CMA Announces Plans To Build Retirement Community for Musicians
- The CMA has plans to offer a retirement community specifically for musicians, songwriters and those who made a career in the music industry but don’t have the fame or money of more prominent country stars. Mitchel Kline reports that the proposed community could feature recording studios, performance halls and an amphitheater.
- A new six-disc boxed set from Bear Family Records, titled Let Me Be Your Sidetrack: The Influence of Jimmie Rodgers, attempts to explore the influence of Jimmie Rodgers through recordings of his songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, Harry Belafonte, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, King Oliver and Pete Seeger. Robert Hilburn has the details, plus introduces another new release from the Bear Family–Lefty Frizzell‘s Steppin’ Out. Frizzell’s entire recording output is available on the label, but this new 35-track CD focuses on his high-energy side.
- In an effort to ramp up even more anticipation for her upcoming album, Taylor Swift will be releasing four tracks via iTunes from Fearless on a staggered schedule, starting Oct. 14 with the title track. When the album is released on Nov. 11, iTunes users will be able to utilize the “Complete My Album” feature to discount the cost of the album based on the number of songs they already own.
- Alan Jackson needs your help creating the video for his current single, “Country Boy.” Dust off your video cameras and film yourself and your friends doing country things. Upload the video to YouTube and you’ll have a chance to win an 8GB iPod Nano, an autographed copy of Good Time and ten of the best videos will be spliced together to be included in the official “Country Boy” video.
- Mike Crowley, Hayes Carll‘s manager, says Carll is devastated about the complete destruction of Crystal Beach by Hurricane Ike.
Carll hosts the Stingaree Music Festival on Crystal Beach each April. His Highway 87 label is named after the road that takes you to the seaside town, “where the cops all know your number and the bars all know your name.” Carll’s three albums are inhabited by the roughhewn characters, the shrimpers and oil workers and beach bums he met while playing at places like Bob’s, which are no longer there.
Now, virtually all that’s left of Crystal Beach are those songs.
Word has it that the Wrecks Bell owned Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe in Galveston didn’t make it through the storm, either.
- Willie Nelson scored a spot on the Guitar Hero 4: World Tour video game with his recording of “On the Road Again.”
- Jimmie Rodgers is widely considered the father of country music, but if it weren’t for Ernest V. Stoneman, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, the famous sessions at Bristol might not have taken place. Stoneman recorded songs in Bristol along with Rodgers and The Carter Family, but he’s also the guy who informed Ralph Peer that Bristol was the place that he needed to be in order to reach the largest audience of musicians. David A. Maurer gives a synopsis of Stoneman’s importance to country music history and introduces a two-CD set due out on Sep. 23 titled Ernest V. Stoneman: The UnsungFather of Country Music 1925-1934.
- Lost Highway is hosting a listening party for the new Lucinda Williams album, Little Honey, due out on Oct. 14. (via The Gobblers Knob)
- On top of her Little Honey CD, there’s news that she’ll be releasing a digital EP of protest songs as well on Oct. 28.
- Daily Trivia: This day in 1923 marked the birth of one of country music’s most heralded artists, Hank Williams (read the story behind his first No. 1 hit, “Lovesick Blues”). Also on this day, but in 1955, Elvis Presley‘s “I Forgot to Remember to Forget” entered the charts and went on to become his first No. 1, and five years later to the day, Loretta Lynn made her debut appearance on the Opry.
- 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 …