Cancer Patient Granted Wish to Visit Opry
- The Charleston Gazette ran a touching story on Christmas Eve about Steve Johnson, a 50-year old cancer patient who had fulfilled two of his three wishes. The last thing he wanted to do before he died was visit the Grand Ole Opry, something he didn’t think he was going to happen. While looking up information on the football situation at WVU Brad Paisley’s tour manager, Brent Long, came across the story. Johnson now has three tickets to the January 19th show at the Opry–the same night that Charlie Daniels will be inducted.
- Those in the Nashville area who are looking for a cheap ticket will want to consider the January 20th taping of the GAC Special How Great Thou Art: Gospel Favorites Live From the Grand Ole Opry. For $15, you can see performances by Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill, Sara Evans, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap and Carrie Underwood.
- Some 2,000 employees of EMI are expected to be cut as part of a restructuring plan by Guy Hands, the owner who acquired the company last year. Reports reveal that money was being spent in excess by executives for mansions, decorating apartments and “fruits and flowers”, also known as booze, drugs, and women. Management alone was costing the company 100 million a year.
- After being originally scheduled for a February 5th release, Dolly Parton’s Backwoods Barbie has been delayed until late February/early March to coincide with her tour.
- One of our readers pointed out that the Category 5 Records (label of Travis Tritt and Sammy Kershaw) building–formerly owned by Roy Orbison and Ronnie Milsap–is on the market for a cool $1,975,000.
- John T. Davis compares George Strait to a sunrise, saying the he gives essentially the same performance that he crafted some 30-odd years ago. The particulars may vary somewhat, but the experience does not stale with repetition. Craig Shelburne muses that Strait doesn’t need the pyrotechnics of other stars, he simply walks in and that was enough for the packed-to-capacity crowd at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin.
- Scott Sexton profiles the career of Jack Greene and lists some of his top songs.
- The two cops accused by Steve Holy of holding a gun to the back of his head after a game of foosball have been fired. The former officers each face a misdemeanor charge of deadly conduct.
- Geoff Boucher says the people surrounding Shelby Lynne are pulsing with excitement that her breakthrough may be here. Her 10th studio album, Just a Little Lovin’, will be released on January 29th via Lost Highway Records. It’s a tribute to the late Dusty Springfield. Lynne, just 39 years-old, doesn’t like the modern obsession with technology.
“I am the youngest dinosaur, believe me,” the 39-year-old said while wandering through Amoeba. “I had an iPod but I am so over that, I’m done. I believe in vinyl. You have to dedicate yourself when you put a record on: You have to get up to turn it over. You can’t get up and walk around the yard. And the album covers — you can’t roll a joint on an iPod.”
- Vinyl record sales were up 15% in 2007 to 990,000 units sold. No one expects it to become a mainstream format again, but if the demand is there it shouldn’t be alienated, either.
- 2008–the year of the buxom blond beauties.
- The stare down between the music industry and Apple continues on as one major label executive says he is prepared to keep selling songs with DRM through iTunes for up to a year to see if Amazon’s music service can take off without DRM protected songs.
- Tom T. Hall watched successful artists fall from grace at radio, spend all their money, and be forced to play country fairs for a living. He instead chose to plan his retirement, but he couldn’t give up writing country songs. Finding country singers to record those songs was a different story. So instead, he turned to bluegrass where he’s been happily accepted. He and his wife enjoy writing together. She says that he retires to bed early while she stays up writing another verse, and he says he wakes up to find she’s killed off the main character. Ah, bluegrass music at it’s best. (via Twang Nation)
- Free downloads: Eleven Hundred Springs – “Kick Me When I’m Down“; Dale Watson – “Whiskey or God“; Adam Hood – “Tuesday Night“; Wade Bowen – “Get Away“.
- 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 …