Garth Brooks Wins Lawsuit, Lyle Lovett Shares Wisdom with Esquire; Stream Gretchen Peters’ Hello Cruel World

Juli Thanki | January 25th, 2012

  • Merle Haggard’s almost over the double pneumonia that landed him in a Macon, Georgia hospital—but he’s also been diagnosed with three stomach ulcers, eight polyps in his colon, and esophageal diverticulitis.
  • Garth Brooks won his lawsuit against an Oklahoma hospital, which will be required to pay him a million dollars.
  • Watch former Carolina Chocolate Drop Justin Robinson’s new video for his song “Vultures” and download the song at American Songwriter’s site.
  • Lyle Lovett shares his wisdom with Esquire. One tidbit: If you forget the words to your own song, you can always claim artistic license. Forget the words to the national anthem and you’re screwed.
  • Lionel Richie dropped some more information about his upcoming country album Tuskegee, including the track listing.
  • Billy Currington will headline his own tour starting in late March. David Nail and Kip Moore are slated as opening acts.
  • Former American Idol Casey James will release his self-titled country debut album March 20.
  • Ben Foster did a fine job interviewing Kellie Pickler for Roughstock.
  • Robert Earl Keen was interviewed by Philadelphia Inquirer music critic Dan DeLuca. The pair discusses REK’s shotguns, Keen’s time living in Philly, and Toby Keith’s “Bullets in the Gun.” An excerpt regarding the Keith song: People told me I should sue Toby Keith. People were sending me texts, saying “What are you going to do about this, he stole your song?” And I thought, “I damn sure don’t plan on suing the guy”…I don’t like lawsuits. It only gives money to lawyers. I’ve watched people fritter away five years of their life waiting on their settlement. My mom was a lawyer. It doesn’t seem like anybody wins, really.
  • Marty Stuart and Blue Highway will hit Mountain Stage on March 11. Better hurry if you want to get tickets.
  1. Ben Foster
    January 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Thanks for the interview plug, Juli. You’re too kind ;)

    I’m excited to finally get to hear the new Gretchen Peters album. I definitely owe it to my ears after subjecting them to the new Tim McGraw album.

  2. Noah Eaton
    January 25, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    Sad to hear about Haggard’s declining health status. It shouldn’t be any surprise, granted………but still difficult to hear about! =(

  3. Rick
    January 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    I’ve always been impressed that the Hag doesn’t seem to ever entertain the idea of quitting no matter how serious his health problems get. He’ll probably be like Buck and die in his sleep some night right after a show….

    Tonight’s Music City Roots is featuring “Belmont Bands” that include: Kopecky Family Band, Apache Relay, Westbound Rangers, Shirock, Leah Korbin, and Jim Lauderdale is back from Europe. Should be another “interesting” show.

    That Marty Stuart and Blue Highway pairing will be top notch. Its just a shame Mountain Stage has anything to do with the NPR/PBS establishment! Oh well.

  4. Jon
    January 25, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    I’ve always been impressed that the Hag doesn’t seem to ever entertain the idea of quitting no matter how serious his health problems get.

    Last I knew, he was saying that he can’t afford to quit.

  5. Genny
    January 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Hag and Buck are in the great tradition of E.T. who I was lucky enough to see at the Townhouse in Emeryville (a real honky tonk, pre-gentrification)and who looked like death warmed over, chain smokin’ on the bus between sets, but once on stage he lit up the whole house and you could see he’d rather perform till he dropped than retire and die in bed. Here’s sending good thoughts Merle’s way, hope he makes it back home to Redding soon.

  6. luckyoldsun
    January 26, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Seems to me that it’s not at all unusual for artists across all genres–Tony Bennett, Ray Price, Pete Seeger!, etc.–to keep performing as long as they physically can, and as long as there’s still an audience that wants to hear them.

  7. ShepLane
    January 31, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Funny, I think the best part of the whole page was:

    If you’ve got little kids and an iPad/iPhone, let them play with the app “Barnyard Bluegrass.”

    That app is frickin’ awesome. If you have a kid, get it. Period.

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