‘American Idol’ Targets Shania; Reba Announces New Album; Jamey Johnson Talks About ‘The Guitar Song’
- A source with apparent knowledge of the search for new American Idol judges named Shania Twain as a possible candidate.
- Austin Music Source’s John T. Davis recapped night one and night two of Butch Hancock‘s five-night No Two More Alike concert series at the Cactus Cafe.
Hancock, like his songs, looked more or less ageless, though he’s pushing senior citizen status hard. With his lowered black cowboy hat and samurai moustache, Hancock from a distance bore a passing resemblance to Mac Sledge, the country singer so memorably embodied by Robert Duvall in the film “Tender Mercies.”
- Reba McEntire‘s next album, titled All The Women I Am, will be released Nov. 9.
- CMT posted a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Eric Church‘s new video, “Smoke a Little Smoke.” UPDATE: Yahoo has the official video.
- Writing for Nashville Scene, Chris Neal shed some light on the life and career of Nashvillian Bobby Hebb, who passed away last week at the age of 72.
Hebb was onstage tapdancing by age 3, and he and his older brother Harold were soon veterans of the Nashville nightclub scene. He joined Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys in the early 1950s, only the third African American to grace the Opry stage. “It had nothing to do with an ethnic thing,” he said. “Nashville has always been Nashville, and its music has always been its music. Every form of music.”
- When Melodic Sunburst’s Carolyn Dixon recommends an album, it’s usually a good idea to pay attention. With that said, the debut album from Erika Chambers, Light At Eventide, comes highly recommended and can be streamed in its entirety. Can’t beat that.
- Listen to “Harlem River Blues,” the title track from Justin Townes Earle‘s forthcoming album, over at Sounds Country.
- He’s released six pop/mainstream albums, but Josh Kelley (brother of Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley) has decided it’s country music where his heart lies. His first country single, titled “Georgia Clay,” comes out this week.
- Dierks Bentley on the importance of having Miranda Lambert and Jamey Johnson perform “Bad Angel” with him on his latest record:
“Bad Angel” was written by Suzi Ragsdale and Verlon Thompson. They did a live version of it with Guy Clark and Darrell Scott. When I thought about who would be my current day Guy Clark and Darrell Scott, I immediately thought of Miranda and Jamey … two singer-songwriters I truly respect and enjoy hanging out with.
- Artists from various genres paid tribute to Loretta Lynn on the new album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn scheduled for release on Nov. 9.
- On Sept. 10, 2010, three days prior to what would have been Bill Monroe’s 99th birthday, the International Bluegrass Music Museum will open a new exhibit as part of its Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration.
- Listen to a 20-minute session with Cadillac Sky in KUT’s Studio 1A.
- Chet Flippo loathes the “carefully-plotted and industry-crafted and audience-researched” nature of today’s summer songs and the way that same trend has poured over into targeting “young audiences by focusing on signing and recording young, attractive women and even girls, as well as young, attractive duos and trios and quartets of young, attractive males and females.”
- Leading up to next week’s release, Rhapsody is streaming Trace Adkins‘ album Cowboy’s Back In Town.
- In addition to five nominations for next month’s Canadian Country Music Awards, Corb Lund is up for three more at the Western Canadian Music Awards.
- The McClymonts and The Secret Sisters play two different brands of country music, and have two different styles of dress, but have no doubt, both have constructed an image to help target their audiences.
- The Secret Sisters, by the way, have a new album on the way that’s highly touted by T Bone Burnett. The first single is a cover of Johnny Cash‘s “Big River,” but judging from their MySpace, the song isn’t really indicative of their sound.
- In an article for The Wall Street Journal, John Jurgensen explored the ways songwriters from different genres approach their craft. For example, Tift Merrit‘s stomach turns at the thought of having to write with someone else in the room, while contract writers like Tom Douglas thrive on co-writes. In fact, his latest hit, “The House That Built Me,” was co-written with Allen Shamblin and you can listen to their demo version in the sidebar.
Here’s video of Jamey Johnson talking about the songs on his new album, The Guitar Song. Among the revelations is the belief that his cover of “Set ‘Em Up Joe” was the first song cut on the day Vern Gosdin passed away. Good stuff.
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- 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 …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
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