Emmylou Harris Celebrates 20 Years of Opry Membership; Free Music From Missy Raines; Dolly Parton is Hot

Juli Thanki | December 16th, 2011

  • Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene chatted with Emmylou about her music and animal rescue organization.
  • The Little Willies’ upcoming album got three stars from Hal Horowitz of American Songwriter.
  • “The Christmas Shoes” sent our fake pal Reginald Spears over the edge as he brought a country radio station to its knees this week: “I told that little weasely sumbitch DJ that if he played that ‘Christmas Shoes’ crap again, he was going to regret it,” said the local man by phone interview yesterday.  
  • Rural Rhythm Records and Musicians Against Childhood Cancer are planning to release benefit record Life Goes On in 2012. The album will include live performances from past MACC festivals.
  • Charlie Clark of the Falls Church News-Press wrote a feature on Mary Cliff, who has spent the past three decades hosting the weekly folk music radio show “Traditions,” which can be streamed on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed American Primitive guitarist Glenn Jones. Here’s an excerpt in which Jones talks about developing his own voice as an artist: In terms of developing my own voice, I don’t think that happened until I was in my thirties. Listening to the tracks Fahey recorded as a teenager for Joe Bussard’s private Fonotone label…I’m amazed how fully formed Fahey’s aesthetic is right from the get-go. Over the course of that set you can hear him becoming a better guitarist, and a better composer for guitar, with each session. For me, it took years to find something that felt like it belonged to me.
  • Here’s Trace Adkins singing “Kiss You All Over” with Exile.

  1. Rick
    December 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Lone Star Music has released the list of their 50 best selling albums of 2011 and only two of them are by female artists! Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete” is at # 20 and the Pistol Annie’s “Hell On Heels” is at # 47 and that’s it! I hate to admit I have anything in common with Red Dirt music fans, but those are my two favorite female artist albums of 2011 as well. Crikey! (lol)

    Link: https://www.lonestarmusic.com/index.php?file=staticpage&type=STATIC_43

    Opty Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Joe Diffie, Steve Wariner, Will Hoge, and Ricky Skaggs. Grade B. Saturday night’s Opry gets a whole lot more interesting and will feature Emmylou Harris, the Civil Wars, Keb Mo, Ella Mae Bowen, The Grascals, and Steve Wariner. Definitely an “E Ticket” Opry on Saturday! Grade A!

  2. Ben Foster
    December 16, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Opty alert? Hmmm…

    I have got to make it to Emmylou’s Opry Anniversary show. If I don’t attend any other shows throughout the whole of 2012, I at least must be at that one!

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    December 18, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton made the Men’s Health 100 Hottest Women of All Time list, coming in at 93 and 92, respectively.

    Does this mean Emmylou Harris is not on that list? If so, it is balderdash of the first order and not worth any man’s time.

  4. Rick
    December 18, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    A music pal in England sent me a link to an album review in The Guardian of something that sounds quite interesting! Its by a new male/female duo named “My Darling Clementine” and the album title is “How Do You Plead?”. Here are the first couple sentences of the review:

    “Michael Weston King sounds as if he was born at the wrong time, in the wrong place. The former leader of the British alt-country band the Good Sons, he is now joined by his partner Louise Dalgleish for an album of country duets that sound as if they were written in the 60s or 70s. It’s a finely crafted tribute to the classic country duos such as Johnny Cash and June Carter or George Jones and Tammy Wynette, with all the songs written by King and Dalgleish and several sounding like lost classics.”

    Full review: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/nov/10/my-darling-clementine-cd-review

    If it’s anywhere near as good as the recent DooWop album “Good Ol’ Fashioned Love” by the Brit band “The Overtones”, I’m in! (lol)

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