Celebrate Poetry Month With Shel Silverstein Reissues
- Shel Silverstein’s 1969 country album Boy Named Sue has been reissued by Water Records and includes liner notes from Chet Flippo.
- George Jones performed a 30-song concert on Monday night that lasted for over 90 minutes. Robert Reid says his voice showed signs of wear, but it never abandoned him. (via ggcolumn)
“I listen to the radio and I don’t hear the good, old drinking songs no more, and those cheating songs,” he observed before launching into The Race On. “I’m gonna do a bunch of those buggers tonight.”
- The Wilders’ latest album, Someone’s Got To Pay, revolves around band member Phil Wade’s experience on the jury of a first-degree murder case. Melissa Brown says the 20-track album could have used some editing, but describes it as consistently solid, ear-popping, and reminiscent of old-time country.
- After only three studio albums Dierks Bentley admits to feeling like it’s “a little soon” for a greatest hits album but Capitol Nashville urged the release.
- John Goodspeed says fans of the Randy Rogers Band, Cory Morrow, and Eleven Hundred Springs should acquaint themselves with Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen.
Commander Cody and his bunch of fine-tuned musicians — taking their name from a science-fiction film series from the 1950s — were at the forefront of a musical revolution in the late 1960s and through the ’70s that blurred the line between country and rock that continues to this day.
- Check out Vince Gill’s new, shorter haircut. (via CMT Blog)
- Country Weekly’s David Scarlett sat down with Trent Willmon in his home back in January for an interesting interview. He talks about the meaning behind different belonging in his house, an acting role he landed in Palo Pinto Gold, and the music on his new album, Broken In.
- Publishers Weekly has a quick summary of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life. (via Still Is Still Moving)
Writing with an affectionate country twang, Patoski gives his subject the consideration he deserves in a fine, fluid piece of storytelling that any Nelson fan will appreciate.
- The live recording of Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis from January will be released on June 10 on an album titled Two Men With the Blues.
- YouTube video of Dale Watson performing “The Ballad of Billy Joe” at Austin’s Broken Spoke.
- Answer seven short questions for the guys over at Little Dog Records and they’ll send you a free mp3 track of your choosing from their download store. If you need any help choosing, I’d recommend checking out Adam Hood and Moot Davis.
- Listen to George Strait talk about each track on his latest album, Troubadour.
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."