Eli Young Band Tops Country Albums Chart; Grey Fox Lineup Announced; Lindi Ortega Releases New Video

Juli Thanki | March 14th, 2014

  • More details are emerging about Thursday’s fatal SXSW incident. If you’ve got a couple bucks to spare, the SXSW Cares Fund is accepting donations for those affected by the accident.
  • Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are offering a free download of their song, “That’s Kentucky.”
  • Remember last week’s New Wave Friday Five? Our new pals Honey Don’t sent over their take on Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.” 
  • Martina McBride channeled her inner Supreme for this version of “Come See About Me” from her new album, Everlasting.
  • Country music needs more women like Lydia Loveless, writes Austin Powell of the Austin Chronicle.
  • The Grand Ole Opry House will celebrate its 40th birthday this weekend. Jeannie Seely and Bill Anderson share some of their memories of the venue with the Tennessean’s Cindy Watts.
  • Why don’t the women characters on Nashville play instruments? (One of the only women who plays an instrument on the show is Megan McCormick, who’s played with Bearfoot in addition to being a kickass solo artist. But she mostly stays in the background.)
  • The Eli Young Band’s 10,000 Towns debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums Chart, selling 36,000 records in its first week. This is the band’s best sales week and first No. 1 album.
  • Mandy Barnett talks about her new album and Don Gibson with Peter Cooper.
  • The Del McCoury BandGibson BrothersTown Mountain, and Jim Lauderdale are among the acts slated to play the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival this summer.
  • Country music is more popular in the UK than ever, writes Colin Crummy of The Guardian. An excerpt from the lengthy article: If the music has evolved, so has Nashville. Veteran broadcaster Bob Harris has covered the Nashville scene for Radio 2 since 1970, and says it’s not just that Britain is embracing country, but that country is embracing Britain in a way it never used to. He recalls asking the honky-tonk star Alan Jackson for an interview as recently as 10 years ago: “His exact words were, ‘Why would I want to do that?’ There was that insular thing going on in country at the time.”
  • 99U published business strategies you can learn from The Grateful Dead’s example. Tips include maintaining side projects (like Jerry Garcia’s bluegrass forays) and taking a crapton of drugs controlling the entire distribution process.
  • Paula Nelson’s Under the Influence is now available online.
  • Even if it weren’t Women’s History Month, you should watch this video because it rules. How many of these singers do you recognize? Here’s one to get you started: Patsy Montana. 

  1. Janice Brooks
    March 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Re the Hard Way. I think I saw Wilma Lee Cooper. Wonderng if among those I could not indentify might have been Rose Maddox, Rose Lee Maphis or Mae Axton.

  2. bob
    March 14, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    It’s always great to see the “Women of Country” video with all those 90′s stars – MCC, Trisha, Suzy B, Pam T, Kathy, Patty L, Wy, etc.

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 14, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    Rose Maddox is wearing a lilac suit..

  4. Arlene
    March 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    In “The Hard Way,”: These are in order- Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wynonna, Kathy Mattea, Michelle Wright, Patty Loveless, Suzy Bogguss, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood & Emmylou Harris, and Tammy Wynette. Spotted among the group of legends- Kitty Wells, Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox and Jeannie C. Riley.

  5. Jack Williams
    March 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I think I saw Wanda Jackson.

  6. Jack Williams
    March 14, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Here’s a contiguous excerpt from the Guardian article:

    “But Church is a rising star of country music. Not bluegrass or Americana or alt country. He is a star of straight-up, hat-wearing Nashville country, albeit one who prefers a Von Dutch baseball cap to a stetson.

    If it is hard to decipher what makes Church country rather than rock, the same applies to the audience at his gig at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London, the last on his short British tour early this month.”

    Hmmm. How exactly can Church’s music be straight up country and also indistinguishable from rock at the time.

    ” Church’s biggest hit – the melodic rock anthem Springsteen – has more in common with its titular hero than Nashville. ”

    Well. Decent enough song, but I’m practically from New Jersey and a big Bruce and Southside Johnny fan and the song doesn’t remind me of Bruce in the least. And those “whoa, whoa, whoa-ooh-oahs” at the end make me cringe.

  7. luckyoldsun
    March 14, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    MCC, Wynonna

  8. luckyoldsun
    March 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    I spotted MCC, Wynonna, Mattea, KT Oslin, Patty Loveless, Suzy Boguss, Pam Tillis, Trisha Yearwood, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette–and Kitty Wells and Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox–and several others who I’m not sure about. I think Janie Frickie was in there.

    Ones who should have been there but weren’t: The big 3 would be Loretta, Dolly and Reba. Also a bunch of Carters, Rosanne Cash and Tanya Tucker.

  9. Livewire
    March 14, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Martina McBride in white trouser suit, I’ve often wondered if 6 from right was Victoria Shaw. Reba was presented as she was recovering from a skiing accident. That video was the best introduction to Women of Country ever. I fell for Michelle Wright, Wynnona, Kathy Mattea, Lorrie Morgan instantly

  10. luckyoldsun
    March 14, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    It was nice that they gave Mary Chapin Carpenter the honor of using her song and making her the leader of the star-packed performance–considering that she seemed to be more of a northern singer-songwriter type, temporarily visiting country music. But I guess MCC was also known for those killer CMA performances that she always gave.

    And it was wild that Tammy Wynette still had it–showing off her figure and giving the standout singing performance of all!

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