Brad Paisley Added To Grammy Lineup
- Brad Paisley has joined the performance lineup for the Grammys.
- Speaking of Brad, the Tennessean’s Beverly Keel reports that he’s set to begin working on an instrumental album.
- Charles Hughes confesses that he’s become something of a Josh Turner fan over the past couple of years and designates “Nowhere Fast”, Turner’s duet with Anthony Hamilton, as the crowning moment on Everything Is Fine. However, Hughes feels any progress Turner made with the duet is smothered by “South Carolina Low Country”.
Turner directly calls up a historical legacy of white-supremacist oppression that not only cuts the meaning of the Anthony Hamilton duet to ribbons, but also taints the entirety of his recorded work. What Turner does can’t simply be chalked up as “country conservatism,” whatever that means: It’s one thing to assert your patriotism or “family values,” or even to use barely-coded language of “rebels” and “states’ rights” as an affirmation of one’s regional identity or political affiliation. It’s entirely another to say what Turner does in the song’s third verse…
- Our own Jim Malec weighed in on Willie’s latest with a review in Denver’s Westword newspaper.
- RCA Records will release How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites From The Grand Ole Opry on February 5th. The album will feature Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Loretta Lynn, Vince Gill, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Trace Adkins, Ronnie Milsap, and Charlie Daniels. Four days after the album drops GAC will have a 90-minute television special of the same name to celebrate the songs from the album.
- Country Music Hall of Fame member Harold Bradley opines on the state of country music. He says he may not like some of the music, but he supports the artists and thinks “maybe it’s an evolution that has to happen to keep country music going.”
He thinks the loss of the real country sound is the tragedy of change.
“Because I came out of the big band era, my albums on Columbia were pop and jazz,” he said. “I had to learn to try to play country music. I never thought I would have to defend country music I thought it could defend itself. It was so big.”
- While I was pokin’ around the Granada Theater YouTube page I came across some cool videos from an Eleven Hundred Springs performance. Good quality audio, too.
- andythedrifter: "It Sure Can Get Cold In Des Moines"
- Donald: LOS, I need to second your mention of Ballad of Forty Dollars.
- Paul W Dennis: Best wishes for Jim Ed Brown - there's very few left from his generation of country singers John Morthland's article on …
- Paul W Dennis: That looks like Harold Morrison playing the dobro behind Jeannie C Riley on "Harper Valley PTA"
- luckyoldsun: Got to go with "The Ballad of Forty Dollars." Funny, if you saw the title and started listening to that song …
- Randy Prewitt: I would have to say my favorite Tom T.Hall song is "The Day Clayton Delaney Died.He has so many great …
- KathyP: "Faster Horses." Which reminds me I need to add it to my digital library.
- Leeann Ward: "Me and Jesus" and "Harper Valley PTA" are my favorites, I think. But I agree with Paul that it's not …
- Chad: "I Love" of course!
- nm: I enjoyed that Nashville recap from the Fug Girls, but the absolutely best recaps are in the Nashville Scene, by …