Dolly to Recieve Lifetime Achievement Award; Critics Unimpressed with ‘Country Strong'; The Hollyfelds’ Debut Video
- Dolly Parton, the Ramones, Julie Andrews, the Kingston Trio, the Juilliard String Quartet, jazz musician and bandleader Roy Haynes and gospel singer-composer George Beverly Shea will be recognized by the Recording Academy with Lifetime Achievement Awards early next year.
- Randy Rogers on his latest album:
The album is about sad stuff a lot of the time, but I think there’s some feel-good, positive stuff. I just try not to be too happy. That makes for bad songwriting.
- The new Gwyenth Paltrow film Country Strong has only opened in two theaters, but so far it’s taking a beating from critics. PopWatch’s Josh Rottenberg weighed in on the music itself:
This is not Coal Miner’s Daughter or Crazy Heart. It’s hard to fault the cast—Paltrow and co-stars Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund, and Leighton Meester do their best to wring some life out of the material they’re given. And there are some well-crafted, if ultimately fairly forgettable, songs in the film, which are gamely performed by Paltrow and company (though it seems odd that the one genuine singer in the cast, McGraw, doesn’t sing at all). [...] If you’re wondering whether Paltrow has the pipes to make a credible country-pop star, though, she absolutely does. If anything, she should have been allowed more opportunities to show off her performing chops—she spends so much screen time sobbing and brooding and drunkenly melting down, we hardly get more than a snippet here and there of her singing until close to the end of the movie, and by then it’s too little, too late.
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts interviewed Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, and writer-director Shana Feste for their own take, insights, and reasons for doing the movie.
- NPR: Trampled By Turtles on Mountain Stage | The Infamous Stringdusters on Mountain Stage
- Farce the Music: 10 Worst Country Singles of 2010
- For the entire month of December, which, if you’re keeping track, won’t last much longer, Joe Purdy is giving away his new album This American as a free download.
- There’s music outlaws and then there’s just plain outlaws. Twang Nation’s latest, six-song playlist is all about the latter from some of the former.
- HoustonPress’ Chris Gray has a quick run down of the upcoming Hayes Carll record KMAG YOYO (& Other American Stories):
The title is a military abbreviation of the phrase “Kiss my ass guys, you’re on your own”; Carll co-wrote the song about a soldier in Afghanistan with Houston’s John Evans. Elsewhere, Carll peeks inside the Great Recession on “Hard Out Here” and “Stomp and Holler,” delivers a few of his signature “degenerate love songs” in “Bye Bye Baby,” “Chances Are” and “Grand Parade,” talks politics (sexual and otherwise) with Tuesday’s opener Cary Ann Hearst on “Another Like You,” and trades licks with fellow Americana road warriors Corb Lund and Todd Snider on “Bottle in My Hand.”
- CMT posted an excerpt on Miranda Lambert from Marshall Chapman’s book They Came to Nashville.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri says the new hits collection from Kevin Fowler, Best Of…So Far, is the only LP of his you’ll ever need.
- All Things Considered’s Robert Christgau cites Carrie Underwood‘s take on “You’re Looking Country” as his favorite track on Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn:
Even if Underwood is pushing it a little, she’s also having a ball. So are a whole bunch of female singers who want the world to know how much they owe the honky tonk girl — Gretchen Wilson, Allison Moorer, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride. Duet partners Alan Jackson and Steve Earle let loose too.
You know all those TV shows about how women shouldn’t leave their drinks unattended at a bar? If the new video from The Hollyfelds for “Ain’t It Something” tells us anything, it’s that guys should keep an eye out too. Check it out below, then go listen to all the band’s music on MySpace. You can thank me later.
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