Aquapalooza Not So Free for Non-Boaters; Johnny Cash Outtakes; Craig Morgan Hosts New Reality Series
- Aquapalooza is set to take place on Lake Travis this coming Saturday. It’s a free event for boat owners or those who know someone with a boat, otherwise concertgoers might find themselves having to shell out big bucks to see headliner Brad Paisley.
- Independence day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you won’t enjoy these 15 outtakes from Johnny Cash‘s American Recordings sessions. Too cool. (via Twang Nation)
- Arizona-native Dierks Bentley touched on the boycott topic in an interview with CNN.
- For his debut solo album, Aaron Lewis, the frontman from the rock band Staind, is flirting with a more country strain of music than his fans have heard in the past. The album, recorded in Nashville with a “bunch of country session musicians,” doesn’t yet have a title or release date, but does have its first single with a song titled “Country Boy” (YouTube), which features Hank Williams Jr., George Jones, and Charlie Daniels.
“I’ve got to say that ‘Country Boy’ is definitely in the stylings of ‘Country Boy Can Survive’ (by hank Williams jr.),” he says. “I’m not going to try and deny that correlation.”
- Even Nickelback has a video in rotation on CMT, but label representatives said there are no plans for an entire country album.
- Craig Morgan has a new reality series on the Outdoor Channel. The series debuted last Saturday, the same day Morgan lost his mother, Betty Sue Crockett, to pancreatic cancer.
- San Antonio Express-News music columnist Hector Saldana talked about his friends in the band Two Tons of Steel for a recent podcast on Texas Music Matters. If for nothing else, check it out for the band’s take on the Fred Eaglesmith song “Alcohol and Pills.”
- Julianne Hough‘s purported more mature and edgier music is somehow reflected in her stage show:
Julianne Hough surprised lots of folks over the weekend with some pole dancing, swinging as well as bumping and grinding at a free outdoor show on the riverfront in Nashville.
The TV dancer-turned-country singer pranced around stage Saturday night (July 3) in a short dress, then short shorts and, at one point, a leotard that let audience members get a sneak peek at her cheeks.This is really Julianne coming out,” she told Country Weekly afterward.
“I feel like the last record, I gotta tip-toe around some things, I’m kind of holding back a little bit of who I am,” she says.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri put together a solid playlist of what he considers the top songs from the first half of 2010.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 07/04/10 Edition
- American Songwriter published an interview with singer-songwriter Griffin House, who recently took part in Esquire‘s Songwriting Challenge with other songwriters like Dierks Bentley. He talked about that experience and his thoughts on the importance of lyrics in songs:
All the songs I keep playing that last and stay around in my live set are the ones with the best lyrics I think. So, I don’t know, trying to determine the importance of lyrics in a song, is like trying to determine how important it is to have a heart or a brain to be alive. It’s pretty important.
- Charlie Daniels released a couple of new digital singles that will appear on his Aug. 10 release, a patriotic compilation titled Land That I Love. The two songs are: “Iraq Blues” (Amazon | iTunes) and “(What This World Needs Is) A Few More Rednecks 2010” (Amazon | iTunes).
- Blake Shelton‘s second Six Pak/EP will be titled after his current single, “All About Tonight,” and is due out Aug. 10.
The other songs on the album are ‘Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,’ ‘That Thing We Do,’ ‘Got a Little Country,’ ‘Draggin’ the River’ (a duet with Miranda) and ‘Suffocating,’ which was co-written by his soon-to-be-wife [Miranda Lambert] and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott.
- The Bluegrass Blog has details on the new Joe Diffie bluegrass record, Homecoming, along with a few song samples.
- Texas Music Matters posted a live recording of Ryan Bingham performing the Otis Redding song “That’s How Strong My Love Is,” the same song he recently performed as part of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …