Elvis Debuts Songs On Charts Two Weeks In a Row With Help From Country Ladies
- It’s been ten years since Elvis Presley appeared on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, but he logged his second entry in two weeks with the No. 43 debut of Martina McBride‘s duet on “Blue Christmas.” That follows last week’s No. 60 bow of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” with Carrie Underwood. It also marks the first time in Presley’s 53-year chart career that he’s had songs debut in two consecutive weeks.
- The Flatlanders–consisting of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock–are scheduled to release Hills & Valleys, their third album for New West Records, on March 31.
- Gene Triplett has a brief Q&A with Randy Rogers at NewsOK.com.
- Still Is Still Moving republished an old Texas Monthly review of Willie Nelson‘s Red Headed Stranger written by Chet Flippo.
The best of them — and this will come as no surprise to Texans — is a man named Willie Nelson who has recently recorded an album so remarkable that it calls for a redefinition of the term “country music.” The difference between Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger and any other current C&W album, and especially what passes for a soundtrack for Nashville, is astounding. What Nelson has done is simply unclassifiable; it is the only record I have ever heard that strikes me as otherworldly.
- If you bought 1998’s 10-CD The Complete Hank Williams and thought that was all the Hank you’d ever need, The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri says–in his review of the new 3-CD Unreleased Recordings–you’re in for a big surprise.
One of the most surprising facets about these recordings is their clarity; Williams’ smooth, troubled voice has never been captured with this much warmth and presence. In 1951, he was at the top of his popularity, and this is a glorious glimpse into why that was, given that he’s simply singing about what was on his mind that day.
- Singer-songwriter Radney Foster has signed a deal with Sea Gayle Music, a publishing company co-founded by Chris DuBois, Frank Rogers and Brad Paisley.
- John Rich and Cowboy Troy–the musical equivalent of Jackass. (via NashvilleGab)
- Blake Boldt had the opportunity to catch a Hayes Carll show at Belcourt Theatre in Nashville on Wednesday and reviewed the performance for Country Universe.
Carll’s dry humor is a cornerstone of his act. (His tour is co-sponsored by satirical news source, The Onion.) After “Wild as a Turkey,” Carll noted that he tended to write long-winded songs, joking, “That one was only two and a half minutes!” … His stream-of-consciousness style, both in person and on record, lend Carll an air of authenticity that connects with those who listen carefully for hidden meaning, in his songs and in his detailed stories.
- The folks over at Big Rock Candy Mountain dubbed Boxcar Willie‘s “Hee Haw Honey” as their number one, very most favoritest Christmas song of all time. At least for today. It’s just one of the songs published in a smorgasbord of Christmas cheer.
- Free Downloads: Snag a copy of Brad Paisley‘s “Jingle Bells” by filling in your email address at HearSomethingCountry.com and fire up your iTunes to download Faith Hill‘s “O Holy Night!”, which is the free download of the week. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.