Garth Brooks Sells Out Nine Shows; CMA Entertainer Category Causes Confusion; Stream New Bruce Robison/Kelly Willis Song
- When tickets for Garth Brooks flood benefit concert went on sale Saturday, they went quick. So quick, in fact, that show after show was added until virtually nine shows were sold out in three hours, raising more than $3.5 million.
- The presence of Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum, and Zac Brown Band in the CMA Awards entertainer of the year category has some folks scratching their head, including Lambert and Lady Antebellum, who think their nomination is premature. Reba McEntire is disappointed that more established artists weren’t nominated, Jason Aldean thinks the whole thing is rigged, and Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus still wants a better explanation of the criteria.
- Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider are participating in Movember this year, which is a movement to help raise awareness and money for prostrate cancer. To raise awareness, participants grow a mustache, or Mo’, throughout the month of November. Money is raised from donations, so take a look at their ‘staches, and I’m sure you’ll feel the urge to give.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 11/07/10 Edition
- If there’s anything to learn from Taylor Swift’s huge sales week, it’s that big-box stores still sell more than any other outlet. The Records’s Jacob Ganz listed four other lessons the recording industry can take away from the success of Speak Now, plus a breakdown of how much Swift herself earned, and what what one songwriter might have earned after a week had he/she had a single song on the album.
- Pierce Greenberg sent some info over on the upcoming album from The Grascals.
I spoke with Jamie Johnson from the Grascals and he gave me some interesting insight into their new album, The Grascals and Friends, which is due out in early January. It will be mostly classic country stuff and he was willing to divulge a few tracks: “Tiger By The Tail” w/ Brad Paisley, “Devil Went Down To Georgia” w/ Charlie Daniels, and “Folsom Prison Blues” w/ Dierks Bentley. The Oak Ridge Boys, Joe Nichols, Tom T. Hall, Dolly Parton, and Terri Clark, among others, will also be featured. This will be their first album sans Rounder.
- Good news for those who missed the George Strait/Reba McEntire/Lee Ann Womack tour this year: they’ve scheduled a bunch of dates for 2011.
- Rumor has it Shania Twain may be headed to Vegas.
- If it weren’t for the Beyonce song “If I Were A Boy,” Reba McEntire‘s new release (due out tomorrow) might have been a collection of holiday tunes instead of a new country studio album.
- LeAnn Rimes denied rumors that she’s engaged and took E! News to task for its “lack of reporting.”
When CNN is calling my publicist off of a lie E News has reported, the media world seriously has a problem with their lack of responsibility to the public to actually report the truth.
- Here’s a new song from Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis titled “Dreamin.” It’s scheduled to appear on Robison’s album You and Me later this month.
- Notable Taylor Swift co-writer Liz Rose opened her own publishing company.
- Too many jokes that work could spell disaster for the CMA Awards:
One thing we’ve learned is that we gotta build in the possibility that a joke will work,” Brad [Paisley] says. “Because that adds 10 seconds, and every time a joke works and adds 10 seconds, you could be a minute over.”
A lot of jokes worked in 2009. As a result, producers found the show was running about four minutes long by the time they’d completed two hours. Things were extremely tense in the control booth.
- Here’s the second-disc to Jamey Johnson‘s The Guitar Song in all of it’s full, streaming glory.
- Eleven songs from Taylor Swift‘s new record made appearances on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart. The Beatles and David Cook are the only others to have accomplished a similar feat, but as Music Mix’s Simon Vozick-Levinson explains, Swift’s is more impressive.
- SHARK wants Montgomery Gentry‘s Academy of Country Music/The Home Depot Humanitarian Award rescinded.
- PBS Video posted a couple of recently aired episodes of Austin City Limits. Check out Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers / Sarah Jarosz and Robert Earl Keen / Hayes Carll. On the latter episode, The Eye of the Hurricane’s Ryan Hargrave really digs the new song “Hide Me” from Carll.
- Here’s Peter Cooper and Eric Brace performing “Suffer a Fool” for Music Fog.
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.