Carrie Underwood Gets Waxed
- Carrie Underwood unveiled her wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York yesterday. (View pictures on PopCrunch)
- In his review of Call Me Crazy, Michael McCall draws parallels between Lee Ann Womack‘s “Last Call” and George Jones‘ “I Always Get Lucky With You,” saying that Womack’s song could be a reply to Jones’. And with Patty Loveless no long recording on a major label, he claims that Womack represents the most tradition-friendly female artist still likely to get played on corporate country radio, and that the dilemma that causes has surfaced repeatedly through her career.
- Cindy Watts has a short Q&A with Stephony Smith, the songwriter behind Trisha Yearwood’s “Perfect Love,” “Sin Wagon” by the Dixie Chicks, Chad Brock’s “Yes!,” “Big Star” by Kenny Chesney and the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill smash “It’s Your Love.”
- Otis R. Taylor Jr. lists 10 reasons Taylor Swift will be around for a long time to come. (via ggcolumn)
- After learning of Luke Bryan‘s recent endorsement deal with Luchesse boots, NashvilleGab went digging for more info and uncovered an article that lists several artists’ favorite boots and their price tag. Josh Turner and Joe Don Rooney are tied for most economical with different Ariat boots coming in at about $170. Willie Nelson takes the pot for most expensive at $4,000 for custom crocodile Luchesses and Dwight Yoakam falls to number two with his $1,895 Rocketbuster Western Gals.
- Listen to The Waco Brothers‘ melding of punk and honky-tonk in a session with World Cafe‘s David Dye.
- On Nov. 1, GAC will air a special titled Introducing Jamey Johnson, which will give “viewers an intimate look at the struggles and eventual triumph of an artist who refused to let go of his dreams, who found great success as a songwriter, and who is now climbing the charts as an artist himself with ‘In Color.’”
- Vanderbilt’s women basketball players Christina Wirth and Jennifer Risper let it slip that they’re taking a course on country music this semester.
- Tonight marks the debut of The Bio Channel’s two-hour documentary special entitled Johnny Cash’s America, and leading up to that airing, Country Universe’s Dan Milliken published a fantastic interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville. Good stuff.
- John Michael Montgomery and his brother Eddie Montgomery, from the duo Montgomery Gentry, both made stops in the Oklahoma City area recently and BAM’s Blog had the chance to ask them questions about each other. (via ggcolumn)
- Lee Ann Womack wants to be one of those singers that you believe when you hear her sing. In her interview with Craig Shelburne, she says that’s something that is important to her.
When she graciously accepts a compliment about her studio rendition of Don Williams’ “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” from a few albums back, she says, “I’ve done ‘Til the Rivers All Run Dry’ and ‘If I Needed You,’ too. They just haven’t come out. … They’re on my computer. I’ve got all kinds of stuff I’ve cut on my computer, with just guitar and vocals, that I just want to have down. I don’t know what I’ll do with them.”
Who else thinks we need a Lee Ann Womack Personal Files album?
- Country California: If you could take one CD to a desert island and leave it there to be forgotten by all humanity, which CD would you choose?
- Los Angeles Times‘ Lisa Guerro doesn’t normally listen to country music, but she recounts her journey to cover the Campbell Chevrolet Celebrity Golf Classic hosted by John Daly and Steve Azar where she drank moonshine, caught a show at the Grand Ole Opry and wrote a song about an aging pitcher who still wants to play.
- In his latest article, songwriter Craig Bickhardt uses Ansel Adams and the proliferation of digital photography as a metaphor for the deterioration of “craft” and “skill” in modern songwriting.
In fact it seems that a song is now just the vehicle that gets you to the cutting, pasting and undoing part. It’s all about how soon you can get in there and piece it all together into the sonic collage, better known as the modern song. Then you can either go home and learn the song off the record that you’ve made, or else you just perform to backing tracks. And the best part : almost anyone can do it. All those boring years of study, all those highly educational creative disasters that can’t be “undone”, the lessons that teach you to do the work before you spend the money, the “skill” and the “craft” that goes into the art of song; unnecessary.
- Crystal Shawanda‘s “My Roots Are Showing” is the iTunes Discovery Download of the week.
- It’s been announced that Jessica Andrews will be the first artists to join Disney’s Carolwood imprint, and her debut for the label will be produced by Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus. (via Country Aircheck Morning Bulletin)
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.