Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith Passed Away; Tom T. Hall to Headline WCRS Live!; Stream Patty Griffin
- Country Music Hall of Famer Carl Smith passed away in his home on Saturday at the age of 82.
“From the minute he came out, I wanted to look like him, tried to comb my hair like him and learned every song he ever recorded,” Waylon Jennings once said of Mr. Smith, who retired from music in 1978 and bred champion cutting horses for decades.
[...] Radio exposure on WSM and on the Opry helped Mr. Smith to gain notoriety, as did his tours with Hank Williams and others. Beginning in 1951, he launched a streak of 21 straight Top 10 country hits, including “Loose Talk,” “Hey Joe!” and “”Let’s Live A Little” and eight-week No. 1 “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way.”
- T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham won a Golden Globe last night for their collaboration on “The Weary Kind,” only Bingham wasn’t around for the critical announcement.
- Tom T. Hall is scheduled to headline the annual WCRS Live! acoustic showcase at CRS 2010 with fellow singer-songwriters Wynn Varble and Easton Corbin on February 25. (via press release)
- Karla Davis was named winner of the 28th Annual Colgate Country Showdown. (MySpace)
- Country Haiku:
Uh oh, I just learned
The McGee girl was really
Bobbi with an i
- The British band No Comebacks reinvented songs of the silverscreen cowboys for its album Back In The Saddle Again. I challenge you to listen to “Here Pussy Pussy” and not crack a smile. (via No Depression)
- Miranda Lambert resolves to not use profanity in 2010.
- Performing rights organization SEASAC is developing a web-based delivery system, named Ruby DS, for watermarked audio files to improve the ability to track performances for music licensing and royalty distribution.
- Preview “Today Was A Fairy Tale,” Taylor Swift‘s new song from the upcoming movie Valentine’s Day. The song will be available to download on iTunes starting tomorrow.
- American Songwriter Senior Editor Michael Kosser on the fading prominence of songwriting mentors:
The songpluggers are concentrating on their hottest writers, all a sweat to get enough cuts to keep their jobs for another year. And major publishers tend to hire pluggers who have demonstrated their ability to get a cut, not for their song-mentoring skills. They see songs as ready or not ready for demos, ready or not ready for pitches, not almost ready as in, “If you do this, this and that to the third verse, I think you’ll have a hit.” In fact, I’m not sure that songpluggers get as emotionally involved with songs as they used to, as in, “I love this song and I won’t stop pitching it until it’s a hit single.” Let a promising song go through a month or two of rejection or languish on an album without being considered for a single slot and the pluggers may forget about it.
- The Birthplace of Country Music Alliance received a low-interest federal loan of $2.5 million for the construction of a Cultural Heritage Center in downtown Bristol. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Country Universe wrapped up its list of the best country albums of 2009.
- In the first of a two-part CMT Insider interview Toby Keith talks about altering his set list for his first European tour, audience reactions, and his penchant for manipulating the press.
- After quickly selling out its first date at the Ryman, Lady Antebellum added a second.
- Bluegrass band The Grascals took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday for a new RV park named in its honor. The Grascals Bluegrass Hollow RV Park is located just outside of Dothan, Alabama where the country music entertainment center Country Crossing was opened over the weekend.
“This is really a great honor for us,” says band member and guitarist Jamie Johnson. “We grew up going to RV parks and bluegrass festivals as kids and these places are a part of the lifeblood of live bluegrass music. To have an RV park named after us is something we don’t take for granted and that we are so excited about!” he adds.
- Country Weekly‘s Jessica Phillips weighed in on albums from Bekka Bramlett, Zane Williams, Blue Highway, and Deric Ruttan.
- Country Haiku:
On Sunday morning
I had two beers for breakfast
Barley’s good for you
- How much is too much Cash? Washington Post contributors tackled the issue in a recent edition of Taking Sides.
- Listen to Downtown Church, Patty Griffin‘s new album, in its entirety on NPR.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.