Aquapalooza Not So Free for Non-Boaters; Johnny Cash Outtakes; Craig Morgan Hosts New Reality Series

Brody Vercher | July 8th, 2010

  • 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.”

    (via The Tennessean)

  • 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.

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  1. WAYNOE
    July 8, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Thanks Julianne for reminding us why we tire of female acts that have to shorten their skirts to attract attention.

    Dierks, though I love your album, your comments on Arizona has made me an ex-fan. Mr. McCoury appears to have gotten to you.

  2. Jon
    July 8, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Still wishing I hadn’t heard Bingham try to tackle “That’s How Strong…”

    Not quoted from the House interview, but equally to the point: “This is American Songwriter, so I can’t say lyrics aren’t important. But sometimes I don’t think they are as important to me as they are to some people.”

    The Diffie album is mighty fine, and while I think his take on “Hard To Handle” is not one of it’s best moments, it still beats Bingham…

  3. Noeller
    July 8, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Jeeze, that Nickelback vid is really funny. I’m diggin’ that one.

  4. Rick
    July 8, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I like how the CNN interviewer was basically trying to set Dierks up so he would respond in a way favorable to the idiotic Obamavoter supported boycott of Arizona (for trying to enforce existing laws). Fortunately Dierks displayed his diplomatic skills and took the Rodney King approach, ie “Can’t we all just get along” by staying in neutral ground in the middle of the issue. Good job, Dierks!

    So Julianne Fluff wants us to see her “real”, kinda slutty side, huh? That’s fine by me! (lol) Maybe Julianne and Miley Cyrus should join up an do “The Pole Dancer Tour”! Katy Perry would be a welcome addition to that tour as well. The Lilith Fair shows may be getting cancelled, but the “Pole Dancer” tour would be a smash hit!

    I enjoyed reading Jim Caligiuri’s list! I now know that my tastes overlap his in the teensy weensy little corner devoted to western swing bands like The Marshall Ford Swing Band, Belleville Outfit, and Hot Club of Cowtown! That’s it though…

    Why is it rock bands like Nickelback and members of Staind are heading in the country direction? I’d much prefer if were bands like The Barenaked Ladies and Sublime…

  5. Brody Vercher
    July 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    The live version of Bingham covering Redding in today’s roundup is better than the Levi’s version. Have you heard it yet, Jon? If not, you should check it out. And since you’re such a big fan, there’s a possibility that tomorrow’s schedule will include an all-Bingham news roundup. I hope you stick around!

  6. Jon
    July 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I checked it out, Brody, and now I wish I hadn’t. Sorry. I’m sure that he’s worthy of all kinds of news coverage, and I might like some of his own stuff – to my knowledge, I’ve never heard any – but I didn’t care for that.

  7. Stormy
    July 8, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Its impressive how Dierks tries to find the middle ground in Arizona’s immigration law by opposing it.

    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.

    EWWWWWW.

    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.

    Isn’t she a little old to be playing the nudity as a substitution for maturity card?

  8. WAYNOE
    July 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Stormy,

    Read aforementioned post. I agree with you on Julianne.

    You are more than correct on Dierks. As I said, ole’ Del McCoury, one of his idols, is getting to him.

    CNN is a liberal set-up period.

  9. Stewman
    July 8, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    There is a certain Jeff Tweedy aching in Bingham’s version. And while the song has been done a myriad of times, the Redding version is still the one that does it for me.

  10. Noeller
    July 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Regardless of the situation, anyone who expected DB to ride anywhere but the middle of the line on that one, is delusional. He’s not helping his career in any way, shape, or form, by picking sides.

  11. Chris N.
    July 8, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    “Thanks Julianne for reminding us why we tire of female acts that have to shorten their skirts to attract attention.”

    Who’s this “we”? I’m certainly not tired of it.

  12. Stormy
    July 8, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    Noeller: Actually he did pick a side.

    Waynoe: The economic fall out from Arizona’s law should collapse it faster than all the liberals in the world. Remember, this isn’t the first time someone tried something like this.

  13. Rick
    July 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Stormy said: “The economic fall out from Arizona’s law should collapse it faster than all the liberals in the world.” Well actually Stormy it is only the liberals in the world who support this idiotic boycott while the clear thinking, right minded citizens of this country are on Jan Brewer’s side in this issue.

    The random poll numbers I’ve seen on nationwide surveys have consistently shown between 60 and 70% of Americans nationwide support Jan Brewer’s and Arizona’s position on enforcing illegal immigration laws if our corrupt federal regime won’t. Now people who listen to NPR, and read The Huffington Puffington Post (or Daily Kaka), and watch CNN (or news on MSNBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc.), and actually believe that left wing sh*t, would assume everyone supports the Arizona boycott just like they do. Like everything else those propaganda outfits dispense, its just slanted bullsh*t designed to keep delusional Obamavoters comfy in their politically correct trance of ignorance…

    PS – I don’t agree with Chris N. on much, but I’m with him as far as Julianne Fluff is concerned! “Sexism” is only a great sin to liberals, and even then typically only to the lefty women (and especially the ugly ones and lesbians).

  14. Stormy
    July 8, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Rick: The boycott has so much less of an economic impact than the business they are driving away. One school in Arizona alone has already lost over 500,000 in funding due to students who have moved away.

  15. Ian
    July 8, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    Why am I the only one upset with Nickelback being on CMT regularly?

  16. Noeller
    July 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    @Ian – I understand where you’re coming from, I swear, but in their defense, the boys were a country band when they first started out. You can’t walk 100ft in this province without people telling you a story about seeing “…Them Hanna Boys…” playing country covers at various small town bars in AB.

  17. Stormy
    July 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    What else do you expect from CMT?

  18. Mike Wimmer
    July 8, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    The only redeeming thing about CMT is Chet Flippo’s weekly column. That’s pretty much it.

    Also, I cant stand the idea of the lead singer of Staind as a “Country” artist, but what does it say about some Nashville songwriters when his “first attempt at a Country Song” is better than almost all of the “Good Ole Boy” anthems being recorded.

    Still…..ugh.

  19. Steve Harvey
    July 8, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    I think it would be better for everyone if Chad Kroger packed up his performing career and became a staff writer for Universal Publishing in Nashville. ‘A Business Doing Pleasure With You’ is approximately several billion times less obnoxious than any song Nickelback has ever come out with.

  20. WAYNOE
    July 9, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Chris N,

    So juvenile.

  21. Stormy
    July 9, 2010 at 7:54 am

    Waynoe: If Julianne Hough wants to be judged not by the quality of her pole dancing but by the contents of her music, she needs to leave the pole dancing in the bedroom.

  22. WAYNOE
    July 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Stormy – Amen to that. Here’s a Randy Houser quote on another thread here that nails it:

    “Just the fact that just about everybody expects you to have soap star or movie star looks to be a country singer. Like the adage: “video killed the radio star.” It should be if you’re a good singer and a good songwriter, you should have your spot. You get everybody trying to release the prettiest guy, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best artist. Most of the time the true artists are just normal old dudes.”

    I think his comments are not only correct, but more so for the females. The trend? Half-naked blond bombshells like Laura Bell-Bundy, Julliane, etc.

  23. Chris N.
    July 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    If liking half-naked blond bombshells is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

  24. Ben Foster
    July 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Oh dear, is Julianne Hough going to pull a Miley Cyrus on us? She’s a talented girl. She doesn’t need all that nonsense.

  25. Stormy
    July 9, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Chris: There is nothing wrong with being a good pole dancer, unless you want that to somehow make you a good singer.

  26. WAYNOE
    July 9, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Chris,

    I think it is way past your bedtime.

  27. Chris N.
    July 10, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Waynoe,

    Have you always been this sanctimonious, or did you have to work at it?

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