Crooked Still to Release Anniversary EP; Dierks Says No to Trump; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 22nd, 2011

  • Connie Smith is the subject of Peter Cooper’s most recent Tennessean piece, which includes a pretty excellent story about Smith’s first flight to Nashville: [W]aiting for [Bill] Anderson to pick her up and take her to the Opry, she saw a cop ticketing a convertible. Then she saw the convertible owner charm his way out of the ticket. “The guy whose car it was turned around, winked at me and drove off, and that was the first time I saw Marty Robbins,” she said.
  • Stephen Barker Liles and Eric Gunderson, the boys of Love and Theft, have a new home at RCA Nashville. The former trio became a duo following Brian Bandas’ departure just after Lyric Street Records closed. They also have a Bryan White co-write on their upcoming album.
  • Crystal Shawanda, from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Tribe in Canada, has a new single at country radio called “Love Enough.” You can stream it here.
  • The bluegrass band Crooked Still will be releasing a new seven song EP on October 25th called Friends of Fall to celebrate the band’s ten-year anniversary.
  • Check out this cool video of 18 hours of a Charlie Daniels Band concert condensed to one minute.
  • Season 7 American Idol contestant and folksinger Brooke White is following up her 2009 release of High Hopes and Heartbreak with a brand new folk-pop duo release under the band name Jack and White. Listen to their first single, “Gemini.”
  • Late last week, Maroon 5 and Train were in Nashville performing at Bridgestone Arena when Martina McBride joined Train lead singer Pat Monahan for a duet of “Broken Wing.”
  • GAC has named the top 50 videos of the 90s and Garth Brooks’ “The Dance” has taken the Number One slot. Is your favorite on there?
  • Last month, Engine 145 had a concert review on an event inside the Cumberland Caverns called Bluegrass Underground. PBS has had film crews inside the cave for many of the shows over the last two years and will begin featuring the performances next month in a television series with the same name. (Actual times vary by PBS station, but most will be airing the first episode on Tuesday, September 13th—set your DVR.) Artists scheduled to appear in this first season include Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Darrell Scott, 18 South, Mike Farris and The McCrary Sisters, Cherryholmes, Mountain Heart, John Cowan, and The Farewell Drifters.
  • Last Monday’s news round-up had news of Jypsi coming to an end. This Monday, Jypsi member Lillie Mae Rische pops up in a brand new video in a duet with Kenneth Brian of the Kenneth Brian Band.
  • If Blake Shelton was also playing with Billy Currington, Pat Green and Robert Earl Keen at the end of October, he could sing, “Kiss My Country Bass.”
  • New (or new to you) music videos with a couple of cool live performances for good measure:

The Stellas — “Perfect”

Jeff Bridges“What a Little Bit of Love Can Do”

Lindsay Bruce — “Stupid and Seventeen”

Colton James“Date with Dixie”

Jessie Farrell — “Turn You Down”

Lucinda Williams“Copenhagen”

Jake Clayton — “Kickin’ Up Dust”

Musikanto“Every Which Way”

Corey Colum — “West Australian Woman”

Brett Eldredge — “Thirsty”

Wagons — “Willie Nelson” (Music Fog Live Performance)

The Trishas — “Why” (Music Fog Live Performance)

Joy Kills Sorrow “Reservations”

Gabe Dixon — “My Favorite”

Keith Urban — “Long Hot Summer”

Haroula Rose — “Love Will Follow”

The Band Perry — “All Your Life”

Jimmy Rankin — The XM Sessions

Jeff Bridges — “Everything But Love” (studio)

  1. Rick
    August 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    A quick report from Sunny (Sweeney that is) Southern California! Yesterday (8/21/11) Sunny Sweeney performed a free acoustic gig at Downtown Disney in Anaheim with two pick-up musicians. One of her hired hands stuck to his acoustic guitar and the other one alternated between acoustic guitar and fiddle. Sunny’s set list contained three songs from “Heartbreakers Hall of Fame” including the title track, Audrey Auld’s “Next Big Nothing”, and Tim Carroll’s (ie Mr. Elizabeth Cook) “If I Could”. The tracks from Sunny’ new “Concrete” album (coming out tomorrow) included the Brennen Leigh co-write “Amy”, her radio singles “From A Table Away” and “Stayin’s Worse Than Leavin'”, and “Drink Myself Single” a song Sunny announces “makes her Daddy proud!”. (lol) Also included were covers of Waylon’s “She’s A Good Hearted Women” that Sunny sang with Jessi Colter on the recent Waylon tribute album, and Randy Week’s “Can’t Let Go” done Lucinda William’s style. Yet aother great live Sunny concert experience and the price was right! Go Sunny! (Other free concerts also attended yesterday included the excellent bluegrass band Lonesome Otis, featuting a native Hawaiian mandolin player, and one of the best LA based Americana bands Rose’s Pawn Shop. Good stuiff!)

  2. Barry Mazor
    August 22, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    So Rick, would you say that Sunny’s live sound now is more like the previous record or the new one–which are quite different in some ways..

  3. Jon
    August 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Chely Wright, um, story, which includes the video of “Jezebel” – I’d forgotten what a good record that is.

    The Night Drivers, along with Dale Ann Bradley, played Bluegrass Underground this past weekend – first time for us, second for her. I believe that “PBS had film crews” isn’t quite accurate, as I’m pretty sure that the shows were taped by the producers’ own crews, which would be a good thing, as their team includes the fabulous Jim Yockey as director, and then the show was successfully pitched to PBS. Either way, it should be a great one.

  4. J.R. Journey
    August 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I watched part of that GAC countdown this weekend and it was a joke. They put “Achy Breaky Heart” ahead of “Is There Life Out There”. Enough said.

  5. Rick
    August 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Barry, I’d have to say Sunny is maintaining consistency with her albums as her vocals on each song are as close to the original recorded version as she can get! She sings the songs off her first album the same way she has on the Opry since long before the second album was recorded, so the “early , pre-Nashville Sunny sound” is still fully intact! (lol)

    I think this would be a great topic to cover when you do your upcoming interview! (hint, hit…lol) You’ll have to read the cover story/interview in this month’s LoneStar Music Magazine first to make sure you don’t cover the same ground (which was dang near everything about Sunny’s career thus far!). Go Sunny!

  6. nm
    August 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I’m a little baffled by the difference in her vocal sound on the new album. I’m not saying I don’t like it, but it is a definite shift for her.

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