Gary Allan Releases Much-Anticipated Album; Dwight Yoakam Behind On Taxes; New Tammy Wynette Bio
- Aside from the Gary Allan record Get Off On The Pain, I’m not finding much in the way of new music releases today.
- David Cantwell cautions listeners against believing that the American albums represent the complete Johnny Cash, but also denounces the idea that they’re an inaccurate representation:
The potential pitfall, rather, as I’ve seen it, with Cash’s final, Rubin-esque recordings is not their necessarily partial presentation of a great artist but the tendency of some members of his audience, especially many young and new members who don’t know any better (but are wrong just the same), to mistake these concluding pieces for the whole. The American Recordings, even when taken together, explore incompletely Cash’s many sides.
- Paste‘s Andy Whitman declares the batch of tunes on American VI inferior to those on American V, but confesses that Cash “utterly owns the material.”
- Apparently Dwight Yoakam is behind on his taxes to the tune of $458,000. (via NashvilleGab)
- The Farce the Music interview with Drew Kennedy, in anticipation of Thursday’s release of his free live album Alone But Not Lonely, got off to a rocky start:
FTM: Alright Dean, so you were born in New Braunfels in the big state of Texas. Tell me about your upbringing there.
Dean: Actually, I grew up in Pennsylvania, and went to college in Virginia, which is where I started playing music… so New Braunfels didn’t play a very large role during my formative years. And it’s Drew, not Dean.
- Gary Allan shares insight into his new record in an interview with The Boot.
- Looking for a record that warrants your attention? Melodic Sunburst suggests the new Bexar County EP from Chris King. And it just so happens that three of the six songs can be streamed on his MySpace; look for “Downtown,” “Slow Down,” and his duet with with Jamie Wilson in “Parade.”
- Jonathan Yardley on the new biography Tammy Wynette: Tragic Country Queen:
This is a truly empty, cliche-littered, bubble-headed book. I read it on a long plane trip, and there were times when I wished the plane would crash, just to put me out of my misery.
- Zac Brown Band will release a live DVD/2-CD set, Pass the Jar, on May 4.
- Juli Thanki on Justin Townes Earle‘s recent gig at the Birchmere:
He recently parted ways with longtime sideman Cory Younts — and at one point snapped at an audience member, “He was fired; let’s not talk about it” — but Earle’s current backup, fiddler Josh Hedley and bassist Bryn Davies, more than made up for Younts’s departure with sweet harmonies and high energy.
- Music Fog: Madison Violet – “No Fool For Trying”
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- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."
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