Doom and Gloom Predictions For Music Industry Are Exaggerated
- Jean-Bernard Levy, Chief Executive at Vivendi, believes the gloom surrounding the music industry has been over done and predicts that there will be a viable market for physical products for years to come. (via Coolfer)
- Jason Isbell’s Sirens of the Ditch tops Twangville’s ’07 Top-10 list.
- In his review for Times Union Michael Eck says A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein is a revealing peek into the mind of the prolific author, artist, songsmith, poet, playwright, cartoonist and screenwriter. (via Take Country Back)
- Kinky Friedman is considering another run for governor of Texas, this time as a Democrat where he thinks he’ll be ale to better energize the youth and attract Independents.
- Jewel stopped by US 103.5 in Tampa on Friday. You can listen to interview segments from her on-air appearance, which feature live acoustic performances of “You Were Meant For Me,” current single “Stronger Woman,” and a new song called “Thump Thump”.
- Meredith Ochs says there’s a news business cliché that says “if it bleeds, it leads,” and the People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs, 1913-1938 box-set does everything to support the cliché.
- Forty-four voters listed their top albums of 2007 for No Depression.
- In this month’s edition of “Brad’s Corner” on Galleywinter, Brad shares a moment he witnessed in the past that displays Randy Rogers character.
After the show and loading out all his equipment, the opening act was chatting with Randy and Brady about what a great show it had been and thanking them for the opportunity. The topic of compensation came up. When the opener revealed that he essentially lost a sizeable chunk of cash on the gig, Randy put his hand on his shoulder and said “I’ve been there brother…too many times to count, and you’re not going to be there tonight.” He then proceeded to reach into his pocket and pull out his payment for the evening’s show and hand it over to the awed support act.
- Joe Nichols is looking forward to his first healthy year in a while and lets Katie Cook in on the events going on in his life when he went to rehab last year.
- This week’s old news that I’m just now coming across is a report that Roger Creager and two of his band mates were arrested and charged with providing alcohol to minors at a large hotel party.
- George Strait had to reschedule three shows over the weekend due to a bout of laryngitis.
- Songwriter Shawn Camp has never had a hit that he wrote by himself, but he feels like the strongest songs are usually written by one person.
- Free mp3: Dale Watson – “As Long As the Bottle’s Full”
- In an interview with J. Freedom DuLac, Willie Nelson reveals that he enjoys changing the phrasing to his songs a little during live shows to watch his fans stumble when it doesn’t go exactly like they thought it would.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.