Bobby Braddock Will Be Honored As Songwriting Icon; Hank Jr. Pulled From Yesterday’s Monday Night Football; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 4th, 2011

  • Our long national nightmare is over: Taylor Swift and Kanye West are now on high-fiving terms.
  • Hank Williams, Jr. made a Hitler analogy and ESPN subsequently pulled his theme song before yesterday’s Monday Night Football broadcast. Williams then released a statement saying he was misunderstood. UPDATE: Hank III spoke with TMZ, saying most musicians should avoid mixing music and political views.
  • BMI will honor Bobby Braddock as a Songwriting Icon in a private ceremony on November 8. What’s your favorite Braddock-penned song?
  • Nathan Mattise of SF Weekly caught sets from Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings at last weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
  • Jason Aldean’s Concert for the Cure raised $315,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
  • Blake Shelton announced his 2012 plans on Twitter. In January, he’ll headline his “Well Lit and Amplified” tour with supporting acts Justin Moore and Dia Frampton.
  • The Decemberists will release a new EP on November 1. Long Live the King will include acoustic songs recorded during their sessions for alt-country record The King is Dead as well as a Grateful Dead cover.
  • Scotty McCreery will perform the national anthem before the first game of the World Series, to be held October 19.
  • New releases:

Merle HaggardWorking in Tennessee

Various Artists The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams

Scotty McCreery Clear as Day

Jason Boland & The Stragglers Rancho Alto

Rodney Atkins Take a Back Road


  1. Rick
    October 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I heard the Hank Jr. comment and he was just trying to use an example of extreme polar opposites to make a point. Can two people be more different that Hitler and the Jewish leader of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu? Talk about politically correct gooflibballs making a mountain out of a mole hill as always. Just pathetic.

    Its nice to see Jason Aldean’s music can serve a useful purpose now and then.

    Trailer’s “Unwanted” poster is classic. Grade A!

    So John Rich named his new son after Colt Ford eh? If he has more sons will their first names be Ruger and Derringer, or maybe Remington? Crikey, mate.

  2. Rick
    October 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry has quite a line-up and is obviously being taped by GAC. Artists scheduled include Carrie Underwear, Randy Travis, Josh Turner, Gene Watson, John Anderson, Craig Morgan, Joe Stampley, with Connie Smith, and Little Jimmy Dickens as the only “Opry Legends”! I hope this marks the start of a trend in that regard…(lol)

    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Sunny Sweeney Alert! Although Sunny’s new single “Drink Myself Single” has not yet hit the Mediabase Top 50 chart, it is among the Top 3 most added songs this week at AirHead Country Radio! Go Sunny!

    Here’s the week’s top five most added songs (from the AllAboutCountry website):

    Dierks Bentley/Home (21 Adds)
    Brent Anderson/Amy’s Song (19 Adds)
    Sunny Sweeney/Drink Myself Single (19 Adds)
    Chris Young/You (17 Adds)
    Luke Bryan/I Don’t Want This Night To End (17 Adds)

    Umm, who in the heck is Brent Anderson?

  3. Barry Mazor
    October 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Quote: “Arista Nashville recording artist Brent Anderson is a Pascagoula, Mississippi native and a fresh voice on the national music scene. At age 13, Anderson was fronting his own band, and by 17, his gift for songwriting caught the ear of Nashville, earning him his first publishing contract in 2005. A distinctive vocalist as well as a skilled guitarist, Anderson co-wrote all of the songs on his upcoming debut album, helmed by noted producer Frank Rogers (Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker). Fans will be getting their first introduction to Brent with his debut single, “Amy’s Song.” Unquote.

  4. luckyoldsun
    October 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    It was the whole tenor of Hank Jr.’s appearance and comments. He seemed old, tired, angry, bitter and hung over. Hardly the fun-loving “rowdy” party animal that’s his persona. And he capped off his one offensive comment by yelling that the President is “the ENEMY!” It was offensive to a lot of people.

    One can hardly fault ESPN–a private company– for deciding that that’s not the image they want to project on their NFL program.

    I happen to like Hank Jr.’s music. Not that I expect him to take advice from me, but I’d tell him to be thankful for the 20-plus year-run he had with Monday Night Football and move on. Not all of his fans necessarily share his political opinions.

  5. Mike K
    October 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I’ll take “Would You Catch a Falling Star?” Not all that popular, but I like it.
    I have not read any reviews of the new Merle Haggard CD. Thoughts?

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