Chris Young Goes Gold; Bela Fleck to Debut Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra; Gillian Welch Announces European Tour

Juli Thanki | September 1st, 2011

  • Gretchen Peters began a series of blog entries in which she discusses her upcoming album, Hello Cruel World, track by track. The first post is about “Saint Francis,” co-written with Tom Russell.
  • Give a listen to Blake Shelton’s version of “Footloose,” from the soundtrack of the remade ’80s movie.
  • Gillian Welch will tour in Europe (October 31-November 23) for the first time since 2004.
  • The Man I Want to Be went gold, as did Chris Young’s single “Tomorrow,” from newest album Neon.
  • George Green, a songwriter best known for John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” passed away on August 28 at the age of 59. The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, and Lacy J. Dalton are just a few of the country artists who recorded Green’s material over the years.
  • The National Folk Festival is in Nashville from September 2-4. Check it out if you’re nearby; it’s free.
  • Last weekend a group from Big Brothers and Sisters were invited to spend the day on the lake at Trace Adkins’ property. Though Adkins wasn’t there, he hooked his guests up with new fishing poles.
  • The Top 5 finalists in all categories of the Inspirational Country Music Awards have been announced. Nominees include Ricky Skaggs, Carrie Underwood, Doyle Lawson, and more.
  • Hell on Heels from the Pistol Annies debuted at #1, selling 44,000 copies in its first week.
  1. Ben Foster
    September 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    My name is Ben, and I like “Achy Breaky Heart.” Because it’s catchy. And because it’s… you know… catchy.

  2. luckyoldsun
    September 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I only wish that I could create or produce somethng that will be deemed by Rolling Stone to be the worst song of the ’10s.

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    September 1, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’m with Ben.

  4. Jon
    September 2, 2011 at 10:13 am

    That’s a nice piece by Peter, and the reception that The 1861 Project has gotten has been exceedingly gratifying. You can hear one of the songs here:

    http://1861project.com/jon-chris

    There’s also a player that allows you to stream the entire album, links to buy, etc.

  5. Rick
    September 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    “Achy Breaky Heart” was a silly but supremely catchy song that unfortunately got played to death on radio, which wore out its welcome in many places. I still listen to it now and then and enjoy it as much as ever. Talk about a song that makes you want to move around/dance!

    Good the see Chris Young is selling a decent number of albums in the ever shrinking retail marketplace. We need more Chris Young’s and fewer Rascal Flatt’s types on country radio nowadays.

    Its too bad the National Folk Festival isn’t being held out here in Los Angeles! Attendance might not be much , but I’d surely appreciate it! (lol)

    I didn’t realize the Pistol Annie’s album was download only. That explains why an advance CD version sold for so much on FleaBay recently even after the digital release date. As far as side vanity projects go, the Annie’s sure beat the hell out of Brad Paisley’s guitar album…

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