Carol Lee Cooper Ends Opry Career; Texas Regional Radio Music Awards Winners Announced; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | March 27th, 2012

  • Terry Bumgarner of interviewed Wade Hayes, who’s currently recovering from colon cancer.
  • Sunny Sweeney, The Eli Young Band, and others took home Texas Regional Radio Music Awards. The full list of winners can be found here.
  • On Thursday, Scotty McCreery will perform his new single, “Water Tower Town,” on American Idol.
  • Alan Jackson won the ACM Jim Reeves International Award, which is given to an individual for outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world.
  • Evan Schlansky of American Songwriter interviewed Lionel Richie about new album Tuskegee, which is named after his hometown. An excerpt: It means a lot to me, because I think probably what I lot of people forgot or what I had to go back and remind them is that I’m born and raised here. This is not a guy who moved from Chicago and came home and decided he was gonna make himself a country record. The songs that stuck around and probably will stick around longer than I’m gonna be here came from Red Clay Country. I wrote “Easy” down here. I wrote “Sail On” down here. So if I really wanted to go all the way — “Lionel does Nashville?” No, Lionel does Tuskegee.
  • Eastern Tennessee State University is currently looking for a Bluegrass/Old Time Fiddle Lecturer, a Country Music Lecturer, and an Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies/Celtic Music Lecturer.
  • Amanda Kowalski has left Della Mae to fully pursue her freelance photography and videography career. Her replacement is expected to be announced next week.
  • From Martina McBride’s Twitter account: I’m performing Marry Me on ACM’s w/Pat Monahan of @train.AND..we handpicked a couple that will actually GET MARRIED onstage during our song!
  • American Songwriter has the new video for Clarence Bucaro’s “Child of War.”
  • The Nashville Scene has a pair of videos from Justin Townes Earle’s Lightning 100 in-studio session.
  • Twang Nation’s got a new podcast up. This one includes Chelle Rose, The Damn Quails, Johnny Cash, and more.
  • Kris Kristofferson and Joe Galante were honored last night at the TJ Martell Gala. Kristofferson received the Frances William Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award and Galante got the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award.
  • Leftover Salmon is back in the saddle again, with their first album in eight years, Aquatic Hitchhiker, coming out May 22.
  • This week’s releases:

Lionel Richie Tuskegee

Justin Townes Earle Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

Special Consensus Scratch Gravel Road

Atomic Duo Broadsides

Cowboy Junkies Nomad Series Vol. IV: The Wilderness

Amy Dalley Coming Out of the Pain

Marty Raybon Hand to the Plow

Clint Eastwood Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites (reissue)

Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Life Goes On

The BoxcarsAll In

Ray Wylie Hubbard The Grifter’s Hymnal

  1. bob
    March 27, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Tough luck for Wade Hayes getting colon cancer in his early forties. I recall hearing about it a few months ago and thinking that they usually don’t recommend having a colonoscopy til you hit 50. I wish him well. One of my favorite country male vocalists.

  2. Rick
    March 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Steel Magnolia, The Steep Canyon Rangers (which sounds more like a cowboy band than bluegrass), Connie Smith, Del McCoury, Dierks Bentley, and that Scary Underwear chick. Grade: B+!
    (PS – What I’m really looking forward to is this coming Thursday night’s Bakersfield themed Classic Country Opry! I’ll be in hillbilly hog heaven!)

    Congratulations to Sunny Sweeney for that win the Texas Regional Radio Music Awards! Even if her Top 40 AirHead Country Radio career continues to falter, she’s thankfully become more popular in Texas because of it! (Yay!) Now Sunny can do that “Aaron Watson Thing” and make good money playing every podunk town in Texas. Go Sunny!

    I wish Wade Hayes the best in trying to recover from Stage 4 colon cancer. Yikes! Wade was playing guitar with Randy Owen’s road band in the last few years while fighting this. I heard Wade on the Opry awhile back and his voice isn’t near what it used to be back in the “Old Enough To Know Better” days, but he’s still trying.

    I can’t wait for all of this Lionel Richie hoopla to go away. He’s a great pop singer, but I mean really now…

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