Blake Shelton and Jimmy Fallon Duet; Stringbean’s Killer Up for Parole; Smell Like Taylor Swift

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 18th, 2011

  • Blake Shelton is also the new host of the Grand Ole Opry’s new backstage tour experience. “Beginning this week, visitors on the Opry House Backstage Pass Tour will get an authentic look behind the scenes of the Opry not only from their tour guide, but also from Shelton, who joins tour groups via video throughout their visit backstage. The Tishomingo resident joins groups to talk about their surroundings and share personal stories at the Opry’s backstage entrance, in Studio A and in the Opry Green Room.”
  • Stealing Angels just returned from a USO trip and are feeling patriotic. And generous. You can download complimentary tracks of both “God Bless America” and “Star Spangled Banner” here.
  • Civil War history and roots music collide with Tuesday’s release of 1861 Project- Volume 1: From Farmers To Foot Soldiers. Artists including Marty Stuart, John Anderson and Chris Jones have contributed to the project. “Some of the songs are derived from true stories handed down through generations, while others are historical conjecture. “I Have” tells of a man walking home barefoot for hundreds of miles following the surrender at Appomattox. Another song, “Eyes,” relates the story of an Irish immigrant, one of many drafted into Union service from their new home in New York City. The exuberant “Gospel Train” is from the perspective of a runaway slave “riding” the Underground Railroad to freedom.”
  • By providing his singing services, Josh Turner, helped the students and the schools of Ringgold, GA raise over $150,000 on the 14th. The community was devastated in April by an EF-4 tornado. The proceeds from “After the Storm: Coming Together Benefit Concert with Josh Turner” will be split evenly between the Ringgold Band and the Ringgold athletic fund.
  • Jack Ingram got cut high and tight with a new summer “do” on his new Acoustic Motel video series and cut “Run to Me.”
  • September 13th marks the centennial of Bill Monroe’s birth and several projects are in the works to honor the legend including a new instrumental tribute album, a biographical film and a tribute at the IBMA Awards.
  • When he wasn’t busy prepping and stumping for his new 25th Anniversary album, Randy Travis was busy playing movie star. Travis plays the CIA Deputy Director in the nuclear disaster avoidance flick Jerusalem Countdown that opens in late August.
  • A new online radio station featuring all live country music cuts was just launched at “Longtime radio legend Charlie Cook is lending his talents to the venture. The most significant unique offering of the website is a full-time, internet-only radio station that is 100% programmed with live Country music recordings from some of the biggest stars of the genre, and those concert performances come from an exclusive archive maintained by United Stations primarily for its nationally distributed live music show, The Road.”
  • There have been some price cuts in Bloodshot Records’ iTunes catalog. If you’re looking for some tunes, you can’t go wrong with Paul Burch and Robbie Fulks.
  • Sorry, ladies: Brody Vercher is now a married man. Congratulations to the happy couple!
  1. Occasional Hope
    July 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Congratulations to Brody and his new wife.

  2. Thomas
    July 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    …congratulations and my very best wishes to the newlyweds.

  3. Rick
    July 18, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    I really enjoyed the Nora Jane Struthers interview. I’m not familiar with Bearfoot’s music, but she’d be a welcome addition to any acoustic group in my opinion. The real question is whether they will add Nora’s “Cowgirl Yodel #3″ to their live act? If not, shame on them! (lol)

    Corb Lund will be happy about the CCMA holding its awards shows in Edmonton as he won’t have to travel very far to get there. Maybe he can even ride into town on a horse…

    Ray Stevens should not be considered for the Country Music Hall of Fame until after Rose Maddox has been inducted! The original queen of humorous country music belongs well ahead of the joker responsible for “Ahab The Arab” and “The Streak” when it comes to the Hall of Fame.

    Have to agree about Sherrie Austin being labelled a beauty. The way she looked in the “Streets of Heaven” video was about as fetching as a gal can get. I’m glad to see she’s still recording music and not just being another Nashville songwriter these days. Go Sherrie!

  4. Jeremy Dylan
    July 19, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    Sherrie Austin is tremendous, in all respects. I cannot wait for this new record.

  5. ACcountryFan
    July 20, 2011 at 8:02 am

    The reference to Ray Stevens wasn’t questioned correctly in my opinion. The question at hand isn’t “Should Ray Stevens be in the Country Music Hall of Fame?” but rather “Why isn’t Ray Stevens in the Country Music Hall of Fame?”. If people click the link it’ll take them to an article/interview that I think lays out a perfect argument as to why he belongs there. Also, the article goes into much detail about Ray’s overall career and everything he’s been involved in musically over the last 50 some years. I think if people were to go beyond the comedic aspect of his career and notice his entire body of work and all the things he’s been a part of in the music industry as a singer/songwriter/musician/producer/arranger…I think if people were to look at those aspects of his career they’d walk away with a completely different view of Ray and wonder, too, why he’s never been made a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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