Don Williams Takes Break From Retirement; Keith Urban To Host All for the Hall Tomorrow; LeAnn Rimes Re-records “Blue”

Brody Vercher | October 4th, 2010

  1. Jeff
    October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

    If you get a chance to see Don Williams in concert-do it! Went to his 2nd show out of retirement at Choctaw in Durant, OK and he sounded exceptional!!! Nothing but classics!

  2. Dana M
    October 4, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Watching those Loretta Lynn videos. I just the quality of her voice, it’s fantastic.

  3. Dana M
    October 4, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I meant, “I just love the quality of her voice”. Can’t be a typo if you forgot the word, can it?

  4. luckyoldsun
    October 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    I’m glad that Don is still here. I think “Good Old Boys Like Me” is one of the all-time great country singles. “Lord, I Hope This Day is Good” is pretty good, too.

  5. Cutting the Treacle
    October 4, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    “LeAnn Rimes hit up YouTube to let her fans know that her new album Lady and Gentlemen, originally scheduled to be released tomorrow, is being delayed to give her time to record a bonus track and a new version of “Blue.””

    Me: Re-recording a prior hit almost always means an artist is a drain-circling failure. Only thing worse will be if she names it “Blue (2011)” (or whatever year it’s released).

  6. Waynoe
    October 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Don Williams is truly in a class by himself. From his talent to his demeanor, the best there ever has been. I will not degrade him by even attempting to compare anyone today with the likes of him.

    Not an Urban fan but always appreciate it when he mentions Don Williams.

  7. Matt Bjorke
    October 4, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    The funny thing about that Toby Keith album is that I think it’s one of his best releases of the past few years. His singing didn’t feel like it was lacking in ‘conviction’ to me.

  8. Troy
    October 4, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    “Re-recording a prior hit almost always means an artist is a drain-circling failure. Only thing worse will be if she names it “Blue (2011)” (or whatever year it’s released).”

    The best selling single ever is a rereleased song that contain the new year it was released in. Candle in the Wind 1997…

  9. Cutting the Treacle
    October 4, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Troy: “The best selling single ever is a rereleased song that contain the new year it was released in. Candle in the Wind 1997″

    Me: And that’s exactly my point.

  10. luckyoldsun
    October 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    *“Re-recording a prior hit almost always means an artist is a drain-circling failure. Only thing worse will be if she names it “Blue (2011)” (or whatever year it’s released).”

    Every artist who’s been around a long time has recorded their hits and other big songs over and over. How many times did ET record “Walking the Floor” or how many times did Cash, Haggard, and Willie record their big songs?” Cash actually had a bigger hit with “Folsom Prison Blues” the second time around, when he did it live, than he had with the Sun original.

    LeAnn Rimes’ album went into the tank before it was released probably in part because she led it off by releasing the song “Swingin’,” which just doesn’t work for a female. In the original, John Anderson sang “Little Charlotte she’s as pretty as the angels when they sing…”
    LeAnn turned it around to “Charlie he’s as pretty as the angels when they sing…” It just sounds weird.

    I commented on that here when the single came out–that it would go nowhere on the charts–and had a back-and-forth with several people on it.

  11. Cutting the Treacle
    October 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    luckyoldsun: “Every artist who’s been around a long time has recorded their hits and other big songs over and over.”

    Me: I don’t lump live recordings into the re-recording group. But I don’t recall many re-recordings by Willie, Dolly, Merle, etc. that cause me to question my opinion. An artist who has run out of things to say re-records.

  12. Troy
    October 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    @Cutting i thought when you said “drain-circling failure” that the artist was trying to hang on too the last bit of fame/success that they had. But if your next single is becoming the best selling single of all time that wouldn’t fit into drain circling.

  13. Stewman
    October 5, 2010 at 8:42 am

    Something tells me the re-release of Blue won’t have Princess Diana to anchor its impact.
    Leann needs better management. Im sure in the conservative country world, her tabloid exploits don’t help, but her songs (singles atleast) always seem to miss the mark and there is an air of “trying too hard” on alot of them.

  14. Lewis
    October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Cutting The Treacle: Dolly Parton re-recorded “I Will Always Love You” twice both as a solo hit and a duet with Vince Gill. I also love the original version that she took to #1 in 1974. She took the solo re-recording to #1 in 1982 and the duet with Vince Gill to #15 in 1995. And we all know what happened when Whitney Houston recorded the song in 1992, it sold millions.

    And back to LeAnn Rimes: Her stunts in the past couple of years like cheating and breaking up another man’s marriage and her own marriage just be with him and him having children to boot and is Eddie Cibrian that big of a prize and sexifing her image by posing on the cover of Style magazine and telling the whole world about it like it was nothing to her and trying to resurrect her career by doing the same thing she did as a teenager with covering old songs isn’t exactly helping her case either.

  15. Leeann Ward
    October 5, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I’ve liked many of her singles in the last few years. Ditto to her last two albums.

    I don’t know that it’s necessary to rerecord “Blue”, but I can actually see the value in it. At the time of the recording, she was 13-years old. It’ll be interesting to hear what a more full voice will do with the song. It’ll also be interesting to see if the song holds up without the child prodogy phenomenon factor. I just wonder why adding one song moves the album back by two months.

  16. Jon
    October 5, 2010 at 10:34 am

    Two songs – bonus track + new version of “Blue.”

  17. Cutting the Treacle
    October 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Lewis: “Dolly Parton re-recorded “I Will Always Love You” twice both as a solo hit and a duet with Vince Gill. I also love the original version that she took to #1 in 1974. She took the solo re-recording to #1 in 1982 and the duet with Vince Gill to #15 in 1995. And we all know what happened when Whitney Houston recorded the song in 1992, it sold millions.”

    Me: I’m fine with the ’82 record. It was part of the Best Little Whorehouse soundtrack and wasn’t a desperate “let’s re-create the magic moment of Blue” move. Her later recording? Opportunistic (and good for her!) and drain-circling.

  18. Jon
    October 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I love it when someone acts as though repeating something stupid makes it smarter.

  19. Rick
    October 5, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Its nice to see Billy Sherrill get some more recognition for his many contributions to country music with Tammy Wynette and other artists in the late 1960’s and 1970’s. Better late than never!

    That “Songs of the West” list was top notch. Apart from the Chris LeDoux songs the other choices were predictable except for the Sonny James track. Its always nice to see a ringer thrown into a list of classic songs like that to keep it interesting.

    Afetr listening to that Glenna Bell song the only question I have is “Why?”. (Such as in “Why would anyone find this enjoyable oustide of Texas?”)

    The new backstage area at the Gaylord Opry House looks totally cool! I think they should have re-created the interior of “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge” in the main room though…

    I like the song from the Rhythm Angels, but feel “Funeral Dirge Angels” would be a much more accurate name for the act. Yawn.

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