Blake Shelton Invited to Join Opry; ‘Country Strong’ Tracklist Announced; Nashville Venue Plans Austin Location
- It only took the Opry 69 characters of the allotted 140 on Twitter to invite Blake Shelton to become a member during last night’s Opry House reopening ceremony. Watch video of the invitation on YouTube »
- Tom Roland recapped the events of the Grand Ole Opry House reopening.
But the night also included performances that offered a smattering of country music history — of which, the Opry has been central. Dierks Bentley and Del McCoury injected bluegrass into the proceedings with a cover of Bill Monroe’s “Roll On, Buddy, Roll On.” Martina McBride and Connie Smith traded lines in the 1964 classic “Once A Day.” Charlie Daniels teamed with Montgomery Gentry on a sizzling version of “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” And Josh Turner and Lorrie Morgan turned in a stunning version of the George Jones & Tammy Wynette hit “Golden Ring.” (Lorrie, incidentally, wore a leopard-patterned dress — not something in red…)
- Walmart’s Soundcheck has a new video interview with Jamey Johnson.
- The Nashville venue The Stage on Broadway plans to open a sister venue in Austin to help reintroduce country music to 6th Street. It’ll be called The Stage on Sixth and will open New Year’s Eve.
- In light of the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass going on this week, Craig Shelburne created a playlist of bluegrass songs.
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts shared reactions to the Opry House’s renovations from Opry members Brad Paisley, Lorrie Morgan, Martina McBride, and Little Jimmy Dickens.
“It went from Brady Bunch to Extreme Home Makeover,” said [Brad Paisley]. “And the stage, (which went from a light wood to darker teak), before you couldn’t really see the (historic) circle,” he said pointing to a picture of the stage hanging in a backstage hallway. “Maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not. Man, now you can’t miss it.”
- The Bluegrass Blog has nine pages of coverage for the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass so far.
- The list of songs and artists on the soundtrack to the movie Country Strong has been released and it includes stars performing songs written by popular songwriters and produced by popular producers. Some of the names include: Chris Young, Patty Loveless, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Ronnie Dunn [who produced his own cover of “She’s Actin’ Single (I’m Drinkin’ Double)”], Hank Jr., Trace Adkins, Faith Hill, and Tim McGraw, who also serves executive producer. The soundtrack is scheduled for an Oct. 26 release.
- NPR posted a couple of performances: Chatham County Line on World Cafe and Jeff Bridges on Mountain Stage.
- Awaiting the Flood’s Jason Estopinal published a Q&A with Emmylou Harris that took place prior to last week’s All for the Hall benefit.
- Del McCoury‘s radio show is making the move from Sirius/XM satellite radio to syndication.
- Merle Haggard on outlaw country artists:
Outlaw country artists are people like Willie Nelson who write music their way and not because of some special grooming. Johnny Cash wasn’t made in a grooming school and the next Johnny Cash won’t be found that way. The writers now pick about two guys at a time and [work with them] and come back with a song at five that evening. That is the way they like to see [country stars made]. Sometimes it works. But I don’t think they found Elvis Presley that way and I don’t think Hank Williams was found that way. Hank didn’t do it that way at all.
- In an interview with Peter Cooper, Sam Bush talked about the state of bluegrass music, the limiting aspect of the term “bluegrass,” and Bill Monroe’s distaste for “newgrass” music.
Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen, who you might recognize as the brothers responsible for O Brother, Where Art Thou, are working on a remake of the movie True Grit and they’ve enlisted the Peasall Sisters who can be heard performing “Where No One Stands Alone” in the film’s trailer.
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