Brad Paisley Pens Diary of a Player; Chris Thile & Michael Daves Thrill at Ellnora; New Songs from Emily West

Juli Thanki | September 16th, 2011

  • Jim Lauderdale interviewed Kenny Vaughan about his new record in a video for American Songwriter.
  • The Professional Bull Riders are teaming up with The McClymonts, hosting a contest in which people can enter for a chance to win a trip to Australia. The McClymonts will also be performing during the 2011 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, Oct. 26-30.
  • Jon Caramanica says Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night “elevates this group’s fecklessness to high art” in his review of the album.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed Americana singer-songwriter Lydia Loveless.
  • There’s no “incubator” to nurture today’s artists as they build a career, says Chet Flippo in his newest Nashville Skyline column about the new Johnny Cash and Hank Williams releases.
  • Mac McAnally has a live album coming out next month.
  • Ben Sollee, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Jason Isbell made the American Songwriter list of must-see artists at the SoundLand music fest.
  • Trace Adkins and Easton Corbin are two of the acts scheduled to perform on the Blake Shelton Cruise in October 2012.
  • Brad Paisley wrote a book with David Wild (due out November 1) called Diary of a Player, “a salute to the guitar gods of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll who have shaped his life.”
  • Mark Wills was honored with the Operation Troop Aid Patriot Award.
  • Dave Paulson of the Tennessean interviewed Taylor Swift about the special guests at her shows, rapping with 15,000 fans, and the intense planning and rehearsals behind her current tour.
  • Take a peek into Gretchen Peters’ photo shoot for Hello Cruel World.

  1. Barry Mazor
    September 16, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Maybe we could one-up the idiotic, posturing “Reinstate Hank” movement with a “Resurrect Hank” movement. If THAT succeeded, at least he could show up on a Saturday night, which would matter, since being alive is a practical demand on Opry cast members.

    Maybe it really is time for “Dead from Music City USA: The Zombie Opry!” They could broadcast it from The Cloud.

  2. Barry Mazor
    September 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    One more thing: Hank Williams is the most honored artist in the history of country music. Anybody who thinks he’s in any way being “disrespected’ by anybody associated with country music in 2011 must have, for some reason, an awful lot invested in being associated with having some disrespect out there to complain about.

  3. Juli Thanki
    September 16, 2011 at 2:42 pm
  4. Rick
    September 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    The McClymont’s made their Opry debut a week ago and it was announced they’ve moved from Australia to Nashville to give the US market a serious try. I hope that they fare better than Catherine Britt ever did here in the States. Fortunately the McClymont sisters have a huge head start in that their two Aussie albums have already been released here commercially (unlike Catherine’s two RCA Nashville albums that were only released down under).

    Ummm, is there any chance Engine 145 will ultimately be declared a “Taylor Swift Free Zone”? It would be so nice to be able to forget about Taylor at every available opportunity…

    Emily West has never really been a country artist but now she is wandering even further off the reservation! Fortunately her grab bag of new songs is quite interesting with most having an “Adult Contemporary” genre feel. “My Story” would be right at home in the Americana format and with countrified instrumentation “Only When I’m Lonely” could do well on Top 40 AirHead Country Radio. Heck, its as good as the songs Lady Antebellum and Taylor what’s her name put in the Top 10 these days..

  5. Rick
    September 16, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Sunny Sweeney Update! First the bad news: Sunny’s second radio single “Staying’s Worse Than Leaving” peaked at about # 39 on the Mediabase charts and has now fallen off entirely. The Good News: It appears “Drink Myself Single” is the new 3rd single as radio station DJ copies are already turning up on eBay! (It would be even better if those stations were actually playing the new song rather than selling their copy on eBay! Hopefully they uploaded the digital file to their playback systems first.)

    If “Drink Myself Single” doesn’t do well at Top 40 AirHead Country Radio, then my estimation of the stupidity of the majority of major market program directors is about to reach unparalleled heights! Go Sunny!

  6. Ben Foster
    September 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Yes! Sweeney has confirmed on Twitter that “Drink Myself Single” is her new release. I’m excited and optimistic. (Review:

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