Eddie Montgomery Announces Divorce; ‘Billboard’ Covers Miranda Lambert; ‘The Guitar Song’ Goes Gold

Brody Vercher | December 1st, 2010

  • Eddie Montgomery broke the news that he’s getting a divorce via Twitter this morning. The comments have since been deleted, but not before Country Music Is Love was able to report the news.

    “U find out u got cancer then u found out ur wife can’t handle that so she seek of and files for a divorce ,,, merry christmas,” he tweeted around 7:40 am today.

    He went on to say…”She says she’s a Christian wow…I think I need to get her a braclet what would Jesus do cause I hope he still here with me”

    Update: GAC has more details.

  • Jamey Johnson‘s double-disc album The Guitar Song was certified gold by the RIAA a couple of weeks ago.
  • Bluegrass songwriter Leroy Drumm passed away at his home last Friday.
  • Watch Little Big Town‘s new video for “Kiss Goodbye.”
  • Singer-songwriter Jeremy Steding made two of his previous releases, A Damn Good Ride and Whiskey Songs and Prison Songs, available as free downloads.
  • In the latest Billboard cover story, Sony Music Nashville chief Gary Overton commented on Miranda Lambert‘s finely-tuned musical instincts:

    “There are temptations to do more ‘radio-friendly’ things and she’ll say, ‘That’s not why I do what I do.’ She wants songs of substance, whether it’s a song she’s written or an incredible song like ‘The House That Built Me,’ ” he says. “You could play her a song that would probably be a hit for 10 people on Music Row and she might say, ‘That’s definitely a hit, but that’s really not a song I would do.’ She knows that difference.”

  • Paste’s list of the 50 best albums of 2010 includes Jamey Johnson, Elizabeth Cook, and Justin Townes Earle.
  • For week 48 of Nashville or Bust, Nathan Rabin turned contemporary with Brad Paisley.
  • The Zac Brown Band visited the Aol studios for a special, four-song performance and Q&A. Watch the videos here.
  • When Lucinda Williams releases her next album, Blessed, next March, fans will be able to pick up a deluxe edition that comes with a bonus disc of demos for each track.
  • Bluegrass bands Jett’s Creek and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers released new Christmas songs. The Jett’s Creek song, “From My Broken Heart To You,” can be streamed at The Bluegrass Blog, while the Jones song, “Kentucky Noel” (a collaboration with Tom T. and Dixie Hall), can be previewed at the band’s website.
  • For the month of December, My Kind of Country plans to highlight Sugarland‘s transition into country music’s top duo over the past six years.
  • Rock critic Adam Gold thinks Willie Nelson damages his cred by collaborating with Jessica Simpson.
  • Craig Shelburne recapped some of the comments from the CMT Artists of the Year taping last night, which will air on Friday.
  • Here’s San Antonio band Emory Quinn performing a song titled “The Road Company.”

  1. Jon
    December 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Hey, thanks for the shout-out on “Kentucky Noel.” I think it came out pretty well.

  2. Rick
    December 1, 2010 at 11:41 am

    “Music City Roots” Alert! Tonight’s show is another bluegrass extravaganza featuring J.D. Crowe, Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys (& Girl), and Donna Ulisse! I’ll definitely be tuned in tonight. I must say I miss Jesse covering all those great old classic country tunes now that he’s promoting his “Grateful Dead Tribute” album. Oh well…
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    Wow, does Eddie Montgomery really think the prostate cancer is the only reason his wife would want to leave him? How clueless can a guy be? I think that hat he wears is reason enough alone…

    Jamey Johnson’s strong album sales in spite of being mostly ignored by country radio these days is an encouraging anomaly. There is a market hunger for semi-retro outlaw style music like Jamey’s whether AirHead Country Radio recognizes it or not. The Americana scene doesn’t support those types of sales numbers, so its the fan base Jamey created with “In Color” that remains intact. Go Jamey! (lol)

  3. Stewman
    December 1, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Seriously at this point, nothing can damage Willie Nelson’s cred. That shipped sailed like 40 years ago.

  4. Leeann Ward
    December 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    I don’t care to read anything more that Adam Gold has to say.

  5. Leeann Ward
    December 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    And that’s ridiculous, Stewman.

  6. Jason
    December 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    What LeeAnn said.

  7. pat
    December 1, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I think rather than downing his wife with the announcement on twitter…Eddie could have called her his best friend in the world and paid her off with a fat check(that is if he has it). You know some have been known to do that!! He seemed more mad than devastated. I do want to say good luck with getting rid of the cancer, Eddie!!! Been thru it twice myself.

  8. luckyoldsun
    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    The Montgomery story is weird.
    I find it hard to believe that the reason that his wife wants a divorce is that he has cancer. And it’s bizarre that he would post on Twitter what amounts to a personal attack on his wife. Most people in this type of situation would simply say that it’s a private matter–at least until eveything is settled and finalized.

  9. Lewis
    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    There are people like Eddie’s wife who are like that in that when their spouse has something wrong with them and then when they can’t handle it or could care less what happens to them and ultimately divorce. It happens to men when their wives get sick and when they couldn’t handle it and the exact thing happens in that respect.

    Too many things have happened within Montgomery Gentry this past year or two that warrant “if it weren’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all” added to it.

  10. Ollie
    December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Rick: “The Americana scene doesn’t support those types of sales numbers” [gold albums]

    Ollie: Well– I guess it depends on how you define “the Americana scene”. In the last five years alone, off the top of my head, I can think of the following Americana albums that were certified gold or platinum: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss’s Raising Sand; Neil Young’s Prairie Wind; Johnny Cash’s American V; Bob Dylan’s Modern Times, Bootleg IV Series and the soundtrack for No Direction Home; three of Alison Krauss’s albums with Union Station, Mark Knofler’s Sailing to Philadelphia; and there are probably a number of others I haven’t thought of….

  11. luckyoldsun
    December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I think your examples kind of validate Rick’s point. The artists that you mention did not come up in the Americana scene. They’re mostly aging superstars from mainstream genres who were later embraced by “Americana”. Plant, Dylan, Young, Knofler were all bona fide rock stars and Cash was a huge country music and network TV star. Allison Kraus is the one exception, but she also didn’t come up in Americana. She’s known as an instrumentalist and angelic singer–hardly the rough, gruff Americana-type.

  12. Thomas
    December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    …miranda lambert not radio-friendly? nashville and country radio could do with a few more enemies like her.

  13. Thomas
    December 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    …guess, after today eddie montgomery is on the way down on those christian radio playlists.

  14. Ollie
    December 1, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    LuckyOldSun- Rick was referring to current sales and not the genre of music in which artists were characterized 20 to 40 years ago. In any case, the artists I mentioned helped CREATE the Americana genre before it even had a name. As some musicians have noted in various interviews, many “aging [or deceased] superstars,” including Emmylou Harris, and to a certain extent, Johnny Cash, probably wouldn’t make contemporary commecial country charts if the gold albums they recorded in the 1970s and 1980s were released today. The same is probably true of most of the albums released in that period by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Kathy Mattea, Rosanne Cash and Rodney Crowell, among others.

    As Barry Mazer has previously noted, Americana is such a broad catagory as to almost lose all meaning. I used the term only because Rick used it. My only point is that while it is true that the sales of most records by Americana artists pale in comparison to the sales of successful contemporary commercial country artists, there are some Americana artists who sell as many, if not more records than Jamey Johnson. And maybe it’s because I really like his album, but I think of Jamey Johnson as someone who could be characterized as an Americana artist– at least his music falls under the overbroad definition of the term.

  15. Matt Bjorke
    December 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    FYI jamey’s gold is not for 500,000 copies of the double disc album but for 250,000 copies shipped to stores as the RIAA counts double discs as two units even though they’re one physical product. It’s why sometime next year the ZBB live album will be gold as well and how Garth got insane levels on double live.

  16. Mike Wimmer
    December 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    That new Little Big Town song is quite good. Little White Church didnt do much for me, but I will have to check out their new album.

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