Famed Circle Returns to Opry House; Buddy Miller Concludes Hall Series; Mel Tillis’ Comedy Album
- On Wednesday morning, Little Jimmy Dickens and Brad Paisley were on hand to help return the famed six-foot circle to the center of the Opry House stage. The circle, cut from the original stage at the Ryman Auditorium, was damaged with the floods back in May, but not so much that it couldn’t be repaired. Now that it’s back in place, the Opry House is set to reopen ahead of schedule on Sept. 28.
- Country singer Doug Stone was arrested in Gallatin, Tennessee early Tuesday morning and charged with driving under the influence.
- Michael McCall recapped Buddy Miller‘s final artist-in-residence show at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Tuesday night, which featured appearances from Jim Lauderdale and Shawn Colvin.
By inviting two of his longest-running musical partners, Miller called attention to how profoundly the importance of musical collaboration has been to his career. He and Lauderdale first met in New York City, where Miller had moved from Texas with his wife, Julie Miller. Colvin and Miller go back even further, to the 1970s in Austin. Colvin followed her friends to New York, where they played together in a band.
Be sure to click through to watch performances of “Hole In My Head” and “Let It Be Me.”
- Hear Ya is giving away a copy of Ryan Bingham‘s new album, Junky Star.
- Download it: On the closer to his new album, Dale Watson sings from the point of view of an old country song, “Hello, I’m an old country song / I ain’t been around in a while / But it ain’t like I’ve really been gone / I’m more like an old suit that’s just gone out of style.“
- Cameraman John Marc Green sent in a video he caught at the recent DeKalb Fiddlers Convention of a pretty wild harmonica performance from Glenn “Wailin’ Wood” Woodland. Hang on until about the 1:20 mark for the real action.
- Kenny Chesney‘s football documentary, Boys of Fall, will premiere on ESPN this Sunday.
- Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Beaches of South Walton, Florida is hosting a free outdoor concert with Vince Gill on Sept. 25.
- Without naming any names, Charlie Daniels responds to a question about who will fill the shoes of country music’s legends:
Whoever wants it the worst. Whoever is willing to stay with it every day when you do write songs, keep recording, keep doing it by entertaining people. Whoever learns to entertain people. If you don’t learn to entertain people, you’re not going to last long in this business. When the records are gone, you’re gone too.
- Awesome comment of the day: “I have been cheated on an I cut the crotch out of all his underwear and pants all the titties out of his shirts and all the toes off his socks and shoes. If he wanted to let it all hang out I was going to help him.” #
- Trace Adkins replaced Blake Shelton on the top of the Billboard Country Album Chart this week.
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts describes Lee Brice‘s debut album:
Love Like Crazy is littered with raucous, up-tempo songs like “Carolina Boys,” in which Brice sings about looking at a girl’s legs, thighs and backside. But the CD also has ballads, including “Happy Endings” — which features Brice wistfully crooning about losing his love to guy who plays in a band — and “Love Like Crazy,” which details a couple’s limitless dedication to each other.
- The internet radio streaming service Pandora added a new feature yesterday that allows users to build stations around specific genres and sub-genres, whereas before a station could only be built around certain artists or songs. The country genre is currently divided into eight sub-categories ranging from today’s country to classic country, traditional country, and everything in between: bluegrass, outlaw country, alternative country, traditional country hymns, and western swing. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- On Sept. 21, six-time Nashville Comedian of the Year Mel Tillis (he’s a pretty good country singer, too) will release his debut comedy album, You Ain’t Gonna Believe This….
- Marty Stuart on recording in Studio B:
From the minute we got in there, from the first note, it was like lighting a match on dry wood. That room responded and it was so happy to have country music back in there.
- Don’t get too excited, but we’ll definitely be incorporating some of these elements in the next redesign of The 9513. Thanks Juli.
Get to know BettySoo. Here’s a Music Fog taping of her song “Things Are Going to Get Worse.”
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- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/