George Strait Tied With Conway Twitty For Most Number 1 Singles
- Joe Samuel Starnes recalls his first Willie Nelson Fourth of July Picnic for The New York Times.
His show was transcendent. That’s a highfalutin word that I would almost never use, but I honestly felt as if I were taking a trip back in time to another era, through Willie’s guitar and voice and the artful piano plunking of his “little sister, Bobbie” (who is actually two years older than he is). Her playing was rowdy and hymnlike at the same time, and made me imagine a swinging-door cowboy saloon in the 1800s where everyone carried Colt .45 revolvers.
- The debate as to who is the best three-tool talent in country music history comes down to Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. John Nova Lomax says trying to make “a distinction like this is splitting hairs.” What do you think?
- Linda closed down her Willie Nelson blog, Still is Still Moving, while she makes the trip to Choteau, Montana to catch a Willie concert and then heads off to his Fourth of July Picnic. That’s dedication.
- For those following Doug Supernaw’s disappointing career, he was committed to a mental institution yesterday.
- George Strait tied Conway Twitty for the most number 1 singles of any genre when “Wrapped” hit number 1 this week. That’s impressive no matter how you look at it.
- Jack Ingram says Texas musicians have acquired an unfair reputation for being difficult to deal with in business matters, but “it’s just not true.” Ingram also admits that he wants to be commercially successful, as in selling a lot of records, and says that it bothers him that some of his fans think he sold his soul to Nashville.
- Kevin at Country Universe thinks there is nothing funny about Brad Paisley’s newest single, “Online”, and says that it made him sick to his stomach, even comparing Paisley to a school-yard bully. What do you think–good humor or mean spirited?
- Twang Nation posted an excerpt from an interview that URGE did with Porter Wagoner and provided a link to the audio file.
- Wagoner also makes an appearance on The EW 100, Entertainment Weekly‘s ultimate must list, along with Hillary Lindsey, one of the co-writers for Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” and “Wasted”.
- After being given up by his birth mother and two adoptive parents, Rodney Atkins said his last name was too important to him to change.
- In her review of Monday night’s Soul2Soul show in Toronto, Bobbi Smith says that Tim stole the show and that it was well worth the money for the tickets, however, for those going to future shows you might want to pass on the front row seats.
- Roseanne Cash signed a new record deal with Manhattan Records.
- Kelly Clarkson announced that she’s joined up with Starstruck Entertainment, the management company owned by Reba McEntire’s husband.
- Steve Earle’s new album, Washington Square Serenade, is due out on September 25th.
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.