Blake Shelton’s Defiant Attitude; Rascal Flatts Pluses; Carolwood Records Folds
- Blake Shelton on his more defiant attitude of late:
“One thing we’re doing that we probably haven’t done is showcase the … ‘I don’t give a (expletive) if you like it or not’ attitude,” Shelton says. “It’s puzzled me why country artists have to be so politically correct. I mean I’m not a politician. If I’m going to sing about drinking and raising hell then you have to know deep down inside that’s what I do. I’m just more open about it lately, and it’s amazing the reaction to that. People either love me or hate me. But it’s the first time they are noticing, which is awesome for me. I’m loving it. I can show you some people on Twitter that hate me. They are probably tree-hugging, card-carrying members of PETA that can kiss my (expletive) anyway.”
- If you like the music of Lee Ann Womack, The Boot invites you listen to “So Embarassing,” the new single from Becky Schlegel whose next album, Dandelion, will be released in January and is billed as her most commercial country project to date.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Positive Things About Rascal Flatts
- Craig Shelburne compiled a list of his favorite Waylon Jennings songs from the ’70s.
- Those “dudes in a band” give musicians a bad rap.
- Without writer, folklorist, Smithsonian Folklife Festival founder/coordinator, and musician Ralph Rinzler, Juli Thanki argues that the founding father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, could have been erased from the minds of the American public.
- Alison Bonaguro mentioned a few songs that were recorded by two separate artists — for example, “Break Down Here” by Julie Roberts and Trace Adkins and “Telluride” by Tim McGraw and more recently Josh Gracin — and asked if you can think of any other examples.
- Country Haiku:
In this truck I am
Carrying your love with me
Also, some boxes
- Caroldwood Records folded into Lyric Street Records. Trent Tomlinson and Love and Theft made the switch, but there’s no word on Jessica Andrews, the label’s first artist.
- Country Universe: What are some of your favorite non-hit singles from the past decade?
- Guy Clark performed “Somedays You Write the Song,” “The Guitar,” “If I Needed You,” “L.A. Freeway,” and “Hemingway’s Whiskey” in the World Cafe studio.
- Country California fake news:
“Crunchy, guitar-driven rock music with hick-flavored lyrics is my calling card, but it wouldn’t be a Jason Aldean album without a vaguely menacing, clearly-overcompensating-for-something title,” says Aldean. “People don’t think about it, but the title is real important. It’s something we’ll have to tour behind for a year and print on t-shirts and stuff, so when it comes to finding the right name, we’re giving it our all. Hmm… Giving It My All? Nah, not tough enough.”
- The latest group of honorees for the Music City Walk of Fame includes Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Kid Rock, Tootsie Bess, and Charlie Daniels.
- Nathan Rabin covered Lee Hazelwood for week 22 of his Nashville or Bust column.
Even when he was singing, he was still pretty much just talking: His voice wasn’t a particularly powerful or subtle instrument, but he got the most out of it. “I’ll Live Yesterdays” has one of the strangest, funniest, most unexpectedly affecting intros I’ve ever heard, as Hazlewood reasons, with exquisite world-weariness, “Seems we’re always doing something to hurt each other / But you know, you never really hurt me until the fourth verse of this song.”
- Watch the new video for “It Did,” the first single from Blaine Larsen‘s forthcoming album. (via NashvilleGab)
- Gretchen Peters posted a 15 minute travelogue video from the Cowboy Train ride with Tom Russell, Paul Zarzyski, Wylie Gustafson, Sourdough Slim, Barry Walsh and Thad Beckman back in September.
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …
- bob: Agree on King of the Road. There's another song that mentions Maine, "A Tombstone Every Mile" recorded by Dick Curless …
- Barry Mazor: I'm sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so …
- Stuart Munro: I'm not sure that there hasn't been a shift in the meaning of the term "Americana" as originally used and …
- luckyoldsun: Given that the word "Americana" is a fairly common word that has been in use for decades--generally used to describe …
- Jack Williams: Fair enough, Stuart. My own purely personal view is that the term Americana is the successor term to Alt.Country …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack's voice. It's too bad that he didn't record more of his own …