Bill Anderson Recognized as ‘Poet & Prophet'; Robert Earl Keen, “If You Don’t Like George Strait, You Don’t Know [Very Much]“
- Jimmy Buffet and the Zac Brown Band are booked for the next CMT Crossroads.
- Charles Kelley, one-third of Lady Antebellum, as an older brother by the name of Josh Kelley who has made a name for himself as a pop singer-songwriter. Convinced by Charles to switch formats, the elder Kelley hopes to release a soul-flavored country music debut next year. He told EW.com, “Country is where I’m going to live out the rest of my career.”
- @joenichols: “Merle Haggard sang me a song that he wanted me to record over the phone today. How cool is that?”
- Robert Earl Keen told Paste magazine what records he’s listening to and loving.
- In his most recent blog post, Tom Russell explains his affinity for Johnny Cash.
How important is Johnny Cash to our culture? His face should be carved in granite next to Mount Rushmore, along with Hank Williams and Crazy Horse. He is our Black Moses. His voice defines an honesty which cuts to the heart of how human beings love and hate and hurt. That voice was not so much “beautiful,” as it was raw and truth-filled and in your face, with real poetic news that needed to be heard, swallowed, spit out and heard again.
- Owen Temple named five records that inspire him for Sounds Country. (P.S. That’s my favorite Jerry Jeff Walker record, in case you care.)
- Leave a comment about your favorite holiday snack at Country California for a chance to win a copy of Sugarland‘s new holiday album, Gold and Green.
- Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson will be honored on December 12 as part of the Museum’s quarterly programming series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters.
- Listen to Tom Russell perform “Guadalupe” live in KUT’s studio 1A.
- Lyle Lovett relays the story behind “It’s Rock and Roll,” a song on his latest album co-written with Robert Earl Keen:
“There was a theater group at A&M; I know that sounds like an oxymoron,” Lovett said, laughing again. “In 1980, they were doing a spoof play, a rock opera, and asked us for a song. That’s where ‘It’s Rock and Roll’ came from. I pitched it for that ‘Dewey Cox’ movie, but they didn’t use it. But I found the demo tape and I used it.”
- Harper Simon (MySpace), the son of Paul Simon, is a self-professed “hippie country” fan and The Columbus Dispatch describes his recently-released, self-titled debut album as “a folky, country-tinged style heavy with acoustic and slide guitars.” (via That Nashville Sound)
- An upcoming reissue of a 1978 television special titled Country’s Greatest Stars Live: Volume 1 and 2 will feature nearly seven hours of performances and behind-the-scenes footage of stars like Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Tammy Wynette, and many more at the Grand Ole Opry House.
- Austin City Limits posted a video interview with Ray Benson and Willie Nelson about their collaboration earlier this year on Willie and the Wheel.
- Paste magazine’s Cory Alberston just wants a cohesive record for Christmas, unfortunately Sugarland‘s Gold and Green is not it:
As with Sugarland’s previous studio efforts, lead singer Jennifer Nettles suffers from a vocal identity crisis on the duo’s new holiday-themed Gold and Green. [...] Here, such shifts seem contrived, robbing Nettles of any relatable authenticity. What little sincerity the set has comes from Kristian Bush singing lead [...]
- Listen to A.A. Bondy cover the Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” live in the KUT’s studio.
- Test your country music knowledge with Chet Flippo’s brief quiz.
Music Fog: Madison Violet – “Crying”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.