Carrie Underwood Sets New Record
- With “I Told You So,” Carrie Underwood became the first country artist in history ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles on the strength of their first two albums.
New releases for the week of May 12, 2009 include:
- USA Today‘s Brian Mansfield chose Jack Ingram‘s “Barefoot and Crazy” (and an awkward picture) as his pick of the week.
- Justin Townes Earle and Old Crow Medicine Show played at Stubb’s on Saturday night, and though it sounds like a promising bill, The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri felt like Earle’s old-time religion is probably better suited to a more intimate venue and he was even more critical of Old Crow Medicine Show.
OCMS seemed more like caricatures, over-emoting and trying to impress with their knowledge of Central Texas, right down to a mention of Buda, rather than connecting with their old-timey music.
The musicianship was energetic, but the songs got to be one repetitive hoedown after another, keeping the crowd sweating but never really reaching a peak.
The Austinist has pictures from Earle’s set.
- No Depression announced the lineup to their first ever music festival, which includes: Gillian Welch, Iron & Wine, Patterson Hood & the Screwtopians, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Zee Avi. It’ll be held Saturday, July 11, at Marymoor Park in Redmond, Wash.
- PopMatters’ Joseph Carver published an interview with Buddy Miller on the subject of his current album with wife Julie Miller.
- The University of Tennessee presented Dolly Parton with an honorary doctorate of humane and musical letters last Friday. It was only the second honorary degree ever bestowed by the university’s flagship campus.
- NashvilleGab found a video of Jamey Johnson and Keith Urban performing “In Color” together.
- The Bluegrass Blog has previews to three of the songs from the upcoming Sarah Jarosz album (the full versions appear to be available on her MySpace).
- Chris Young, Jeff Bates, Jimmy Fortune, George Ducas and Sunny Sweeney are among the performers for Billy Yates‘ annual Countriest of the Country show.
- Watch the video for the new John Mellencamp song “A Ride Back Home” featuring Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild.
- Rural Rhythm Records signed Lou Reid & Carolina (MySpace) and will release their next CD, My Own Set Of Rules, later this summer.
- Listen to the new Scott H. Biram album, Something’s Wrong/Lost Forever, on Grooveshark a week before it’s official release.
- As a late celebration for hitting the two year mark, a newly redesigned Gobblers Knob is giving away autographed CD’s from Reckless Kelly, Sarah Borges, Scott Miller and James McMurtry. To enter, leave a comment letting Kelly know which album you’re digging the most right now and he’ll randomly draw a winner on Friday.
- mrsandy: Also worth noting: Priscilla Mitchell was Jerry Reed's widow.
- Leeann Ward: Wow! My heart goes out to Allison Moorer. She's had so many terrible things happen in her life. It's too …
- Leeann Ward: I must have this audio book!
- Juli Thanki: Ha! Same thing happened at Sturgill Simpson's show I went to last month, only he was singing "I Never Go …
- Dave D.: On the topic of Lee Ann and dark songs, the funniest moment at this year's Americana Fest was during her …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: I love Lori McKenna. Coming from Massachusetts, she's our local girl. I've been fortunate to see her in concert a …
- bll: I suss her re-recording her hits for 'Gwendolen records' means she can stop MCA from releasing her hits against her.
- Greg Judy: Cooler festivals and marching bands at the football games!
- kevin ilinger: Fall colors bluegrass and apple cider
- luckyoldsun: If I was a "long-time fan" of Trisha, I'd probably spring for the CD.