George Strait Movie ‘Pure Country’ Sequelized; New Releases; Tracy Lawrence Compromises with Label
- Tracy Lawrence is at work on a new album that addresses hard times, so it’s only logical that it’s tentatively titled Hard Times. In an interview with The Daily Times’ Steve Wildsmith, Lawrence says the bulk of the album is the traditional fare he’s known for, but he had to make some concessions to get the music released. The lead-off single will have a more contemporary sound. It’s progressive enough that he thinks people might not even recognize its him.
“As an artist, the challenge is to always push myself to that new place and pull a lot of young country fans, the ones out there listening to guys like Rascal Flatts, to that place with me. I came to Nashville to be a country artist, and I love what I do. If I could stay in my box, that would be great, but the fact is it’s a business.”
- For his new album, Charleston, SC 1966, Michael McCall says Darius Rucker ditched the traditional songs to focus solely on contemporary, radio-directed songs.
But too often his new songs, all 13 of which he co-wrote, are constructed around a clever catchphrase rather than a convincing emotion. Songs like “Things I’d Never Do,” “I Got Nothin’” and the album’s first hit, “Come Back Song,” feature powerful performances that hardly vary in delivery and reveal little depth of feeling, despite dealing with serious topics.
- The Boston Globe‘s Sarah Rodman on the new Darius Rucker record: “Rucker strictly plays by the rules but “Charleston’’ surpasses its predecessor on the strength of more vibrant and charming tunes.”
- Country California Fake News: The Band Perry Adds William “The Fridge” Perry as Fourth Member
Kimberly summed it up perfectly when she said, “We’re going to be twice the band we were before.”
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is a Studio 1A performance of “The Wandering” from Ryan Bingham.
- Watch Jewel get in the boxing ring with an enlarged heart in her new video for the song “Ten.”
- The inestimable Doc Watson on Mountain Stage.
New releases for the week of October 12, 2010 include:
Gary Bennett – My Ol’ Guitar
Lost & Found – Down On Sawmill Road
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope gave Rural Route, the new bluegrass album from Ken Mellons, a solid A rating and says it’ll appeal to bluegrass and traditional country fans alike.
- USA Today’s Jerry Shriver on The Sceret Sisters: “[...] this retro folk-country duo from Muscle Shoals, Ala., delivers the most charming debut of the year.”
- NewFound Road is scheduled to record a live album in early December.
- CMT’s Alison Bonaguro recapped last Friday’s CMA Songwriters concert in Chicago which featured Kix Brooks, Bob DiPiero, David Lee Murphy, and the sibling trio from The Band Perry.
Brooks had time for one more story before the two-hour show came to an end. In introducing one of Brooks & Dunn’s most enduring hits, he talked about when Barack Obama was leaving the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
“This guy is fixin’ to be president,” he said. “And I’ll be damned if he doesn’t start playing this song.”
After that happened, Brooks said he got an immediate text message from John Rich, a staunch supporter of the Republican candidate at the time, John McCain, saying “Uncool, dude. Uncool.”
- Saving Country Music reviewed the new, self-titled honky tonk album from Whitey Morgan and the 78′s.
- Of her new song released on iTunes today, “Back to December,” Taylor Swift says its the first time she’s apologized in a song, but she’s not telling who it’s about. (iTunes)
- Reba McEntire revealed the tracklist to All the Women I Am on her website.
- Eighteen years after its release, the film Pure Country is being sequelized. Pure Country 2: The Gift will star country singer Katrina Elam while George Strait takes a more limited role in a script that sounds more than a little hokey:
A Hollywood Reporter story late last year stated that the movie tells the story of three angels who give the gift of a beautiful singing voice to a baby girl (played as an adult by Katrina).
“In her climb to fame and fortune, she breaks some of the angels’ rules, so they take away her big voice,” [director] Chris Cain said. “Life has rules; if you follow them, life works. That’s the moral of the story.”
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- Bruce: My vote is for Marty Stuart for his exhaustive body of work that is directional yet diversified.
- Leeann: Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!: Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful …