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