Americana Music Auction Raises $9,000; Garth Sues Hometown Hospital; Willie Schedules Picnic for Backyard
- The Americana Music Association raised more than $9,000 on Monday by auctioning handwritten, autographed lyrics of songs from the likes of Guy Clark, Dolly Parton, and John Hiatt. In between bids, Clark, Hiatt, Cowboy Jack Clement, Elizabeth Cook, Jim Lauderdale, Kix Brooks, Sam Bush, Mary Gauthier and Jeff Black all played and sang songs. The auctioning isn’t over through, even more artists have handwritten lyrics on the block until Thursday, with Willie Nelson‘s “On The Road Again” currently topping the highest bid list at $2,000.
- Farce the Music targeted Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Alan Jackson and plenty of others with parody album covers for this month’s country day.
- The new Backyard venue in Central Texas will host Willie Nelson‘s 2010 Fourth of July Picnic.
- The video for Brad Paisley‘s song “American Saturday Night” made an exclusive debut on iTunes yesterday. Its television debut will be tomorrow on CMT and GAC. (iTunes)
- Garth Brooks is suing his hometown hospital for $500,000 in what he calls a breach of contract. He donated the half a million dollars four years ago and was told the money would go towards a building named after his mother who died from cancer in 1999. There’s still no building bearing her name and now he wants his money back. The hospital chalks the lawsuit up to a misunderstanding and one city council member even suggests that the city should consider removing Brooks’ name from street signs and the water tower.
- CMT has the new video for Love and Theft‘s song “Dancing In Circles.”
- The laudatory reviews for Crazy Heart and its music continue to roll in.
- The Star-Telegram‘s Shirley Jinkins on the Wynonna Classic Christmas show Tuesday night:
Interesting as all that was, Wynonna’s obvious showstoppers left fans gasping and newcomers applauding.
Try How Great Thou Art, then Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is, followed with O Come O Come Emmanuel, on the surface of an incongruous triple play but one that worked seamlessly.
Wynonna didn’t try to match the traditional stylings of well-known carols note for note, but she kept close to the spirituality and embellished with her trademark stylings.
The show was capped with O Holy Night and a heart-stopping Ave Maria in Latin.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope listed her top albums of 2009.
- PopMatters’ best albums of the year, compiled by Juli Thanki and Dave Heaton, is an interesting mix of indie and mainstream.
- This week in country music history according to Country California:
1972 – %*#)@! Shelton Hank Williams, aka Hank III, is born.
- Steve Wariner was recognized for his songwriting achievements Tuesday with several BMI Million-Air awards.
- 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 …