Gretchen Wilson and Sony Split; Mel McDaniel Leaves Hospital; Sugarland ‘Live’ On the Big Screen
- Gretchen Wilson and Sony Music Nashville have parted ways.
- Mel McDaniel, who suffered a heart attack in June, was released from the hospital and moved to a rehabilitation center.
- Kix Brooks, David Lee Murphy, Bob DiPiero and Leslie Satcher will be part of an acoustic songwriters’ night on Aug. 5 at Douglas Corner in Nashville.
- Check out the new cover of Alt. Country Weekly: The Hot Issue from Farce the Music.
- The new Michelle Branch solo album, due sometime this fall, will feature a guest appearance from Dwight Yoakam on a song titled “Long Goodbye.”
- In an interview with Craig Shelburne, Dolly Parton reminisced about her first day in Nashville, her first songwriting cut, and filming with Porter Wagoner.
- Sugarland‘s upcoming CD/DVD Live on the Inside will debut in 35 theaters across the country on Aug. 6.
- David Cantwell makes a case for those who care about roots music and its history to pick up a copy of Barry Mazor’s newish book, Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Sounds of a Century.
Today we often equate rootsy with rural, but Barry makes an important distinction by arguing that Rodgers’ broad appeal was grounded not so much in the rural but in what he terms Jimmie’s “rootedness.” This concept of the rooted is, I think, one of the most useful insights offered in a book full of them, and it can help us see why, for instance, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams are correctly understood as roots performers while, say, Michael Jackson, another too-soon-gone pop star, is not. (Indeed, if we want to understand Jackson’s tragic fall, his obvious loss of rootedness is as good a place to start as any.)
- The Gobblers Knob’s Kelly Dearmore recommends Stand Up Man, the new album from Grant Langston, whose sound he describes as “rowdy qualities of a roadhouse combined with a cutting sense of humor.” You can listen to tracks from all five of Langston’s albums on his website.
- Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser were announced as the headliners for CMT’s eighth annual tour.
- The Country Haiku site has been updated with oodles of new haikus.
I fall to pieces
Each time I see you again
There goes my left arm
- Kristian Bush, one-half of the Sugarland duo, really doesn’t like Bush’s Baked Beans.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope says 30 Something And Single, the new album from Tammy Cochran, may be the best work Cochran has produced and That Nashville Sound has the story behind “Half the World Away,” a song she wrote about her adoption process.
- Craig Shelburne commented on the new Elvis Presley compilation From Elvis in Memphis:
…it captures a moment in time when Presley took his creative direction from producer Chips Moman, who refused to back down to Col. Tom Parker or anyone else in Presley’s entourage.
As was his custom, Parker wanted a portion of the publishing royalties for “Suspicious Minds.” Moman not-so-politely declined. Indeed, he nearly canceled the session. If you can believe it, Presley’s handlers also tried to dissuade him from recording “In the Ghetto,” thinking its social commentary might lose some fans.
- Gloriana‘s self-titled debut won’t be released until next week, but if you’re so inclined, you can stream it at Rhapsody.
- Listen to an interview and performances from Neko Case in KUT’s Stuio 1A.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …