Dealing Blind: Clint Black Files Lawsuit Against His Manager
- Clint Black filed a lawsuit against his manager/accountant, Charles Sussman. Black asserts that Sussman and his firm “repeatedly engaged in self-dealing, negligence, and/or gross negligence” in steering his finances. Part of the dispute involves Little Big Town. Black believed the band was signed to a long-term deal with Equity Records, the independent record label in which both Sussman and Black have minority ownership, but the band left for Capitol Records shortly after the release of A Place to Land. He alleges that Sussman kept him in the dark about the terms of their contract.
- For her fourth appearance on Mountain Stage, Patty Loveless performed six of the songs from her new album, Sleepless Nights. Listen on NPR Music.
New albums for the week of 11/18/2008 include:
- On top of releasing a new album, iTunes made Randy Houser‘s “Anything Goes” the Discovery Download of the week, which means you can download it for free. (iTunes)
- In his review of Sing Me Back Home: Love, Death, And Country Music by Dana Jennings, David Cantwell claims, “Jennings writes like a dream.” He continues by comparing the book to many country songs: “beautiful, but very, very sad.” And if there’s one qualm with the book, it’s the darkness that consumes the subject matter.
It focuses on the Carter Family’s dark and stormy side of life to the near exclusion of the bright and sunny. For me, the cumulative effect of this choice is that the book infrequently reads as unwitting caricature, like an Erskine Caldwell novel. This is not, I stress, because the stories Jennings tells feel false. Rather, it is because those stories feel incomplete; they cherry-pick the tawdry and miserable from orchards that surely must have grown their share of joy.
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne has a rundown of what you can expect to find on the Marty Robbins and Tammy Wynette Legendary Performances DVDs issued by Shout! Factory in conjunction with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
- Luke Bryan landed a sponsorship deal with Miller Lite.
- For episode 14 of Nashville at Nite, host Ashlie Kolb snagged interviews with Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum, Bucky Covington, Chuck Wicks, Lee Brice, Jason Michael Carroll, Josh Turner, Jeffery Steele, Sarah Buxton, Kristy Lee Cook, Trent Tomlinson, Heidi Newfield, Songwriter of the year Casey Beathard, Little Big Town, Randy Owen, and Ira Dean on the BMI Awards red carpet (you can also watch artist specific interviews on their YouTube channel).
- Lucero frontman Ben Nichols elaborates on the background and recording process for his new solo project in an interview with Samuel Duke.
- The new Randy Travis Vault features classic merchandise for sale, from a 1991 tour jacket to out of print t-shirts and vintage truckers hats. (via NashvilleGab)
- Hal Ketchum explains his decision to record live to 2-track for his latest album, Father Time, in an interview with Americana Roots’ John Walker:
It was just conversations that I had with my friends talking about how they really missed being together and creating a record. The human element was disappearing almost. Also, everyone seems to be striving for perfection, and the equipment has got to be so good that you could actually tune a fart if you wanted. It was not a boastful endeavor by any means, I only wanted to give it a shot and see how it went.
- Scott Matthews‘ claim in the latest “Off the Cuff” feature from Galleywinter that San Antonio-based Jeremy Parsons (MySpace) has a “real Johnny Horton thing going” piqued my interest. After taking a listen, he definitely has an appealing traditional quality to his voice.
- Watch the new video for “Start a Band,” the song featuring Keith Urban from Brad Paisley‘s instrumental album, Play.
- 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 …