Haggard Is In Good Spirits After Surgery to Remove Lung Tumor
- Merle Haggard underwent surgery on Monday to remove a lung tumor that was discovered in May. Doctors believe they’ve removed all the cancer and according to Haggard’s publicist, he’s resting and recovering in a Bakersfield hospital.
- That Nashville Sound compares Jet Black and Jealous, the new album from the Eli Young Band, to the prize at the bottom of a box of Cracker Jacks. Personally, I always liked the Cracker Jacks more than I did the prize.
- Want a list of music related books being published between now and the end of the year? Music Tomes has you covered.
- In her review of Darrell Scott‘s recently released album Modern Hymns, PopMatters’ Juli Thanki suggests that you might not have a soul if tears aren’t rolling down your cheek after listening to Scott and The Fisk Jubilee Sisters tackle Adam Mitchell’s “Out Among the Stars.”
- Only 17 of the 25 songs Alan Jackson recorded in his last studio session were used for Good Time, so he has eight songs “in the can” for his next album, but he’s in no rush to pump out a new record. He actually thinks Arista Nashville will try to squeeze five singles out of his current album. That’ll give him time to start writing new material and looking at outside sources.
- Later this month, the 22nd to be exact, marks the addition of the inaugural Chicago Bluegrass & Blues festival featuring The David Grisman Quintet, The Avett Brothers and more in support of the charity Saving Tiny Hearts.
- Paste published several photos from the “All For the Hall” benefit for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that took place a coupe of weeks ago. (via Eric Ryan Anderson)
- Songwriters Dan Roberts and Bryan Kennedy talked to The Boot about the inspiration behind “Beaches of Cheyenne,” their co-write with Garth Brooks.
Garth was cutting his ‘Fresh Horses’ album. He had already cut a song called ‘The Fever’ that Bryan and I wrote and he invited me to come into the studio when he was mixing that song. I was leaving, and he walked me out to the truck and said, “I’m still looking for a song, a cross between Chris LeDoux and the Bellamy Brothers or George Strait, with a beaches theme, like ‘Beaches of Cheyenne.” We looked at each other and said, “Cool title but I don’t know what it means.”
- While unintentional, C. Eric Banister says Classic Country Singers, the third book authored by Douglas B. Green, serves as an excellent companion to the country music history book Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Green, better known as “Ranger Doug” from Riders in the Sky, profiles 46 country artists in his own warm and personal writing style.
- Old Crow Medicine Show performed live versions of several songs from Tennessee Pusher on the stage at NPR’s World Cafe.
- Everyone give a big, The 9513 happy birthday wish to Mr. Jim Malec. It’s a birthday that he shares with Roy Rogers (b. 1911) and Gram Parsons (b. 1946).
- 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 …