Earl Scruggs Hospitalized; Reba to Host Loretta Lynn Tribute; Marshall Chapman Promotes New Book
- Earl Scruggs has been hospitalized. Not many details are known, but you can follow The Bluegrass Blog for updates.
- The new, Vegas-themed video for Rascal Flatts‘ “Why Wait” features more than a few celebrity cameos. Watch at CMT.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on the new Randy Rogers Band album Burning the Day:
[Paul] Worley burnishes the group’s sound to an unmistakable pop country sheen, but as has been the case thus far, the weak link is Rogers’ mundane songwriting and his voice, which seems to have only one less-than-convincing gear.
- Mel Tillis and Ray Price signed on to perform tonight in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Merle Haggard was originally scheduled to perform, but had to cancel 10 shows because of what his rep says is likely a chest infection.
- Peter Cooper on pedal steel guitarist Lloyd Green:
“To me, he is the undisputed champion of musical empathy,” Cooper says. “He instantly comprehends the situation and composes parts that elevate things into something extraordinary. I realized a long time ago that Lloyd Green was the common denominator among so many of my heroes, and that’s because he made them better.”
That quote comes from an interview with Nashville Scene’s Jim Ridley, who mentions that Cooper recorded a new solo record with Green titled The Lloyd Green Album, and then cut a duo album with his longtime partner Eric Brace titled Master Sessions. That one also includes Green and another hero in Dobro player Mike Auldridge.
- Taylor Swift teamed with Target to provide bonus content (three additional songs, remixed tunes and video content) for her new album. Speak Now goes on sale Oct. 25.
- Guitarist and producer Chip Young, who played the distinctive guitar parts on Dolly Parton‘s “Jolene,” Elvis Presley‘s “Guitar Man,” and Charley Pride‘s “Kiss an Angel Good Morning,” will be the next musician honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians. He’ll participate in an interview at the Hall on Oct. 9.
- Jewly Hight believes 2010 will see no greater album than Jamey Johnson‘s The Guitar Song, but when it comes background information, she wasn’t able to gain much insight from Johnson:
He doesn’t write songs to get press, he’ll say, plain and simple. Johnson’s songs themselves — where they come from, what they mean, how they end up sounding the way they do — compose another set of subjects he doesn’t have much to say about. He’d rather his songs stay mysteries, he’ll say, just as he’d like to go to his grave without having all the answers about every single thing Willie Nelson’s written.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a Townes Van Zandt performance of “Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold” from the Cactus Cafe archives.
- Country California Fake News: Country Legends Posthumously Endorse John Rich
“I’ve got a handwritten letter from Johnny Cash saying that he thinks ‘Country Done Come to Town’ is badass,” claims the Muzik Mafia impresario. “I believe the exact word he used was ‘cracka-lackin’, so you know he meant it. Johnny didn’t use ghetto slang lightly.”
- Reba McEntire is scheduled to host a tribute concert to Loretta Lynn at the Ryman on Oct. 12. McEntire will perform, along with Martina McBride, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee Ann Womack, all of whom have roles in the upcoming album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute to Loretta Lynn. A track list can be found on MusicRow.
- To build excitement for next week’s release, previews of new tracks from Randy Houser‘s album They Call Me Cadillac have been posted for the past few weeks. This week’s tracks are “Lead Me Home,” a song he wrote with Craig Monday about their dads, and “If I Could Buy Me Some Time.” The first song sounds like it could be especially good, but the preview ends shortly after the first line is sung. In an interview with Country Weekly, he talked a little bit about what his dad meant to him:
“My daddy drank himself to death. He was 46 and I was 21. During the last years of his life, we may have talked three times, except for two weeks before he died. I flew up to where he was and saw him through it,” Randy recalls of his father’s passing in 1997, from cirrhosis. “But he was a good daddy. He was such an influence and taught me a whole lot.”
- Farce the Music’s Little Known Facts: Billy Joe Shaver can play ping-pong with one arm tied behind his back and the other holding a beer.
- The 9513 favorite Miss Leslie mentioned yesterday that her sister, Hilary Sloan, has a CD release party on Friday. After a little googling, I came across an interview she did with Joey Guerra. Here’s what she had to say about her new album, Angels That Promise the Stars:
“The record is about forgiveness and obsession and really shallow forms of what we call love and friendship and the loneliness after a breakup. It’s universal for anyone that’s ever thrown their heart out there,” she says.
She cites Emmylou Harris as a big influence, and it’s definitely an influence that can be heard in the title track below. Also don’t miss the Alison Krauss-like track “Rachel Corrie” on her MySpace.
Here’s a quirky video with author Marshal Chapman walking around Nashville to promote her new book, We Came To Nashville:
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