Don Williams Misses Hall of Fame Induction; Opry Titles Newest Song “Blake Shelton”; And Taylor Swift News
- Jimmy Dean and Don Williams were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame last night. Unfortunately, neither inductee was present at the ceremony: Dean passed away earlier this year and Williams was suffering with bronchitis, but is expected to resume his tour on Tuesday. Peter Cooper has a recap.
- A new TV show based on a Funny or Die video in which Jewel disguised herself for a karaoke contest has been ordered by TBS.
- Club 21, the oldest continuously operated dancehall in Texas, burned to the ground early Sunday morning when a speeding car crashed into the front of the building. The owner says the 117-year-old club won’t be rebuilt.
- To Blake Shelton, the Grand Ole Opry is an artist and he’s proud to be one of its songs, or more literally, one of its members — a designation that was made official Saturday night with his induction ceremony.
- Garth Brooks has a news conference scheduled for Thursday. There’s no word on what announcement he has planned.
- The Dixie Chicks, Randy Houser, and Dolly Parton‘s breasts are among the targets for this month’s collection of parody album covers at Farce the Music.
- Writing for the Y! Music Country Blog, Chris Willman calls “Dear John” the best song of the year. He also calls “Dear John” the worst song of the year. He’s actually referring to two different songs, the first was written by Taylor Swift and the second by Jessie James, who also has a little history with John Mayer.
- Guitars, costumes, handwritten lyrics, and other personal effects belonging to Johnny Cash will be up for auction on Dec. 5.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 10/24/10 Edition
- Lady Antebellum performed a gig at a Wisconsin gas station.
- Chet Flippo on Taylor Swift‘s new reality:
Taylor belonged only briefly to Nashville and to country music. She now belongs to the world, and the world will treat her accordingly. She’s only going to face more intense scrutiny and more vitriol than she has ever known before.
It’s getting scary when a middle-aged music commentator such as Bob Lefsetz writes a lengthy blog on why he is sure that he’s the subject of Taylor’s song “Mean.” (Note to Bob: I actually did have an artist write a similar song about me, but much nastier and much more graphic, and I didn’t tell the whole world about it at the time and I see no need to pontificate on it now.)
- Charleston, SC 1966 is only Darius Rucker‘s second country album, but The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica says he’s already fluent in the modes and poses.
- For their Mountain Stage debut, Whitey Morgan and the 78‘s performed two songs from each of their albums, which include 2008′s Honky Tonks and Cheap Motels and their recently-released self-titled album.
- Music Fog: Sara Petite – “Bootleggers”
- Music City Roots kicked off its second season last week with the Harpers, the Huntley Sisters, Next Best Thing, and Rhonda Vincent. It was also the show’s first night with its new radio home at Lightning 100.
- There are a lot of articles on Taylor Swift today, many of which are multi-page profiles. After reading a few, they begin to bleed together, so for sanity’s sake I’m leaving out summaries and just linking those that crossed my path: USA Today (Brian Mansfield), Los Angeles Times (Randy Lewis), Los Angeles Times (Ann Powers), The Boston Globe (James Reed), The Wall Street Journal (Christopher John Farley), The Tennessean (Peter Cooper), The New York Times (Jon Caramanica), and more.
Here’s Joey+Rory‘s new video for the song “That’s Important to Me.”
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …