All-Star Waylon Jennings Tribute In the Works; Moe Bandy Remixed; Stealing Angels’ Historically-Rich Pedigree
- Dierks Bentley will sing “Lonesome, Or’nry and Mean” on a new Waylon Jennings tribute album that also includes Trace Adkins, Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin, Waylon’s son Shooter Jennings, and more.
- Elizabeth Cook covers various topics in her latest MySpace blog post, including news about her next album, opening for Dwight Yoakam, and stumbling on an old record of her mother singing.
- Moe Bandy‘s version of “Deep in the Heart of Texas” got remixed.
- In his year-end column, Galleywinter’s Brad listed his top albums and shows of 2009.
- The video for Billy Ray Cyrus‘ new song “We’ll Get By Somehow (We Always Do)” uses scenes from the forthcoming movie Christmas in Canaan as a backdrop.
- Chet Flippo’s list of 10 significant songs from the past decade includes everything from Alan Jackson‘s “Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning” to Trace Adkins‘ “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk.”
- Two members of the Dallas-based band Somebody’s Darling joined The Gobblers Knob for a brief Q&A.
- Kris Kristofferson on his song “Sunday Morning Coming Down”:
“At the time Ray [Stevens] cut it, nobody had ever put that much money and effort into one of my songs,” Kristofferson tells The Boot. “He’s a wonderful singer. The first time I heard it, I had to leave the publishing house. I went out and sat on the steps and wept. Of course, the record company didn’t want him to put it out and go in that direction, because he was having success with those novelty songs at the time he cut it. Then John did it, and he had the hit with it.”
- LaundroMatinee recorded a video session with Caitlin Rose. She performed “Sinful Wishing Well” and “Shanghai Cigarettes.” (via Nashville Scene)
- CMT’s Invitation Only: Carrie Underwood premieres tonight, and in the hour-long special Underwood reveals that she’s a Trekkie.
- In an interview with Twangville, Justin Townes Earle talks about his split with sideman Cory Younts.
Cory and I were together for 10 years and problems starting arrive when people work that long together. But, Cory is….my show will still maintain its spirit, my part of it won’t change. But when Cory Yonts was on, he was the best sideman that I will ever have. That’s it. No one will ever sing with me like Cory. No one will ever interact with me like Cory on stage. And so, but its like we were just getting to a point. There were some decisions made that affected out positions with each other and they way we felt about each other. And, they were arbitrated on both sides. And I think, that I just think it is time for a change. I will never try to replace Cory, it can’t be done. And my stage show will have to change too. I’m gonna come out with a little bit more of a band now. There is no one person that’s ever gonna take his place.
- Watch the video for the Joey + Rory song “It’s Christmas Time.”
- Country Universe continued their list of the 100 greatest albums of the decade with numbers 90 through 81.
- The new trio Stealing Angels has a unique background: Tayla Lynn is Loretta Lynn‘s granddaughter, Jennifer Wayne is John Wayne‘s granddaughter, and Caroline Cutbirth is a descendant of Daniel Boone. (MySpace)
- Hyperbolium introduced a Swedish Americana band by the name of Roger & the Rockets (MySpace).
- Ninebullets.net presents a Ray Wylie Hubbard retrospective.
- Former BR549 guitarist Chris Scruggs — the son of Gail Davies and grandson of Earl Scruggs — recently released a new album titled Anthem and talked to Peter Cooper about his preferred style of steel guitar playing.
“The steel guitar I really love was played by guys like Johnny Sibert and Jerry Byrd and Joaquin Murphey — guys that played without pedals, when it was more a melody instrument than a chordal instrument,” Scruggs said. “You can lose a little soul when the note is moved by a mechanism being pressed by your foot, versus that slow, soulful feel you get from slanting your bar up or back. I steal all of Johnny’s licks, but then he isn’t using them anymore.”
- NPR’s Melissa Block interviewed Corb Lund.
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