Crowell and Harris Finish Duets Album; Keith Urban is New American Idol Judge; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 17th, 2012

  • Rodney Crowell shared some information about his upcoming duets record with Emmylou Harris: “Old Yellow Moon, the Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell duet album produced by Brian Ahern is finally finished. I want to give everybody a heads up to watch for Nonesuch Records official release date which I expect they will announce sometime very soon. The cd took longer to record than expected but when you consider the fact that she and I have been talking about making this music since 1975, the end result came about rather quickly. I’m pleased to say that we’ve performed songs written by Kris Kristofferson, Roger Miller, Patty Scialfa, Matraca Berg, Hank DeVito, Lynn Langham, Donivan & Walter Martin Cowart, as well as four numbers penned by yours truly, including “Bluebird Wine.” Along with the likes of Bill Payne, Vince Gill, Steuart Smith, Stuart Duncan, Tommy Spurlock, David Hungate, Michael Rhodes, Dennis Crouch, John Jorgensen, Paul Franklin, Jedd Hughes, Larry Franklin, Reese Wynans, John Hobbs, Marco Giovino and Chad Cromwell, significant musical contributions were made by members of the original Hot Band, James Burton, John Ware, Emory Gordy and Glen D Hardin. For me, the record’s overall tone calls to mind that southern California blend of country music and rock and roll pioneered by Linda Ronstadt, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons and, of course, Emmylou and The Hot Band.”
  • Randy Rogers lost a bet to Josh Abbott when Texas State didn’t cover the spread in the game against Texas Tech.  As a result, Rogers had to perform Abbott’s hit “She’s Like Texas” dressed as a giant giraffe at a concert.
  • Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies got engaged to White Sox pitcher John Danks on Friday night.
  • Enter to win tickets to the Railroad Revival Tour featuring Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson over at Country California.
  • Craig Morgan will be hosting another show on the Outdoor Channel. This one’s called Total Outdoorsman Challenge.
  • The fight over Tammy Wynette’s estate is explored on an upcoming episode of the Investigation Discovery program The Will: Family Secrets Revealed. It will premiere on 10/18.
  • The Civil Wars’ debut album Barton Hollow was certified Gold by the RIAA.
  • The Pistol Annies’ 75-minute set in New York last week included covers of songs by “Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and even Bob Marley.”
  • Singer-songwriter Homer Joy, the writer of Buck Owens’ “Streets of Bakersfield,” passed away at 67.
  • Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Allen Reynolds will be next performer featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s quarterly series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters.
  • Home recording studios are challenging the majors in Nashville.
  • Elizabeth Cook is taking donations for (or giving away depending on your generosity) five outstanding songs over at NoiseTrade.
  • Trisha Yearwood invites viewers back for a new season of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, premiering Saturday, October 20th at 11am ET/PT on Food Network. (via press release)
  • The Blue Sky Riders will release their debut and tentatively self-titled album on January 22.
  • Randy Travis’ brother was arrested on the charges of possession of meth.
  • Recent Music Videos:

Randy Houser – “How Country Feels”

Adam Toms – “Rowdy Together”

Florida Georgia Line – “Cruise”

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Last of a Dyin’ Breed”

Eric Church – “Creepin’”

Rodney Atkins – “Just Wanna Rock ‘N’ Roll”

Aly Cook – “Country Storm”

McAlister Kemp – “Home”

John Williamson – “The Big Red” 

Luke O’Shea and Dianna Corcoran – “New England Sky”

Jess Moskaluke – “Catch Me If You Can”

Kortney and Dave – “Marry Me Again”

Tim Montana and His Shrednecks – “Too Far Gone”

The Church Sisters – “The Only Sound I Heard (I Wandered By a Brookside)”

Sahara Starr – “Isn’t Love Enough”

Wolftown – “Loving You”

Levi Riggs – “There’s Still A Place for That”

Chris Weaver Band – “Standing in Line”

Scarletta – “Right Here, Right Now”

  1. Janice Brooks
    September 17, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Hopes Gaylord will heed that advice.

  2. Jim Z
    September 17, 2012 at 11:11 am

    is Bob Marley considered country these days?

  3. Saving Country Music
    September 17, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Oh how I’m loving this Grand Ole Opry news!

  4. Rick
    September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    There isn’t enough information in that article about Gaylord and the Opry to have me rooting for either side. I just want the result that is best for the Opry in terms of guaranteeing its longevity and traditions.

    What, Albert Lee’s guitar picking will not be featured on the Rodney and Emmylou duets recording?! Crikey mate! Since I just bought the Tim and Nicki Bluhm Duets CD, I’m good on that front for the time being.

    Congrats to Ashley Monroe on her engagement. After reading that concert review I’m tempted to catch the Pistol Annies at the LA Couny Fair next Sunday night. The problem is they hold it in a horse racing track stadium with the stage in the infield and the acoustics are horrid! If they use the crappy PA system they utilize during the horse races, I’d demand my money back!

    Thanks for the links to the Aussie music videos. Its always appreciated. Remember, this week’s Music City Roots show features artists from down under.

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