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.
- 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."