finish, I will know that former self a little better. 
  • Joanna Smith is featured on Billboard country blog The 615.
  • On this YouTube video posted by the AP, you can listen to the first known recording of a musical performance, made in 1878.
  1. nm
    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Ya know, there’s nothing wrong with Lee Stabert not wanting to hear “the new stuff.”* But that “we” stuff has to go. Lots of people keep embracing the new. (In the specific instance of the Old 97s, that’s particularly easy.) What is this need to insist that everyone reacts to music the same way?

    *Though I sure hope, in the interest of consistency, that Stabert has not also made a habit of condemning “boomer nostalgia.”

  2. Rick
    October 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    That Radney Foster video brings back fond memories…of last Sunday night when he kicked off his set here in Los Angeles with that song! (lol)

    Would that Spotify survey’s percentage result have been even higher if the song in question was “I’m A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas”?

    OPRY Alert! Tonight is sadly the short season close out of the Thursday Night Classic Country Oprys. (Sniff, sniff, it makes me shed a tear into my O’Doul’s near beer.) Fortunately it’s gonna be a barn burner as the spotlight act is The Time Jumpers (WooHoo!) The other artists featured are Daryle Singletary (who will indeed be having too much fun), Mandy Barnett (who seems to have outgrown the “mangler” phase), Rebecca Lynn Howard (who still won’t forgive!), Charlie McCoy (who just might play the harmonica), and lone Opry Legend Jeannie Seely (who always picks cool songs for these Oprys). Grade: A+
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    The more I read about the CMA Awards show, the less interested I become in watching! What’s up with that? (lol) Thank goodness for the live blogs it engenders or it would be a total waste of time.

  3. TX Music Jim
    October 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    ‘I’m A Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas” fun version of that song on Robert Earl Keens former fiddle player Brian Duckworth’s album if i’m not mistaken of the same name as the song. FYI, another current REK sideman also has an album out none other than Bassist Bill Whitbeck with a charming ditty extolling the many virues of Luling, Texas city market BBQ. Sorry the ADD has kicked in and i’m rambling. LOL!

  4. Jon
    October 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    “What is this need to insist that everyone reacts to music the same way?”

    Weird, isn’t it?

  5. scooter
    October 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I’m A Ding Dong Daddy from Dumas – I remember when I was kid and the family was driving through Dumas and my dad started singing this song. Seems like there was another song by joe ely about dumbass texas but I’m drawing a blank.

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