Garth Brooks Tickets Sold Out; Little Doug Sahm’s First Single; Country Music Displacing Rock n’ Roll
- Sell Outs: The first 20 shows of Garth Brooks‘ gig at the Wynn Las Vegas resort sold out in less than five hours and four of Taylor Swift‘s 2010 tour dates sold out in two minutes on Friday.
- Next month marks 10 years since the passing of Doug Sahm. The folks at Texas Music Matters took the occasion to explore the life and music of the Texas iconoclast, including “Rollin’ Rollin’,” his first single at the age of 11 when he was known as Little Doug.
- Music Fog videos:
- A former Dallas police officer accused of holding Steve Holy at gunpoint in December 2007 was found guilty of aggravated assault. (via NashvilleGab)
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne continued to countdown the worst singles of the decade with numbers 40 through 31.
- Aside from being a highly successful country music recording artist and songwriter, Toby Keith likes to coach middle school football. (via reader email)
- Big thanks/congrats to C.M. Wilcox for his first year of writing for The 9513. It’s been a pleasure.
- Luke Bryan, Marty Raybon and Full Circle, Aaron Watson, and Hot Club of Cowtown each earn three-and-a-half stars from Country Weekly‘s Chris Neal for their most recent albums.
- Watch a brief interview and performance of “Circles Around Me” from Sam Bush.
- Peter Cooper focuses on the changes in songwriter Rich Fagan‘s life since he slashed the wrist of Tom Oteri, his publisher, roommate, and best friend of 30 years.
Rich Fagan has a new song.
“I used to be a sinner/ ‘Til I went too far astray,” he sings. “And it’s only by God’s grace that I’m standing here today / ‘Cause one night, high on Jose Cuervo, I killed my best friend with a knife.”
That’s not quite true. For one thing, it was Patron tequila, not Cuervo. And the death of Fagan’s best friend, Tom Oteri — which came in April 2008, after Fagan’s pocketknife slashed his wrist — was ruled a heart attack. Fagan was not charged with murder or manslaughter, and the aggravated assault charge was dropped.
- Kick start your Lyle Lovett collection with Craig Shelburne’s 14-song playlist.
- Gregg Geil spotlights the Wrinkle Neck Mules in the latest Americana Roots podcast.
- The New York Times‘ Ben Ratliff on Brad Paisley‘s concert at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday:
Mr. Paisley is a guitar geek posing as a dry wit. His pose is terrific; it just doesn’t adequately conceal the geek. Lots of us put on a blithe and blasé front to hide our inner compulsions, and for a good reason: not because they’re embarrassing, but because they’re dull. Over two hours, Mr. Paisley’s guitar playing — fast, fluid and voluminous — lost its flavor completely. There was just so much of it (mostly on the Telecaster; Mr. Paisley’s style is a monument to that instrument’s lean, percussive sound and country-music tradition) that it stole power from the lyrics.
- Not background music: Mickey Newbury‘s “You’re Not My Same Sweet Baby.”
- This week in country music history, according to Country California:
1999 – The Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces is certified for shipment of 8 million units. To put that number in perspective, if you stacked all the jewel cases, you’d end up with a pile over 49 miles high. And if you put Natalie Maines atop the pile, you’d barely be able to hear her shrill voice from ground level.
- Congrats to My Kind of Country for hitting the quarter of a million mark.
- It took Tom Russell four years to write the songs for his new album, Blood and Candle Smoke, which seems like a long time, but he told NPR’s Scott Simon, “I didn’t stop till I was 100 percent sure that I had 12 that I wanted to sing for the rest of my life.”
- Joe Nichols‘ new album Old Things New was released today. (Amazon)
- Robert Earl Keen talks comedy in a Q&A with CMT’s Chris Parton:
Your songs have a lot of humor in them. Is that really important to you?
I don’t know. It just kind of happens. … I’ll write a couple of songs and be pretty serious, and then for some reason, it’s just like the groom who can’t keep a straight face. I just have to write something stupid just to get back to some kind of reality.
Another thing about the comedy, though, is that I played for a long time by myself — went to a lot of coffee houses — and if you’re just playing a standard love song, you don’t know if anybody hears it or pays any attention or not. You play a comedy song, and if it’s really funny, you’re gonna get a reaction. So a lot of that was, I kind of spoiled myself, like I needed the reaction. So I’d write these funny songs, and I kind of went that way until one day I went to some place … and it had “Robert Earl Keen: Comedian Songwriter.” And I went, “Oh, no, no, no. I’m not a comedian. I just write a few funny songs.” But, still to this day, I still write stuff just to amuse myself.
- Fox Business’ Elizabeth MacDonald says a general consensus if forming in the music industry: Country music is displacing rock ‘n roll as America’s most popular brand of music. (via That Nashville Sound)
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- 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.