George Strait Nets 86th Top 10 Song; Wide Open Bluegrass Lineup Announced; New Trampled By Turtles Video

Juli Thanki | May 16th, 2013

  • “Give It All We Got Tonight” is George Strait’s 86th Top 10. Eddy Arnold’s the only one who’s got him beat, with 92 Top 10s.
  • All Things Considered aired an excellent piece on the inspiration behind Lee Brice’s chart-topping single, “I Drive Your Truck.” Two years ago on Memorial Day, Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington was driving in her car, listening to a story on the public radio program Here & Now. And she heard a father remembering his son — a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. “He mentioned that he drove his son’s truck,” Harrington says. “And he went on to describe the truck.” Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was 30 when he was killed in action in 2006. In the radio broadcast, his father, Paul, said his reasons for driving the truck Jared left behind were simple: “What can I tell you? It’s him. It’s got his DNA all over it. I love driving it because it reminds me of him, though I don’t need the truck to remind me of him. I think about him every hour of every day.” Harrington was moved by what she heard and scribbled down everything she could remember, all while fighting tears. A few days later, Harrington started turning those thoughts into a song, with two co-writers…Here’s the thing: Songwriter Harrington couldn’t remember the name of the father whom she’d heard on the radio — but she wanted desperately to find him, to let him know he was the inspiration. “You feel like this song was such a gift,” Harrington says. “And it’s facilitated healing, I think, in people. And we just wanted him to know that it was his words that touched us.” After lots of fruitless Internet searches, she finally found his name. And this week, Paul Monti flew to Nashville to meet the songwriters and go to a party to mark the song’s success. Read the story or listen to the broadcast here, and read about SFC Monti, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, here.
  • There’s all sorts of stuff going on in Meridian, Mississippi this month to mark the 80th anniversary of Jimmie Rodgers’ death. Here’s the schedule of events.
  • Here’s a video of The Milk Carton Kids playing “Hope of a Lifetime” at the Americana Music Award nominations announcement.
  • The Wide Open Bluegrass lineup looks fantastic. The Gibson Brothers, The SteelDrivers, and a “historic all-star band” of Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Del McCoury, Tony Rice and Mark Schatz are a few of the names that have announced for the September 27-28 event in Raleigh.
  • Lady Antebellum’s Golden debut atop the Billboard album charts, selling 167,000 copies. Annie Up came in at No. 5, selling 83,000. Chris Parton interviewed the band for a CMT.com article.
  • Luke Bryan will release a currently untitled album on August 13. Here’s a video of Bryan performing “Crash My Party,” the album’s first single, on Letterman.
  • Stream Jude Johnstone’s new album, Shatter, before its May 21 release date. Johnstone’s work has been recorded by artists like Johnny Cash and Trisha Yearwood.
  • Paste premiered Ryan Bingham’s “You Are Blind” from the Stephen King/John Mellencamp/T Bone Burnett project Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
  • Tim O’Brien, Melvin & Ray Goins, and Wayne Moss are among this year’s inductees into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held in November.
  • Robert Kimmel of CMT Edge interviewed Doyle Lawson about his new record, Roads Well Traveled.
  • For our friends in the Pacific Northwest: mark Harry Smith’s (The Anthology of American Folk Music) 90th birthday by attending some of the upcoming events in Portland this weekend, including film screenings and a tribute concert.
  • Taylor Swift did a Q&A with Ray Rogers of Billboard.
  • Shania Twain, Jennifer Nettles, and Florida Georgia Line will be among the presenters at this weekend’s Billboard Music Awards in Vegas.
  • Coming out in August: George Mitchell’s Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967, a “collection of photographs that document Mitchell’s trip to Mississippi, where he searched for then unrecorded blues musicians including R. L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill, and Othar Turner.”

 

  1. Barry Mazor
    May 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Since I’m part of that undetailed “Symposium” during Jimmie Rodgers days, tomorrow in fact, I’ll link a more up to date version of what’s going on in Meridian, beginning tonight:

    ww.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151382193696770&set=a.10150568942851770.370176.321585056769&type=1&theater

  2. Barry Mazor
    May 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

    Well, never mind.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    May 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    “Give It All We Got Tonight” is George Strait’s 86th Top 10. Eddy Arnold’s the only one who’s got him beat, with 92 Top 10s.”

    Pretty amazing. I think that in the latter part of his run, Eddy Arnold was widely thought of as an old guy who sings country. Strait somehow has managed to avoid having that image.

  4. Rick
    May 16, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I hope George Strait’s new single hits the number one spot so he can reach his “60 by 60″ goal!
    http://countrycountdownusa.com/2013/05/10/george-straits-60-for-60/
    George may be turning 61 on the 18th on Saturday, but since the single was released while he was still 60, that’s good enough for me! (lol)

    Hashville eh? Guess we can thank Willie Neslon for the linkage of mainstream country music and weed. But then again Zach Brown likes to roll a big fat one too.

    Opry Alert! The Thursday Night Classic Country Opry’s are about to wrap-up their spring season, so listen while you can! Tonight’s show features Crystal Gayle, Suzy Bogguss, Jim Glaser (hey, where’s Tompall?), Ronnie Robbins, and James Wesley. Grade: B+

    Favorite Record Label? That’s easy! It’s Thirty Tigers now that Sunny Sweeney is on board! (lol) Well, that’s assuming Thrity Tigers is actually a record label(?). Hmm…

  5. Jon
    May 16, 2013 at 4:23 pm

    “I think that in the latter part of his run, Eddy Arnold was widely thought of as an old guy who sings country.”

    Let me guess: you think that because you thought of Arnold as an old guy who sings country, and your imagination is so constricted you can’t conceive of anyone thinking differently, hence “widely thought of.”

  6. Luckyoldsun
    May 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    “you think that because you thought of Arnold as an old guy who sings country, and your imagination is so constricted you can’t conceive of anyone thinking differently”

    Aristotle,

    I seriously doubt that the statement “I think X” can reasonably be deemed to imply “I can’t conceive of anything other than X.”

    But questionable logic aside, I will grant that my perceptions of Arnold and Strait would be colored by my own age at the times that I was viewing them.

  7. Jon
    May 17, 2013 at 8:58 am

    “I seriously doubt that the statement “I think X” can reasonably be deemed to imply “I can’t conceive of anything other than X.””

    Who said anything about implying? I said that in this instance, it’s obvious that the statement that you think Eddy Arnold “was widely thought of as…” was actually a statement that you thought of him in that way and couldn’t conceive of others thinking of him differently. Because I feel quite confident that that “widely thought of” is backed up by exactly nothing in the way of actual evidence as to what large numbers (that’s what “widely” is meant to indicate) of people thought about Eddy Arnold at all.

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