George Hamilton IV Celebrates 50th Opry Anniversary; Cactus Cafe Still Closing; Carrie Underwood’s “Temporary Home”
- Saturday marks George Hamilton IV‘s 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member.
- Despite strong opposition, University of Texas officials have no plans to back down from their original decision to close the Cactus Cafe. Long-time manager Griff Luneberg broke his silence on the issue yesterday morning:
“As a loyal Texas Union Employee for the last 29 years, beginning as a UT student, I am disheartened to hear the recent news to phase out the Cactus Cafe. However, the Cactus staff and I remain committed to keeping the Cafe humming by day, while putting on the shows we have become known for by night, until the last song is sung.”
- Remember that Guy Clark tribute album that Jack Ingram tweeted (twittered?) about the other day? Word has it Willie Nelson and Mickey Raphael recorded “Desperados Waiting For A Train” for the project.
- Even with all the talents that Randy Kohrs possesses, of which there are many, C.M. Wilcox argues that he’s no show-off. (MySpace)
At its best, Quicksand is perfectly titled – an album that stops you in your tracks, envelops you in a consuming experience. It doesn’t always hit that mark, but it hits it often enough that you won’t even think of trying to escape. A highly rewarding listen for fans of soulful acoustic music that’s reverent without ever being stodgy.
- The new Lady Antebellum record is expected to sell more than originally expected.
- Carrie Underwood turned in a tearjerker of a video for her song “Temporary Home,” which is available for download on iTunes. Or you can catch it on YouTube..
- Matt Hillyer on producing: (MySpace)
“It’s harder than you think,” says the Eleven Hundred Springs frontman. “It’s hard to be objective with yourself; it’s hard to wear both hats. [But] it was certainly fun.”
Hillyer and his Dallas-based bandmates decided to produce their latest record, This Crazy Life, themselves last summer at Fort Worth’s WaveLight Studios. After working with respected producer Lloyd Maines for 2008’s Country Jam, Hillyer and Springs co-founder Steve Berg felt that they were finally up to the task.
The resulting 12 tracks, adorned with plenty of fiddle and pedal steel, as well as evocative titles like I’ll Get on to Getting Over You Tomorrow, are more of the same, grittily authentic country music that fans have come to expect from the quintet.
- The folks at Alt-512 Music Musings hosted a Chris Wall house concert over the weekend and posted video for the song “A Gal From San Antone,” which finds Wall imploring the Lord, “would you give us back Keith Whitley, if we sent you Big & Rich?”
- Sugarland, Julianne Hough, and Zac Brown were among the more than 75 stars who showed up to remake the 1985 USA for Africa charity anthem “We Are the World” to raise funds for relief efforts in Haiti.
- Since last weekend’s Ford Community Day at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was canceled due to inclement weather, it has been rescheduled for this Saturday.
- The Ninebullets.net blogger confesses to not being much of a Ray Wylie Hubbard fan, but nevertheless fell in love with his new album, A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: There is no C).
- Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran says The Texas Sapphires let its honky tonk music speak for itself: (MySpace)
I hate it when younger artists sing songs about the sad current state of country music. Shurman almost ruined a good album by including the whiney, hokey “Country Ain’t Country Anymore.”
The best commentary is to make a pure country album like this sophomore release from Billy Brent Malkus and Rebecca Cannon, known together as the Texas Sapphires. With fiddle, banjo, pedal steel guitar and mandolin on just about every track, this record imagines a time when the most famous Garth is the sidekick on “Wayne’s World.” Even when they rock, as on “Farmer’s Tan,” they can’t shake the hillbilly shawl.
- Music Fog: Bonnie Bishop – “Everytime You Come Around”
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.