Charlie Louvin to Undergo Surgery to Remove Cancer; New Release List; Preview Ricky Skaggs’ Mosaic
- Charlie Louvin will turn 83 tomorrow (July 7), but of more pressing concern to the country legend is the recent diagnosis from his doctor–stage 2 pancreatic cancer. He’ll have to go in for a six-hour surgery on July 22, but hopes to be performing a month later.
New releases for the week of July 6, 2010 include:
- Taylor Swift (12), Kenny Chesney (54), Rascal Flatts (62), Toby Keith (67), and Keith Urban (76) made Forbes Magazine‘s list of The Celebrity 100, which ranks the richest, most powerful movie and TV actors, personalities, musicians and models.
- Preview the tracks from Ricky Skagg‘s forthcoming record, Mosaic, at the Skaggs Family Records website. If you’ll remember, his last record was a completely solo project, this time however, Skaggs ramped up the production with keys, drums, and electric instruments to create an album that’s described as mixing “elements of Country music with Beatles-esque melody and lyrics that speak to Skaggs’ faith.” (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Songwriter Joshua Ragsdale passed away from Leukemia on Thursday at the age of 32.
- Jimmy Wayne crossed the Arizona state line on his Meet Me Halfway walk.
- Randy Houser on one aspect of the music business he wishes he could make disappear:
Just the fact that just about everybody expects you to have soap star or movie star looks to be a country singer. Like the adage: “video killed the radio star.” It should be if you’re a good singer and a good songwriter, you should have your spot. You get everybody trying to release the prettiest guy, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best artist. Most of the time the true artists are just normal old dudes.
- GAC’s Top 20 Patriotic Songs
- The Boot’s Melinda Newmann says the songs Ryan Bingham played at a recent private showcase to preview his new album made his Oscar-winning “The Weary Kind” sound downright uplifting by comparison.
- MusicRow posted a wrapup video of the recent Nashville Rising benefit concert for flood recovery.
- Michael Corcoran introduced the new record from Stoneyhoney on the Austin Music Source blog. Also check out Music Fog for two different videos of the band’s song “I Don’t Wanna Go Home.”
- A new article on GAC explores the crop of fake Twitter accounts mocking country artists.
- Congrats to Farce the Music, which has now been around in one form or another for two years. Help celebrate by checking out the new, extra large edition of spoofed album covers.
- Austin Music Source’s Patrick Caldwell on Willie’s Picnic:
By the time Willie Nelson finally stepped on stage to perform at Sunday’s Fourth of July Picnic, it was no longer the Fourth of July.
The headlining star and main attraction for the picnic took to the stage to perform “This Land Is Your Land,” with Micah Nelson’s band the Reflectacles at 12:05 a.m., July 5, kicking off a lengthy set that ran past 1 a.m. By that point, the once-packed grounds at the new Backyard had thinned considerably.
- Of the albums released this year, Alan Jackson‘s Freight Train leads Craig Shelburne’s list of favorites.
- In an interview with Jewly Hight, Elizabeth Cook recalls how the song “Yes To Booty” was mostly made up while recording it in the studio.
- The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass conference/festival/awards show is still a few months away, but events are already falling in place.
- Nashville Cream wonders whether two proposed ordinances are targeting John Rich.
- Country Universe kicked of its latest mega-list: 400 Greatest Singles of the Nineties: #400-#376.
- Recent videos from Music Fog:
- In his latest Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo gushed over the new Jamey Johnson record and introduced a new traditional country music duo that bills themselves as The Secret Sisters.
- Texas Music Matters posted an uncut audio interview with Merle Haggard.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.