Dolly Parton Withdraws from Planned Water Park; Tracy Lawrence Honored with Humanitarian Award; New Music Videos
- On her blog, “Me and Emily” singer Rachel Proctor outlined her struggles over the last four and a half months. She suffered a postpartum hemorrhage following the birth of her daughter Olivia, who was born with a life-threatening heart defect. From her latest post: “At one point I heard the nurse say my blood pressure had dropped to 60 over 40. I knew that wasn’t good. They were giving me epinephrine to speed up my heart rate and calling John to come back to the hospital. I heard the word “emergency.” I was in and out of consciousness, but I remember thinking at one point that I was probably dying. When John walked in I could see on his face that things were really bad. He later said he had never seen so much blood in his life. It was everywhere. I don’t know how long it took for them to stop the bleeding but eventually they did. By then I had lost ¼ of the blood in my body. I literally almost died.”
- Wade Hayes also has medical news. From his Facebook page: “Due to a malfunction in the last surgery he is going to need another surgical procedure on his bile duct. Still cancer clear. He covets your prayers.”
- Dolly Parton withdrew her involvement with the planned music-themed water theme park that was to be adjacent to the Opryland Hotel and Grand Ole Opry: “Gaylord makes decisions that they feel are good for their company and their stockholders and I have to make decisions based on what is best for me and the Dollywood Company,” said Dolly in a statement. “Governor Haslam, Mayor Dean, and all the folks in government have been great to work with. I really appreciate their support through this process.”
- Hunter Hayes is offering a free download of a previously unreleased song called “Light Me Up.”
- At last week’s IBMA Awards, Steve Martin led a tribute to Earl Scruggs.
- Big & Rich will premiere four new director’s cut music videos for their new album Hillbilly Jedi on 10/5. Handpicked directors applied their vision to “Party Like Cowboys,” “Born Again,” “Lay It All on Me,” and “Cheat on You” in an ‘art inspiring art’ scenario that will premiere on CMT’s Hillbilly Hijack. (via press release)
- Tracy Lawrence was honored with a Wilson County Humanitarian Award for his work with New Leash On Life, Golf & Concert for a Cure, Music with a Mission, and the annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry.
- Jessi Colter briefly talked with Billboard about the new Waylon Jennings album, Goin’ Down Rockin: The Last Recordings.
- Jewly Hight interviewed the great Del McCoury for CMT Edge. Whitney Self did the same with Ricky Skaggs.
- Very sad news out of Cape Breton yesterday: The Rankin Family, one of Canada’s most celebrated Celtic-influenced country bands, lost founding member Raylene Rankin to cancer at the much-too-young age of 52. Phenomenally talented vocally, she had an outstanding solo album out earlier this year called All the Diamonds (you can read an album review I wrote earlier this week here).
- Katie Cook from CMT interviewed George Strait minutes before he announced his Cowboy Rides Away Tour. An excerpt: “It is a lot of hard work and traveling. It kind of gets to you. I don’t mind traveling that much when I can go somewhere and stay there for a while, but touring is different. You rarely see anything. You get there early in the morning and you’re resting all day, and you go in and do a sound check, and you do the show, and then bam you’re gone. So it’s not like you’re getting to go out and see the sights and all the cities you go to.”
- An animation company called Media One Concepts put together an unauthorized music video for Dwight Yoakam’s outstanding new song, “Waterfall.”
- Scott Borchetta was profiled in a public radio podcast piece called “Scott Borchetta: Country music maverick or anti-Christ?”
- Gossip site TMZ caught Jason Aldean getting friendly with a woman who isn’t his wife. Aldean later released a statement apologizing for his actions.
- A batch of freshly-baked music videos:
Emily West – “That’s How the Girl Gets the Boy in the Movies”
Gaelic Storm – “Rag and Bone”
Caroline Herring – “Fireflies”
Kip Moore – “Beer Money”
Easton Corbin – “All Over the Road” (Acoustic Version)
JT Hodges – “Sleepy Little Town”
The Infamous Stringdusters – “The Place That I Call Home”
Corb Lund – “September”
Emerson Drive – “She’s My Kind of Crazy”
Patrick Gibson – “Florida Cracker Country Boys”
Paul Cowderoy – “Now”
McAdoo Perkins – “Haggard Had It Right”
Krista Angelucci – “C.R.E.E.P.”
Jenna Paulette – “Miss Texas”
Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, Randy Owen and More – “Hey St. Jude”