George Jones’ Radio Airplay Skyrockets; Curb Sues Tim McGraw Again; Album Releases
- George Jones’ radio airplay skyrocketed following news of his death.
- Chuck Dauphin compiled a list of Jones’ 20 biggest Billboard hits, David Cantwell wrote about Jones for Slate, NPR’s RJ Smith wrote about “The Mysteries of George Jones” and Holly Gleason wrote a piece on the Possum for the Oxford American.
- Alan Jackson is rescheduling two concerts so that he can attend Jones’ funeral, which is scheduled for May 2. The service will be broadcast by WSM and streamed on the station’s site.
- Drifting Cowboy Braxton Schuffert passed away on Friday at the age of 97. Saving Country Music posted a remembrance of the man who played an important role in Hank Williams’ musical career.
- Curb Records sued Tim McGraw again. Pierce Greenberg reports that the lawsuit, “filed Monday, claims that the copyright to McGraw’s aptly titled Big Machine album ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’ should actually belong to Curb Records. The label alleges that McGraw recorded the songs while he was still under contract with Curb.”
- The SteelDrivers played “When You Don’t Come Home” in the CMT Studios.
- Everybody’s writing (or singing) about Willie Nelson in celebration of his 80th birthday. While he was on Conan, Nelson “auditioned” for a role in The Hobbit 2. Nelson also inked a merchandise deal with the Hard Rock Café. 15% of retail sales will go to the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance and the Animal Welfare Institute.
- Nelson’s also got a new video for his version of Django Reinhardt’s “Nuages.”
- John Fullbright, Robert Earl Keen, and The Trishas were among the winners at the Lone Star Music Awards.
- Jason Aldean filed for divorce from his wife of twelve years, citing irreconcilable differences.
- Is Aldean a Garth or a Clint? Rand Bishop wrote an interesting American Songwriter article on the different approaches of the two ’90s stars and how they’re applied by Aldean and producer Michael Knox: Aldean and Knox didn’t invent anything new. They merely took what was already happening in the genre and refined it into a product so undeniably first-rate that country radio and its listeners simply cannot resist. Jason Aldean is a fantastic popcorn movie, a Jerry Bruckheimer summer blockbuster. This packaging process invariably starts with the search for tightly-crafted, hook-laden compositions, perfectly suited for Aldean’s rangy, radio-friendly vocal instrument – while making darn sure that every lyric reinforces that “sex god of the fly-over states” persona. By his own estimation, Knox wades through 5,000 titles per project – to cull together a comp of 30 or so for the artist’s final consideration. So, Knox adheres to the Garth Brooks school, while Aldean cooperates by not going all Clint Black. “Jason doesn’t let his own writing define himself as an artist,” Knox explains. Wow! An amazing statement. “He just wants the best songs available.”
- Here’s the new video for Hunter Hayes’ “I Want Crazy.”
- CMT’s Craig Shelburne reports on MerleFest.
- Stream Patty Griffin’s new album, American Kid.
- Pistol Annies’ Annie Up is streaming at Amazon.
- Kenny Chesney walks Billboard through his new record, Life on a Rock.
- Ashley Monroe is a Rolling Stone Artist to Watch. Here she plays an acoustic version of “Morning After.” (warning: autoplay)
- NPR aired a piece on The Chapin Sisters and their new album of Everly Brothers songs.
- Chuck Dauphin profiled songwriter Hillary Lindsey for The 615.
- EW.com premiered “Speak of the Devil,” a song from the Randy Rogers Band’s new album, Trouble.
- Stream Shannon McNally’s new Bobby Charles tribute record, Small Town Talk. Stephen Deusner interviewed McNally for CMT Edge.
- Seth Avett talks about his custom Martin D-35 in this American Songwriter article.
- This week’s album releases:
Peter Rowan – The Old School
Kenny Chesney – Life on a Rock
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen – On the Edge
Andrew Duhon – The Moorings
Shannon McNally – Small Town Talk
Ten Foot Polecats – Undertow
Vandaveer – Oh, Willie, Please…
The Boxcars – It’s Just a Road
Randy Rogers Band – Trouble
Lucero – Texas & Tennessee
Mark Newton & Steve Thomas – Reborn
Eddy Arnold – The Complete Original #1 Hits
David Allan Coe – Texas Moon
Charlie Poole & The Highlanders – The Complete Paramount & Brunswick Recordings, 1929
The Watson Family – Milestones: Legends of the Doc Watson Clan
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …