George Jones to Join Texas Country Music Hall of Fame; New Releases; Randy Houser Reveals More Tracks
- George Jones, Al Dexter, and Ray Winkler are scheduled to be inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame this Saturday (Aug. 21)
This year’s special guest performer will be 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 will host the event.
- The Trishas — an all-female band consisting of Jamie Wilson, Savannah Welch, Liz Foster, and Kelley Mickwee — recently released its debut EP They Call Us The Trishas. (iTunes)
New releases for the week of August 17, 2010 include:
- iTunes released an exclusive live session from Lady Antebellum featuring six songs off the trio’s first two albums and a special take on Tom Petty‘s “Learning to Fly.” (iTunes)
- Darius Rucker on the theme of his next record, Charleston, SC 1966: “The last record seemed to be about where I am today, and this record is about what it took to get here.”
- When Toby Keith releases his next album, Bullets In The Gun, on Oct. 5, fans will have the opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition that tacks on four live tracks: Johnny Paycheck’s “11 Months And 29 Days,” Waylon Jennings’ “I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving (But I’ll Be A Long Time Gone),” Roger Miller’s “Chug-A-Lug” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Sundown.”
- The 44th Annual CMA Awards nominees will be announced over two days at the beginning of Sept.
- Back before the turn of the millennium, Eleven Hundred Springs was just an upstart country band. DC9 at Night posted newspaper scans from back then, when the band participated in one of its first interviews.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed the first of three recent Gene Watson concerts in England, also his first appearance in the country since 1980.
- Jerry Douglas and Cheryl & Sharon White of The Whites will co-host the 21st annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Sept. 30 at the Ryman Auditorium.
- The Houston Chronicle‘s Andrew Dansby talked to Elizabeth Cook about the recording and writing of a few of her songs.
- 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.
- Lady Antebellum recently sold out its debut British show, but The Guardian‘s Caroline Sullivan contends that the trio will likely remain a niche interest in the UK.
And there was the reason they probably won’t replicate their US success here: they have the musical chops and, in Kelley and Scott, an attractive pair who are the safe side of sexy, but they haven’t got the monster tunes. Of the album’s feelgood rockers and sentimental ballads, only the title track, a future karaoke classic that warns of the danger of late-night drunk-dialling, really stood out. Otherwise, Lady Antebellum could have been any of a thousand bar bands.
- An exhibit enshrining Tammy Wynette at the Country Music Hall of Fame is set to open in a few days and among the featured items is video of Faith Hill talking about the generosity of Wynette. Peter Cooper has the details.
- Miranda Lambert and Jerrod Niemann are the first artists announced to join Dierks Bentley for his fifth annual “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and benefit concert on Oct. 17 in Nashville.
- Two more tracks from Randy Houser‘s forthcoming album have been released for preview: Listen to “A Man Like Me” and “Will I Always Be This Way.”
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