Gary Allan On Oprah And Shania Twain Releases Shania Starlight Perfume
- This is Texas Music delivers a couple of new album reviews starting with Robbie Fulks, Guy Forsyth, and Rodney Hayden. He’s got some more gems here.
- Jason Michael Carroll had to learn the hard way that he shouldn’t change his image to please other people after he cut off his hair and went the whole starched jeans/cowboy hat route.
- After hearing Charlie Robison sing “My Hometown” for the first time, Brad from Galleywinter describes the feeling:
It hit me. It moved me. All of a sudden I felt the power of music coursing through my veins. The strength of identifiable lyrics grabbed the pit of my soul and shook it violently. It snapped me out of the utopian idyllic world that being a college student/know-it-all creates. Charlie Robison had experienced the exact same phenomenon I was currently undergoing.
I can relate somewhat to his experience on that particular song, but not to the same degree. Brady and I used to listen to “My Hometown” on our 17 mile drive to high school in the mornings. That was back when we were still sportin’ our Crown Vic, man that car was awesome in its prime. But, “Pancho & Lefty” is to me what “My Hometown” is to Brad, if that makes sense.
- Shania Starlight by Stetson is the second perfume released by Shania Twain. The press release on her website describes it as “the allure of the red carpet, bottled.” Check out the full press release for some of the cheesiest copy you’ve ever read.
- If weed is your thing, The Austin Chronicle has a feature titled “The Pot 10!” with a list of ten pot songs from several different genres. I’m surprised “What Would Willie Do” from Bruce Robison didn’t make the Country/Folk list.
- Since dropping out of school at the age of 15 Gretchen Wilson has felt like she was “missing something — that there was stuff other people know that I don’t. And I want to know it, even if I don’t need it.” She has been studying for her GED and hopes to take her test by the end of the summer.
- Craig Shelburne gives a little background into the history of Gruene, TX and Gruene Hall, the place George Strait started out and still calls “one of the highlights of his career.”
Although he may be the Gruene Hall’s biggest success story, the stage has also nurtured promising talent such as the Dixie Chicks, Robert Earl Keen, Hal Ketchum and Lyle Lovett, and the bar continues to draw local legends like Asleep at the Wheel and Jerry Jeff Walker. Black-and-white 8×10 photos from past performers adorn the crowded walls in the front bar. A chalkboard above the bar announces the future shows from artists like Jason Boland, the Derailers, Elana James, Reckless Kelly, Charlie Robison or Kelly Willis.
- Everybody tune in to Oprah today to see Gary Allan and listen to him discuss the signs of depression.
- PopMatters dubs both Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and Pam Tillis’s Rhinestoned a 6/10 rating.
- Miranda Lambert
The statement she makes with “Gunpowder and Lead” isn’t close to the one Martina McBride made with “Independence Day”. Where Martina told a tragic story and told it well, Lambert is all about celebrating her own rebel-country-grrl strength and glamourising her own violence. And just as her story pales in comparison with Martina’s, so her spirit of look-at-me jubilation can’t establish even a distant relationship with the Dixie Chicks’ “Goodbye Earl”.
- Pam Tillis
The album is split about 50/50 between happy tunes and sad songs. Tillis expresses the same point no matter what path she takes to get there: it’s important to take chances on other human beings. The impulse to connect matters even more than hooking up with another, because this inner feeling reveals the true essence of who one really is. One cannot be oneself by being alone.
- Miranda Lambert
- In closing his recount of Johnny Bush’s autobiography and Kashmere Gardens Mud album, Edd Hurt shares with us one of Bush’s requests: “I would love, before I hang it up, to play the Grand Ole Opry. The only time I played it was back in the ’60s. It was on a Friday night. I would love to play the Grand Ole Opry, one [more] time.”
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- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
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