George Lindsey Passes Away; New Skynyrd Record Due in August; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | May 7th, 2012

  • George Lindsey passed away on Sunday at the age of 83. Lindsey was best known for his portrayal of Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Hee Haw.
  • Jake Owen was arrested in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida on Cinco de Mayo: “You give a guy a gun and a badge and he thinks he’s John Wayne,” he tweeted, taking a stab at the sheriff who put him in cuffs. “Thanks Indian River County Sheriffs Office. Unreal.”
  • Speaking of country music super-couples, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw may be close to signing a Las Vegas residency deal.
  • Julie Roberts has released a new song celebrating the University of South Carolina, entitled “Carolina Promise” (currently available on iTunes). “Writing this song for the University felt like something I was supposed to do,” she says. “The University has given my family so much and I wanted to help this campaign in a way that I could, so I wrote and recorded ‘Sweet Carolina.’ It was fun thinking about the University, the students, the Gamecock fans, the alumni, the sporting events, and everything that makes me proud to call Carolina my home!”
  • The upcoming album from The Eagles’ guitarist Joe Walsh will feature a seven-minute jam session with Little Richard.
  • Miranda Lambert and Ashton Kutcher apparently made up after their little war of Twitter words.
  • Songwriter Willie French Lowery passed away last week at the age of 68.
  • Actor Ed Helms from The Office and The Hangover is developing a bluegrass album.
  • Rolling Stone interviewed John Fogerty about his new duets album and the unlikely chance that Creedence Clearwater Revival will reunite.
  • Florida Georgia Line, a new duo getting some airplay on XM/Sirius, is releasing a brand new EP It’s Just What We Do on 5/15. You can listen to their debut single “Cruise” here.
  • New music videos from the last week or two with a couple of live performances thrown in for good measure:

Rachele Lynae – “Party ‘Til the Cows Come Home” 

Thompson Square – “Glass” 

Lady Antebellum – “Perfect Day” 

Kix Brooks – “New to This Town”

Aaron Lewis – “Endless Summer”

Thomas Rhett – “Something To Do With My Hands”

Carter’s Chord – “Love a Little Bigger” 

Steep Canyon Rangers – “Long Shot” 

Rachel Holder – “In Your Arms”

Zac Brown Band – “No Hurry”

Carrie Underwood (featuring the PS22 Chorus) – “So Small” 

Craig Morgan – “Easy” 

Mark Wayne Glasmire – “I Like You” 

Kip Moore – “Crazy One More Time” 

Doug Briney – “More Than Just a Farm to Me” 

Neil Young and Crazy Horse – “Oh Susannah”

Benn Gunn – “Rawsonville Road”

Lyn Bowtell – “Sing Along

Bucky Covington – “I Wanna Be That Feeling” 

  1. Rick
    May 7, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    It sounds like Jake Owen was living out the character in his early song Yee Haw! Crikey!

    That Garth & Trisha news made me realize just how much I never really gave a sh*t about either of them or their music. This new potential duets album raises my apathy to an entirely new level though… Ditto for Timbo and the Faithbot.

    I’ve really been trying hard to determine which supposedly country music related genre interests me the least these days, Americana (the roots rock variety), Mainstream AirHead Country, or Texas Regional/Red Dirt music? The final answer: All of the Above (in equal measure). Is good quality, newly minted real country music an endangered species?

    Based upon those video song titles, I truly believe that Rachele Lynae (sounds like a porn star name) and Doug Briney should get together! They could live where its “more than just a farm to me” and then “party till the cows come home”! Sounds like a marriage made in, well, if not heaven at least the manure pile.

  2. luckyoldsun
    May 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    Garth Brooks is obviously brilliant in terms of the ability to create a sound along with a persona that capture the interest of the music-buying public.

    Can he do it again–create new music that sounds fresh and vital and current and returns him to the forefront of the market? I don’t know, but I’ll bet on one thing: If he does it, it ain’t gonna be through a duet album with Trisha Yearwood!

  3. Ken Morton, Jr.
    May 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

    LuckyOldSun, Garth is quite possibly the most brilliant music marketer in the history of the genre. If and when he decides to come out of retirement, there’s no doubt that there is going to be a heavy media blitz that could possibly include more HBO specials, stadium tours around the US and beyond, talk show appearances, dedicated television specials and more. Certainly the quality and reception of the music will play a role in the success, but I still believe that the nation is starved for his return. His multiple sell-out flood relief shows in Nashville and consistent sell-out shows in Vegas show a heavy demand for his music. How music is delivered to the consumer these days is much different than in his heyday, so I don’t think his albums will dominate in sales like they once did. But I wouldn’t ever count out Garth Brooks. The guy is just way too smart and way too savvy… even with a duet album with his bride.

  4. Jon
    May 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Maybe he doesn’t care about being in the forefront of the market. Just because you have no way of grasping musical accomplishment except by counting records played and dollars made doesn’t mean everyone else is as conceptually impoverished.

  5. SunsetPark
    May 8, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Garth Brooks is very smart and very savvy, no doubt. One thing I’ve noticed in recent years though – his music, when played on the radio these days – sounds VERY dated. The lyrics on his songs are fine, but the production on them is 1990s for sure, and they sound out of place now. Most music from the 90s sounds the same, but there is some that did manage to achieve a more timeless, classic sound and played on radio today sounds good as ever. At any rate, if he comes out with new music he’ll have to update to get it played. I would say that I’m sure he can, but some of the last things he released seemed a bit stuck in the past production wise. So I wonder.

  6. luckyoldsun
    May 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    “Maybe he doesn’t care about being in the forefront of the market.”

    Good one Jonno! I used to say you had no sense of humor, but Garth doesn’t care about being in the forefront of the market–that’s the funniest line I’ve heard in a week. Thanks for a good laugh!

  7. Jon
    May 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Then I’d say you’re probably going to lose your bet. Unless you’re holding yourself up as having a stronger grasp on how to market a country music album than Garth Brooks does. How’s the comparative track record in that regard?

  8. luckyoldsun
    May 9, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Well Jonno, the only way I could “lose” the hypothetical bet would be if Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were to put out a duet album within “just a couple of years” and it turned out to be a major success. And since you think I’m “probably” going to lose, ergo that means you’re expecting just such an event from our modern-day George and Tammy.

    As for me, I expect the Garth-Trisha duet album to come out right after Orion Pictures puts out “The Lamb,” starring Garth Brooks as the Australian pop superstar Chris Gaines, in a major theatrical release. I’m sure you have your fronet and center seat at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre reserved for the epic openning night.

  9. Jon
    May 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I offered a perfectly reasonable possibility which made your bet – funny that you call it hypothetical when you’re the one who put it out there – irrelevant, and you rejected it.

    As for the rest, you do seem to be setting yourself up as superior to Brooks in terms of understanding how to make and market country albums, so the question naturally arises as to what track record you have that would justify such confidence. Certainly, your bizarre assertion that a Brooks-Yearwood duets album and “The Lamb” are similar projects doesn’t inspire any.

  10. luckyoldsun
    May 10, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    You’re becoming incoherent. I used the term “I’ll bet” in a clearly idiomatic fashion–but I would certainly be willing to make such a bet if someone, such as yourself, chose to take it literally.

    The Brooks-Yearwood duets album and “The Lamb” are similar in one key respect–Both of them are projects that have been promised for the future and will likely be delivered around the same time–the 12th of never!

    I don’t set myself up as superior to Brooks in terms of how to make and market country albums–I recognize that he’s a great talent at music and also promotion–which often entails spewing forth a lot of nonsense.

  11. Jon
    May 11, 2012 at 11:53 am

    And I used “you’re probably going to lose your bet” in a no less idiomatic fashion. Sorry if you’re so unfamiliar with what we idiomatically call “give and take.”

    As far as your prediction goes, how about giving us some short-term ones, so that we might be able to calibrate our appreciation for your prognosticational powers? Because right now, you look just a little bit like another anonymous internet troll with a propensity for self-aggrandizing blather, but whose intellectual abilities actually extend no further than being able to manipulate a keyboard. OK, more than just a little bit.

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