Bonnaroo Embraces Rootsy Musicians; Rare George Jones Songs Reissued; Luke Bryan Celebrates No. 1

Brody Vercher | February 10th, 2010

  • Bonnaroo certainly could have done worse with its lineup, here’s a selection of the more country-leaning acts: John Fogerty, Zac Brown Band, John Prine, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Jamey Johnson, Kris Kristofferson, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Miranda Lambert, Cross Canadian Ragweed, and Carolina Chocolate Drops.
  • Nathan Rabin summarizes Kris Kristofferson‘s inexcusably lackluster career:

    Kristofferson is so achingly, agonizingly, unforgivably dull that he really should apologize to us all for not being more interesting. Yet in spite of the dishwater-grey nature of his soul, he’s has nevertheless made a go of it as a country singer for the past 40 years. At least he’s persistent.

  • Preview Kenny Chesney‘s new song “Ain’t Back Yet.”
  • On Feb. 23, Time Life will reissue a double-disc set of George Jones‘ rare recordings for the Musicor label.

    George Jones: The Great Lost Hits collects 34 songs Jones recorded between 1965 and 1972, with many of the tracks never before available on CD due to the label’s extensive legal issues in the last few decades.

  • The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum will hold a press conference/trophy ceremony tomorrow to present the 2007 inductees (The Nashville “A” Team, The Memphis Boys, The Blue Moon Boys, and The Tennessee Two) with their trophies, which were not available at the time of induction. Admission is free for the event and will be through Saturday, the last day the museum will be open in its current location.
  • Kelly Dearmore described The Cold Open, the new record from Chatterton, in his latest column for Best of Texas: “[…] think of the indie-rocking of Alberta Cross mixed with the yearning vocals of Neil Young and a dash of Hal Ketchum-style modern country galloping, even.” (MySpace)
  • Another new album worth checking out is Home from Nashville artist Louise Mosrie, who won the Kerrville New Folk Songwriter competition last year. (MySpace)
  • Music Fog: John Arthur Martinez – “Utopia”
  • An Associated Press review describes Josh Turner‘s new album Haywire as the first inconsistent effort of his career, and cites his over-reliance on one-dimensional portrayals of women as one of the record’s downfalls. Country California’s C.M. Wilcox agrees, calling it Turner’s least interesting album to date.

    Love songs are the order of the day. There are slow ones and fast ones, but few distinctive enough to overcome the considerable disadvantage of being surrounded by so many other love songs. Contrast can work wonders – higher highs make for lower lows and a more dynamic journey for listeners. In choosing a topically homogeneous bunch of songs with such a narrow emotional range (all songs fall somewhere between cute and sweet), Turner cannot avail himself of contrast.

  • Rascal Flatts released a digital compilation of love songs yesterday. The album, titled 14 Love Songs for the 14th, is a collection of songs from throughout the trio’s career. (Amazon | iTunes)
  • Darius Rucker is about six songs into his second country album, but says he doesn’t feel the same pressure he did when trying to follow up his 1994 hit album Cracked Rearview Mirror with the Blowfish:

    “Oh God, no, it doesn’t feel like that at all,” Rucker, who’s currently on the road opening for Rascal Flatts and pushing his fourth single, “History in the Making,” says with a laugh. “That was a different animal. Now I feel like I’m making a record to solidify my career in country music. The pressure is finding songs; I’ve got a relationship with country radio, so I think if I deliver great songs, they’ll play ‘em.”

  • Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood along with Luke Bryan celebrated the success of Bryan’s song “Do I” at a No. 1 party in Nashville yesterday. The three guys wrote the song together and Lady A’s third member, Hillary Scott, provided background vocals, but had to skip the party because of an illness.
  • The Boot introduces Pinto Bennett, the songwriter behind all the songs on Reckless Kelly‘s new album Somewhere In Time.

    So just who is Pinto Bennett? The honky-tonk singer/songwriter never really found great fame in the U.S. but had huge success in Europe. He founded Pinto Bennett and the Famous Motel Cowboys, and boasted collaborations with Jack Clemens (who produced Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, among others) and the Everly Brothers. The 64-year-old Idaho native now plays with Trio Pinto, a three-man ensemble with Bill Parsons and Brett Dewey.

  • Farce the Music designed logos for a few different country artists.
  1. Jon
    February 10, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum… I wrote the script for the awards show honoring the 2007 inductees, and it was quite a time. Glad to see them getting a little more ink, not to mention the actual awards. For those who don’t know, the MHFM is currently under the gun with respect to the city’s development authority, which is threatening to use eminent domain, rather than serious negotiation for fair and equitable compensation, to make its present site available for the new convention center. Which, to put it plainly, stinks.

  2. Rick
    February 10, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Pinto apparently worked with Cowboy Jack Clement as opposed to Jack Clemens who (if he exists) is likely a distant relative of Mark Twain! (lol)

    Trailer’s artist logos are really cool, but I have to admit I don’t get the Blake Shelton logo. Does Chuck Wicks wear a hibiscus flower over his ear now that he is free from the clutches of Jiulianne Fluff? Hmm…

    Nathan Rabin really has an axe to grind against Kris K., but I can’t argue about his take on most of Kris’ songs. There are some classic gems buried among the rubble though.

    Ha, Southern California’s Stagecoach Festival is going to one up Bonnaroo! They may have those cool artists but we get a tie-in event to the Soap Net cable channel and a bunch of daytime soap opera actors will be there! Bobbie Eakes, who used to host GAC’s TOP 20 countdown and released a couple of country albums, will be there as she plays Crystal on All My Children. So take that Bonnaroo! (lol)


  3. Vicki
    February 10, 2010 at 11:36 am

    The Bonnaroo Line up is exciting! Too bad I don’t go in for cigs, weed, or any kind of smoking. My son went one year, loved it, but I thought I’d die coughing rushing to get his clothes in the wash.

    Kenny’s new song: Blah..not interesting at all.

    Leave Kris Kristofferson alone..everyone knows he’s got so much talent in his little finger for songwriting..who cares if he’s not got a big singing career. I don’t think he even expects to have one.

    John Arthur Martinez: “Utopia”. Nice..but can the lead guitarist look anymore bored?

    Farce the Music logo’s were good..especially Taylor Swifts

  4. Vicki
    February 10, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Rick: Blake Shelton is the twitter king (note the twitter symbol in his name). I follow him along with many others, and frankly, I think the man is obsessed with it.

  5. Rick
    February 10, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Thanks Vicki. I didn’t recognize the Twitter symbol as I’m not the tweeting type!

    How could you guys not mention Donna Ulisse in the link blurb about Louise Mosrie as the article is primarily about Donna? PaulaW is going to get huffy about this! (lol)

  6. Rick
    February 10, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Breaking News! (From Country Standard Time):

    “Tuesday, February 9, 2010 – Bob Dylan and John Mellencamp will pay a visit to the White House Wednesday for a concert honoring the Civil Rights movement.”

    They really should have also included Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle for a complete Obamavoter leftist quartet! I would suggest a performance of the Randy Newman song “Rednecks” since Steve covered that on the “Sail Away” tribute album….

  7. Drew
    February 10, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    I agree with Rabin, Kristofferson is probably my least favorite of his generation of country “legends”.

  8. Brody Vercher
    February 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Perhaps only posting a blurb on the Kristofferson piece stripped away the context (or else I’m being obtuse), but I think Rabin was exercising his sarcasm.

  9. Leeann Ward
    February 10, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    That’s exactly what I thought/hoped too, Brody.

  10. nm
    February 10, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    Brody, you should have included the sentence that precedes your clip for full context.

  11. Noeller
    February 10, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Definitely dripping sarcasm in that KK piece – no question.

    I actually don’t hate that Chesney track, upon first listen. It’s VERY rock-leaning, but it’s not an “island song”, so at least that’s something. On a relative scale (Chesney’s set the bar pretty low) I’m okay with this track.

  12. Drew
    February 10, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Really looking forward to that new George Jones record too.

  13. Ian
    February 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Boy Rascal Flatts and Darius Rucker… There’s a show I can’t miss. (Please note the sarcasm…)

  14. highwayman3
    February 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    The new Chesney song is horrible. I don’t get the reason to reissue his greatest hits in order to accomidate this new single. He’s releasing a new album this fall, would it have been too long to wait for a single from there, can country radio survive 4 months without a Chesney song? would people have forgotten about him if he didn’t fill this time with this song?

  15. Steve Harvey
    February 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Yes, the Kristofferson quote is sarcastic – which is incredibly obvious if you actually read the article.

  16. Rick
    February 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    Darn, I was so hoping Nathan Rabin was being serious about Kris Kristofferson’s music being that Kris is an Obamavoter and all. But then again Nathan probably is too. Oh well…

  17. idlewildsouth
    February 10, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Yea, the article is clearly sarcastic, but in all honesty, for my taste, I agree with just the excerpt.

  18. Brady Vercher
    February 10, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    That blurb is a facetious take on Kristofferon the man, not his music. As far as tastes go, I’m sure some people don’t care for his music, but his story is anything but dull.

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