Country Legend Vern Gosdin Passed Away
- Country legend Vern Gosdin passed away in his sleep last night at the age of 74.
But Gosdin found his greatest success doing mainstream country, as he scored No. 1 singles with “I Can Tell by the Way You Dance,” the Ernest Tubb quasi-tribute “Set ‘Em Up” and “I’m Still Crazy.”
His recording of “Chiseled in Stone” claimed the Country Music Association’s song of the year honor in 1989, and George Strait found success by rerecording Gosdin’s hit “Today My World Slipped Away.”
- Country Universe’s Dan Milliken listed ten songs he considers absolutely flawless — ranging from Bobbie Gentry‘s “Ode to Billie Joe” to Nickel Creek‘s “This Side” — and solicited readers to do the same.
- It’s been a while since Reba McEntire played a gig at the Opry, but she has a four-song set scheduled for May 9.
- The Cherryholmes launched a YouTube channel in conjunction with the premier of the video for “Bleeding.” (via Cybergrass)
- The Washington Post has a brief interview with Taylor Swift and video from a concert she performed at Alexandria’s Bishop Ireton High School. The video is worth watching based on the fan reactions alone.
- The next Zac Brown Band studio album isn’t due until 2010, but Brown hopes to have a live record out later this year.
- Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough were voted off Dancing With the Stars.
- Nathan Rabin continues his exploration of Merle Haggard and his music in week 9 of his Nashville or Bust column and in the process reveals what he believes is the secret to Haggard’s prison songs.
- Former American Idol champion Taylor Hicks plans to send a single to country radio in May.
- Sengelmann Hall, a central Texas dancehall that’s been closed for more than 60 years, is reopening in August.
- Kenny Chesney is scheduled to make his Austin City Limits (the TV program, not the festival) debut on May 12.
- Tim McGraw switched from a Nashville-based management to Red Light Management in Los Angeles.
- Once again, if you’re not following A Truer Sound, you should be. They mostly post recordings of various concerts and today’s posting comes from a 1991 recording of the great Roger Miller at The Birchmere in which he introduces himself as “Roger Miller, one of the best songwriters I ever met.” Check out yesterday’s post, too. It’s a 1997 Billy Joe Shaver concert with his son Eddie in Italy.
- Rodney Hayden and Drew Kennedy are planning to take the New American Voices Tour to Europe, so if any of our overseas readers have suggestions for venues or want to book a date, we’d love to hear from you.
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