George Jones Hospitalized; Kenny Rogers is Hall of Fame’s Artist-in-Residence; New Albums From Alejandro Escovedo and Kenny Chesney in June

Juli Thanki | March 30th, 2012

  • George Jones was hospitalized yesterday for an upper respiratory infection. He stayed overnight for observation and is scheduled to be released today.
  • Kenny Rogers has been selected as the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 2012 Artist-in-Residence. He’ll perform at the HOF’s Ford Theater on May 9 and 10.
  • Paste has the title track from the upcoming Waco Brothers/Paul Burch collaboration, Great Chicago Fire.
  • Here’s some info about the New Jersey couple that’ll be wed during Martina McBride’s “Marry Me” performance on this weekend’s ACM Awards. They met at a support group for widows and widowers.
  • Ha Ha Tonka is giving away a download of their song “Lonely Fortunes.”
  • Billy Don Burns will release new album, Nights When I’m Sober (The Portrait of a Honky Tonk Singer) this summer.
  • Alejandro Escovedo’s next album, Big Station, will be released on June 5. It’ll feature his first Spanish recording with a version of “Sabor a Mi.”
  • Jim Caligiuri caught the Atomic Duo’s record release show; sounds like it was a good time: There were political songs about coal mining disasters and rabble rousers. There were love songs as well as what Rubin called “dating advice from a morbidly obese middle-age man.”
  • Adam Sheets writes about his hero, Roger MillerIt’s easy to write songs like Jim Morrison. No disrespect intended to a charismatic frontman and a great rock band, but everybody can and has written blatant attempts at poetry, shrouded in so much imagery that only the most astute listener will know or care what the songs actually mean. It’s tougher to write something that is intelligent, yet so simple that you get it on the first listen, get the melody stuck in your head for days at a time and discover a new layer of meaning on every listen. Roger Miller is Hank Williams’ only rival in this regard.
  • Holly Gleason wrote a feature about Justin Moore that can be found on No Depression. Here are Moore’s thoughts on his song “Outlaws Like Me:” “I caught a lot of shit about that title,” he says, flatly. Not bowed up, not resentful, just a statement of fact. “And I really don’t give a shit – I don’t think I’m an outlaw…
That song is about good and evil inside us. The fact that we’re both, that I’ve been the guy in church on Sunday morning, but also the guy going ape shit on Saturday night… and writing that song made me a better person.” 
  • Turns out Chris Young can break dance, a skill he demonstrated on The Talk.
  • Billy Currington’s Enjoy Yourself has gone gold.
  • Here’s a fine Bonnie Raitt interview from The Wall Street Journal. Raitt on recording other artists’ songs: I’m sure I would have been considered a more significant artist if I was a singer-songwriter. It’s just not the way I roll. I love being a curator and a musicologist. People write me letters and thank me for turning them on to Fred McDowell and Sippie Wallace, and that’s partly my job this time around.

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  1. luckyoldsun
    March 30, 2012 at 11:06 am


    Wow! It appears that those running the “Artist in Residence” progam share my view about the ludicousness of the Hall voters’ snubbing of Rogers all these years!

    It’s nice that Rogers isn’t bitter and that he’s willing to establish his “cred” as a serious “artist” in this fashion. I’m sure it will be huge success!

    I guess that means Rogers is a lock for induction next year–It’s almost unimaginable that anyone could have the pettiness-and gall–to blackball him after this gracious gesture from him.

  2. Anon
    March 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Justin Moore: “I don’t think I’m an outlaw.”

    Then why write a song saying you are?

    People recognize authenticity which is why you “caught alot of **** for that title.”

  3. Saving Country Music
    March 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    The Kenny Rogers residency does seem about perfect. Not sure if he was snubbed or black balled, but I had picked him to make it in this year. And he will soon I’m sure.

  4. Barry Mazor
    March 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    It’s true, the entire known universe of country music has been “blackballed’ except for those already inducted. There are secret committee meetings to make it so, held beside Webb Pierce’s one-time guitar shaped swimming pool, now filled with the tears of the overlooked, the committee being made up of certified graduates of the Music Row Magnet School for the Promulgation of Paranoia.

  5. nm
    March 30, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I gotta say … I know who owns that pool now, and if the owner is running the “we get veto rights on Hall of Fame inductees” cabal then he is doing a piss-poor job of getting his own people chosen.

  6. luckyoldsun
    March 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    “It’s true, the entire known universe of country music has been “blackballed’ except for those already inducted.”

    No, just the entire universe of country artists who came on the scene before 1970 and had even a handful of No. 1 hits, and/or were huge stars for a sustained period (and have not been inducted). Far as I know, that entire universe convenes in Kenny Rogers’ shower every morning.

  7. Jon
    March 30, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Well, I think we know now who’s hiding behind that “luckyoldsun” pseudonym.

  8. Rick
    March 31, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Oh, I thought the new Kenny Cheesey album title was slated to be “Welcome to the Cesspool”. Hmm…

    It seems that Justin Moore’s favorite word in that interview aptly describes the way I feel about his music, ie it’s sh*t…

    I saw The Atomic Duo perform at a Grand Ole Echo show and they are among the most blatant leftist libby-tards I’ve ever encountered! They should be doing a tour of “Occupy” encampments around the country to serenade kindred spirits. (lol) On the other hand the show was very entertaining and I hope they come back again! This time I’ll be prepared in advance with some rotten eggs and tomatoes for when they start talking politics.

    Kudos to Bonnie Raitt for recognizing her songwriting limitations and focusing on her strengths. I’d much rather hear a great song sung well that was composed by other writers than a mediocre self-penned number. Obviously most self-proclaimed singer-songwriters do not agree with this position.

    By the way my Davy Jay Sparrow CD arrived it it was quite a letdown. Call me picky but I prefer vocalists and steel guitar playing that stay on pitch. I also tend to forget Texas based reviewers don’t seem to mind singers that just don’t sing very well. I rate the CD 3.5 Stars, 3 for the music (and cheesy production) and .5 star for trying to revitalize the sound of country music from the late 40’s through the early 50’s. Davy’s heart is in the right place, but the execution is far from reaching critical mass to initiate a revival. Oh well…

  9. Ben Foster
    March 31, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    When I first saw the title and artwork for the new Chesney album, I got the feeling that he was letting us know right away that we are to expect no significant artistic leap on this album, nor anything that would convert non-fans.

  10. Rick
    March 31, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    From WSM and The Nashville Scene:

    “Earl Scruggs, A Celebration of Life Gathering
    Sunday, April 1, 2012
    2:00 p.m. CST
    Ryman Auditorium

    Event is open to the public, doors open at 1:00 p.m.. The service will be broadcast live on 650-AM WSM and WSM Online.”

    I am so thankful this service is being broadcast live via WSM so I can tune in. The Ryman is the perfect place for a public farewell to Earl Scruggs.
    Hey Jon or Barry, are you planning on attending? Just wonderin’…

  11. Jon
    April 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I went to the Earl Scruggs memorial program. It was – and I use the word advisedly – amazing.

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