Gretchen Wilson & Ryan Bingham Added To Farm Aid Lineup; Trace Adkins’ New Video
- Gretchen Wilson and Ryan Bingham have been added to Willie Nelson‘s Farm Aid concert lineup.
- Blake Shelton‘s tattoo regret:
“This is what I drew him for a deer track,” Blake tells GAC with a laugh. “To this moment, people still come up to me and say, ‘Man, ladybugs … that’s cool. What does that mean to you?’ I probably have the crappiest tattoo — not only in country music — but maybe the world.”
- Loretta Lynn and Todd Snider collaborated on the Snider’s most recent album, but he tells The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri that the pair wrote two more songs as well, one of which — a song titled “She’s Got Everything It Takes to Take Everything You’ve Got” — will appear on Lynn’s next album as a duet with Elvis Costello.
- Preston Jones’ observations at the Taylor Swift concert on Friday:
If there was a theme to the evening, it might be best summed up as “revenge of the wallflower.” Swift frequently makes reference to all manner of schoolyard trauma in her songs; her between-song chatter likewise kept circling back to the horrors of high school life. Her inability to broaden her horizons beyond heartbreak is her Achilles heel; few other artists can evoke the specific strain of vaguely humiliated scorn that Swift has mined so effectively. However, after the ninth ditty about a boy who did her wrong or got away or shattered her dreams, the songs become rote exercises in youthful exorcism.
- Music Mix’s Whitney Pastorek published an interesting interview with Miranda Lambert following her performance at the Ryman last week.
- Saturday would have been Marty Robbins‘ 84th birthday. The 3 Chords a Day blog used the occasion to revisit the classic “El Paso” and it’s two sequels, “Feleena (From El Paso)” and “El Paso City.”
- Tom Russell ponders his place in American music and talks about songwriting and his new album, Blood and Candle Smoke, in an interview with The Boston Globe‘s James Reed.
- Billboard on the new Toby Keith album:
There’s a little less bluster and bravado on Toby Keith’s latest album, “American Ride,” and it’s a welcome turn. Keith has always understood how to connect with his loyal fans, and he may have sensed their need for a break from the in-your-face feel of his most recent albums.
- George Strait sold-out the first show at the new Cedar Park Center just outside of Austin last week and by all accounts turned in a Strait-like performance, but the venue left a lot to be desired. Commenters on Joe Gross’s review complained about terrible organization, pricey parking and beer, long bathroom lines, and scrunched seating.
- Country Music Tattle Tale finds Jackson Taylor offensive:
Jackson states in his song, “Cocaine” that he did what he thought any man should do. After being cheated on and lied to, he decides to get high off of cocaine, get drunk everyday, and get with dirty girls. Well, looks like you must have shown her! She probably regrets ever leaving you…yeah…?
- Country Universe: What are your favorite songs about the month of September and the beginning of fall?
- Emmylou Harris and Vince Gill are scheduled to duet on the Jay Leno Show this coming Wednesday and Willie Nelson is set to hit the Ryman on November 5.
- The Emmitt-Nershi Band gets some due praise from the Too Old To Rock and Roll…To Young To Die and Songs:Illinois blogs for its new album New Country Blues.
- Watch the powerful new video for Trace Adkins‘ “All I Ask For Anymore.”
- In his latest blog post, Craig Bickhardt recalls his songwriting partner and the events that led to their song “Brother to the Wind:”
When I met Fritter at the Nashville airport, the first thing he did was hand me the rock. It was a crudely chiseled figure of a hulking bear moving on all fours, head slightly raised, sniffing the wind. It had tiny ears and anatomically accurate muscular hindquarters. It weighed about fifteen pounds but he’d carried it all the way through the long terminals at Philadelphia International and BNA.
- Farce the Music keeps iTunes honest with a doctored screenshot of Trailer Choir‘s Off the Hillbilly Hook EP page and graphs the most popular ways to toughen a boy up, one of which is to name him Sue.
- Groover’s Paradise recommends Guy Clark‘s “Texas 1947,” with the author calling it his favorite train song.
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.