Football Game Rumor Causes Minor Frenzy Over Death of Dolly Parton
- Despite rumors to the contrary, Dolly Parton has not died.
- Ross Bonander relays fives things you didn’t know about Johnny Cash in an article on AskMen.com, for instance, Cash’s recordings at Folsom Prison contain two songs that he had never performed live before, and only learned the night before: the Shel Silverstein penned “A Boy Named Sue,” and “Greystone Chapel,” a tune written by Folsom inmate Glen Sherley. (via ggcolumn)
- George Jones credits much of his success to Billy Sherrill, the man who produced his signature hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and changed the country music landscape through the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.
His sophisticated musical arrangements ushered in the “Countrypolitan” era, in which violins and violas softened hard country voices just enough to appeal to city listeners. As a Billboard magazine advertisement once noted, by the 1970s four of the biggest words in the recording industry were, “Produced by Billy Sherrill.”
- Taylor Swift unveiled the cover for her new album, Fearless, due out on Nov. 11 with three price tiers ranging from $13.88 to $75.
- Before the age of 22, Lucky Tubb (MySpace) had spent five years in Texas prisons for possession of 52 pounds of marijuana and parole violations. Upon his release he headed to Austin where he dug into the music scene and with the help of Guy Forsyth and Wayne Hancock, he developed his sound, basing it on that of his late great-uncle, Ernest Tubb. Now 36, he considers his sophomore album, Damn the Luck, to be his band’s clearest declaration of independence yet.
- One of our readers, Sam G., started up an unofficial The 9513 group on Last.fm to create a chart of what songs our readers are listening to. If you’ve got an account, I encourage you to join.
- Chris Neal on Reckless Kelly’s Bulletproof: “Topical firebombs like ‘American Blood’ and ‘God Forsaken Town’ sit uneasily among a suite of tunes mostly about good old-fashioned romantic love and loss–but if you can stand the whiplash, Bulletproof is a ride worth taking.”
- Bruce Robison talks about songwriting and his new album with KUT’s David Brown. He feels roots music in a digital age needs to be rootsier, it’s getting too slick and says his new album, New World, is about getting back to the old time Austin vibe.
- In a Q&A with The Santa Barbara Independent Patty Griffin lauds George Strait:
I have developed a huge fascination with George Strait because I noticed that every time I hear him sing I would feel [like] it’s all going to be okay. There’s something about his voice that takes you straight out of panic and puts you in a place where everything’s going to be all right. And that’s a very powerful thing to have in a voice.
- Darrell Scott describes his recently released Modern Hymns album as his own little journey toward artistry.
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- Both Kinds of Music: I hope people appreciate the irony that one of the best "Americana" albums is titled Metamodern Sounds in COUNTRY Music.
- Barry Mazor: I would not rule out that possibility..There's a different set of voters involved..
- Dana M: Does anyone else think that Brandy Clark actually has a good chance of winning since this isn't a country awards …
- Juli Thanki: UPDATE: Brandy Clark got a Best New Artist nom. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: Rosanne Cash -- The River & The Thread John Hiatt -- Terms …
- luckyoldsun: Glenn Campbell is great and I'd love to see him get an award, but the words of that song may …
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- bob: Go Brandy FGL - Just go away.