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.
- 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.