Brooks, Robbins, Smith Inducted Into HoF; Tim Johnson Passes Away; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 22nd, 2012

  • Jana Kramer had an airplane scare yesterday. A couple of her tweets:

“Terrified out of my mind. Emergency landing back in Miami without landing gear. #pray”

“HOLY S**T that was NOT cool at all. Good news though. I’m on the ground. We made it. Thanks for the prayers #shaking”

  • Songwriter Tim Johnson passed away from liver and colon cancer early Sunday morning with over 100 major label album cuts to his name.  Johnson served on NSAI’s Song Camp faculty and served as a longtime board member of NSAI. Artists like Daryle Singletary (“I Let Her Lie”), Collin Raye (“Someone You Used to Know”), Kellie Pickler (“Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind”) and Mark Chesnutt (“Thank God for Believers”) all recorded Johnson’s songs. He leaves behind a wife and two young children. Numerous songwriters and performers were on Twitter shortly after his passing to recognize the man.

Jimmy Wayne: “Prayers for Tim Johnson’s kids & wife . Tim wrote the lyrics to “Do you believe me know”. He passed at 1:30 this am.”

Jesse Lee:  “Music row lost a very talented and sweet man today. Tim Johnson, RIP”

Victoria Banks: “RIP Tim Johnson. In your own words: “God only cries for the living/ ‘Cause it’s the living that are so far from home””

Erin Enderlin: “I just heard we lost the great singer songwriter Tim Johnson today, thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. He was kind enough to let me sit in a room with him a couple time, true brilliance…”

Chely Wright: “Rest In Peace, Tim Johnson. One of Nashville’s best songwriters, but most importantly… a good guy. #LIVESTRONG”

  • Following his medallion ceremony and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame yesterday, Garth Brooks and his bride Trisha Yearwood look to be gearing up for a career relaunch: “He has sold more than 128 million albums – more than anyone except The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Brooks could start adding to that Brooks could start adding to that tally by making a simple announcement to Music Row: Send me your songs. ‘You talk about songwriters, the great ones can birth a career, but the greatest ones can bring life back into one,” Brooks said. “So we’ll be looking hard for songs just to see what the future might hold for us.’”
  • Brooks, Connie Smith, and Hargus “Pig” Robbins were formally inducted into the Hall of Fame last night. Read about it here.
  • Emily West and KS Rhoads have started a new duo and will unveil their newest songs, including this track, “Fallen,” this week at The Basement in Nashville.
  • C.M. Wilcox reviewed a Billy Joe Shaver concert on Country California.
  • The Rankin Family’s Jimmy Rankin will be releasing his first solo holiday album, called Tinsel Town, on 11/6.
  • “Truck Yeah” by Tim McGraw went gold. Sigh.
  • Actress Amy Adams is linked to playing Janis Joplin in an upcoming biopic.
  • Kristin Chenoweth is still recovering from an on-set accident that left her with cracked teeth and a fractured skull.
  • Chuck Dauphin profiled Lorrie Morgan for Billboard, where she talked about her upcoming album with Pam Tillis.
  • Kelly Clarkson may debut a new duet with Vince Gill called “Don’t Rush” on the CMA Awards November 1.
  • Kellie Pickler dyed her crew cut bright pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
  • The Toronto Star interviewed Iris DeMent about her very strong new album, Sing the Delta. An excerpt: “You know, I’m not interested in making records just for the sake of making records. I have other things I enjoy doing that entertain me, stimulate me. I’d rather go make an amazing pie and please five people than put out a record that doesn’t speak to anybody’s heart.” 
  • T.G. Sheppard, hospitalized and in critical condition last week with a bladder infection, is doing better and has been released.
  • Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is out stumping (and picking) for his friend, Virginia congressional candidate Wayne Powell.
  • Music videos unveiled in the last week or so:

Corey Kenton – “She’s My Country”

Kellie Lynne – “Dirt Cheap”

Portage and Main – “Never Had the Time”

Jamie Burke – “What She Don’t Know”

The Hollowbodies – “Town Without a Name”

Cody McCarver – “I Just Might Live Forever”

Pete Kennedy – “I Am the One”

Reckless Kelly – “Pennsylvania Avenue”

Hey Romeo – “Maybe You Remember Me Now”

Houston Deese – “Can’t Stop a Good Thing”

Greensky Bluegrass– “Lose My Way”

Hope Nix – “Drive Me Wild”

Emily Cowan – “Meant to be Together”

  1. Barry Mazor
    October 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Lets see; actress playing country star on prime-time comes up with idea to record a country album. Now who could have seen that coming?

  2. luckyoldsun
    October 22, 2012 at 10:35 am

    I liked Garth a lot through his first 3 or 4 albums.

    At some point though, it seemed that the Garth Brooks story became more about how many copies he was selling than about WHAT he was creating.

    Late in the game, they started to package six of his albums in one box and to sell the whole thing for $20–(and of course, each box counted as six albums). I don’t know how much of the “128 million albums” figure is attributable to stuff like that. I think at one time, they claimed that he actually pulled ahead of Elvis and the Beatles, but I suppose those “rivals” must have pulled ahead of him since then.

  3. bob
    October 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

    RIP Tim Johnson – Collin Raye’s “Someone You Used to Know” is my favorite of his songs mentioned above.

    Another good song from Emily West. Wonder if she’ll find success as a duo. I never heard of KS Rhoads. Can he sing or could he be her Kristian Bush?

  4. Ken Morton, Jr.
    October 22, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Bob, here’s a link to Rhoads’ MySpace page with several of his songs that were on his 2007 album, Dead Language: My familiarity with him only comes from him opening for Marc Broussard shortly after that album came out.

  5. bob
    October 22, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Ken, thanks for the Rhoads link. I’ll check him out.
    I’m surprised Broussard hasn’t had any chart success. Even “Home” didn’t do much. More recently, I liked his duet with LeAnn Rimes, “When It’s Good”.

  6. Rick
    October 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Sorry to hear about Tim Johnson’s passing. Nashville needs more songwriters of that caliber these days, not less.

    Last night I was fortunate enough to see Radney Foster perform a solo acoustic gig as part of his tour to support the new Del Rio Texas Revisited CD. There were maybe 60 fans at The Mint Club and the venue was the most quiet I have ever experienced it! Yay! It was like being at The Bluebird if it were located in Austin these days. Radney was in great voice and sang my favorite songs off the Del Rio album as well as hits he’s written for others, like “It’s Raining On Sunday”. It’s these types of shows that remind me there can be “holy grail” live musical experiences on rare occasions. I also saw Tift Merritt on Saturday night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica and it was okay. I just find Radney’s music a whole lot more powerful and interesting. Still, I’m just thankful whenever top notch real country or Americana artists perform in LA period.

    I’m just so excited to hear the Garthster is getting back in the game!…(lol) Hopefully he will have about as much success as Shania Twain has experienced recently. I think Garth should just purchase Branson and rename it “Garthville”!

    I hope Emily West keeps experimenting until she finds something that works for her in the marketplace. There has to be a niche somewhere!

    Will Hayden market her upcoming album under the Juliette character name? If she picks songs from great songwriters, such as Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley, or Kacey Musgraves for example, it could be a worthwhile project. Emphasis on “could”…

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