Clement, Bare, Rogers Inducted into CMHOF; Shooter Jennings Launches Record Label; New Music Videos
- The first 17 inductees into the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame were announced on Saturday night. The artists named in the first class include Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, The Carter Family, Bobby Bare, Chris Gantry, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Sammi Smith, Steve Young, Jessi Colter, Hank Williams Jr. and Billy Joe Shaver.
- Bobby Bare, the late Cowboy Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers were officially inducted into the Country Music of Fame on Sunday at the Medallion Ceremony.
- Mallory Hope got engaged on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday night.
- Shooter Jennings is starting his own music label called Black Country Rock.
- Ronnie Dunn played a strong new song called “I Wish I Still Smoked Cigarettes” on the “Big D and Bubba” radio show.
- CMT Edge posted an excerpt of Robert Hilburn’s new biography, Johnny Cash: The Life.
- Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and his fiancée, Jenna Kennedy, revealed that they’re expecting a baby boy.
- Carrie Underwood is back in the studio recording new music.
- Cindy Watts and Nate Rau discuss domestic violence in country music for The Tennessean, asking, “Is country music at a crossroads in the portrayal of the sex that comprises 60 percent of its radio audience?”
- Ray Price’s condition has improved, but he remains hospitalized for a blood infection.
- Remember Buddy Jewell? He makes donuts now.
- Adam Haynes has replaced Jeremy Abshire as The Grascals’ fiddler.
- Now you can slaughter the undead like Woody Harrelson in Zombieland with the Goodtime Zombie Killer banjo.
- The 8th Annual Concert for the Cure hosted by Jason Aldean raised $575,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
- Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser and Little Big Town will guest-host After Midnite in November.
- Philip O’Donnell was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame along with Marc Durelle, Gary Burgess, Larry Mattson and Johnny Storm.
- Live from NYC, recorded by the late blues guitarist Jeff Healey was posthumously released earlier this month.
- Harold “Red” Moore, now 80, is a hoot in this interview about his “Crawdad Song” legacy.
- Jon Garelick interviewed Madeleine Peyroux, who discussed her attempt to pay homage to Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, in a piece for The Boston Globe.
- The organization called The Tennessee Watchdog is pissed off that tax dollars were used to create the ABC documentary For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville. An excerpt from the Watchdog blog: “The money came from a grant by the federal Economic Development Administration — for disaster relief because of the 2010 flood…EDA spokeswoman Angela Martinez said it’s not at all unusual for communities to use federal disaster relief money for tourism development, regardless of how long ago that disaster happened.”
- A stretch of U.S. Route 63 has been named for Leona Williams; the highway runs through her hometown of Vienna, Missouri .
- Not to be outdone, Del McCoury has a portion of North Carolina’s Highway 261 named in his honor. If you can now have a physical address on the Del McCoury Highway, Engine 145 HQ will be relocating.
- Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, an old home for the Grand Ole Opry, got a facelift on its 88th birthday. A new sound system was installed as well. (warning: autoplay)
- Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay shared his thoughts on the Opry’s birthday celebration, which was held earlier this month.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
Brad Davis – “Never Give the Devil a Ride”
Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
Ashley Monroe – “The Morning After” (Live)
Great Peacock – “Take Me to the Mountain” (Live)
Sarah Jarosz – “Over the Edge”
Lily and Madeleine – “I’ve Got Freedom”
The Sins Country – “Muscadine”
Aleyce Simmonds – “Believe”
Busby Marou – “Get You Out of Here”
Foy Vance – “Closed Hand, Full of Friends”
Matt Kennon – “Real Good”
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- 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 …