Dolly Parton and Wanda Jackson Hit VH1; Ray Wylie Hubbard Plans New Album and Memoir; New Gretchen Peters Video

Juli Thanki | December 9th, 2011

  • Dolly Parton will serve as a presenter and Wanda Jackson will perform on VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul, which is going to air on December 19. Mavis Staples will also perform.
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are paying for bluesman Hubert Sumlin’s funeral.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard’s got big plans for 2012, with an album (called The Grifter’s Hymnal) and memoir in the works.
  • Chet Flippo remembers the late Barbara Orbison in his newest Nashville Skyline column: I never met anyone like Barbara Orbison before. She was smarter than any other woman I have ever known — with the possible exception of Dolly Parton and my own darling bride — but she was also caring and compassionate and ever curious to learn everything she could about everything. And she had a consuming love of music. That love continued up to the moment she died a few days ago.
  • Alison Krauss and Union Station were on Leno the other night; watch their performance over at Bluegrass Today.
  • Rodney Atkins apparently hasn’t learned from fellow artists’ difficulties and has re-signed with Curb.
  • Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewed John Szwed, author of Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World.
  • Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter reviewed Ryan Adams and Jessica Lea Mayfield’s Carnegie Hall show: With all the many opportunities to reflect tenderly on his younger years in New York, Adams instead told jokes about C+C Music Factory. His stage persona was warm but distanced, playful but guarded.
  • Check out the video for Bearfoot’s “Tell Me a Story.”
  • Zac Brown Band’s special Live at Red Rocks will air on CMT this Saturday, December 10.
  • John Fogerty and the Pistol Annies teamed up for an excellent take on “Bad Moon Rising” at the Annies’ Wednesday night show.

  1. Ugh
    December 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Alison Bonaguro’s idiocy never ceases to amaze me.

    “Like Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama.” The magazine is criticizing it, among other reasons, because it paints an unrealistic picture of women who are in the mood for love after hearing Alabama’s music. I know that’s a far-fetched notion, but I’d rather have my music have more fantasy than reality.”

    That last sentence says it all right there.

  2. Dave W.
    December 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

    I agree with Red Solo Cup – annyoing. I like Justin’s song but don’t like the lines about Hank and Janis – they don’t fit in with the personal angle of the rest of the song. They just seem thrown in. When he’s reflecting on his grandpa and close friends lost, he wouldn’t be thinking about Hank and Janis. Those lines belong in another song called, say, Honky Tonk Heaven (which has been done). But Brad’s Old Alabama song to me is great. I don’t find anything wrong with it. Songs don’t have to be taken that literally – is there a girl who would get in the mood listening to Alabama? Maybe. But that’s too much analysis. It’s just a great, catchy song. Having said that, I’m also a big fan of Alabama so I’d probably like the song regardless.

  3. Dave W.
    December 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Speaking about lines that don’t fit, I really like The Trouble With Girls but not sure if “Nobody likes trouble as much as me” is the best or most fitting line to tie up the chorus. The rest of the song is ‘sweet’ and that line would fit more in a song in which the singer is a real womanizer – even in a fun way. A better line for that song would be something like “The trouble with girls is they’ll always be a mystery”. Or “The trouble with girls is no trouble at all for me”. (Adjusting the melody to fit the different rhythm.)

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