Bobby Bland Passes Away; Holly Williams Placed on Vocal Rest; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 24th, 2013

  • Bobby Bland passed away in Memphis yesterday at the age of 83. In The New York Times obituary, Bill Friskics-Warren writes, “Exhibiting a delicacy of phrasing and command of dynamics akin to those of the most urbane pop and jazz crooners, his intimate pleading left its mark on everyone from the soul singers Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett to rock groups like the Allman Brothers and the Band.”
  • Stream Willie Nelson’s CMT Crossroads episode.
  • Emily West posted a new song to her Soundcloud page; listen to “Break My Heart” here.
  • The Raging Idiots partnered with Ashley Monroe to make a tongue-in-cheek song and music video for The Bobby Bones Show. Check out “(Country) Thrift Shop” here.
  • Trace Adkins is filming a movie called Mom’s Night Out with Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton and Sean Astin.
  • Ashton Shepherd has landed a television gig: her show, Cookin’ Country, will premiere next month on eWave TV.
  • posted Stephen Deusner’s interview with John Fogerty.
  • John Oates’s new album, Detours, will include guests Taylor Swift and Vince Gill.
  • Holly Williams went to her Facebook page to announce that she’s taking a two-week break from touring to recover from polyps on her vocal cords.
  • Clay Walker and his wife welcomed a baby boy.
  • Nash FM’s America’s Morning Show made its debut last week. Blair Garner hosts and Lee Ann Womack, Chuck Wicks, Sunny Sweeney, and Terri Clark share co-hosting duties.
  • Craig Morgan told Chuck Dauphin at Billboard that he’s confident his next single, “Wake Up Loving You,” will be the biggest of his career.
  • Dauphin also posted a feature on David Nail.
  • Shane Nicholson and Kasey Chambers are still friends and still collaborating after their split. The two recently performed together at a tribute for Slim Dusty.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Eagles DVD giveaway: Michael A. Check your email, Michael.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Luke Bryan“Crash My Party”

The Civil Wars“The One That Got Away”

Thomas Rhett“It Goes Like This”

Joel Crouse“If You Want Some”

Jasmine Rae“If I Want To”

Mike Aiken “Save the Whales”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band “Come with Me”

Joe Diffie featuring D-Thrash of Jawga Boyz“Girl Ridin’ Shotgun”



  1. Janice Brooks
    June 24, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Else where it was discussed why Jo Dee Messina needs 100,000 to make an album. Tracy Lawrence only asked for 50,000.

  2. Barry Mazor
    June 24, 2013 at 11:46 am

    With all due respect to the inimitable Rich Kienzle, there are many friends of those so-called “worst” country music films. Judging them by their non-existent plots is like watching the Marx Brothers ‘A Night at the Opera” for the romantic operetta duets, only less rewarding.

  3. SamB
    June 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    I was fortunate enough to see Holly Williams last night, on the final show of her tour before this enforced break.

    I’m pleased to say that you could barely tell there was anything wrong – literally just a couple of notes where her voice cracked, and what seemed like a slightly abbreviated set, but other than that, it was a very enjoyable show by an incredibly talented vocalist and songwriter.

  4. Rick
    June 24, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I really enjoyed that article about the worst country music related films. I’ve never heard of any of them, but if I ever get a Netflix subscription I’d love to check them out! Shades of Leonard Pinth Garnell’s “Bad Cinema” reviews in the early years of Saturday Night Live. It’s a shame that “Pure Country II – The Gift” didn’t make that esteemed list…

    I’m glad to see Kasey and Shane are remaining civil to each other for the kids sake. Is there any chance some Tammy Wynette style weepers will result from this situation? Hmm…

    Darn, I’d rather read about Tim O’Brien recording a new album with Sam Bush and the members of the former Wild Jimbos band instead. Maybe next time.

    So Ashley Monroe worked on a project with “The Raging Idiots”(?) huh? I have no idea who or what they are! I’d love to make a political comment here but don’t want my entire post to be deleted! (lol)

  5. BRUCE
    June 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Vince Gill – the perennial duets’ partner.

    I love Diffie’s voice as always but this song if for the Luke Bryan beer, butts, and boobs crowd.

    Morgan is one of the good guys and his new single isn’t bad.

  6. Luckyoldsun
    June 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Well Diffie’s song is a response to Aldean’s “’94”. It’s in a similar vein. But at least he’s singing. And it’s nice to see some of his contemporaries and followers like Keith and Toby and McGraw and Paisley pay Joe some respect by taking the time to contribute cameos for the video.

  7. Leeann Ward
    June 25, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    But it’s still an awful song.

  8. luckyoldsun
    June 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    It’s no “Ships That Don’t Come In,” but I’ll take it. It would be a kick if it’s a hit.

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