Billy Currington Indicted for “Terroristic Threats”; Kacey Musgraves Added to Bonnaroo Lineup; Stream New Kenny Chesney, Vandaveer Albums

Juli Thanki | April 25th, 2013

  • premiered Kris Kristofferson’s recording of “How Many Days,” a song from the upcoming Stephen King/T Bone Burnett/John Mellencamp project, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, which is coming out June 4.
  • Stream Vandaveer’s album of murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please, before its April 30 release date.
  • The Texas Thunder music festival will raise funds for those affected by the recent fertilizer plant explosion.
  • William Michael Smith of the Houston Press wrote a lengthy feature on Willie Nelson that’s well worth your time.
  • Yesterday, a Chatham County, Georgia grand jury indicted Billy Currington on charges of “making terroristic threats and abuse of an elderly person.”
  • On June 4, Real Gone Music will release Dickey Lee: Original Greatest Hits. (via press release)
  • Here’s another teaser, this one offering a sneak peek of Darin & Brooke Aldridge’s upcoming album.
  • Chet Flippo made a top ten list of the greatest country music albums ever, including Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music and Coal Miner’s Daughter. How does his list stack up against yours?
  • Chris Gray reviewed Carrie Underwood’s recent Houston show.
  • The new American Songwriter Muse sampler includes songs from Son Volt, Wayne Hancock, and Caitlin Rose.
  • Music downloads “may soon be as antiquated as CDs,” writes Steven Hyden, who also states that “the gains made by downloads are sluggish compared with the exploding reach of streaming services like Spotify and Pandora, which saw a 59 percent increase in revenues last year thanks to listeners willing to pay a nominal subscription fee (or sit through ads) in exchange for access to libraries with many more songs than they could ever purchase.”  
  • Travis Tritt and his daughter, Tyler Reese, will release their new single, a cover of “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough” on June 16.
  • Janie Fricke, Eddie Rabbitt, Steve Wariner, and Barbara Mandrell will be featured in a new Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum exhibit called Radio Romance: Mainstream Country in the 1980s.
  • Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, and Kix Brooks are a few of the artist appearing on Everybody Has a Story, an album that features songs written by patients at Vanderbilt’s children’s hospital.

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  1. Janice Brooks
    April 25, 2013 at 10:13 am

    Chet has a great list. I have 5 of 10 in hard copys.

  2. Janice Brooks
    April 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

    As for his Waylon choice. Waymore’s Blues, Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way and Bob Wills Is Still the King.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    April 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Turns out that the “elderly person” who was allegedly threatened in Chatham County, Georgia is a millionaire.
    I guess he won’t be leaving all his money to Billy Currington.
    People are crazy.

  4. Rick
    April 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Oprt Alert! With so few Thursday Night Classic Country Oprys remaining in the short spring season, you’ve got to listen while you still can! Tonight’s Opry features Sarah Darling, Mark Collie, Craig Campbell, and lone “Opry Legend” Jan Howard. The spotlight artist is Mell Tillis. Grade: B+

    Chet’s list looks legit even though I only own the Haggard album. The others are artists I would only be likely to cherry pick individual songs from, although the Ray Charles album has always intrigued me…

    It seems likes Billy Currington doesn’t like boat tours getting too close to his property. Who knows what the local laws are regarding such things?

    Jewly Hight’s article on the impact of “Nashville” was a little too high falutin’ for me. I’d just say it’s become a small, temporary part of the TV spawned pop-culture scene that will disappear once the series is cancelled and forgotten.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    April 26, 2013 at 12:54 am

    I have all ten of the albums on Chet’s list -while I like all of them only RED HEADED STRANGER, CIRCLE 1, JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON and maybe MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY & WESTERN MUSIC would be in my top ten albums

  6. Jon
    April 26, 2013 at 10:28 am

    “Jewly Hight’s article on the impact of “Nashville” was a little too high falutin’ for me.”

    Too bad for you, I’d say.

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