Eddie Montgomery Confirms Cancer Diagnoses; Trace Adkins To Host American Country Awards
- Solemn news from Eddie Montgomery:
“Yes, rumors have started,” said Eddie in a statement. ”And the truth is I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I will be undergoing surgery to remove the cancerous tumor in December. I will be back in January ready to rock for all the fans! Please keep my family and I in your prayers.”
- Trace Adkins is taking his talents to Las Vegas on Dec. 6 to host the American Country Awards.
- The Boot is premiering the video for Mandy Barnett‘s “This Time of Year.”
- Miranda Lambert has the post-Revolution jitters:
“I’ll probably be panicked the night before my new record comes out because I love ‘Revolution’ still and I can’t even imagine starting on a new record,” Lambert said in an interview earlier this month.
“But I know I’ve got to and I know that I don’t need to compare myself to myself. I’ve just got to keep doing what I do and moving forward. But, yes, I’m so freakin’ nervous.”
Nervousness aside, she’s already started the process of gathering and writing songs, including several with her current tourmates, Eric Church and Josh Kelley.
- In an interview with The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper, Loretta Lynn credits Jack White with helping her turnaround after her husband passed away. White produced her Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose more than six years ago. It’s still her latest release, but she says she’s been working with John Carter Cash and has enough recorded for three new albums: a religious album, an album of greatest hits, and an album of new stuff.
- Pauline Reese may challenge Carrie Underwood for Nashville good looks, but The Austin Chronicle‘s Margaret Moser says she’s also a crack Texas songwriter.
- The Country California Fake News Department (CCFND) is reporting that Garth Brooks‘ music will finally be made available on iTunes, but you’ll have to follow some strict guidelines to ensure equal access:
1. Those interested in purchasing Garth Brooks music on iTunes must meet at the corner of 14th Avenue and Jefferson Street in Poughkeepsie, New York, between the hours of 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday, November 24.
2. If you mispronounce Poughkeepsie, you will be immediately sent home.
- Ken Johnson reviewed Eileen Sisk’s Buck Owens – The Biography for My Kind of Country, and included details of the topics covered, from Owens’ constant parade of groupies to the death of Don Rich. The A.V. Club’s Nathan Rabin covered Buck Owens, too, in his latest Nashville or Bust column.
- UPDATE: Don’t miss Barry Mazor’s take on the Buck bio here on The 9513.
- Just about every piece of equipment Keith Urban owned was damaged when Nashville flooded, but there was one guitar that did survive:
Fittingly, the only guitar Urban didn’t lose was the one with a lot of personal meaning. That guitar was owned by Waylon Jennings and was a gift from Kidman, who surprised him with it. He wrote two songs on the album with it: “Right on Back to You” and “Georgia Woods.”
- Big & Rich aren’t done, yet.
- In his review of the new Lacy J. Dalton album, Here’s to Hank, Ben Foster notes that for the most part Dalton doesn’t dig beyond the standards, but that’s not a knock on her performances, which he describes as a great singer paying homage. Final verdict: 8/10.
- It’s about time again for year-end lists. What were your favorite albums of 2010.
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/
- Applejack: "I’m sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so tightly …
- Emily: Wow!! Fabulous! Love those boots and you all look stunning! xo
- Leeann Ward: Bangor is named somewhat commonly in country songs. It's usually their example of the most north you can go: Vince …
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …