Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold Passed Away This Morning
- Country Music Hall of Famer Eddy Arnold passed away early this morning at age 89.
Before Garth Brooks came along, Arnold was easily country music’s biggest record-seller. Sales of his discs from the mid-1940s to the present, in every recorded medium from 78s to CDs, have topped 80 million. Along the way, Arnold became a key figure in “urbanizing” country music — smoothing it out, opening it to influences from the wider world of pop music — a trend you could almost guess by knowing that his early musical favorites were Vernon Dalhart, Gene Autry, Gene Austin, and Bing Crosby. The list of those he influenced is headed by Marty Robbins and Jim Reeves.
- For a limited time you can listen to Eleven Hundred Springs‘ new release, Country Jam, on iLike. And, next Monday, founding members Matt Hilyer & Steve Berg will login to Galleywinter for a listening party and live chat.
- Carrie Underwood and her high octane vocals didn’t disappoint the sold-out United Spirit Arena last night in Lubbock. She opened with “Flat On The Floor” and encored with Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City,” making five wardrobe changes in between. The crowd favorite was the hometown Texas Tech jersey.
- After releasing his debut on Warner, Ray Scott decided to release the follow-up on his own label, Jethropolitan Records. Physical CDs will only be available from his website and concerts, but the ten track digital album will be available later this month.
- Several Willie Nelson podcasts have been added to the Legacy Recordings podcast blog, including four new “True Outlaw Stories.” (via Still Is Still Moving)
- Hayes Carll talks about his singing voice and affinity for what Jewly Hight calls rougher songs:
“The gist is that I have a really strong Southern drawl and I sound intoxicated,” he says. “When I’m singing about those things, maybe those are more believable than if I was singing about the deﬁcit or something. I wouldn’t believe ‘The Pilgrim’ if Mariah Carey was singing it, but when Kris Kristofferson sings it I’m like, ‘Fuck yeah.’ “
- According the commenters reactions, Carrie Underwood‘s spot at No. 59 on Country Universe’s “100 Greatest Women” list hasn’t been the only controversial placement thus far, but it has certainly drawn out passionate opponents and proponents.
- Dierks Bentley made an appearance on the Toyota Concert Series on the TODAY show yesterday morning to talk about his new greatest hits album and perform a couple of songs, “Sweet & Wild” and “Trying To Stop Your Leaving.” The lady singing harmony with Dierks on “Sweet & Wild” is the lovely Sarah Buxton, who posted about the event in her MySpace blog.
- This Is Texas Music blogger Patrick, Austin Chronicle’s Jim Caligiuri, and Austin Music Source writer John T. Davis each have their own accounts of the Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett concert at the Paramount Theater on Monday and Tuesday.
- Julie Roberts posted a couple of new songs to her MySpace.
- Lady Antebellum vocalist Hillary Scott is excited about the new wave in country music, the wave that’s all about songwriters.
“Taylor Swift has come and just exploded. You have James Otto, who’s worked so hard. There’s Ashton Shepherd. We say we’re songwriters first. We love to perform — that’s a big part of who we are — but this is the time of the songwriter. And that’s beautiful to me. There’s nothing more rewarding than being part of creating a song. It’s a really cool thing, and it’s what people are gravitating toward. I’m really excited about the next five or 10 years of country music.”
- The AT&T Blue Room has an exclusive interview with James Otto. He dishes on his musical roots, when country music became cool to him and performing in the Navy. He follows the interview up with performances of “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” “You Don’t Act Like My Woman” and “These Are The Good Ole Days.”
- Honoring individuals who have been at the forefront in the development of country music, the Academy of Country Music awarded the The Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award to Brenda Lee, the Oak Ridge Boys and the late Conway Twitty and Porter Wagoner. And, Bill Anderson and the late Fred Rose will become recipients of the organization’s newest award, the Poet’s Award, honoring songwriters for outstanding musical and lyrical contributions to country music. Check out CMT for the list of musician, industry, and radio awards. Additionally, Garth Brooks will receive the inaugural Crystal Milestone Award for his sales achievements.
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