Georgia Anti-Dogfighting Ad To Feature Willie Nelson
- Sissy Spacek and Reese Witherspoon land on EW.com’s list of favorite singing actors for their respective roles as Loretta Lynn and June Carter Cash. Spacek portrayed Loretta in the 1980 biopic Coal Miner’s Daughter and Witherspoon played June in Walk the Line.
- In his description of Miranda Lambert and her music Chris Gray writes “…live is where she really shines, stoking the literal flames of 2005 breakthrough “Kerosene” with the flinty rocker energy of Lynyrd Skynyrd or John Mellencamp, while saving room for remorseful honky-tonk ballads like Ex-Girlfriend’s “Guilty in Here.”
- Willie Nelson will appear in an anti-dogfighting television ad in Georgia about the time Michael Vick’s sentencing gets handed down. Dog fighting is against the law in Georgia, but is currently too weak to deter perpetrators.
- Q&A with Janet Reno on her role as executive producer on Song of America.
Q: You could have just gotten archival recordings of these songs. What made you want to give them a new interpretation?
A: That was Ed’s doing with his other colleagues who contributed so significantly to this project. They wanted something that represented a real sense of the song and what is involved. We found, for example, a new version of Dixie could illuminate the fact that you’ve got to have Dixie as part of a project like this if you’re going to tell the history of America because that is one of the essential pieces of our history — one that we’re not proud of. But at the same time, we have an opportunity to find out how Dixie came about .
- The inspiration for the title to Kim Richey’s latest album, Chinese Boxes, came from a James Bond novel. (On a sidenote: the audio files on the NPR redesign load significantly faster than before. Very nice.)
- Anybody catch the Dan Rather interview with Willie Nelson last night? If so, were there any super interesting topics covered that we need to know about?
- When David Moore decided to go to college for voice his father, Bubba, decided to pursue his own musical passion by taking a pay cut from his industrial job to join Tracy Byrd on tour. Bubba ended up playing for Byrd from 1993 to 2005 and is considering going to Iraq with Neal McCoy in January while his son David is a world-class, freelance opera singer. They both had a musically rich history to lean on since their Texas music family goes back three generations before Bubba.
- Check out the list of box-sets released this year. Scroll down to the country section–which saw releases from Emmylou Harris and Merle Haggard. The Houston Chronicle has a brief review of each as well.
- According to Matthew Fiander, 1973′s Hag’s Christmas contains too many sad tracks to get you in the spirit for the holidays.
- Aaron Watson and Lone Star Tunes have partnered up to give away 14 songs from his previous 5 albums for free. I probably would have picked different songs for the compilation, but I think it’s a great way to introduce a new audience to your music and you can’t beat free.
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."