Gene Watson Bids Farewell to Paisley Party
- A negative review motivated Brad Paisley to one-up his concert in Memphis:
“The last time we played here in Memphis I got the worst review I think I’ve ever gotten. I remember it saying, among other things, that I was no Gene Watson,” Paisley said Thursday night to the crowd in Memphis. “I certainly agree with that. That gave me an idea. In the spirit of giving everyone their money’s worth, I asked Gene if he would join the show. I am so thrilled to have the real deal here tonight. There’s nothing like kicking off the final leg of the Paisley Party with the one and only Gene Watson singing his amazing ‘Farewell Party.’ “
- Watch the trailer for Peace Queer: The Movie, which can be purchased on Todd Snider‘s website along with three exclusive audio tracks. (via A Truer Sound)
- As one of the most powerful acts in country music, Rascal Flatts has access every major songwriter’s A-list catalog. Their next single, however, will be “Here Comes Goodbye,” written by American Idol castoff Chris Sligh. It’s Sligh’s first cut.
- Stephen Holden reviewed Patty Loveless‘ concert on Thursday evening for The New York Times.
- In another New York Times article, Rosanne Cash recalls the inaugural ball she performed at for Clinton’s first term and how she asked her dad to join her for a few songs.
Dad was supposed to come in after four bars, but he just stood at the front of the stage, strumming the guitar I had lent him in an absentminded-way, and surveying the crowd. I felt a surge of alarm. Four more bars went by. Had he forgotten the words? Forgotten where he was supposed to come in? I even whispered loudly to him, “Dad!”
He looked back at me over his shoulder and gave me a little self-satisfied smile. He started tapping his foot, swinging his ankle back and forth, in a way that was so iconic, so him: the sultry internal rhythm of a boy from the Mississippi Delta.
- Listen to an interview with Ben Nichols, lead singer of Lucero, on NPR. He talks about his newest EP, Last Pale Light in the West, based on the Cormac McCarthy novel Blood Meridian and plays a couple of tracks in the studio.
- This week’s edition of “Quotable Country” takes aim at season three contestants of CMT’s Gone Country.
- Matthew Houck is an alt-country singer that performs under the stage of name of Phosphorescent, but his most recent album is a collection of Willie Nelson covers titled To Willie, which pays homage to Willie’s own album To Lefty From Willie. Listen to the opening track and Merle Haggard penned “Reasons to Quit” on Texas Music Matters.
- Twang Nation published a review of the album last week.
- Melodic Sunburst dug up Gone But Not Forgotten, an album of traditional country by Dottie Rager that finds the Jordanaires joining her for a couple of tracks and Walt Wilkins for another.
Gone But Not Forgotten is built around heartache: the poetential for it, the experience and recovery from it, and ultimately, forgiveness for it. Listeners will be hard-pressed to find one truly cheerful song among the eleven tracks, but Rager delivers each number with an assuredness that makes the hurtful predicaments she sings about strangely inspirational.
- Download “Hesitation Blues” from the upcoming Willie and the Wheel album.
- 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 …