Cherryholmes Disband; Taylor Swift’s New Video; Shania Twain Chosen For Canadian Music Hall of Fame
- The Cherryholmes are disbanding.
Many of you have watched us from the beginning. You’ve seen our children grow into young adults. Though it is bittersweet, there comes a time in a family when seasons change. We’ve always known this season would come. Now that it has, we believe it is only right that our young folks be allowed to follow their own dreams and goals for the future.
- Taylor Swift‘s Speak Now tops the Billboard 200 chart for the sixth time this week, but with 52,000 copies sold, it stands out as having the lowest sales frame from a No. 1 since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991.
- Perhaps her new video for current single “Back to December” will help with next week’s sales.
- Shania Twain has been chosen as the 2011 inductee to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.
- On January 29, Toby Keith will appear on the Grand Ole Opry for the first time since his Opry debut in 2002.
- Roots and bluegrass music writer Donald Teplyske is enamored with Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, particularly the group’s latest album Cloud of Dust. It’s not just the lyrics or Chris Jones’ “low lonesome sound” that captured his attention — he dedicates more than a third of an article at his blog Fervor Coulee to the album’s bass player, Jon Weisberger. High praise, indeed.
What is different is the musical maturity I bring to my bluegrass listening today, a clarity developed by years of focused concentration. And what I hear holding down the bottom end on Cloud of Dust is terribly impressive.
[...] in bluegrass nothing- harmony singing, rhythm guitar, the mandolin chop- is as simple as it seems on first impression and bluegrass bass is no exception. While not as immediately noticeable as other bluegrass elements, bluegrass bass isn’t exactly easy to do right. And throughout Cloud of Dust, Weisberger demonstrates his art in admirable fashion.
- Billboard‘s list of top 10 TV theme songs from 1980-2011 includes Waylon Jenning‘s “Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).”
- Nashville or Bust Week 51: Johnny Paycheck, job-shover
- Elizabeth Cook — like the love child that Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton never had.
- Zac Brown has lofty expectations for his live show:
“We want people to go to other concerts and feel like they got robbed,” Brown said. “That’s our goal.”
One way he’s working towards that goal is by feeding fan club members before every show. If that sounds like a crazy idea, don’t worry, the the band says Brown has crazy ideas all the time, like a machine shop for a planned line of custom knives.
- The Indianapolis Star‘s Bill McCleery profiled radio disc jockey Steve Rogers, who hosts the only radio show in Indianapolis dedicated to the old-time country music every Saturday night. Co-workers say his knowledge of country music is like Wikipedia — only accurate.
- Chris Young originally released his current single, “Voices,” in the summer of 2008. It peaked at No. 37, but since then he’s landed two No. 1s and decided to give “Voices” another shot. It currently sits at No. 5.
If “Voices” – co-written by Young, Chris Tompkins, and Craig Wiseman – hits #1, it will not only become Young’s third consecutive chart-topper, but will make him the first artist to re-release a country single to go to #1 since [Randy] Travis did so 25 years ago. It would also become only the second time in the modern era of the Billboard country chart that an artist re-released the same recording to chart-topping success.
- Marshall Chapman might not have a line in the film Country Strong, but that’s not keeping folks like Roger Ebert from taking notice.
- Here’s a depressing article on the state of songwriting in Nashville.
Recent albums by Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire and Kellie Pickler included several co-writing credits by each of those performers, which was a rarity or even nonexistent on the artists’ previous albums.
That trend has sparked its share of controversy among nonperforming songwriters who, behind the scenes, are critical of artists who show up at songwriting sessions, contribute little to the process but claim credit — and future royalties — for the songs created.
- Faith Hill vs. Snowman. Hilarious.
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