Country Music Writers Remember Eddy Arnold

Brody Vercher | May 9th, 2008

  • As remarkable as Eddy Arnold‘s country music career was, Chet Flippo says, “his lasting legacy will be that he made the world safe for country pop music.” Flippo also pulled a snippet from a CMT interview where Arnold recalled one of the first times he recognized the split between pop and hillbilly music.
  • Peter Cooper says goodbye to Eddy Arnold by remembering his life and career, and Bill Friskics-Warren says intimacy was his calling card and “at the heart of Arnold’s appeal was his lustrous, purling singing voice.”
  • Danielle “Bella” Romeo is a 17 year-old high school sophomore who suffers from a rare disorder that causes her to endure a rainbow of seizures. Chris Cagle was introduced to Bella at a benefit concert late last year and just recently escorted the high schooler to the prom in Victoria, TX.
  • Former oil roughneck Trace Adkins wrote and recorded a song called “Black Gold” for an upcoming TV series by the same name. The show will follow three crews around West Texas on their quest to discover oil.
  • Galleywinter has yet another fantastic edition of 20 Questions. This time their musical guest of honor is Matt Hillyer, lead singer of the Dallas-based band Eleven Hundred Springs.

    GW: What do you see as the main difference between the music you’re making and the stuff you hear on mainstream radio?

    Matt: We’re trying desperately to get back to the heart and soul of country music. You’ve got to get the blues back in to it. That heartfelt feeling that rings true for everyone. We’re trying to keep the formula simple in hopes it will be classic…or at least pay tribute to something classic.

  • Adam Hood‘s Different Groove album was released a year ago and to mark the occasion Little Dog Records released an acoustic version of Different Groove through their download store.
  • Visit WSM Online to listen to Justin Towne’s Earle‘s Opry debut from 5/2. While you’re there, peruse the archives for a lot of other great country music.
  • Owen Roberts has a Q&A with Andy Friedman, who has become a fixture in the Brooklyn country music scene with his band the Other Failures.
  • Thirty-five years ago a record label broke up the band Mudcrutch. Half the band, including bass player Tom Petty, went on to form The Heartbreakers. You could say that they had some success. Recently Tom Petty wanted to get that original band back together and record an album. Their self-titled debut was released on April 29th and Hickory Wind’s Sean Moore describes it as “a sunny, sometimes spirited slice of country-rock.”
  • Jennifer Hanson‘s full-lenghth album titled Thankful will be released as a digital exclusive on June 3rd.
  • Detroit Free Press has a five question Q&A with Trisha Yearwood in which she describes something she calls the “Emmylou factor.”

    I’m such a fan (of Emmylou Harris), and she is a great lady and she represents musical integrity. We don’t live in a world where that’s treasured that much. I’ve had that thought of: “I want to record this song. I think it’s a big hit, but it’s really kind of cheesy — should I record it or not?”

    And I’ve thought that if I ran into Emmylou Harris on the street and it was a big hit, would she say “That’s really awesome” or cross to the other side of the street?

  • Check out for their newest internet reality series, The Long Road to Nashville. The cameras follow Jonalee White for 20 episodes as she tries to make it in the country music industry. She travels to events like CRS, SXSW, Key West Songwriters’ Festival and the CMA Music Festival and conducts interviews with other notable country singers. There’s currently an introductory video and two episodes online.

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  1. Rick
    May 9, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Speaking of “Black Gold”, the Earl Scruggs band performed “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” at Stagecoach. You know the lyric “Up through the ground came a bubbling crude, you know, black gold, texas tea…) (lol)

    I heard Justin Townes Earle’s Opry debut live on WSM online and was suitably impressed. His style struck me as a unique combination of a lot of influences, most of them traditional and historical. I’d also like to mention that recent GAC broadcasts of “Opry Live” featured Ashton Shepherd and Emily West with each artist performing two songs and getting an interview with Nan Kelly. Other artists featured on those episodes included The Infamous Stringdusters and The Steeldrivers (who were joined by Charlie Daniels for one song). Great stuff!!!!!!

  2. Jordan Stacey
    May 9, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Is Universal South just releasing Jennifer Hanson’s album to fulfill their contract or something. It’s very unlike a major label to release something without a radio hit, even if it’s a digital release.

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