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.
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- Mike W: Really liking the new Ryan Bingham song, his last album really didnt do much for me, but this new song …
- nm: Oh, the old Sutler. The first time I visited Nashville, I went to a New Year's Eve show there: Lonesome …
- Tom: ...another "favorite child question". then again, what would the genre be without all the drama it's got to deal with. …
- luckyoldsun: Dwight's had so many great songs. From memory, I'd have to name "Bakersfield" with Buck Owens, "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Nothing" and …
- Scooter: Thanks Jonathon. Downloaded "Last Chance for a thousand years" and love it. Was unaware of that album.
- Donald: The correct answer is of course, "Bury Me."
- Leeann Ward: As far as I know, I have all of Dwight's albums. It's truly impossible to choose a favorite song, but …
- Michael: I wonder if Kasey Chambers will be visiting Dr. Gwen Korovin for treatment of her vocal cords...
- Dave D.: Just about any song off of Dwight's first three albums would qualify as a favorite; forced to pick one I'd …
- Jack Williams: No. Not Owner of a Lonely Heart. I was hoping for better when I saw the article title …