Dolly Parton Withdraws from Planned Water Park; Tracy Lawrence Honored with Humanitarian Award; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 1st, 2012

  • 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” 

  1. bob
    October 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Love the Emily West song and video, “That’s How the Girl Gets the Boy in the Movies”. I don’t think anyone would call it country music but that’s ok with me. As I commented on That Nashville Sound last week, I’m still enjoying her EP “I Hate You, I love You”. I guess that wasn’t country either. Maybe she’s aiming for another market. It had to be discouraging when country fans didn’t embrace her “Blue Sky” single a few years ago.

  2. Ben Foster
    October 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Sure have missed SHeDAISY. It will be nice to finally get some new music from them.

  3. Rick
    October 1, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Last night I caught the LA stop of Fred Eaglesmith’s “Travelling Steam Show” Tour at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. This leg of the tour followed Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica and a group of at least 40 well heeled “Fredheads” chartered a bus and caught every concert over the 18 day trek! Crikey! (lol) It was one of the best country/Americana variety shows I’ve seen in a long time as Fred brought a whole troupe of top shelf musicians along. The Canadian contingent included the very talented Roger Marin and Gordie Tentrees, while Yankee artists included Mary Gauthier and Texan Tiffani Ginn of the Fabulous Ginn Sisters. The only drawback to featuring all these other fine artists in solo sets was that it didn’t leave much time for Fred’s songs or his wacky stories. Fred is one of those “must see” artists if he comes your way even if you’ve never heard his music! I will warn you that Fred is quite profane and loves the “F Word”, which has gotten him banned from most major Canadian music festivals. When it comes to Americana style entertainers, Fred is about as “unique” as they come. (PS – Fred even made fun of the whole Canadian Celtic music scene as well.)

    Gosh, they are getting some mighty fine writers to contribute to CMT’s Edge! Hey Juli, when are you going to climb on board that CMT gravy train?

    I’d much rather see Elizabeth Cook featured on an episode of “The Office” rather than a Rainn Wilson side project. Oh well.

    Most of the music Emily West has recorded in Nashville isn’t very country, but it is always interesting. I just hope she homes in on a style that earn her a decent living. Go Emily!

  4. Roger
    October 1, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    I hope Dierks gets the proper training for that aircraft – too many people feel invincible because that is the plane with a parachute in case of engine trouble –
    “Since the introduction of the SR20 in mid-1999, there have been 83 fatal accidents in just over 5,000 production Cirrus SR2x aircraft. In those accidents, 165 people have perished with 18 people seriously injured (including 3 on the ground)”

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