Elizabeth Cook Joins Cast of Conway Twitty Musical
- The folks behind the musical production Conway Twitty: The Man, The Music, The Legend, The Musical announced that Elizabeth Cook (MySpace) has been added to the cast to play the role of Joni Twitty, one of Conway’s daughters. (via press release)
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica calls John Rich‘s “Shuttin Detroit Down” the first great song of the bailout era.
- The Gobblers Knob Awesome Song Alert: “Ellis County” from Buddy & Julie Miller.
- Only eight months elapsed between the release of Justin Townes Earle‘s The Good Life and the recent Midnight at the Movies, and he told CMT’s Chris Parton that his next record is already written, but he doesn’t want people to expect such a prolific output for his entire career.
- Fun fact: Today is the 60th anniversary of the 45 rpm, the first of which was Eddy Arnold’s Texarkana Baby, recorded in Nashville and released by RCA. (via email)
New releases for the week of March 31, 2009 include:
As always, let me know if I missed any.
- Steve Wariner is putting the finishing touches on a Chet Atkins tribute album that he hopes to release this summer.
- Wade Bowen walked away with awards for best vocal performance on an album and best album at the inaugural LoneStarMusic Awards on Sunday. Among the other winners were Brady Black for best musician, Randy Rogers for best songwriter and Jason Boland for writing the best song, “Comal County Blue.” Watch a video of Randy Rogers and Brady Black perform “Holding On To Letting Go,” a song Rogers wrote with Bruce Robison, from the awards.
- Hickory Wind’s Hal Bogerd describes The Man Of Somebody’s Dreams: A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney as equal parts wake and celebration.
- The CMT New Video Evaluation Team weighed in on four new videos: Trace Adkins‘ “Marry For Money,” Kellie Pickler‘s “Best Days of Your Life,” Dean Brody‘s “Brothers” and Williams Riley‘s “I’m Still Me.”
- Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent shared stories behind a couple of the songs from their new album, Brothers From Different Mothers, with The Bluegrass Blog.
- Canadian country trio Doc Walker (MySpace) scored a Juno Award for Country Recording of the Year for their album, Beautiful Life.
- SHeDAISY added three new songs to their MySpace from their forthcoming album, A Story to Tell. Look for “Mr. McLennen,” “Never Had You” and “Unsatisfied.” (via That Nashville Sound)
- Between Toby Keith‘s good-ol’-boy flag-wavers and Rascal Flatts‘ power ballads, the Cleveland Scene‘s Michael Gallucci says Nashville has a reputation for turning out crap. He notes that not all country music sucks though, and lists five Nashville artists who don’t suck: Gary Allan, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Sugarland and Taylor Swift. (via The Boot)
- Don McLeese says the new album from The Flatlanders, Hills and Valleys, is a return to a truly collaborative project, unlike its predecessor, Wheels of Fortune, which was more along the lines of a song swap.
- Listen to a new song from Rascal Flatt‘s new album Unstoppable each day this week on The Boot.
- The Doc Marshalls (MySpace), who are currently based out of New York and blend Bakersfield shuffles and honky-tonk with Louisiana grooves, are preparing for a Texas tour and lead man Nick Beaudoing distinguishes between the Texas and New York country music scenes in the most recent edition of Galleywinter’s “Off the Cuff.”
- The Houston Press‘ John Nova Lomax shared a humorous story about the demise of Townes Van Zandt‘s rooster named Moe. (via Galleywinter tweet)
- Lynchie from Aberdeen: Delighted to hear that Hot Rize have a new album coming out – and thanks for the link to that …
- luckyoldsun: Nobody can do Karaoke George Jones like Kershaw!
- Bruce: LW, Don't apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.
- Bruce: My vote is for Marty Stuart for his exhaustive body of work that is directional yet diversified.
- Leeann: Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!: Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful …
- paul w dennis: The Kershaw album is really noteworthy for its song selections. Other than "I'll Share My World With You", it omits …
- Leeann: The Sammy Kershaw tribute to George Jones is pretty good on first listen. Of course, Sammy's no George, but their …
- Jeremy Dylan: I did a podcast on Joni Mitchell's BLUE album recently and was wondering if there was a good bio of …
- Leeann Ward: Well, that was a mighty unnecessarily flippant comment I just made there and the better angels of my nature make …
- Leeann Ward: As for me, I'd realize I'd written a crappy song if Luke Bryan ended up being the one who wanted …