Garth Brooks Unretires; Colonel Tommy Cash; Stream Drew Kennedy; Taylor Swift to Host SNL
- At a Nashville press conference today, Garth Brooks announced that he’s coming out of retirement with an extended engagement at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas.
- Taylor Swift scored Saturday Night Live hosting duties for Nov. 7.
- Singer-songwriter Drew Kennedy, one-half of The 9513 sponsored New American Voices tour, debuted his newest album last night. The full record, titled An Audio Guide To Cross Country Travel, can currently be streamed on his website.
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- Country California: “America celebrated Tuesday as 12 miners who spent three days trapped inside the woolly recesses of country singer Jamey Johnson’s beard were finally reunited with their loved ones.”
- Farce the Music targeted Bryan White, Carrie Underwood, Rodney Atkins, and more in October’s batch of parody album covers.
- Geoffrey Himes describes Robert Earl Keen as having two very different sides, with his latest disc striking a balance between the two:
On one hand, he has a gift for the kind of understated, skeptical, literary songwriting pursued by his mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, and friend and neighbor Lyle Lovett. On the other, Keen has become a hero to Lone Star State fratboys who sing along lustily to Keen choruses celebrating guns, alcohol and squandered hours. As a result, some folks blame him for Pat Green.
- Love and Theft‘s album World Wide Open is on sale for $1.99 at Amazon. (via Country Music Is Love)
- The Bluegrass Blog published Pete Fisher‘s keynote address at the IBMA Awards and some good news/bad news from Cadillac Sky involving new album news and a scary, icy road experience.
- Watch the newest Studio 330 Sessions featuring Michelle Branch.
- Houston Press’ Chris Parker on Gary Allan‘s big break:
Allan grew up in honky-tonks, accompanying his dad’s band before striking out with a Bakersfield sound and gruff, weathered tenor. His big break came when a wealthy couple to whom he sold a car found his demo in the glove box and promptly wrote him a check to pursue his dream.
- Justin Townes Earle and sideman Cory Younts parted ways.
- Carrie Underwood performed her new single, “Cowboy Casanova,” and four songs from her two previous albums for the latest Walmart Soudcheck.
- Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen recognized Tommy Cash as an honorary colonel for his many contributions to and on behalf of the Volunteer State, especially his esteemed history of traveling worldwide to promote Tennessee through his musical talents, as well as his dedication to aiding the music industry through service. (via press release)
- Lyle Lovett casts an inward eye on his new song “Natural Forces.”
- The Nest is continuing its Fall Concert Series giveaway with tickets to Jake Owen tour stops across the country. Be sure to enter by Monday for a chance to win.
- Country Haiku:
It is late at night
And I need you now, baby
It’s a booty call
- A Truer Sound touches on Dualtone Records’s plans to release a proper recording of Guy Clark‘s show at The Belcourt Theater and Scott Miller‘s new song “Lo Sienta, Spanishburg West Virginia,” it’s the first in a series that he’ll be releasing in order to help fund his new album.
- Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson on Mountain Stage.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …