Audio Engineer Jim Williamson Passed Away; Chuck Wicks and RCA Split; Sierra Hull at The Kennedy Center
- Audio engineer Jim Williamson, whose many recording credits include “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Stand by Your Man,” and “That’s The Way Love Goes,” passed away Thursday at the age of 75.
Mr. Williamson’s composure was evidenced during a three-hour Gene Watson session in which only 10 minutes remained. Watson wanted to attempt one more song, though it seemed unlikely that the musicians would be able to learn and perform a brand new composition in 10 minutes time, much less that Mr. Williamson would be able to record the song with accuracy and clarity. But the engineer did his job, the musicians delivered in one take, and “Farewell Party” became a Top 10 Billboard country hit single in 1979.
- Artist/label breakups are the new black: Alan Jackson lead headlines last week with his split from Arista Nashville, but lost somewhere in that hoopla was news that Chuck Wicks asked out of his contract with RCA Records, which also operates under the Sony umbrella.
- Writing at No Depression, Holly Gleason editorializes on Alan Jackson‘s impact on country music and the significance of his split with Arista Records.
- Quotable Country: Now with more quotes (at least it feels like it). Same price, too. Can’t beat that.
- When Lee Kernaghan walked to the stage to accept his award for album of the year at Saturday night’s Jayco Country Music Awards of Australia it was to the music of Graeme Connors, a fellow nominee in the album of the year category. At first, the music was blamed on a technical glitch, but it was later discovered that human error led to an envelope mix up and that Connors was actually the intended winner.
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne shared his list of five songs he’d like to see at radio this year and asked readers to share their own.
- Craig Havighurst wrote the bio for Malcolm Holcombe‘s fast-approaching new release, To Drink the Rain:
Years ago, following Malcolm Holcombe’s career could be as unnerving and high-wire suspenseful as his riveting live performances. His brilliance was obvious to a core of fans and some attentive music journalists, but so were the self-destructive tendencies that floated around this mercurial man like wraiths. We worried at times that we’d have to add Holcombe to the What Might Have Been pantheon with Hank Williams, Jaco Pastorius and Charlie Parker. We imagined talking about Holcombe in the past tense to the too many who’d never been able to hear his shockingly truthful and affecting voice.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Least Likely Song Titles on Hank III‘s Comeback Album
- The staff at CMT listed 10 of their favorite Brad Paisley hits.
- Keith Urban visited the Ram Country studio for a three-song performance and interview.
- NewsOK.com’s Brady McDonnell published a good interview with Vince Gill about the direction of his new album, which will include the singing debut of his nine-year-old daughter on a murder-suicide ballad. (via That Nashville Sound)
You know, she watches an awful lot of Disney Channel, and I’m trying to steer her to the blues side of music,” he said. “And I had this song, this friend of mine, another friend of mine, that last year had a real rough stretch and unfortunately he murdered a woman and then took his own life a short time after that. He was one of my golfing buddies, and I wrote this song for him called ‘Billy Paul.’”
He played the song in the car one morning while driving the girl to school, and she wanted to hear it again.
“I played it again, and by the time it was finished, she was back there just singing like a bird. … She was really taken with this song, and it’s a song about the whole of what happened. You know, very dark. So I had this idea of what it would be like if she sang on it. It would either be really haunting or really horrible,” he said with a laugh.
- The Kennedy Center is streaming an hour long performance from Sierra Hull as part of its three-concert series “Concerts for Young People by Young People,” which borrows its name from another series put together by the Kennedys. Good stuff. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
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