‘Crazy Heart’ Score Ineligible For Oscar; Lady A Track List; Dailey & Vincent Cover Statler Bros.
- Fox Searchlight decided against submitting the original compositions for the film Crazy Heart into consideration for an Academy Award after learning that the score would have been ineligible. Academy regulations forbid works by multiple composers, which means Stephen Bruton won’t be earning a posthumous Oscar. On the other hand, Ryan Bingham still has a shot in the best original song category for “The Weary Kind.”
- What will 2010 bring in the way of new music? Country California has more than a few questions.
- Banjo Assault: “[...] Stancato allegedly took action with his instrument. “He swung a banjo at the victim, hitting him in the head,” the police report said.” (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Lady Antebellum released the tracklist for its sophomore album Need You Now, due out later this month.
- Dailey & Vincent will release a new album, Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers, exclusively at Cracker Barrel on Feb. 1. (via press release)
- When Jimmy Wayne began his walk for charity from Nashville to Phoenix on New Year’s Day he didn’t realize temperatures would be so cold. In fact, it has been so cold that his management team had to ask him to stay in a hotel one night. The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts has more details and quotes on how the walk is progressing.
- Country Universe concluded its list of the best singles of 2009.
- I must have missed it yesterday, but in addition to the Townes Van Zandt article the current issue of American Songwriter is featuring Robert Earl Keen, Bobby Braddock, Rickie Lee Jones, Richard Thompson, and John Prine.
- Taylor Swift and Mallary Hope sang karaoke to Miranda Lambert‘s “Gunpowder & Lead.” (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
- Country California Fake News: Alan Jackson Seeks Embarrassing Dud for Next Album
- New West Records is giving away a sampler download containing a song from each album they released last year, which includes releases from Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Corb Lund, Buddy & Julie Miller, Sara Watkins, and more. All you need to do is sign up for a newsletter or follow them on Twitter. (via No Depression)
- Farce the Music parodied the Billy Currington song “That’s How Country Boys Roll” with “That’s How Obamavoters Roll.”
- CMT’s Calvin Gilbert interviewed Dolly Parton on the topics of her early career and recent live DVD.
- Eric Church will hit the road next month for his Jagermeister Country Tour with opener Josh Thompson.
- Dallas musician Erik Swanson and his new band Shoot Low Sheriff are doing their part to keep the Western Swing sound alive. Be sure to visit the band’s website and download six free songs.
Music Fog: Band of Heathens – “Somebody Tell the Truth”
- 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 …