Dave Alvin Scores TV Gig; Randy Traywick’s (Travis) Publicity Photo; The Grascals Find Success with Cracker Barrel
- Davin Alvin will make a guest appearance in, and wrote a new song for, the second season of the FX channel’s crime-drama series Justified.
- My pal Kelly Dearmore digs the new Hayes Carll record, KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories), even if it doesn’t exactly make him forget about its predecessor.
[...] this is the album where Carll really asserts himself and makes it even more difficult for folks to continue to lump him into the stale “Texas-artist” category or make the same comparisons to Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard, yet again. Sure, those influences are present, as they should be, but there’s also hints of Subterranean Dylan with the title track, and early 1980′s Haggard with “Chances Are.” making it even tougher to back Carll into a stylistic corner, he uses the same wit that was shockingly present with his biting “She Left Me For Jesus” to produce a white-trash gem of a duet with “Another Like You.” The male/female duet number takes the Gram/Emmylou dynamic and shoves easy-cheese down its drunken pie-hole while dousing it in fuzzy-navel wine cooler.
- Singer-songwriter (and sometimes The 9513 columnist) Drew Kennedy is writing a book.
- In this week’s Nashville Skyline, Chet Flippo agrees with those saying the results of the Grammys were depressing, not so much because Lady Antebellum won so many awards though, but because there weren’t any viable competitors.
- Jessi Colter on hearing other singers perform songs popularized by Waylon Jennings:
“I deal with it every day, and I sometimes stand braced and other times just relax and let it go over my head,” she says. “Frankly, sometimes it hurts my heart to hear someone do his songs.”
Despite some skepticism, she and son Shooter Jennings eventually warmed to the idea of a new tribute, and thus the first of a three volume project was recently released.
- Travel back in time with Randy Travis on his website where he’s uploading media from the beginning of his career, including a 1978 publicity shot of a young Randy Traywick. (via Our Country)
- Toby Keith loves Toby Keith’s new single, “Somewhere Else.”
“As a songwriter, it’s really clever, wordy and has a lot of craftsmanship … and I really love those kinds of songs,” he said.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a cover of the Steve Earle song about Townes Van Zandt (“Ft. Worth Blues”) from the Denton-based band Bosque Brown.
- Michael McCall on Hayes Carll‘s M.O.:
He conveys the blurry joy of hosting an ongoing party. Whereas contemporary country star Jamey Johnson anchors his honky-tonking in guilt and self-examination, and Blake Shelton treats partying as a weekend release, Carll convincingly contends that daily decadence has its benefits.
- Disillusioned rocker Brett Detar goes country:
“It was about eight or nine years ago,” he says, “and- I feel like this is a cliched answer, but it’s true- a friend of mine put on Johnny Cash’s Live at San Quentin. I’d never heard it before and, for whatever reason, something about the starkness of his voice paired with such small instrumentation and the complete overwhelming power he had. I literally felt my world stop.”
- The Grascals‘ Terry Smith on releasing their latest album with Cracker Barrel:
“You can’t argue with success. At this time, it’s the biggest seller we’ve ever had. They have figured out a formula,’’ Smith says. “The audience is middle America. That’s people who love traditional country and traditional country cooking. It kind of goes hand in hand.’’
Find out more about the partnership in Ken Morton’s interview with bandmember Danny Roberts from earlier this month.
- Eleven Hundred Springs is featured in this week’s edition of Honky Tonk Friday at songs:illinois.
- Update: Here’s a new video of Randy Houser performing a song titled “In God’s Time.”
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- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
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