Asleep At The Wheel Campaigns To Make Western Swing Texas Symbol
- Asleep at the Wheel is working to present Western Swing as the official symbol representing Texas’ musical heritage at the January 2009 legislative session, and they ask that if you feel the same way, please write into the state representatives.
- Wynonna plans to include a cover of Merle Haggard‘s “Are the Good Times Really Over (I Wish a Buck Was Still Silver)” on her forthcoming album, scheduled to be released this fall. You can watch her performance of the song at Alaska’s 50th anniversary concert for the military.
- Songwriter Craig Bickhardt says that the Voice has largely disappeared in the Nashville commodity song, which has led to “tune after tune featuring the same indistinct characters; the one-size fits all ‘proclaiming her independence’ diva, the bad-ass southern boy…”
If all of this seems abstract to you, perhaps you haven’t considered what a character is. A character is not an exterior creation. You don’t picture someone leaning on a lamp post and say,”Ah, a character!” You must go inside and find someone you know, an alter-ego of sorts, someone drawn from accumulated observation and experience, but not the Ambassador you present to the world. The Ambassador isn’t very interesting. He’s safe, smooth and packaged to prevent the need for damage control.
- Watch the video for former Nashville Star contestant Whitney Duncan‘s debut single, “When I Said I Would.”
- If you bemoan the loss of real country music, the music of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash, “music with popping guitar runs and sinewy steel guitar lines,” then C. Eric Banister says Heybale‘s (MySpace) The Last Country Album is for you.
- Jack Ingram will join the live finale of Great American Country’s “Next GAC Star” talent competition on September 10 to judge and provide personal insight and advice to the six finalists. The competition is currently down to the top ten.
- Watch the new video for Jessica Simpson‘s “Come On Over.” There aren’t any cameos, but I hear that if you keep your eyes peeled you might catch a glimpse of the bottle for her new perfume, Fancy.
- To commemorate the 100th anniversary of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” ESPN’s Baseball Tonight held a battle of the bands competition. Nine bands recorded video of their versions of the song, which aired over a two week period, and Gretchen Wilson came out triumphant. In my humble opinion, the Punch Brothers did a respectable job, too.
- Bob Lefsetz on country radio: “country radio is going through a boring phase right now. You know the format is fucked up if Jessica Simpson is climbing the charts, it’s got no RESPECT! You want to hear something just a little bit different, whether it be instrumentation or structure, and all you get is retreads of the same old formula.”
- The Tennessean‘s Beverly Keel calls Randy Travis‘ twang as sharp as Wisconsin cheddar and the Los Angeles Times‘ Randy Lewis borrows an old Waylon Jennings line about Porter Wagoner to describe Travis–a country traditionalist who couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrack-ers.
- Edward Morris says when marriages fail, country music weeps, and he dubs the video for Reba McEntire‘s “Every Other Weekend” a weeper. I’d like to add that the parents absolutely nail their parts in the video.
- luckyoldsun: MH-- "...divisive, dismissive and argumentative." There's a shock. Who'da thunk it.
- MH: Looks like the IBMA is finding out what a lot of us already knew about former & frequent Engine 145 …
- Tom: ...it is almost the year 2015 - ain't it about time we leave people (celebrities included) having the personal relations …
- Paul W Dennis: I had assumed that Herndon was gay after the incident that Lucky Old Sun referenced, but bought the next Herndon …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: For anyone who wants to buy it, the Rosanne Cash 45 is available again. With 1000 copies being created, I …
- luckyoldsun: It seemed that the old morals arrest incident really did Herndon in. He was a pretty big country star before …
- CraigR.: Hopefully in the future being gay or straight won't matter at all. And then people won't have to hide their …
- Bruce: Jim has a remarkable voice for his age. Heck, for any age.
- bob: Good luck to Herndon and Gilman. I've seen Herndon in concert. While I liked his 90's material better, he's still …
- Leeann Ward: It was Brad Paisley and its on his Christmas album.