Garth Talks Vegas; Shonna Tucker Leaves The Drive-By Truckers; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | December 6th, 2011

  • George Jones headlined a recent Tammy Wynette memorial fundraiser.
  • Jason Aldean took home six Telecasters at last night’s American Country Awards. Catch up on our live blog here and the list of winners here.
  • Bassist Shonna Tucker has left The Drive-By Truckers. David Barbe will play bass for DBT at upcoming shows. Here’s an excerpt from a post Tucker wrote on the band’s website: It’s time for me to move on to the next great thing, whatever that may be. I want to thank each and everyone of you, with my whole heart for your overwhelming kindness and support over the years. You are the greatest fans in the world! You really do amaze and inspire me. I can’t express how much you all mean to me. Your rock solid encouragement has carried me through, many nights. I have been so lucky to have had the chance to meet and talk with so many of you. Your stories and passion are so incredibly inspirational to me.
  • Davis Inman of American Songwriter took an in-depth look at Hank Williams’ “I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive.”
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne caught up with K.T. Oslin, who’s playing a rare show this week as part of a Toys for Tots fundraiser.
  • Robin Leach (yep, that Robin Leach) interviewed Garth Brooks for the Las Vegas Sun. Here’s an excerpt where Brooks talks about his idea behind Vegas show: It’s about influences and my influences are not going to change. But the music within those influences very well can because I’ve been lucky enough to be influenced by people that were very diverse in their own ways. I mean take somebody as standard as [Merle] Haggard. You might peg him down to blue collar, but blue collar changed in the ’60s, the ’70s and the ’80s. The ’60s was about prison and recovering from young mistakes, ’70s was about love and finding that, and ’80s was about mortality with Haggard and stuff. So it follows the rules of life, and you’ve got all those songs to choose from since he is an influence of yours.
  • Scotty McCreery’s album Clear as Day has been certified gold.
  • Chris Mateer interviewed the guys of Pert Near Sandstone for his site the Uprooted Music Revue.
  • Popular New England country singer John Lincoln Wright passed away at the age of 64.
  • In 2012, Lauren Alaina will join Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan on the My Kinda Party tour.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean article is all about German fans of country music (Cooper recently returned from playing some overseas shows).
  • Album releases:

Various ArtistsThis One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark

Missy Werner Band Three Kinds of Lonesome

Charlie McCoy Lonesome Whistle: A Tribute to Hank Williams


  1. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Something’s up with the marketing for the Guy Clark tribute album. First it was moved back a month or more and now it’s already out of stock on Amazon and not digitally available. I really want this album though.

  2. idlewildsouth
    December 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    Ok, so I’m not crazy, Leeann? I was thinking the same thing.

  3. timeo
    December 6, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    FWIW, the Guy Clark album has been digitally available on iTunes since at least last Saturday (when i downloaded a few of the songs).

  4. Occasional Hope
    December 6, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Nice to see Chris Young picked up a couple of awards.

  5. Leeann Ward
    December 6, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I’ll try iTunes again. I did a search last night and didn’t find it. Thanks.

  6. timeo
    December 6, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    @Leeann: If you can’t find it, try searching for the song, “My Favorite Picture of You.” That brings up only three song matches, and one is the Jerry Jeff Walker cut from the tribute CD

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