George Strait Bags Fifty-Sixth No. 1
- Although the charts aren’t officially out until Thursday, word has it that George Strait earned his 56th No. 1 with “I Saw God Today.”
- Another day, another pop artist wanting to make the crossover. Nelly Furtado has recorded a duet with Keith Urban on one of her previous hits, “In God’s Hands.” Check it out at a digital retailer near you.
- Country Universe’s “100 Greatest Women” feature is currently resting at #73 with Melba Montgomery:
She was a natural fit with [George] Jones, her traditional twang complementing his voice perfectly. Whereas he holds back his twang on those later [Tammy] Wynette duets, he absolutely revels in it when singing with Montgomery. Starting with the classic “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” in 1962, the pair had a string of hits that lasted throughout the decade.
- Check out the latest issue of Country Weekly (on sale today) for a great cover story on Trace Adkins. Then, flip to the “reviews” section, where you’ll find a review of Lady Antebellum’s self-titled debut album–written by The 9513’s own Jim Malec.
- Harold and Don Reid of the Statler Brothers wrote a book, The Statler Brothers: Random Memories, “filled with revelations about their 38-plus years on the road and in recording studios prior to the group’s retirement in 2002.” In light of their upcoming Hall of Fame induction they talked to Edward Morris an spilled some of those stories from their past.
- Willie Nelson landed at number two on Reuter’s list of Top Ten Green Music Acts.
- On the first night of his tour, Kenny Chesney forgot a verse to “Never Wanted Nothing More,” so the crowd got to hear the song twice. (via ggcolumn)
- Ben Sisario wrote an article on the state of record stores in New York and things aren’t looking up. According to the market research firm Almighty Institute of Music Retail, around 3,100 record stores nationwide have closed since 2003. (via Twang Nation)
- Sunny Sweeney added a new song to her set list and posted the lyrics on her MySpace. The song is titled “You’re My Hotel, He’s My Home” and was co-written with Adam Hood.
- Chris Parker on Dale Watson:
Shortly after his divorce in 2000, the Austin, TX singer met the love of his life. She died four months later in an accident, as she was leaving his house after a fight. Devastated, Watson attempted suicide, and eventually channeled his grief into his 2001 album, Every Song I Write Is For You. But it wasn’t enough to exorcise the demons. A year later, he checked into a psychiatric hospital, a period Watson discusses in the 2006 documentary, Crazy Again.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum announced they’ll be opening an exhibit to honor country music’s first female superstar, Kitty Wells, on August 15.
- Video of Willie and Snoop on stage in Amsterdam performing “Superman.”
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …