Garth Brooks Returns; Betty Cody Passes Away; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 7th, 2014

  • Garth Brooks is back, and holding a press conference on Thursday at noon to announce whatever it is that he’s got planned. (warning: autoplay)
  • Brooks’ upcoming Ireland tour may be in jeopardy after officials only granted licenses for three of the planned five shows.
  • Kenny Loggins made the announcement that he and the rest of the Blue Sky Riders are going the Kickstarter route in lieu of chasing a record deal.
  • Rolling Stone Country put together a photo gallery of Craig Morgan’s most-recent USO trip  to Afghanistan.
  • The dedicated C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country feature up over at Country California.
  • I counted down my favorite albums and songs of the first half of 2014 over at That Nashville Sound. What are yours?
  • Stream Trampled By Turtles’ Wild Animal at NPR.
  • Peter Cooper wrote another great column at The Tennessean, this time about David Olney.
  • The City of Pittsburgh wants to change their current policies in order to prevent massive cleanups like the ones that followed Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan’s Steel City concerts. Two ideas that local authorities have proposed include putting a time limit on tailgating and requiring promoters put down a deposit to help cover cleaning costs.
  • Jimmy Wayne outlined details about his upcoming autobiography, Walk to Beautiful, at The Boot.
  • Gas Monkey Garage/Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill owner and Discover Channel personality Richard Rawlings says David Allan Coe tried to extort his club. According to Rawlings, Coe wanted more money to perform outside. The show ended up getting canceled.
  • Eric Church has released a 19-minute short film that ties together all the music videos he’s released for songs from The Outsiders.
  • Mother Jones has published an interview of Holly Williams. An excerpt: “It’s not that I see myself operating outside of country music in that I don’t like it, or I don’t want to be there. I’d like to think that my music would be played on country radio if it were the ’90s, when they had a lot more singer-songwriters on there, like Lyle Lovett and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Now it’s all that “bro-country,” with Daisy Dukes, beer, tailgating, and fireworks. So everybody calls me an Americana artist or singer-songwriter, along with those people who are not mainstream enough for country radio today.  I think “The Highway” is a country song, but radio doesn’t hear it that way, so I’m just living on the outskirts.” 
  • looks at Miranda Lambert’s growing business empire.
  • 1950s RCA Records artist and Maine Country Music Hall of Famer Betty Cody passed away last Tuesday at the age of 92. (warning: autoplay)
  • Former One Flew South bandmates Eddie Bush and Chris Roberts wrote a new song for Bush’s forthcoming album; you can preview it here.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Parker Milsap“Heaven Sent” (Live from Mountain Stage)

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen“She Said She Will” (Live performance for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)

Whiskey Myers“Dogwood” (Live on Texas Music Scene)

Corb Lund“Counterfeiter’s Blues”

Old Crow Medicine Show“Sweet Amarillo”

The Easy Leaves“The American”

Goodnight, Texas“A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme”

Kenny Chesney“American Kids”

Ark Life“Proud of Me Out There, Mama”




  1. Andrew L.
    July 7, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Garth couldn’t help himself and spilled the beans on Good Morning America this morning that he’s going to be announcing the comeback tour.

    • Juli Thanki
      July 7, 2014 at 11:14 am

      That is hilarious. Dammit, Garth, you had ONE JOB.

  2. David Cantwell
    July 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I really dig what you can hear of the Mavericks’ Dr. Feelgood. However, Ms. Williams is misremembering 1990s country radio if she thinks Lyle Lovett was a major presence then. Or any other time, for that matter…

  3. Arlene
    July 7, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Ms. Williams is misremembering 1990s country radio if she thinks Lyle Lovett was a major presence then. Or any other time, for that matter…

    No but Rosanne Cash and Kathy Mattea were still on country radio in 1990….

  4. bll
    July 7, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    um, Garth hasn’t been on GMA since January. I suss he was going to announce tour dates/new music today but the Ireland debacle has pushed back the press as he won’t have an answer until close of business Tuesday, in Ireland’s time zone.

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