Caitlin & Will/Keith Anderson Dropped; Gretchen Wilson’s Redneck Records; Initial Lineup for CMA Awards
- Caitlin & Will and Keith Anderson have parted ways with Columbia Records.
- Tune in to GAC tonight to catch the premiere of “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” the first single and new video from Josh Turner‘s recently delayed album. The previous album release date was Nov. 10, but that has been pushed back three months to Feb. 9.
- Gretchen Wilson launched her own record label, Redneck Records.
Music Fog videos:
- Country Universe: Is this the worst year ever for country music?
- The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper claims for country stars, 70 is the new 30, and provides more than several examples that lend credence to his theory.
- Texas Music Matters has an audio interview with Ray Benson about opening last weekend’s Austin City Limits festival and the different projects he has in the works, including forthcoming albums from Aaron Watson and Johnny Gimble that he produced and a new Asleep at the Wheel album.
- Chris Neal’s latest batch of album reviews for Country Weekly include Brooks & Dunn‘s #1’s…and then some, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers‘ Pilgrimage, Radney Foster and the Confessions‘ Revival, and Manassas‘ Pieces.
- Rosanne Cash on her relationship with her father:
It’s hard to be close to a drug addict when they’re active. He was erratic and withdrawn. But when I was 17, he said, Come with me, and I left the day after I graduated high school, went on the road with him. It was wonderful. He was clean and sober by that time. That’s when he wrote the list for me, on the bus.
- Don Was will be producing Elizabeth Cook‘s fifth studio album.
- Listen to Ashleigh Flynn on Mountain Stage. Good stuff.
- In the first show back following Amy Farris‘ death, Dave Alvin and the Guilty Women turned in an emotional performance:
The musicians were in obvious pain and many times had tears streaming down their faces. Yet as is often the case with tragic, unexplainable loss, they dug deep, tapped reserves of strength and put on a performance/wake/celebration [...] The majority of tunes were from the new Guilty Women CD – “Marie Marie”, “Downey Girl”, “Boss of the Blues” which Dave recorded earlier this year. The most touching tune was Christy McWilson’s deeply heartfelt vocal on “Potter’s Field”.
- Brandon Cobbs says Jypsi — described as taking the bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll hybrid of the Dixie Chicks and giving it a faster (almost punk) beat laced with punchy bass lines — brought a nice slice of southern honky-tonk to ACL on Sunday. Meanwhile, Patrick Caldwell says The Greencards performed like they were genuinely happy to be back home.
- Martina McBride and Trace Adkins are teaming up to present the Shine All Night Tour.
- Austin Music Source’s Brian T. Atkinson asks Todd Snider about the redundant nature of the routine during his live shows.
You’ve been doing that ‘My name’s Todd Snider and I might go on for 18 minutes between the songs’ bit for a long time now.
Yeah, I sort of go into a trance. You know, it’s funny. I’ve said it before, but not everybody’s heard it before. I always like to get that out of the way before I play. It feels like once I say that part, I can relax.
Even those who know the routine seem to always laugh at it.
I think they’re laughing because I’m saying it…again (laughs). I might say the same thing twice, but I’m not going to come into a town and be like, “Hey, glad to be in town, we stopped over here and got a soup at this place downtown that was really great.” When I talk, I like to think I have a point to make. Sometimes it comes off like a play, I guess, but I don’t want to waste that time.
- Country California’s David Jones claims that Tributes, the fifth album from Mike Dekle, “could easily be one of the best independently-released albums of the year so far.”
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope explores Bill’s Barber Shop, the latest effort from Billy Yates.
- The Country Music Association released an initial list of performers for the CMA Awards show. The list includes Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, George Strait, Sugarland, and Darius Rucker.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …