Former Manager Sues Taylor Swift; Faith Hill Spoofed on ‘SNL’; Jamey Johnson as Country Music’s Caretaker
- Music manager Dan Dymtrow is suing Taylor Swift, claiming she owes him millions for helping develop her career from April ’04 to July ’05.
Dymtrow says his management deals with Swift and parents Scott and Andrea Swift provided that he be paid between 5 percent and 10 percent commission (or more) from Taylor’s music career. But after developing Swift and introducing her to industry heavyweights like Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta, Dymtrow says he was strung along by the family and then fired to avoid paying him. [...] In response, the Swifts claim that because Dymtrow failed to obtain the required court approval of his management contract with Taylor, then a minor, she legally disaffirmed the deal in 2005, months before she signed the Big Machine deal and a full year before she released her debut single, “Tim McGraw.”
- The staff at CMT listed 10 quintessential Toby Keith songs.
- GAC is streaming all the tracks from Toby Keith‘s Bullets In the Gun with his commentary for each one.
- ACL Music Festival recaps: Pat Green | Ruby Jane | Asleep at the Wheel | Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
- For his new record, Charleston, SC 1966, Darius Rucker didn’t stray too far from what made his debut successful, but he does have a few favorite songs:
“I Don’t Care” is a laughable, alcohol-soaked ditty that Rucker wrote with frequent tourmate Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois. The song also features Paisley on vocals.
In picking out his favorites from the album, Rucker calls “I Don’t Care” a “cool duo.” He’s also particularly proud of “Whiskey and You,” which he said could be his “career record” and “was as close to Merle (Haggard) and those guys” as he would likely get. “Love Will Do That” also stands out for the singer because New Grass Revival appears on the cut.
- Justin Townes Earle is scheduled to resume touring near the end of November.
- A YouTube user by the name of “luvnashville” uploaded numerous videos from last week’s All for the Hall benefit concert, including Miranda Lambert‘s take on “The Bottle Let Me Down,” Alan Jackson on “Mind Your Own Business,” and the show’s host, Keith Urban, on “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If you Didn’t Love Me,” which he dedicated to his wife. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Actress Jane Lynch spoofed Faith Hill‘s Sunday Night Football gig on the most recent episode of Saturday Night Live.
- Kimberley Perry explains the message presented in The Band Perry‘s current single,” If I Die Young”: “[...] whatever time you’re given, it will be just enough.”
- In conjunction with its special country issue, People magazine is giving away 10 country songs from artists like Jerrod Niemann, Joey+Rory, and Dale Watson. (via MusicRow)
- USA Today’s Brian Mansfield notes that Jamey Johnson drives the last car Waylon Jennings owned and rents office space once occupied by Chet Atkins, yet he doesn’t view himself as a collector of country music history.
“There’s no magic in those things at all, they’re just things,” says Johnson at the control board in Nashville’s RCA Studio A, where Atkins oversaw the recording of many country hits. “But to me, they’re constant reminders. Everywhere I look, there’s something else I need to be careful with. I don’t ever feel like I own those things; I’m just looking after them till I can pass them on.
“Traditional country music is a lot the same way with me. I’m not really in charge of anything right now; I’m just looking after it till I can leave it to somebody else.”
- NPR’s Will Hermes featured Jamey Johnson in the week’s Spotlight On Country series.
- Kitty Wells was featured by Linda Wetheimer in another NPR series, 50 Great Voices.
- Dierks Bentley announced the addition of Luke Bryan, Heidi Newfield, Del McCoury and Laura Bell Bundy to his fifth annual “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on Oct. 17.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 10/10/10 Edition
Here’s a video of The Trishas performing “Moses.” Ironically, the only person in the below video actually named Trisha is the fiddler.
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- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
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