Don Williams to Perform Limited Number of Dates; New Album Releases; CMA Music Fest Attendance Booms
- Soon-to-be-Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams is coming out of retirement for a limited number of concert dates in the fall.
- Garth Brooks, now out of his own retirement, announced new dates for September, October, and November.
New releases for the week of June 15, 2010 include:
After hours of reading CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo coverage it became overwhelming, so the next few bullets are just links to a few of the relevant stories from The Tennessean:
CMA Music Festival recaps from LP Field:
Day 1, LP Field | Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, others rule LP Field on Day 2 | Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, others rule LP Field on Day 3 | Brad Paisley, others rule LP Field on Day 4
More miscellaneous CMA Music Festival recaps:
Judds play Riverfront stage, announce final tour | Chris Young celebrates ‘Man I Want to Be’ at CMA Fest | Brad Paisley treats fans to time on ‘Water’ | Sawyer Brown keeps moving | Big Kenny: CMA Festival’s Ambassador of Love | Wrights at CMA Festival: decidedly country | Charlie Daniels joins with Outlaws for flood fundraiser | John Rich hosts laid-back session at Fontanel Mansion
Elizabeth Cook, Diane Birch kick off Bonnaroo 2010 | Nitty Gritty Dirt Band underlines legendary status at Bonnaroo | Zac Brown Band, Miranda Lambert bring Bonnaroo a double-dose of country | Kris Kristofferson bears Bonnaroo heat, delivers favorites | Jamey Johnson‘s Bonnaroo set proves country fans do flock to Manchester | Elizabeth Cook caps Bonnaroo performances with CMA Festival show | John Prine gives Bonnaroo crowd musical ‘Souvenirs’ | At Bonnaroo, Brandi Carlile deservedly graduates to bigger stage | Steve Martin brandishes wit, banjo skills at Bonnaroo
- USA Today posted exclusive portraits of several CMA Music Festival performers and quotes that range from best fatherly advice to thoughts on current hits.
- The Dixie Chicks opened for the Eagles in New Jersey last Thursday, but with no new music (aside from a cover of Train’s “Hey, Soul Sister”), the main point of conversation surrounding the band seems to be lead singer Natalie Maines‘, uh, mane, or lack thereof. (see Ask Jimmy Carter and NashvilleGab)
- Marty Stuart initially wanted to record Porter Wagoner‘s last album, Wagonmaster, at Nashville’s famed Studio B. Things didn’t line up the way he wanted, but he kept the studio in mind and used it to preview his new album, Ghost Train (Aug. 24), to media last week. Like the studio itself, Stuart’s record is rich in country music tradition.
[...] Marty captures the stark sound of a previous era’s commercial country radio with a real energy. He draws on “Mama Tried”-era Merle Haggard and Outlaw-era Waylon Jennings in the opening “Branded,” remakes Warner Mack’s “The Bridge Washed Out” with lots of subtle rhythms and gets a crisp sound on Ralph Mooney’s instrumental version of Ray Price’s classic “Crazy Arms,” a song Ralph co-wrote.
Marty duets nicely with Connie [Smith] on “I Run To You,” and pays homage elsewhere to a couple of Country Music Hall of Famers who contributed to his own resume. “Hangman” is a dramatic number about a man haunted by dark memories of the lives he’s snuffed out in a Death Row government job. It’s also the last song Marty wrote with Johnny Cash — penned literally days before the Man in Black’s death. Marty likewise invokes the memory of another lost legend in “Porter Wagoner’s Grave,” a recitation about a cemetery visit from a rhinestone-clad ghost with a message of hope and spirituality.
- With 2.2 million copies of Need You Now sold, Lady Antebellum currently has the year’s best-selling album and is poised to hit it big in Europe. The problem is, there’s no time for the band to cross the Atlantic.
- Arts Beat blogger Dave Itzkoff traced the history of Jimmy Dean‘s signature tune “Big Bad John,” which resulted in two sequels: “The Cajun Queen” and “Little Bitty Big John.”
- NPR posted the audio to the Punch Brothers‘ set at Bonnaroo. Still want to preview the band’s new album in its entirety before you buy it? Spinner has you covered.
- At his recent fan club party, Vince Gill commented on how he’s handling the loss of his guitar collection to the flooding in Nashville:
“Those are my picture books,” he said. “Those guitars, they’ve got life in them.” Visibly choked up, Vince paused to collect himself. “I’ll be alright. I’ve bought four since the flood.”
Although he calls the loss a “really expensive spring cleaning,” he plans to keep the fretboards from the damaged guitars.
- Big win for Nashville: Reports put attendance numbers for the CMA Music Festival at 16.7 percent over last year’s.
- Tim McGraw is scheduled to wrap up the Super Bowl Concert Series (which his wife, Faith Hill, opened in March) at the new Cowboys Stadium on Sept. 10. The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys and the induction of Emmitt Smith into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- Country Haiku:
If you don’t follow
You’re wrong baby wrong
The Tennessean has the real Martina’s thoughts on the Twitter account: “I do follow it. I think it’s hilarious.” Long pause. “That’s all I’m going to say.”
- The second song in Jack Ingram‘s song project — where he attempts to write a song every other week and share it with an audience — is titled “Bad About That” and was written with Liz Rose. Hear it at American Songwriter.
- Kid Rock has no desire to release a country record, but his hosting days may not be over if numbers for the CMT Awards show, up 19 percent over last year, are any indication.
- Country California: This Week in Country Music History
1993 – The U.S. Postal Service unveils a commemorative Hank Williams stamp at Fan Fair. Hank III is unimpressed, demanding that his grandfather be named as Postmaster General.
- Blake Shelton thinks his second Six Pak, due out on August 10, will be more important that the first because it’ll act as a barometer to determine whether people are interested in purchasing more than one album from an artist in a short period of time. The collection of songs is still without a title, but a couple of the songs are “Who Are You When I’m Not Lookin'” and “Suffocating,” which was written by Miranda Lambert and Hilary Scott.
- Chely Wright‘s Reading, Writing & Rhythm benefit concert raised thousands of dollars for Kingston Springs Elementary School and donated over one ton worth of food to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.
- Toby Keith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Montgomery Gentry, Julie Roberts, Blake Shelton and ZZ Top have been added to next week’s lineup of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill‘s Nashville Rising flood benefit concert.
- The second marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail will be unveiled on July 25 at the site where Marty Stuart bought his first guitar.
Music Fog videos:
- Head over to My Kind of Country and answer the question, “Who are today’s Outlaws and why are they considered as such?,” for a chance to win a copy of Mark Chesnutt‘s new cover album Outlaw.
- Bobby Bare Jr.‘s first album in four years, titled A Storm- A Tree- My Mother’s Head, will feature a few co-writes with his dad when it’s released on Aug. 31.
- Taylor Swift extended what was originally planned to be a 13 hour meet and greet when she realized she couldn’t meet everyone with wristbands in the allotted time.
- Farce the Music: Country Day June ’10
- The inspiration behind Carrie Underwood‘s “Undo It:”
The singer says their idea for the ‘Undo It’ hook came almost accidentally. “The guys had their guitars and they were playing something kind of bluesy, and Kara’s got such a great R&B sense about her,” Carrie explains. “And I started, ‘Na, na, na-ing’ to whatever they were playing. And they were like, ‘What if that was the hook?’ I said, ‘Aw, I don’t know?’ And before you knew it, we had ‘Uh, uh, uh undo it.’ I mean, who would have thought? How do you write that down on paper? It was something that it didn’t take that long to write and it’s so much fun to sing on stage, and people get into it. If you listen to it twice, you know all the words!
- Spinner is giving away a free download of the song “Help Yourself” from The Devil Makes Three.
The Eye of the Hurricane: Jason Eady – “Promises In Pieces”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.