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.
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …