Christie’s Country Sale; Taylor Swift Inks Deal to Write Greeting Cards; New Music Magazine Launches in January
- On December 3, Christie’s will hold The Country Music Sale, its first sale dedicated to the creation, history, and evolution of Country Music. The foundation of the sale consists of property from the estate of Hank Thompson, but also includes memorabilia from Roy Rogers, Hank Snow, Hank Williams, and many more classic country artists. There are 150 items in all, ranging from boots, belt buckles, and hats to the more expensive Nudie suits and instruments. Browse all the items on Christie’s website.
- Whether you’re looking to improve your songwriting or need a slice of humble pie, Guy Clark suggests reading Dylan Thomas.
- Ronnie Fauss (MySpace), who released his debut EP New Songs for the Old Frontier, Volume 1 earlier this year followed recently by a three-song release, I Can’t Make You Happy, shared his list of favorite country albums with Country California.
- Taylor Swift reached a deal with American Greetings Corp. to write and design greeting cards.
- The U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 maintains that if an artist or author sold a copyright before 1978, they or their heirs can take it back 56 years later, and if the artist or author sold the copyright during or after 1978, they can terminate that grant after 35 years. That means it won’t be long until record labels start poopin’ cinder blocks — or losing valuable copyrights. Epicenter’s Eliot Van Buskirk notes that one way labels are trying to work their way around the impending loss is through re-recordings of the originals, or digital remasters, which they believe would reset the copyright claim. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Faith Hill and her business manager of 16 years parted ways.
- Because of personal experience, My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope is drawn to the subject of adoption in country songs and asks if you actively search for songs of any particular topics.
- Texas artist Aaron Watson is in the process of building a Nashville team and will self-produce his next album, due out in the spring.
- A new music magazine, M Music & Musicians, will launch in January, covering everything from rock, pop and hip-hop to R&B, country, folk and jazz. The head honchos consist of former Performing Songwriter staff, including Chris Neal, who is leaving Country Weekly. Big congrats and lots of luck to him and the rest of the M crew.
- For week 23 of Nashville or Bust, Nathan Rabin covered George Strait‘s early career.
Before I began Nashville Or Bust, I had a vague sense that Strait was popular, but I didn’t grasp the full extent of his enormous popularity. He’s sold nearly 60 million albums, making him the 10th best-selling American artist in history. From the comments in this column, it seems like Strait is the Exception that proves the rule that contemporary mainstream country sucks. He’s the mainstream, incredibly popular country act that even people who don’t like mainstream country enjoy. He’s like the Garth Brooks it’s okay to like.
- Twangville is giving away four copies of the new Wrinkle Neck Mules album Let the Lead Fly.
- Maxim listed the hottest women of country music, but GAC’s Jason Mease feels the list could have been improved with the addition of a few more women.
- Stephen Deusner on the new Carrie Underwood album:
Carrie Underwood’s new album isn’t meant for iPods or headphones—or, for that matter, for individuals. It’s a more public record than a private or personal one, sometimes for better but usually for worse.
- On a slightly belated note, The 9513 hit the three year mark three days ago and continues to grow daily, so thanks to everyone who reads, comments, and tells their friends about us. And a special thanks to all our writers who hit their one year marks with The 9513 in the past month: C.M. (Oct. 22), Karlie (Nov. 10), Pierce (Nov. 14), and Juli (Nov. 18).
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
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- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
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- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …