Elton John Records “Raw and Rootsy” LP with T-Bone Burnett; Rascal Flatts Plans Restaurant Chain; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | March 19th, 2012

  • Jasmine Rae won Australia’s version of  the CMA Artist of the Year Award: CMC Oz Artist Of The Year. “Other winners on the night included Australian country music legend James Blundell who entered the CMC Hall of Fame, and Peter McWhirter named CMC New Oz Artist of the Year.  Keith Urban won two awards after being named International Artist of the Year and his crossover hit “Without You” declared Music Video Of The Year.”
  • Congratulations go out to Jimmy Wayne. His relentless championing of kids in foster care resulted in a 97-1 vote from the Tennessee legislature in passing the Transitioning Youth Act.
  • Meet the Ugly Valley Boys. 
  • My Kind of Country loves the new independent effort from Canadian country artist Brian Mallery called Living My Dream.
  • Our own CM Wilcox is playing the blame game over at Country California.
  • Glen Campbell’s battle with Alzheimer’s seems to be taking its toll on the last of his live performances.
  • Chuck Dauphin profiled the newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Connie Smith, for Billboard Magazine.
  • Despites rumors to the contrary, it looks as if country duo Steel Magnolia is still together.
  • Hear another Hunger Games soundtrack contribution from the Pistol Annies with “Run Daddy Run.”
  • Darryl Worley released his first radio single in two years called “You Still Got It.” Listen here. What do you think?
  • New music videos (with a couple of live performances) from the last week or so:

Carrie Underwood – “Good Girl”  

Josh Abbott Band – “Touch”

Jason Aldean – “Fly Over States”

Hannah McNeil – “I Gotta Leave You For Me” 

Rachel Holder – “Edge of Glory” 

Black Stone Cherry – “In My Blood” 

Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup” on Ellen 

Matt Kennon – “You Had To Pick On Me” 

Cledus T Judd – “Double D Cups”

Brynn Marie – “Bandaid on a Bullet Hole”

Dustin Tavella – “Do It Like Bubba”

Luke Roberts – “Second Place Blues” 

Jessica Rae – “24 Hour Church (In Memphis)” 

Aaron Pritchett – “Coming Clean”

Codie Prevost – “Finish What He Started” 

O’Shea – “When the Girls Get Together”


  1. Jon
    March 19, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That Glen Campbell piece is pretty nicely done.

  2. bll
    March 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I got Meet Glen Campbell from his people 2 days ago, but haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet. That was both a good and heartbreaking review.

  3. Rick
    March 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Jasmine Rae would probably do well here in the US as she is very AirHead Country Radio friendly. Well at the least she’d likely do far better than the McClymont Sisters anyway.

    I’m not sure if a name like “Ugly Valley Boys” is clever or just plain dumb! Hmm…

    Great, now T-Bonehead is mucking up the latest Elton John album! T-Bone is like the proverbial bad penny, or an unwanted rash, that just keeps turning up. In this case I think “crappy” can be substituted for “rootsy” given T-Bone’s natural proclivities.

    With a name like “Scout” I think she might be better suited to cowboy and western swing music. The best part is if you go to one of her concerts and don’t clap, daddy Bruce will come over and kick your arse! (lol)

    I’d rather see Pistol Annies action on a new album raather than these side projects, but that’s just me.

    Go Emily West!

  4. luckyoldsun
    March 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    I’d probably go to see Glenn Campbell if he was performing nearby–since it would definitely be the last chance–but there seems to be something voyeuristic about watching a man who’s losing his mind struggle on stage.

    I suppose it can’t hurt him and if his family thinks it’s a good idea, I’ll defer to their judgment.

  5. Braxton
    May 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Rick, Ugly Valley Boys is a metaphor for where we are from “Salt Lake Valley in Utah”… dumb? maybe.. oh well!

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