Eyes and Hands Declared Most Prominent Body Parts In Country Music
- Based on a compilation of more than 10,000 songs, artists Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg put together a data visualization chart that lists the most common body parts (pictures included) referenced in music by genre. Eyes and hands are the most referenced parts in country music. They even compiled a rebus glossary of all the terms used “with racier terms represented by racier images.” (via Listening Post)
- Josh Grider released a five-song digital EP today exclusively through Lone Star Music. Physical copies and iTunes downloads will be made available in October, but for now you can visit his MySpace where he’s uploaded three of the five songs: “Rock and Roll Tonight,” “Maps” and “Deadman Walkin’.”
- The influential ’70s group Little Feat released an album today titled Join the Band where they rerecorded their classics with specials guests like Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, Emmylou Harris and Sam Bush.
- Craig Shelburne says he loves traditional country music, but claims Lee Ann Womack‘s upcoming Call Me Crazy album doesn’t adhere to such strict guidelines.
Yet, you can’t mistake it for anything but country music, and she’s still plucking the highest caliber of songs from the piles of demos floating around Nashville. One particular treat is hearing her rendition of “The King of Broken Hearts,” which George Strait sang on the Pure Country soundtrack. I’ve always had an appreciation for the lyric that goes, “The King of Broken Hearts doesn’t know he’s a king.” Indeed. Strait himself shows up for a duet on the album as well, on “Everything But Quits.”
- Melodic Sunburst introduces the Mo Robson Band (MySpace), who have two albums to their name: their self-titled, hard chargin’ country debut and the follow-up, Even Angles Fall, in which they introduce more of their rock sensibilities while retaining a sense of tradition.
- Ashley Monroe uploaded a new song to her MySpace titled “Slow Down.”
- Michael McCall says The Lost Trailers charm on their new CD, and even recommends checking out “Blacktop Road,” so he doesn’t have anything explicitly bad to say, but based on his review there doesn’t seem like very many redeeming qualities to their album, Holler Back.
- The American Idol machine added a new judge to sit in with Simon, Paula and Randy. Her name is Kara DioGuardi and among her numerous industry accomplishments are writing credits on Carrie Underwood’s “Sometimes You Leave” and Faith Hill’s “Lost.”
- For Mike Severson’s frequent “Industry Pro” feature he interviewed Frank Edwards, the PD at Clear Channel KRYS/Corpus Christi. He seems like a pretty sharp dude, and I may or may not just be saying that because he listed The 9513 as one of his favorite blogs.
- Tonight at 8PM Central time, Radio Free Texas will be playing the newest album from Hazzard, Choices, in its entirety and the band will be in the chat room to answer any questions you have.
- One of our faithful readers sent in a link that he describes as funny, irreverant and almost-racy from Men.Style.com. The website features closeups of people’s faces and you have to decide whether the person is a country star singing on stage, or a porn star showing their “O” face.
- Listen to The Derailers‘ new album, Guaranteed to Satisfy, in its entirety on Last.fm. It’s pulling to wrong album cover for me, but it’s definitely the sweet, satisfying sound of The Derailers. (via Palo Duro Records)
- Via a press release, the phoenix-esque reemergence of No Depression in bookazine form will debut on October 15th, and on top of that, a new, enhanced website will debut in late September.
- This Is Texas Music has several songs samples from Jason Allen‘s new album, The Twighlight Zone.
Allen uses his smooth, silky voice and seemingly limitless range to pay tribute to a variety of inspirations. There are traces of Buddy Holly in opener “I Can’t Let You Go,” echoes of Roy Orbison in “Lost,” even a nod to the big band era on “Dance With Me Baby.” But the best of the bunch is “He’s Still Dancin’ With Her,” a straight-up sad country song about a widower dancing by himself, oblivious to all but memories of his lost love (and written in memory of Allen’s late mother).
- Vote for the most beautiful woman in country music, then let us know in the comments who you chose.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …