Bonnaroo Embraces Rootsy Musicians; Rare George Jones Songs Reissued; Luke Bryan Celebrates No. 1
- 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.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …