Dale Watson Abides; Early Kristofferson Demos; Herbs Not Required to Enjoy New Jason Boland Live Album

Brody Vercher | April 26th, 2010

  • Dale Watson went Nashville. No, he didn’t slick his music up to appeal to a mainstream audience, he went to Nashville to record country music the way it was done in an earlier era and he enlisted studio musicians Pete Wade, Pig Robbins, and Lloyd Green to help create what he calls his dream record.

    “People say, ‘What are you doing? You hate Nashville,’ ” said Watson, who is shopping the album to labels in hopes of a late-year or 2011 release. “But I don’t hate Nashville. I hate what has been done to the music that I love, the music that came from Nashville and that was invented in Nashville. I’m 100 percent inspired by what Nashville was.”

  • Country California: More Adventures of Fake Jamey Johnson
  • Before anyone knew who Kris Kristofferson was he recorded demos for some of his most iconic songs to serve as blueprints for other performers. Those demo recordings, from the late ’60s and early ’70s, are scheduled to be released on May 4 in a compilation titled Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends. Stream the record in its entirety via NPR’s Exclusive First Listen feature.
  • Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle on World Cafe.
  • Eavesdropping Texas writer Kelly Dearmore on the new Jason Boland & The Stragglers live album:

    Mercifully, the quality of High In The Rockies is strong enough so that you shouldn’t feel as though you need any further herbal enjoyment to appreciate the album […]

  • Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne remembers the John Michael Montgomery song “Friends.”
  • Even Willie Nelson hadn’t heard a couple of the songs on his latest album, Country Music, before he recorded them:

    The traditional song, “Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” was one you hadn’t even heard before.
    No, I hadn’t heard that. T Bone brought some good things to the session, but I had never heard that one. He brought a Bob Wills song I had never heard. I thought I’d heard all the Bob Wills songs, but “Gotta Walk Alone” is an obscure Bob Wills song that I had never heard.

  • On Tuesday’s American Idol, contestants will all cover a Shania Twain song. Twain herself will be on hand to mentor the six remaining performers.
  • Now that Shelby Lynne has her first album out on her own label she’s planning another for the fall, only it’ll be a compilation of traditional Christmas tunes.
  • The New York Times‘ Jon Pareles interviewed sisters Emily Robison and Martie Maguire about their new band Court Yard Houds.

    They named Court Yard Hounds after “The Courtyard Hound,” a novel within the 2008 David Benioff novel “City of Thieves.” They liked a passage about how talent is a “fanatical mistress” who “bangs on your door at odd hours, and she disappears for long stretches.” (Courtyard Hound became Court Yard Hounds, Ms. Robison said, because three initials would look better as a logo, and because the letters CH also happen to be the beginning of Chicks.)

  • Merle Haggard on his new album I Am What I Am: “I guess it’s a little more from the heart than the last few albums.”
  • Alt-512 Music Musing posted a live recording of the mighty fine Justin Townes Earle train song “Ghost of Virginia.”
  1. Brody Vercher
    April 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Here are a couple of additional album streams: Court Yard Hounds and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

  2. Noeller
    April 26, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Loved JMM’s “Friends” back in the day. Looking forward to checking him out, for the first time (!!!), in Edmonton this summer.

  3. Rick
    April 26, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Dale Watson is right on the money about how fans of real country music also feel about the city of Nashville itself. We have no qualms with the city or its denizens (except Obamavoters), its the “Big Label Mainstream Commercial Country Music Machine” we take issue with for spewing out an endless stream of mediocre pop-rock dreck and sound-alike crap for the Top 40 radio airwaves. Nashville is full of great singers, songwriters, and musicians, but you’ll rarely hear them on mainstream country radio.

    Willie Nelson has probably heard “Gotta Walk Alone” multiple times throughout his life, but he just doesn’t remember. I’ll chalk it up more to old age than his prodigious pot consumption. Its one of the featured tracks on the “Bob Wills – Country Music Hall of Fame” series album which includes only 16 songs, so it can’t be that obscure!

    If American Idol wants better ratings (its fallen behind “Dancing With The Stars”), they should feature Taylor Swift so all Taylor’s teenybopper fans would tune in. It would be shocking to hear Taylor’s songs sung well though come to think of it, and a live Taylor performance would be unbearable. Oh well….

  4. Stormy
    April 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Rick: They already did the untalented tween icon thing with Miley.

  5. Michelle
    April 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I love “Friends” by John Michael Montomery. I loved most of his songs, though. The guy could sing!!!

  6. chissy n
    May 3, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Court Yard Hounds = love. It’s nice the original members of the chicks are doing this side project. can’t wait to get my own copy!

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