Garth Brooks & Leon Russell Chosen for Songwriters Hall; Second Gary Floater Tribute Arises; Free Downloads Abound

Brody Vercher | February 23rd, 2011

  • Leon Russell and Garth Brooks are among this year’s inductees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • When one has a dad like Elizabeth Cook‘s dad, one doesn’t need QVC.
  • The new Owen Temple record Mountain Home hasn’t even been released yet (Apr. 26) and he’s already giving it away for free. As a Sam Houston nut, I’m diggin’ the song “Old Sam.” (via Melodic Sunburst)
  • Songwriter Kyle Jacobs released a video from his wedding with Kellie Pickler to a song titled “Say I Do.” (iTunes)
  • Scott Borchetta introducing The Valory Music Co.’s latest signing, Brantley Gilbert:

    “I am thrilled that Brantley has chosen to join our family. Let me be the messenger – that rumble that you hear thundering down the road and the bright red flare that you see is lighting up the sky… Get ready… Here comes Brantley Gilbert. You have been warned.”

  • Farce the Music: Country Bumper Stickers
  • Kicking off a cool new feature called My Jukebox, Twang Nation asked Amanda Shires for a playlist of her recent listening choices.
  • Brooklyn artist Rebecca Pronsky is giving away the song “Mercury News” from her forthcoming album viewfinder (Apr. 19).
  • Associated Press writer Ted Anthony on the new Johnny Cash release:

    In entertainment, the “from the vaults” conceit is often an overrated notion — a marketing ploy. Not here. Listen to this CD and hear the hinge point between rural parlor music and outlaw country. Johnny Cash was one of the unforgettables, and this is a glimpse directly into both his young soul and the context from which he came — a reminder of what American country was, and how its stars built their careers rung by rung.

  • A soon to be graduated Sierra Hull talked to The Bluegrass Blog about what she’s learned from the Berklee College of Music during the past two years.
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne created a playlist of 20 songs to check out from recently released albums.
  • A second installment of the Gary Floater tribute albums, this one titled Floater Rising, is due out April 1!

    When the slick record executive in the suit handed Gary a new recording contract, Floater signed it – against legal advice – without reading it. Buried in the document was the worst deal in country music history- 10 albums in exchange for a four dollar advance and a 0% royalty for the artist.

    Gary stole his lawyer’s pen, looked hard at the recordman, and said, “You go on ahead of me Satan, I’m right behind you.”

  • The deluxe version of Keith Urban‘s album Get Closer, previously exclusive to Target stores, was added to iTunes yesterday. Urban also owns one of this week’s free iTunes downloads with the song “Georgia Woods.” Another song on Urban’s album, “The Luxury of Knowing,” was written by songwriter Lori McKenna, who included her version on her latest album, Lorraine. Neither version is free (download it anyways, it’s worth it), but you can get her song “Buy This Town,” from the same album, at no charge.
  1. DJ
    February 23, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thanks for the warning Mr. Borchetta. It’s safe to say that anything on your label is grounds for hiding from.

    Judging by the songs on Brantley’s myspace, he’s Jason Aldean V2.0.

  2. Rick
    February 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show will feature The Grascals and Raul Malo and three other acts no one has ever heard of. Sounds like fun! I wonder if Jon W. will be in attendance? Hmm…


  3. PaulaW
    February 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Rick, I know Darin and Brooke Aldridge. (Well ok, I never met ‘em, but we have mutual friends). If I had to pick one category for them I’d say ‘gospel’ … but often with a bluegrass flavor. Friend of mine (Dennis Duff) has some songs recorded by them.

  4. Matt B
    February 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm


    Aldean recorded two of Gilbert’s songs “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem.”

  5. Jon
    February 23, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    @PaulaW Other way around with Darin and Brooke, I’d say; they do a considerable amount of gospel, but they’re essentially a bluegrass/acoustic country act (with a very good band, BTW). I like them. Also on the bill, the very excellent Matt Flinner Trio. But I’ll be elsewhere tonight…

  6. AtlantaFan
    February 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Brankley Gilbert = not my kind of party err country music. The things I’ve heard are too rock or too redneck. No thank you.

  7. DJ
    February 23, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Matt B,

    That explains it all.

  8. Donald
    February 23, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    More free music, linked through my blog at Steve Forbert performing “Hey Good Lookin'” blended with “Four Strong Winds.” But, only for a day or so…

  9. Occasional Hope
    February 23, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I really liked Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s last album.

  10. PaulaW
    February 23, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    @Jon – I havent heard a lot of their stuff. Just found out about them via my friend. His songs are more gospel oriented so that’s what I’ve heard the most of. I do like what I’ve heard of them though. (Shameless plug here for my friend, Dennis Duff, he also has several cuts by Lou Reid & Carolina).

  11. Jon
    February 23, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    @PaulaW Their first album (and Lou’n’em’s latest, for that matter) was an all-gospel set. I haven’t crossed paths with Dennis yet, but given the number of mutual friends and co-writers we have, it’s only a matter of time ;-).

  12. Devin
    February 23, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    The songs Brantley is famous for are some of his weakest songs. But they’re popular because that’s what today’s country “fan” demands…

    Whether he actually gets to release his *good* music or not, I don’t know, but here are some better songs to go check out if you actually care:

    A Modern Day Prodigal Son
    Picture on the Dashboard
    Halfway to Heaven
    Saving Amy

    His first CD was much more toned down and had some higher quality songs. The second one he tried for more of a badass angle, and it lacks the substance (but was still entertaining for me). I think he’s a pretty good songwriter when he writes slower, more emotional songs.

    I’m sure he won’t make too many fans from people on this site. He’s never claimed to be “country”, only has country influences in his music. As long as the label doesn’t try to change him too much, I’ll continue to be a fan. He already has a pretty big leg up with his substantial following.

  13. Rick
    February 23, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Didn’t Scott Borchetta say similar things about Fast Ryde? Here’s to wishing Brantley (I must say that sounds odd enough to be a soap opera character name) the same level of success! (lol)

    Because of the Jason Aldean connection, its a shame Brantley wasn’t signed by Broken Bow. They could really use another artist on the roster that will actually earn them some money. Oh well…

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