George Jones Biopic in the Works; Amanda Shires Releases Album Trailer; Skip Cherryholmes Joins Lou Reid & Carolina

Juli Thanki | June 19th, 2013

  • Slim Whitman passed away. He was 89 years old. (h/t Janice Brooks)
  • Reba’s on the cover of Jetset Magazine. Inside, she talks about her career, and, of course, the planes she’s owned.
  • 28 Entertainment has acquired the life rights to George Jones. A biopic is in the works; writer Dennis Baxter worked with George and Nancy (who will executive produce and consult) on the project for six years. Any ideas on who could play Possum?
  • On August 27, Missy Raines & The New Hip will release New Frontier. (via press release)
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Slaid Cleaves for CMT Edge.
  • OMG, Kacey Musgraves and Thomas Rhett are two of Seventeen’s up-and-coming country singers. Check out the full list here.
  • If you missed Kellie Pickler singing her new single on The View, you can watch it here.
  • Della Mae, Joy Kills Sorrow, and Chris Thile and Michael Daves are among the acts who’ll appear at The Infamous Stringdusters’ annual Festy this October.
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers will make their Opry debut next month.
  • Deena Shanker of writes that “Country music has always been feminist, even if Taylor Swift hasn’t.”
  • Lynn Saxberg of the Ottawa Citizen lists “Seven Reasons to Love Willie Nelson.”
  1. Juli Thanki
    June 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm
  2. Leeann Ward
    June 19, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I didn’t always agree with Flippo, but there’s no doubt that music journalism has suffered a big loss today.

    As far as Slim Whitman, I remember my dad bringing home a GH collection of his when I was young and being horrified by what I heard.:) Of course, this was before I was a country music fan and, certainly, before I appreciated anything that resembled traditional country music.

  3. Sloane Spencer
    June 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Thank you so much for the inclusion of our conversation w/ Kevin Russell AKA Shinyribs.

    I’ve been wanting to talk with him for years!

  4. TX Music Jim
    June 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    RIP Chet you have all of my respect ! Sad :(

  5. Luckyoldsun
    June 19, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    “Any ideas on who could play Possum?”

    Well, even if Nancy is controlling it, I think the movie will have to be about Jones in the years leading up to and when he was involved with Wynette. So I think Sean Penn may be a bit too old and I’d pick someone of Matt Damon or Edward Norton vintage.

  6. bruce
    June 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Although I do not know the exact number of Slim Whitman album sales, I think it might surprise some if the total was known. I believe they are in excess of 70 million.

  7. Luckyoldsun
    June 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    I’m sorry ol’ Slim passed, but he’s one of those people who when you hear they died, you feel kind of embarrassed because you didn’t know that that they were still alive. For whatever it’s worth, Hank Williams was 4 months old when Slim was born!

    As far as those sales, Slim Whitman’s gold or platinum certified albums and singles per the Recording Industry Association of America total zero.

    So it seems that nobody–except for the guy who was running the company that sold them, if he’s still around–knows what the album sales were.

    But I’ll take the 70-million figure with a grain of salt.

  8. Arlene
    June 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I also didn’t always agree with everything Chet Flippo wrote, but I enjoyed disagreeing with him, if that makes any sense. I suspect his articles in Rolling Stone were some of the first I ever read about many of the country artists who became favorites of mine– Willie, Waylon, Dolly, etc.

  9. Rick
    June 19, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Rest in peace Chet. His columns were about the only thing I ever bothered to read at and I’m going to miss them and Chet’s wit, intelligence and insight.

    Slim Whitman will always be remembered as the artist who’s music was used to destroy the alien invaders in “Mars Attacks”! His music tends to make my brain feel like it wants to do the same thing…

    Just the name “Country Fried Rock” gives me indigestion and makes me fell a little queasy…

    From above: “Deena Shanker of writes that “Country music has always been feminist, even if Taylor Swift hasn’t.” Holy crap! Apart from rare upstarts like Patsy Montana, Rose Maddox, Jean Shepard, and Loretta Lynn most female country artists up through the 1960’s were about as far from being women’s rights advocates as they could be! Of course the fact the country music industry was a good old boys network with little respect for “girl singers” may have had a bit to do with that…

  10. Paul W Dennis
    June 20, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Bad day in Black Rock losing two giants

    Chet Flippo ws the only reason I ever visited CMT’s website. A witty and insightful writer, Flippo was the first writer I encountered who took country music seriously as an art form.

    Slim Whitman was a great artist who eschewed the “endless ballads of booze and broads” that were the staples of country music and focused upon the positives of life. I don’t doubt the 70 million sales claimed for Slim – RIAA didn’t certify gold records unless requested by the label and many record labels of the 1940s and 1950s didn’t bother to seek such certifications for country artists. Also RIAA didn’t track sales of albums sold via television ads or via store exclusives.

    Although Slim hadn’t had a major American country hit in a decade, when I moved to London in 1969, his albums were stocked and sold in every record store I entered and his records played on the BBC. I never got to see Slim in live performance, except once when he and I both were stranded in a small airport due to weather conditions at various other airports in the region and Slim and his boys pulled out their guitars and played for the those stuck at the airport (eventually all outgoing flights were canceled and those stranded shuffled off to a local hotel)

  11. Luckyoldsun
    June 21, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Ol’ Slim last claimed that he actually sold 120 million albums!

    Seems that spewing unadulterated hooey about his sales numbers was a little joke that Slim liked to play. It seems to have worked. Most of the obits have provided the 70 million album sales figure as factual–despite offering no source for it.

  12. Leeann Ward
    June 21, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Good thing you’re around to keep ‘em all honest then, LOS.

  13. Leeann Ward
    June 21, 2013 at 11:10 am

    (Note sarcasm)

  14. Rick
    June 21, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I hear his album sales on Mars were just abysmal!…(lol)

  15. Luckyoldsun
    June 21, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Good one!

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