George Strait Sells Out the Staples Center in Nine Minutes; Marty Robbins Breaks Bad; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 30th, 2013

  • In a heartwarming episode of RFD-TV’s The Joey and Rory Show on Friday night, the duo revealed that Joey is pregnant and is due in February. Genuine congratulations goes out to one of the nicest couples in country music.
  • The Washington Post’s Emily Yahr wrote a feature on Florida-Georgia Line. Brian Kelley on the duo’s songs: “Sounds like the same country music that’s been around since country music started. That’s what country music will always be. It’s just a matter of what kind of beat’s behind it or what kind of guitar’s playing.”
  • The Ottawa Citizen ran a feature on the newly crowned Canadian Country Music Association Awards Female Artist of the Year, Kira Isabella.
  • Kellie Pickler and Kenny Rogers performed “Someone Somewhere Tonight,” a song both of them have recorded separately, at Rogers’ Ryman Auditorium show last week.
  • Clare Bowen, the actress who plays Scarlett on ABC’s Nashville, dished on the show’s second season and the Grand Ole Opry to Rolling Stone.
  • Taylor Swift will be appearing with Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges and Katie Holmes in a new film called The Giver, based on the young adult novel of the same name written by Lois Lowry.
  • Billy Currington pleaded no contest to charges of abusing an elderly person and making terroristic threats and will have five years of probation, mandatory anger management counseling, and a $1,000 fine as a result.
  • Did you know that Brett Eldredge’s cousin is Terry Eldredge of The Grascals?
  • Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx helped direct the guys of Parmalee towards country music. Really.
  • Holly Williams performed a three-song set for USA Today’s StudioA. (warning: autoplay)
  • Peter Cooper profiled Neal McCoy, who just released a Charley Pride tribute album, for The Tennessean.
  • Jack Ingram on music and authenticity: “I am now, gratefully, at a point where I am confident that the only kind of artist I need to be for anything or anyone is authentic…Luck is for suckers. Compromises are for marriages. Music is for making.”
  • The Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Award nominees were announced. Winners will be announced in an award ceremony on October 19.
  • Wynn Varble signed a new songwriting deal with BMG Chrysalis.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Tedeschi Trucks Band“The Storm”

Jason Aldean “Night Train” (live)

Della Mae “Letter from Down the Road…and Other Things”

Ray Stevens“Nashville” 

Jared Blake “Countryfied”

My Own Rain“Over the Yellow Line”

Amanda Markley“Breathe”

Danni Rosner“Hitchhiker”

Becca Hess“It  Ain’t Even Raining”

Walker Howell Band“Better Days”

Steep Canyon Rangers“Tell the Ones I Love”

Dailey and Vincent“Steel Drivin’ Man” (live)

Josh Thompson“Cold Beer with Your Name on It” (Lyric video)

Josh Abbott Band“She Will Be Free”


  1. Ron
    September 30, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    So does that mean Jack Ingram is going back to his early days music-wise?

    I like “Livin’ or Dyin'” but was never excited much by what followed. It appeared to me that he changed to try and fit the Nashville model. I can’t blame him for trying to cash in and become a star but it didn’t work.

    Maybe he’ll start making better music.

  2. Rick
    September 30, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    The promoters of the LA George Strait concert had full page ads running in every newspaper in the greater Los Angeles area! They probably needed a sell-out just to recoup their promotion costs! (lol) And no I didn’t plan on attending as I don’t do large indoor venue shows any longer and haven’t for years. I’d rather see a no-name artist in a small listening room than a big name in a big arena, and it’s a whole lot cheaper too! (lol)

    Joey is still in prime child bearing age, but isn’t Rory getting a little long in the tooth? Hmm…

    That comment from the Washington Post about Florida-Georgia Line patently idiotic! But the nagain I consider everything that is printed in the Washington Compost Pile and New York Slimes newsrags to be idiotic…

  3. Luckyoldsun
    October 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

    Um, Rick–
    “That comment from the Washington Post about Florida-Georgia Line” is not a comment from the Washington Post–It’s a comment from Brian Kelley–who evidently is one of the characters in Florida-Georgia Line. It’s known in the newspaper business as a “quote.”

  4. TX Music Jim
    October 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    I hope Jack is going back to more of cutting songs he wrote and not as many from outside writers. I’m happy he had the success he did. That ship has sailed. However, he has a bulit in large regional audience that will buy tickets and merch and his music and are very ready for something new. He puts on a great show and can have a very long career on the Texas/Red Dirt Circut and be a top draw for years to come.

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