Birthplace of Country Music Museum Opens; Musgraves Goes Platinum (and Gold); New Music Videos
- Blake Shelton will release Bringing Back the Sunshine on September 30.
- Ben Folds will be vacating Studio A after the new owners informed him that they will be increasing his rent 124%.
- Beville Dunkerley interviewed Jamie Lynn Spears for Rolling Stone Country.
- Keith Urban wrote a piece for The Tennessean asking for the preservation of historic buildings along Music Row: “The past, present and the future are ALL still here — but the Row is currently under threat from developers. Nashville has exploded as a music town, and not just country music. Musicians from all genres, all over the world are making the pilgrimage here to immerse themselves in the kind of creative center that so many other cities have lost but that Nashville still maintains. Nashville’s growth is exciting, but not at the risk of losing the creative epicenter that is Music Row and that truly makes Nashville Music City. I sincerely hope that those who have made Nashville their home over the years, and those who have recently discovered our fair city, will come together as a united front and continue to be vocal about preserving and fortifying our beloved Music Row.”
- Urban also responded to the alleged rape that occurred at his Boston-area show last month, saying that he was “horrified” to hear about the event and that “this type of behavior stands in stark contrast to the spirit of our shows.”
- Markos Papadatos makes the case for Dottie West to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
- Ryan Adams’ “When the Stars Go Blue” is the American Songwriter Lyric of the Week.
- RockyGrass was featured on PBS NewsHour late last week.
- Chuck Dauphin (Billboard) wrote a tribute to Jim Reeves on the 50th anniversary of the singer’s death.
- IRS Records has signed the duo Muddy Magnolias.
- Trigger Hippy, a band in which Joan Osborne and Jackie Greene share lead vocals, has signed with Rounder Records.
- Statesboro Revue’s Stewart Mann wrote a sweet song called “Superman (A Song for Danny)” for a six-year-old cancer patient.
- Taylor Swift serenaded a seven-year old leukemia patient, played air hockey, and talked Spider-Man with the kid.
- Emily West made the semifinals of America’s Got Talent.
- Listen to a teaser of the Josh Abbott Band’s new single, “Hangin’ Around.”
- Paul Williams on his new album with JD Crowe and Doyle Lawson: “How amazing is it that three guys on Medicare can still be onstage performing this great American music called Bluegrass?”
- Proving quality still can sell, Kacey Musgraves’ “Merry Go Round” was certified platinum while the single “Follow Your Arrow” and Same Trailer, Different Park have gone gold.
- The thorough C.M. Wilcox celebrates six years of Quotable Country.
- Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It Down” jumped from #42 to the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, setting a new record. At Aldean’s Saturday night concert in Hartford, 30 people were hospitalized for “alcohol related incidents” and a drunk driver hit a police officer.
- “Why Maddie & Tae’s ‘Girl in a Country Song’ is good for country music.”
- Montgomery Gentry unveiled “Headlights,” their new single.
- Aimee Graham wrote a nice feature about “A Woman Like You” and “Flashlight” songwriter Johnny Bulford.
- The Rolling Stones came in at number 20 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice, a countdown of the most influential artists in history, chosen by country artists.
- Kelly Willis is this month’s featured artist over at My Kind of Country.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
Hunter Hayes – “Tattoo”
Maddie & Tae – “Girl in a Country Song”
Deana Carter – “Do or Die”
Ben Bradford – “Tequila Makes the World Go Round”
April Kry – “Beauty Queen”
Grace Askew – “Cinnamon”
The Tillers – “Shanty Boat” (Live at WAMU Bluegrass Country)
John Berry – “City of New Orleans”
Randy Travis – “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me”
Billy Dean – “Wounded Warrior”
Danielle Bradbery – “Say Something”
The Infamous Stringdusters – “Summercamp”
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.