George Jones to Join Texas Country Music Hall of Fame; New Releases; Randy Houser Reveals More Tracks

Brody Vercher | August 17th, 2010

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  1. [...] In more “it’s about damn time” news: George Jones, along with Al Dexter, and Ray Winkler have been inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.Guest performers for the even were Mel Tillis and the Statesiders. Also performing will be the Justin Trevino Band featuring Tony Booth, Georgette Jones, Frankie Miller, Darryl McCall, Mona McCall, Amber Digby and Curtis Potter. The legendary Ralph Emery hosted the event. (via [...]
  1. Rick
    August 17, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Folks around Spartanburg, SC should check out The Belleville Outfit’s Music Camp coming up this weekend in their vicinity! Here’s the basic details:

    “The 6th Annual Belleville Outfit Music Camp Festival is coming up this weekend – Saturday, August 21st – along the banks of the beautiful Pacolet river, just a fifteen minute drive from downtown Spartanburg, SC. The Belleville Outfit hosts, plans, promotes, and of course, plays, this event every year… and we’ve invited our friends from Austin, Warren Hood and the Goods, and from Spartanburg, The Marc Higgins Band.

    Tickets are going fast and we’re expecting another big crowd. Tickets are available here:

    All the info you could ever want:

    Music starts at 6, Gates open at 2, BYOB, but no glass! Camping is free with ticket and certainly encouraged if you plan to libate. Children under 10 get in free. Tickets at gate are cash-only. Food will be for sale Saturday night and Sunday morning.”

    Man, I wish I could go to that show! The Belleville Outfit is a great live band!

  2. Cindy
    August 17, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Those Randy Houser tracks sound a lot more promising than his current single, “All About You.”

  3. Jon
    August 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I am extremely tickled that we got Jerry, Cheryl and Sharon to host the IBMA awards show, and I think it’s going to be a great one. Better get your tickets now, because it’s going to be at the Ryman again, and that means another sold-out show.

  4. Noeller
    August 17, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    How awesome is that review of the Lady A Brit show??? “Otherwise, they’re like a thousand other bar bands…” I just love that line.

  5. Ben Foster
    August 17, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Caroline Sullivan, sadly, has a point. Of all the singles Lady Antebellum has released, “Need You Now” is really the only one that seems particularly memorable. I do think they have talent, but it sure would be great to see them aim a bit higher, instead of just coasting along on their current popularity at radio.

  6. Jon
    August 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Their current popularity at radio already distinguishes them from a thousand other bar bands. And one of the commenters on the original site took apart the review pretty well, pointing out, among other things, that where Ms. Sullivan suggested that the group was pandering to locals by closing with “Hey Jude,” the song’s been a regular closer for them in the States.

    The real point is what Sullivan explicitly says: the group will likely remain “a niche interest” in the UK because they’re a country music group. I mean, Gene Watson’s one of the greatest country singers ever and he’s got a fabulous repertoire , but according to Occasional Hope, he barely half filled a smaller venue. The issue isn’t whether Lady Antebellum has great songs or whether they’re traditional or anything other than the fact that they’re an American country band, and American country music is, not surprisingly, a niche interest in the UK.

  7. Lewis
    August 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I’ll Be A Long Time Leaving is attributed to Roger Miller not Waylon Jennings (unless Waylon wrote it) since it was Roger who had the hit version of the song as the flip side of his hit Husbands and Wives in 1966.

    Shame that they reserved Toby’s cover songs to the deluxe edition than put them on the regular album. At least one of them should have replaced the awful Trailerhood in there somewhere.

  8. Michael A.
    August 17, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Bullets in the Gun will be Toby’s ninth studio release since 2001. He’s also released a double Christmas album and two compilations in that time. Might not be a bad idea to wait longer between releases to search for and write better material, but I suppose that conflicts with his financial motivations. Certainly can’t argue about his success in that area though.

  9. Rick
    August 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Troy Olsen (catch him before the summer and his career are over), Mark Wills, Eric Church (hopefully acoustic again), and Blake Shelton (who will do his best not to cuss onstage). This line-up ranks a B-…

    Opry Schedule:

    Is that duet John “Cougar” did with Karen Fairchild on his new album? I really like the song but the sound quality is absolute crap! Oh look, T Bone Burnett is involved, what a surprise…

    Ah, The Trisha’s. A band only Texans and red dirt types could love. How can a band like that do okay while Trish Murphy has been relegated to performing at birthday parties? Just pathetic…

  10. Waynoe
    August 18, 2010 at 7:24 am

    “These days, John Mellencamp isn’t interested in playing the game of trying to create hits and his new album — a collection of 13 Americana originals produced by T Bone Burnett and recorded in three historic landmarks — reflects his new attitude.”

    Here we go again. Seems like a common refrain and direction from acts whose glory days are behind them. Especially if they are past pop/rock acts. THey don’t care about hits anymore. Right.

    And won’t the extreme liberal Mellencamp be more than welcome in the Americana growd!

  11. Leeann Ward
    August 18, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I can’t get past the mono recording of the Mellancamp album. Some of the songs sound like they might be good, but that’s a deal breaker for me.

  12. SamB
    August 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    One point that commenters on the Guardian’s Lady A review make is totally correct – the sound in the place was horrible, totally bassy, you could barely make out what they were singing.

    I also agree that it really felt like they don’t really have enough good songs to carry a whole set like that. There was an odd haphazard order to it, and a lot of filler album tracks. I like Lady A, and I’m glad they came and I had a good time, but it wasn’t my favourite gig.

  13. John P
    August 18, 2010 at 10:11 am

    From friends in England who attended the same shows as Occasional Hope, I’m told that the only reason the first Gene Watson concert was not wall to wall was an issue with a promoter. Apparently the Irish fellow had not properly handled a few things and there were questions if the show was on or off. As Ms. O’Hope herself tells it, the concert was magnificent either way.( Amazing that he had Sarah Jory backing on steel, acoustic guitar and vocals. Wish they could re-create that on a USA tour.) It was a very nice review and a personal, honest one. Thankfully the good people here on the 9513 understand good music. Wish it were so with today’s radio who pass off lite rock for country. ie: latest Sugarland crap single.

    August 18, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I think I’ll be a long time leavin But i’ll be a long time gone was a Roger Miller song too

  15. Jon
    August 19, 2010 at 9:47 am

    One release not noted here that’s worth pointing out is Shannon Whitworth’s Water Bound. You can hear a couple of cuts on her MySpace page:

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