Carrie Underwood Records Song for ‘Narnia’ Movie; Norah Jones’ “Creepin’ In” with Dolly Parton; Carter’s Chord’s Christmas Collection
- Carrie Underwood co-wrote a new song titled “There’s a Place For Us” for the upcoming film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Stream it, if you’d like, over at NashvilleGab.
- Am I still allowed to mention The Fabulous Ginn Sisters on a country blog? They mention a change in sound from countryish to rock, and Fred Eaglesmith may have played a role:
According to Britani, Eaglesmith’s production of Bad Girl brought crucial veteran expertise to the Ginns’ evolving sound, while Tiffani points out that touring with Eaglesmith for two years didn’t hurt.
“We were on the road with Fred, playing with a rock & roll band every night while continuing to write music,” explains Tiffani. “We didn’t plan to make an album; we went to just record some songs. Once we went in, we didn’t finish until the record was done.
The Austin Chronicle‘s Raoul Hernandez gave the result three-and-a-half stars.
- Carter’s Chord released a new Christmas EP on Tuesday. (Amazon | iTunes) (via That Nashville Sound)
- Farce the Music provided an upclose look at Jennifer Nettles‘ tattoo.
- American Songwriter‘s Matt Popkin rated the new album from The Secret Sisters four stars.
- She’s known as a lot of different things to a lot of different people, but it’s for her book program, The Imagination Library, that Dolly Parton received the title of “The Book Lady.” The program distributes one free book a month to every child from birth to age 5 in more than a thousand communities across the country. Nashville Scene has more details, including an interview with Parton.
- Jamey Johnson signed on to open Kid Rock‘s Born Free tour.
- When Bob Lefsetz likes something, he really likes it, which is the case for Keith Urban‘s new record Get Closer.
I almost couldn’t make it all the way through, I needed to write and tell you how good “Georgia Woods” is. If you’re the kind of person who loves rock music, who nodded his head to the Marshall Tucker Band, who likes to move his whole body with the groove of the track, this is for you!
And about halfway through, Keith starts to wail…and yes, he can wail. This is not a case of studio fakery. I’ve seen this guy live. He can wring the notes out. He hits every one. And, unlike Brad Paisley, the material is not sophomoric, it doesn’t make you wince, it’s more than serviceable, it’s really good!
- Congrats to Ken Morton Jr. and That Nashville Sound for reaching the 2,000 posts milestone.
- Rascal Flatts performed an exclusive live set for The Yahoo! Country Music Blog.
- Since retiring from touring as one-half of Brooks & Dunn, Kix Brooks has taken up acting. His first part is in an independent film by the name of Thriftstore Cowboy.
“It’s a pretty cool movie,” he said. “Kinda like a darker version of Urban Cowboy. I’m [playing] a bad guy–he’s not all bad in the end, but he’s hooked up with some really bad guys and he’s trying to hang with them.”
- Enough money was raised using Kickstarter to fund the production of a DVD for Charlie Louvin.
- Enjoy two-stepping honky-tonk with a rebellious edge? The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri says the new Whitey Morgan and the 78‘s self-titled Bloodshot Records debut is for you.
- On Tuesday, Norah Jones released an 18-song collection of collaborations from the past decade, including duets with Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Here’s a promo video for the duet with Parton on the song “Creepin’ In.” Here’s a full album stream. And here’s a link to purchase the album on Amazon.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.