Sugarland’s New Video; Faith Hill Schedules Free Concert; Americana Lifetime Achievement Recipients

Brody Vercher | August 6th, 2010

  • Faith Hill is scheduled to perform a free concert in New Orleans on Aug. 24 to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Nashville Lifestyles released its 2010 Hot List and perched at the very top is Laura Bell Bundy, while Faith Hill, recognized for her beauty as well as co-hosting the Nashville Rising flood benefit concert, came in at 13. It’s not all about looks though, which leaves room for Colt Ford, whose sound and concept is “fresh and fun.” Little Big Town will release their new album on on Aug. 24 and appeared towards the end. (via CMT Blog)
  • The next honoree in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters series is songwriter and highly-regarded session guitarist Red Lane.
  • The Americana Music Association announced the recipients of this year’s Americana Lifetime Achievement Award: Wanda Jackson, John Mellencamp, Luke Lewis, Greg Leisz, and Brian Ahern.
  • James Stroud, owner of Stroudavarious Records, announced the formation of the new imprint Emrose Records yesterday. The first artist signed is singer-songwriter Margaret Durante (MySpace).
  • Aaron Watson is surprised that one of his most popular songs, “Barbed Wire Halo,” which he recorded for two different records, was never released as a single.

  • If today’s country artists feel the need to thank someone for the benefits of having a song crossover to the pop charts, Chet Flippo says it’s musician, record label executive, producer, conductor, singer and A&R man Mitch Miller, who recently passed away. He’s also believed to be the creator of karaoke.

    Miller hated rock ‘n’ roll and passed on opportunities to sign both Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly to his record label. But he loved country music and produced such hits as Marty Robbins’ “A White Sport Coat (and a Pink Carnation).”

    But the main thing he did for country music was to introduce the crossover concept. He mated country songs with pop singers and presented them to the mainstream pop audience. His tool of choice was the Hank Williams song catalog, after future Atlantic records producer Jerry Wexler, then a writer at Billboard, recommended it to him.

  • On a recent visit to his local watering hole, My Kind of Country’s J.R. kept tab of the various songs he played on the jukebox.
  • Lee Ann Womack is set to return as host of the 4th annual ACM Honors ceremony.
  • When Lady Antebellum heads to the UK next week they’ll be greeted by a sold-out audience.
  • In his latest article, No Depression’s Grant Alden laments the glossification of a lot of bluegrass music and commends Junior Sisk for his latest record, Heartaches and Dreams.

    First, the songwriting throughout is exemplary (and Sisk co-wrote only one track of the twelve). These are country songs, the kinds of things Ricky Skaggs and his fellow New Traditionalists took to the charts in the 1980s, and which Nashville has largely eschewed since […]

    And while we’re on the subject of Sisk, I’ll take the opportunity to mention “The Lowest Valley,” one of my favorite songs of the year thus far. The recorded version knocks me out every time I hear it.

  • Kristy Lee Cook inked a deal with Broken Bow Records.
  • published a sneak peek and some exclusive extras from an interview with Kenny Chesney that will appear in this Sunday’s print edition. A wide range of topics are covered, but most of it relates to his music or football.

    On his four-month-long marriage to actress Renee Zellweger, which was annulled in a miasma of media scandal in 2005.
    “There ain’t nothing you can do about it. Just hang on for the ride. Now I look back on it as just another way of getting knocked down on the football field.”

  • Watch the new video for Sugarland‘s current single, “Stuck Like Glue.”

  1. Rick
    August 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will include Elizabeth Cook, Chris Scruggs, Andy Griggs, and Ricky Skaggs. The Saturday Night Opry will feature Teea Goans, Radney Foster, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Steve Wariner. Now if they were to combine all those artists into a single show and leave out the Opry legends, I’d let out a big Yee Haw! (lol)
    Opry Schedule:

    Kristy Lee Cook may be excited by getting signed to Broken Bow, but apart from Jason Aldean and Craig Morgan (who left the label) its been a career dead end for most of the artists they’ve signed. The fact they’ve never released the album Megan Mullins recorded for them places them squarely on my Nashville label sh*t list! Maybe they should change the label name to “Broken Dreams”…

    Junior Sisk sounds interesting. Hey, how about a give away contest? I never seem to win, but I do like the excitement of a potential freebie!

  2. Blake Boldt
    August 6, 2010 at 11:48 am

    The Sugarland clip brought to mind K.T. Oslin’s oddball videos. Funny stuff.

  3. Dan E
    August 6, 2010 at 11:54 am

    The Sugarland music video was hilarious! I loved it!

  4. Lewis
    August 6, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    So Kenny compares his marriage/annulment to Renee Zellweger to being kicked down on a football field? Does this mean that Renee dropkicked him over the goalpost of life while they were married and together?

    I always thought that they were the oddest couple to get married anyways. But what do I know?

  5. Vicki
    August 6, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Is everyone going to start dancing in their videos now?

  6. M.C.
    August 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Lewis–Kenny’s point seems rather obviously to say it was painful and hard to get back up from, but you have to find a way. I’m always surprised at how people feel free to ridicule a celebrity they don’t like even over episodes in their lives that were obviously fraught with pain.

  7. Saving Country Music
    August 6, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    Grant Aldean needs to check out .357 String Band, Larry & His Flask, Split Lip Rayfield, the Devil Makes Three, and many others.

    I blame the NPR bumper music culture for the glossification of mainstream bluegrass, but that’s another story.

  8. Saving Country Music
    August 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    …Hackensaw Boys, Foghorn Stringband, Trampled by Turtles, Caleb Kluader.

  9. Kelly
    August 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    @ Saving Country Music – the latest .357 album is still in pretty heavy rotation for me. It helped me get out of a string-band funk i had been in where everything sounded the same to me.

  10. Drew
    August 6, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Wow, Jennifer Nettles looks awful. Terrible overdone makeup and disgusting hair, what is she thinking?

  11. Lewis
    August 6, 2010 at 4:06 pm


    I wasn’t trying to be funny but some people on here know what Kenny is like when it comes to women.

    Kenny being in pain over an actress who he didn’t want to marry in the first place and who he married out of convenience rather than love? Nothing real funny about that when someone like Kenny scrapped his longtime girlfriend Mandy to get supposedly flipped over Renee Zellweger so much so that he got married to her and I don’t think they had much of a relationship to start with. Only a publicity deal is all what it amounted to.

  12. Jon
    August 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    It’s Grant Alden, not Aldean, and I guarantee that none of the groups you mention are what he’s looking for when it comes to bluegrass; for one thing, none really qualify as bluegrass bands. Furthermore, much as I love Grant, I think he’s off-base in some disappointing ways. For instance, he says that he doesn’t have any previous records featuring Junior Sisk, despite having kept most everything he received that he thought he might be interested in – and while I have no doubt that that’s true, it’s precisely because of his take on “glossy” bluegrass that he most likely discarded records that I’m about 99% sure (and with good reason) that he received. I’m happy he’s found Junior, but sorry that he’s taken (another) opportunity to knock the undeserving IIIrd Tyme Out, about whom I wrote (in No Depression) about 6 years ago:

    “Observers attuned to bluegrass music’s darker, rawer side hear IIIrd Tyme Out’s polished, award-winning vocals and burnished solos, see its smooth, easygoing stage shows and conclude that it appeals to a growing suburban audience raised on contemporary country music, but it ain’t really so. From its birth, IIIrd Tyme Out’s meat and potatoes audience has been found in the traditional bluegrass mainstream – southern and midwestern festivals, mostly, the kind that draw good old boys and girls whose taste runs more to beer and pickups than chardonnay and SUVs.”

    And he might consider that out of the forebears he names – Earl, Sonny, Del, Jesse and Ralph – at least 3 have expressed a high degree of admiration for the IIIrd Tyme Out boys.

  13. Noeller
    August 6, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Wow – that Sugarland video is the weirdest vid I may have ever seen with an even stranger abrupt ending. Still not totally sold on the song, and the vid is just…..messed. I dunno what direction these guys are going in, but I’m not sure it’s really what I’m into.

  14. Leeann
    August 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Lewis, I’m no Kenny defender, but you’re assuming a lot.

  15. Rick
    August 6, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    New music worth hearing! Well, kind of, maybe, sort of…

    Awhile back Chet Flippo made a big deal about how impressed he was with the new album coming from The Secret Sisters. The album was produced by the ubiquitous T. Bone Burnett, and while that is a positive attribute for many people it makes me cringe personally. A few of the songs off the new album are available for listening on their MySpace page, some as snippets and some complete songs. As usual for T. Bone the production approach is all over the map, ranging from complimentary (on “Tennessee Me” and especially “Something Stupid”), mildly annoying (on “House of Gold” with that fuzzy guitar), to what the hell was he thinking(?) (on “Big River” and “Wabash Cannonball”)!

    My reactions are so mixed I’ll likely just wind up buying download singles of a couple of the songs. On the other hand this album would make for a great give away contest on The 9513!


  16. Stormy
    August 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Oh Sugarland:
    1. What do they think Steampunk is? Its not happy, bright and bouncy and it doth not wear pink, fuzzy sweaters.
    Are a few examples of Steampunk fashion.

    2. If this were a male artist there would be protests and boycotts.

  17. Ben Foster
    August 6, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Oh my gosh, that Sugarland video was just adorable. It had me laughing audibly. It was just as full of spunk as the track alone. I think I smell a CMT Music Award.

    Would anyone care to define Steampunk for me?

  18. Razor X
    August 6, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I used to like Sugarland. Kristen Hall had a lucky escape.

  19. Stormy
    August 6, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    Steampunk basically looks at how the Victorian Era would create modern and sci-fi creations. It was basically created to cover a new brand of sci-fi lit that was kind of a fusion of technology like HG Wells and Jules Vern with the goth and culture of Mary Shelly and Bram Stoker. Basically, its computers made out of wood and running on steam.
    Like this:

  20. highwayman3
    August 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Jennifer cleared it up in an interview. The steampunk theme is just a visual element for their live shows. It does not reflect the sound of their music or videos.

  21. Ben Foster
    August 7, 2010 at 8:52 am

    At any rate, I would guess that Sugarland is probably not adopting a Steampunk theme in the absolute strictest sense in all aspects of their music. Hence, the fuzzy pink sweater.

  22. Stormy
    August 7, 2010 at 10:39 am

    As a visual element, they need to do more than write Steampunk on a guitar.

  23. Noeller
    August 7, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    @RazorX — Amen.

  24. Vicki
    August 7, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    They admitted themselves in a GAC interview, that “Stuck like Glue” is their shallow piece but fun and catchy. You have to start somewhere they said like when entering a swimming pool- you start at the shallow end before finding the deeper depth.

  25. Stormy
    August 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    But would we consider this shllow fun in the gender roles were reversed?

  26. Jon
    August 7, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Kristen Hall had a lucky escape

    Apparently she doesn’t agree.

  27. Razor X
    August 7, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Maybe she does and just wants her cut of the cash that she was promised.

  28. Jon
    August 7, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Apparently you don’t understand what the word “happy” means.

  29. Jon
    August 7, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    All right, make that “lucky.”

  30. Vicki
    August 7, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    You’ve got something there Stormy, if it wasn’t the ultra cute with the amazing voice, Jennifer doing this song but say a guy looking like Jamey Johnson..uh, it wouldn’t go anywhere.

  31. Stormy
    August 7, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Unfortunately, its more to do with the way we view domestic violence against women as tragic and domestic violence again men as funny.

    August 8, 2010 at 1:56 am

    No doubt you kmow better than I, but there must be some reason for Flippo to kiss Mitch Miller’s memory. Pioneer of cross-over? Didn’t Hank Sr. do that when he recorded “Lovesick Blues”, a Tin Pan alley standard kicking around for 20 years before its most well-known (and loved) incarnation? Father of kareoke? Didn’t “follow the bouncing ball” cartoons do that decades before? What’s his angle, if you know?

  33. Vicki
    August 8, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Am I hearing the rap part right? “What you got there? Sticky, white, sweet Stuff…Come on over here…I want that sweet stuff’
    Ok…am I the only one going in the gutter here?

  34. Razor X
    August 8, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Apparently you don’t understand what the word “happy” means.

    Apparently you don’t know what the word “maybe” means.

  35. Troy
    August 8, 2010 at 8:19 am

    @Stormy “Unfortunately, its more to do with the way we view domestic violence against women as tragic and domestic violence again men as funny.’

    Apparantly not enough people think its tragic with the I love the way you lie selling so well.

  36. Stormy
    August 8, 2010 at 11:45 am

    August 8, 2010 at 7:51 am Permalink Am I hearing the rap part right? “What you got there? Sticky, white, sweet Stuff…Come on over here…I want that sweet stuff’
    Ok…am I the only one going in the gutter here?
    I think its pretty obvious, but as a fan of Liz Phair back when she was awesome, I’m pretty desensatized.

    August 8, 2010 at 8:19 am Permalink @Stormy “Unfortunately, its more to do with the way we view domestic violence against women as tragic and domestic violence again men as funny.’

    Apparantly not enough people think its tragic with the I love the way you lie selling so well.

    Yeah, but I love the way you lie doesn’t present Meagan Fox getting the crap beat out of her as a joke. That song was, from the start, billed as a carthesis for Rihanna and a way for Eminem to excise his deamons.

  37. Vicki
    August 8, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    Another another part: Someone wrote on the GAC board about this video that “why are all black women depicted the same? That black girl should be ashamed” The only black girl is a hooker in the video. What do you think?

  38. Scottbug
    August 8, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Wow! Stuck Like Glue is a great, fun song and a great, fun video. Love it! SugarLand is fun! Best band in the land!

  39. Scottbug
    August 8, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Drew, Jennifer is playing a deranged stalker, so her makeup, clothes are the character’s. Jennifer and Kristian are fabulous actors in this video.

  40. Viv
    August 8, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    the rap part actually goes more like:
    come on ever here with that
    SUGAR STICKY sweet stuff
    come on give me that stuff
    everybody want some melodies that get stuck up in your head

  41. Vicki
    August 8, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Sorry you are right..but..can go the other way..
    I swear you can’t even hear her sing that but I did look up the lyrics. I mean she repeats “up in your head”….I mean right after the sticky sugar sweet can see where the mind goes : )

  42. Stormy
    August 9, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Little bit ‘o trivia:
    Django Walker will be driving in Obama’s motorcade today.

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