Garth Brooks Announces Date for Nashville Concert; Billy Ray Cyrus Headed for Divorce; ACL to Close Studio 6A with Lyle Lovett
- 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 EW.com’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…’”
- 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.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.