Charley Pride on Nashville Public Radio; Corb Lund’s R-E-G-R-E-T; Kenny Baker Tribute at Grey Fox

Juli Thanki | July 28th, 2011

  • Another must-read column from Peter Cooper. An excerpt: The Great Depression, Elvis Presley, polyester leisure suits, synthesizers, “Achy Breaky Heart,” Auto-Tune, songs about sippy cups, Shania Twain’s navel, Chris Gaines’ soul patch, the Internet, Jessica Simpson’s navel, Jessica Simpson’s Nashville album, the great depression caused by hearing Jessica Simpson’s Nashville album…Add American Idol to the long list of things that didn’t kill country music.
  • Martina McBride and the Warren Brothers co-wrote a song on Joss Stone’s new record.
  • The Augusta Chronicle profiles Merle Haggard.
  • Time Life project Hank Williams: The Legend Begins is slated for a September 13 release. It’s a 3-CD package that offers one disc entitled “Rare And Unreleased,” which contains the earliest recordings of a 15-year-old Williams and four songs from a home recording in 1940. The other two CDs are from Williams’ first syndicated radio show in 1949, Health And Happiness, that have been restored.

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  1. Michael A.
    July 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Interesting bit about Bobbie Gentry. I guess I’ve never really questioned what happened to her, but it is curious that she disappeared so quickly and completely.

  2. Barry M
    July 28, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I ‘ve had reason to look into it previously, and Ms. Gentry walked away from public view quite deliberately, and has not given an interview or made a public appearances in decades now. She has in fact appeared on several obscure L.A. sessions–as a bass player. She was quite fed up with, among other things, being forever treated as a one-hit wonder, and asked the same old beside-the-point questions about it, when she knew–quite rightly, actually–that she was a major songwriter and singer with substantial projects and accomplishments that would have been treated as genius if she’d been a guy with the same material.

  3. Rick
    July 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    So Bobbie Gentry went into seclusion after Max Baer’s (ie Jethro Bodine) wacky cinematic take on “Ode To Bille Joe” was released eh? Having seen that film in its original release because I really liked to watch actress Glynnis O’Connor, I can understand completely! Max’s using a sort of “Deliverance” approach to Billie Joe’s secret and suicide caused me to leave the theater shaking my head in disbelief and disgust. I’ve never had any desire to view that film again..

    Casey James sounds like the new and improved Bucky Covington! Just keep him away from the cash registers to avoid the risk of mishaps and misunderstandings! (lol)

    Rhiannon Giddens is quite the vocal powerhouse although most CCD songs don’t let her show off due to their old timey string band nature. I want to hear more dazzle like in “Hit’em Up Style”.

    This news summary today is just full of great article links! Bravo!

  4. Jon
    July 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Not sold on the fiddle orchestra, sorry.

  5. Daniel
    August 13, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    It seems to me, Bobbie Gentry acomplished most of her career goals in her period of activity 1967-1981. Eleven hot 100 pop singles, four going top forty, a major career in the U.K with three top five hits, a country superstar in Canada with four #1 country hits. When her masterpiece album, PatchWork, only took in lukewarm sales of 100,000 copies, she retreated to Vegas where she had complete artistic control of her legendary review. By 1980, she had amassed a fortune valued between 20 and 30 million dollars which included several thousand acres of prime California farm land and an ownership stake in The Phoniex Suns basketball team. Royality income from her catalog of songs still provide her with an income well into the six figures every year. She deserves induction into the Songwriters and Country Music hof’s. Her ten grammy nominations for her debut year of 1967 is still the standard for the greatest debut in the history of pop music. Ode to Billie Joe was listed as the top female single in Capitol Records history and #10 on their all time hit list by Billboard in 2003.

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