Garth Brooks Announces Date for Nashville Concert; Billy Ray Cyrus Headed for Divorce; ACL to Close Studio 6A with Lyle Lovett

Brody Vercher | October 28th, 2010

  • Garth Brooks announced this morning that he’s hosting a benefit concert for flood victims at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Dec. 17.

    “If you come to Vegas, you’ll see Garth Brooks with a guitar,” he said. “When you come to Nashville this Christmas, you’re gonna see the band that you know, you’ll see the light rig that you know and you’re gonna see the stage that you know.”

  • Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife of 17 years, Tish Cyrus, filed for divorce yesterday.
  • When “Austin City Limits” tapes its final episode at Studio 6A on Nov. 8, it’ll be Lyle Lovett gracing the stage. The performance will be his 12th, tying Willie Nelson for the most appearances. Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran recalled his experience at Lovett’s first ACL taping:

    That set was memorable to me for another reason: being challenged to not one, but two fistfights, before the show started. I was working on a story on Lovett for Spin magazine, so I was there for the soundcheck (where retired Exxon exec Bill Lovett was his son’s defacto guitar tech.) When the room was cleared, associate producer Susan Caldwell said I could stay under one condition: I had to save four seats in the back corner for Coach Darrell Royal.

  • Jason Aldean‘s new song, a duet with Kelly Clarkson, has been leaked to the web. “Don’t You Wanna Stay” will be on his new album, My Kinda Party, scheduled for a Nov. 9 release. Take a listen at NashvilleGab.
  • To fund his new record, AM Country Heaven, Jason Eady is seeking contributions from his fans. He’s created seven different price levels, ranging from $20-$2,500, with each level increasing the amount of items you get in return. Plus there’s something about a new acoustic CD titled Play Me A Song. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • Nashville Scene’s Adam Gold uses the upcoming season of Celebrity Apprentice to slam John Rich, over and over.

    Now, The Donald may be the tyrannical, fire-breathing boss of America’s board room — network television — but upon hearing this news item, peeps in these parts will have little doubt that he’s at least a friend of Nashville. A friend is what we here in the ‘Ville call anyone who extracts noted asshole John Rich from our midst for any indefinite period of time.

  • Alt-512 Music Musings posted the full audio from Whitey Morgan and the 78‘s recent show in Austin.
  • Thanks to the yet-to-be-released movie Country Strong, Gwyneth Paltrow has been receiving a lot of attention for her singing, but she’s not the only actress featured in the movie’s soundtrack: Co-star Leighton Meester recorded a song titled “Words I Couldn’t Say.” Stream it at’s Music Mix blog.
  • Taylor Swift got waxed.
  • For a song to make a Reba McEntire album, it has to have some kind of emotional resonance. If the song has emotion, the “Turn the Radio On” singers says great lyrics and melody are just icing on the cake. In her interview with The Regina Leader-Post’s Jeff Dedekker, she credits her current success to switching labels and says she isn’t interested in categorizing different kinds of country:

    “There’s two kinds of music, good and bad, and I always try and stay with the good,” said McEntire. “I guess people have to corral and categorize to talk about something. I’m totally for great music and let’s play great music and leave it at that.”

  • Rawhide & Velvet’s Rita Ballou collected a few fan videos from Cross Canadian Ragweed‘s final show this past weekend, including a collaboration with Lee Ann Womack on “Sick and Tired.” KNBT will be rebroadcasting the entire show tonight at 7.
  • Country Universe: Which country artists do you think segued into other genres most effectively? Who would you like to see try?
  • Did the Kanye West Incident Help Taylor Swift’s Career? Speakeasy’s Christopher John Farley investigated. (via NashvilleGab)
  • The Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile on the band’s relationship with bluegrass music:

    We don’t mind being considered a bluegrass band it’s only really traditional bluegrass bands who might not consider us bluegrass. We don’t care what people call us, we’re just going to play what we play. So the only trouble with the bluegrass thing is occasionally it gets to …….is that if people come expecting a certain thing we are very liable to disappoint them. So that’s the only issue. We love bluegrass and are proud to be associated with it to the extent that we are.

  • No Depressions’ Grant Alden says “Mowing Down the Roses” is the best song George Jones hasn’t recorded and a bunch of other nice things about Jamey Johnson:

    And there is a roughness to Jamey Johnson, which is why he’s worth listening to. Why he matters, especially given the context in which he operates. Not all of this set, but almost all of it. I am not always persuaded by his power ballads (“Cover Your Eyes,” say, since it’s playing just now), but I don’t like power ballads in hard rock, either. “Macon,” on the other hand, has that easy Don Williams confidence about it. […] He has a voice, somewhere between Ernest Tubb and Waylon Jennings when he wants it to be, and whoever is playing guitar on this has spent plenty of time listening to Jerry Reed. That he hangs out with and acknowledges the work of Nashville’s finest songwriters (including a duet here with Bill Anderson on “The Guitar Song,” though that, too, isn’t my favorite cut), that’s good, too.

    He’s sold enough records, there will be imitators, a scurrying to find some other dangerous country boy with an attitude and a facility with words, but there’s only one. This one.

  • The Boot’s Pat Gallagher posted and insightful interview with Kix Brooks about the differences between interviewing established artists and newcomers, the negatives of partying too much, and a new song he wants to ask Miranda Lambert to sing with him.
  • Rhonda Vincent was awarded the first-ever Star Award from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation on Oct. 16 for her “exemplary job of advancing the music while honoring and preserving its character and heritage.”
  • Since 2001, David Andersen has been playing country classics at the Country Music Hall of Fame. That’s long enough for him to have reached his 3,000th gig, which he performed yesterday. To celebrate, he recorded a new album with Harold Bradley, one of the most recorded guitarists ever. Nashville Scene’s Jack Silverman published a cool story about the milestone and the album:

    Three thousand. That’s enough “Crazy” to make you crazy, enough “King of the Road” to make you want to hit the road, enough “Tennessee Waltz” to make you want to two-step right out the door. But Andersen works hard to keep things fresh: He’s constantly reimagining the songs, coming up with different chord voicings or variations on the melody while maintaining enough of the music’s original character to be recognizable.

    It’s an approach Andersen also uses on his new album Countrypolitan, which he recorded to celebrate the milestone gig. He even renamed a few of the songs to reflect the reinterpretations.

  • Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, and Carrie Underwood are scheduled to headline next year’s Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, California. Other performers included in the lineup, which was announced yesterday, include: Loretta Lynn, Rodney Crowell, Ricky Skaggs, Leon Russell, Darius Rucker, Wanda Jackson, Jack Ingram, Truth & Salvage Co., and Josh Turner.
  • In other festival news, Toby Keith will headline Dauphin’s Countryfest, Canada’s biggest country music festival, next June while Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, and Sugarland get top-billing at Bayou Country Superfest for Memorial Day weekend 2011.
  • Researchers are using Johnny Cash in their quest to make mind-controlled machines:

    The researchers superimposed two images — say singer-musician Johnny Cash superimposed over the actress Marilyn Monroe. The 12 volunteers were asked to fade one image up and the other down, using only their thoughts.

    They were able to do so 69 percent of the time, as the computer recognized the firing of the “Johnny Cash” neuron or the “Marilyn Monroe” neuron, Cerf said.

  • Daryle Singletary and his wife became the proud parents of twin boys, Mercer and Jonah, yesterday afternoon — almost two weeks earlier than expected.
  • Phyllis Stark posted different radio and record reps best stories about artists’ gaffes.

    And then there’s this one from KJUG Tulare, Calif., PD Dave Daniels. “The most memorable was when a certain very tall artist visited us in our old facility in which the ceilings were only about 6 ½ feet into my office,” he says. “As his Honky Tonk Badonkadonk made his way into my office, he didn’t realize how low the door jam was and knocked himself in the head pretty hard. His cowboy hat came off and in his deep country boy Southern draw he said, ‘Mr. Daniels, that’s a pretty low ceiling there…’”

    (via NashvilleGab)

  • Hayes Carll‘s new album, titled KMAG YOYO — a military acronym for Kiss My Ass Guys You’re On Your Own, is scheduled for a Feb. 15 release.
  1. Bob
    October 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Sounds like Jason Eady’s doing his own version of Sell-A-Band, described by Wiki as a music website that allows artists to raise the money from their fans and the SellaBand community in order to record a professional album. …

  2. Ben Foster
    October 28, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    I suppose I like that new Jason Aldean song about as much as I could like a Jason Aldean song.

    Billy Ray divorces after 17 years? That’s almost surprising.

  3. Ben Foster
    October 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    I should have guessed Taylor would get waxed sooner later, but Wax Taylor looks hardly anything like Real Taylor.

  4. Lewis
    October 28, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    “If you come to Vegas, you’ll see Garth Brooks with a guitar, he said. When you come to Nashville this Christmas, you’re gonna see the band that you know, you’ll see the light rig that you know and you’re gonna see the stage that you know.” – Garth Brooks

    Translation: When you go to Vegas you get to see Garth’s small ego in action but when you come to Nashville you get to see Garth’s huge inflated ego on display. Wonder how much this “charity concert” (also known as Garth’s ego concert) for the flood that happened 6 months ago tickets are going to run? Where was he when the telethon they had in Nashville for the flood victims and why didn’t he donate then?

  5. Lewis
    October 28, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I forgot to add: You’ll get to see the inflated ego that you know as well.

  6. Matt Bjorke
    October 28, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Lewis. I was at the press conference. There was no ego. He also said that he wanted to do this now when the coverage would be gone and when the people would need the money most. Nobody doing this concert (including band, production crews or venue) are making any money off of it. the Tickets will be $25.

  7. Matt Bjorke
    October 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    I should add that it’s not when the flood victims ‘need the money most’ as I said above, but when most people forgot about them or for people that fell through the tracks. This seems like a highly honorable thing for Garth and Trisha to do, as evidenced by the bipartisan politicians in presence at the presser.

  8. PaulaW
    October 28, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    WSM 650 AM was advertising it this morning. As Matt said, tickets are $25 (plus ticket fees – GRR!!) The full $25 will go to the flood relief funds, however tickemaster (or whoever you buy your ticket from) will of course keep their outrageous ‘processing fees’.

  9. Thomas
    October 28, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    …daryle singletary also wanted people to know that “loving her with the lights on” doesn’t necessarily result in twins, but twins around the house may result in loving her with the bedroom door closed.

  10. M.C.
    October 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Lewis–Whatever you think of Garth as an artist or person, it seems rather petty to slam him him when he just announced he’s going to raise about a half-million dollars for people in need and to do it without taking even expense money himself or for his musicians and crew, who I suspect he’ll be paying out of his pocket.
    And how do you know he didn’t donate six months ago? I’ve been critical of him at times too, but those around him often talk about how he gives money quietly and sometimes anonymously to a lot of causes. Like all of us, he’s a complex guy, but his generosity (for whatever reason he does it) is commendable.

  11. Jon
    October 28, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    David Anderson is awesome.

  12. WAYNOE
    October 28, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you Grath for once again staopping the world so you can make sure you are still on hte merry-go-round.

    And who couldn’t see the Cyrus split coming?

  13. Barry Mazor
    October 28, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    I really don’t see how anybody can be inclined to slam Garth Brooks on this one–really.

    And congrats to the remarkable Dave Anderson, who’s by now played more good music for more people in Nashville (who may not even know who he is) than just about anybody.

  14. sam (sam)
    October 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Some of the Garth slams are about as absurd as some of the Swift slams. To me, some are more suggestive of bad character on the part of those making the slams than on Garth himself.

  15. Noeller
    October 28, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    the Garth slams are such an American thing. Anything to bring someone down, just because. He’s doing a really great thing, for the right reasons. Just be happy for the people who are going to benefit from the half-million dollars that’s getting raised.

    Also, minor detail, but Dauphin’s Countryfest isn’t even close to Canada’s biggest festival, but it is the longest consecutively running event. It does about 10-thousand per day, where as Craven in Saskatchewan does about 25-thousand, and Big Valley Jamboree in AB does about 40-thousand. All are great fests though!!

  16. Leeann Ward
    October 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Seriously, the Garth snark would have more credence if there was at least some fairness to it. To slam him for everything he does is just noise at this point, especially since you didn’t even get all of the details first. Garth was known for having inexpensive ticket prices for his arena shows anyway. He was very intolerant of scalpers who drove up the prices.

    Ditto to Barry.

  17. Rick
    October 28, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Has David Andersen ever appeared on the Grand Ole Opry? After doing that many performances at the Hall of Fame, he deserves to!

    So the big question in the Cyrus divorce is “Who’s cheatin’ who”? Has Billy Ray been slipping around and leaving poor Tish with an achy breaky heart? If that’s the case, I hope she gets the goldmine and Billy Ray gets the shaft…

    I agree with Grant Alden (a rare thing indeed) about Jamey Johnson’s rough edges being a core part of his appeal. The Top 40 mainstream country realm has become so squeaky clean to appeal to soccer moms and their daughters that its become sterile and boring. Jamey brings a needed bit of unpredictable “danger” back into the scene.

    So Rhonda Vincent lambasts the IBMA and then turns around and wins a new award from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation! Sounds like the start of a bluegrass association feud to me!

  18. BAMBI
    October 28, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    “the Garth slams are such an American thing”

    SO let’s defend Garth and “slam” all Americans? A little ironic.

  19. Leeann Ward
    October 28, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    I don’t see the irony in it, but it is in poor taste for sure.

  20. Noeller
    October 28, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    I suppose I should have said “stereotypically American”. What can I say — we’re so much nicer up here!!!

  21. Leeann Ward
    October 28, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Most Canadians that I’ve met are super nice, I’ll agree, except for Toronto drivers.:) My dad is from Halifax and my sister is now married to a New Brunswicker. I grew up near the border.

  22. Noeller
    October 28, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    lol. Leann, a lesson in Canadiana: “never confuse Torontonians with Canadians” :) Toronto is far enough south that it’s New York, Jr.

    Maritimers, however, are good people by-thunderin’. Nothin’ like Haligonians and New Brunswickers!! :)

  23. Leeann Ward
    October 28, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Ha! New York, JR! Love it.

  24. Cutting the Treacle
    October 28, 2010 at 10:27 pm

    Noeller: “the Garth slams are such an American thing”

    Me: Idiot. Also, Toronto as NY, Jr.? Idiot. Maybe Chicago lite, but a city that can’t host a G20 without rolling up the streets isn’t even fit to swim in the wake of NY’s sewage.

  25. Leeann Ward
    October 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    For my NYC friends, I should clarify that I have nothing against New York City. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the two times that I’ve visited there.

  26. sam (sam)
    October 28, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    I used to live in NYC and I loved it. The Tower Records near NYU had a better selection of country CDs than I could find in the CD stores in other cities and towns I’ve lived in.

  27. BLL
    October 28, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Wow, Lewis, that’s a lot of negative energy expended at someone who pays his foundation expenses out of his pocket so the money the athletes donate goes to worthy causes.

    Bridgestone’s website states it holds 18,500; multiply that by $25 = $462500.00. History has shown that Garth is still in demand so I would say he’ll end up doing multiple shows. It wouldn’t be an off guess to say he could raise millions to help the people in Nashville get back their lives pre-flood. Yeah, (insert sarcasm here) I guess that shows how big an ego Mr. Brooks has, how dare he use his talent to help people.

  28. Brocephus
    October 29, 2010 at 2:02 am

    Way to go, Garth. He’s got all he needs in terms of material possessions, and he decides to give so much back.

    If only every artist had that kind of ego.

  29. Thomas
    October 29, 2010 at 3:44 am

    …slamming garth for holding a benefit concert -i think it’s fair to assume that even glenn beck would have to make an effort to reach this new low, lowis.

  30. Lewis
    October 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Can anyone explain to me why George Strait and Alan Jackson both of whom don’t have ego problems keep their charity affairs private whereas Garth Brooks makes it into a big affair and turns it into HIS show, HIS rules, all about ME ME ME etc.? Explain that to me.

  31. Lewis
    October 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Thomas: Garth’s snarky remarks about the show tells what kind of an ego he has and always will have as long it’s enough to keep him in the limelight with his so-called “retirements” and so-called “comebacks” to where no one believes what Garth says anymore other than it’s all about him and him alone.

  32. Leeann Ward
    October 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

    I’m not really sure how Garth could keep a big benefit concert private. I’m sure he donates money and participate in smaller charity events that we all have no idea about. Clearly, if you’re going to dump on him for working hard to do a benefit rather than just writing a big ‘ol check from his comfortable living room, there’s really no convincing you otherwise. I wouldn’t deny that Garth has an ego. Sure he does. But that’s rather different than dismissing what he’s doing for flood relief is insignificant and selfish. If the guy has some ego, so be it. At least he puts it toward honorable causes once in awhile. Better than what most of the rest of us do with our egos.

  33. Cutting the Treacle
    October 29, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Lewis: “Can anyone explain to me why George Strait and Alan Jackson both of whom don’t have ego problems keep their charity affairs private whereas Garth Brooks makes it into a big affair and turns it into HIS show, HIS rules, all about ME ME ME etc.? Explain that to me.”

    Me: That’s stupid. The bigger the fuss the Garth makes over a concert to benefit flood victims, then the more we will pay attention to the cause of the flood victims. Just like I’m doing right now. And that’s good. So in this context, long live Garth’s ego. Because it gets us to talk about a worthy issue. Just like we’re doing. Right now.

  34. bll
    October 29, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Amen Treacle. Like Leeann said we don’t know how much Garth does quietly, though I do know from a friend who attends the same church that he does a great deal of(non-singing)work on their fundraisers and almost always cooks when they have prayer breakfasts. Living in a small town he and Trisha are allowed to just be citizens. I think everything that has been done so far by Tim, Faith, Vince,et al are to be commended, as should this effort. Many people still need a great deal of help.

  35. Thomas
    October 29, 2010 at 12:03 pm


    …leaving the certainly worthy context of the latest garth buzz aside for a moment – don’t forget, a lot of people who love country music would enjoy nothing more (from a musical point of view) than seeing one of the genre’s all-time greatest artists live in concert one more time. perhaps, it’s something that comes with age, but one should be able to simply enjoy such rare and special occasions, if and when they happen. combine that with a good cause and anything else than commending the effort appears rather petty.

  36. Roger
    October 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    My only comment about the Garth show is that I actually think the tickets should be a little more. It is a benefit show and with all the tickets being $25 it will be the scalpers that benefit the most. Why not charge $50 and make twice as much for the flood victims. Compared to most shows that would still be a bargain and knowing the money is going to flood relief I think his fans and fans of Nashville in general would be more than willing to pay it over paying $150 on ebay when the scalpers set in.

  37. luckyoldsun
    October 29, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    I have to agree with you here. Slamming someone for doing a benefit concert is just stupid–(unless it was a phony benefit concert that the guy was actually profitting from).

    And I don’t think Garth has ever beat anyone over the head with it, but he at least appears to have some social/political awareness. Jackson and Strait give no indication of that. Everybody’s entitled to do it his own way.

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