Buddy Miller’s Residence Show; Free Sons of Bill EP; Hayes Carll Performs for ‘Austin City Limits’
- Craig Shelburne recapped Buddy Miller‘s artist-in-residence gig at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday, which featured special guests Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, and the McCrary Sisters.
With the song’s composer sitting in the front row, just a few steps away, Miller nervously introduced Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got to Memphis.” Miller added that he’s probably played the song at every show he’s ever done and that he asks all of the artists he produces to try singing it “because I think it’s one of the best songs there is.” He also went on to say that he bought every record that Hall released, because Hall’s songs always had something to say — “even if it was just ‘I Like Beer.'”
- Hayes Carll preformed at Austin City Limits last week and played four new tunes, including one that will either be titled “Chances Are” or “Conway Twitty Lying Naked on a Bearskin Rug by a Fireplace in the Wintertime.” The Austin Chronicle‘s Austin Powell reports that Carll’s follow-up to Trouble In Mind is mostly complete and tentatively set for release next February.
- Luke Bryan and his wife welcomed their second son, Tatum Christopher, yesterday morning.
- Steve Martin on bluegrass music. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Virginia-band Sons of Bill, in conjunction with Lone Star Music, made its three-song Life In Shambles EP available for free.
- Taylor Swift was chosen by bowling fans for celebrity induction into the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame.
- Ralph Stanley recorded a new version of the song “Jacob’s Vision” backed only by Dave Eggar‘s cello. The song appears on the latter’s album Kingston Morning, which was released on Tuesday. (Amazon | iTunes)
- Watch the new video for Robert Plant‘s cover of the Los Lobos song “Angel Dance.”
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on the recent David Ball release, Sparkle City:
With the help of some prime Nashville pickers dubbed the Pioneer Playboys, he glides between swing, honky-tonk, blues, and even a touch of Tex-Mex with the ease of George Strait, the difference being Ball composes his own material. The Latin-tinged “Just Along for the Ride,” sunny “On Top of the World,” and romantic optimism of closer “So Long” are among the best songs he’s ever written [...]
- Listen to Louise Mosrie‘s “Battle Of Blair Mountain,” a song about coal miners fighting mine owners and the Federal government for the right to unionize, over at Songs:Illinois.
- Pinecastle Records found a new owner in former owner Tom Riggs’ friend Lonnie Lassiter.
- Next week, George Ducas will release his new EP titled Volume Up, Windows Down. The lead single, “Never Goes Away,” was co-written with Randy Rogers and can be streamed on Ducas’ website.
- The LimeWire Blog’s Chuck Dauphin listed 10 of his favorite album cuts of all time.
- Watch the video for Chris Young‘s song “Voices.”
- Houston Press’ William Michael Smith talked to the Gourds‘ Kevin Russell about his side project, Shinyribs.
The beer-drinker comedy “Country Cool” seems like it should appeal to the Texas music crowd and make a perfect addition at so-called Texas music radio stations. Russell is skeptical.
“We always try to share our music with that network of folks, but I’m not sure they really get what I’m doing,” he says. “They really need stuff to sound a certain way — basically, the warmed-over Nashville golf-rock sounds they dig. If it doesn’t sound like a car commercial, they seem to shy away from it. But we try.”
- Jamey Johnson, Lorrie Morgan and Randy Travis have been added to the lineup of tribute performers for the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award honoring Fred Foster, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson.
- Walmart’s Soundcheck with Blake Shelton features performances of four songs from his current release (All About Tonight), five from his Hillbilly Bone EP, and the song “Startin Fires” from his last full-length album. On top of that, they’re giving away a download of “All About Tonight.”
Here’s Butch Hancock, who’s currently in the middle of a five-night stand at the Cactus Cafe, performing his song “Boxcars” at last month’s WoodyFest.
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