Hall Honorees Comment On Induction; Josh Thompson’s Polarizing Reception; Sarah Buxton Performs New Album Acoustically
- The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper provided brief background info for each of the four new Country Hall of Fame inductees along with quotes from all but Don Williams, who chose not to be interviewed.
- Brad Paisley hurled a couple of good-natured jabs at the audience during a recent concert:
During the testosterone-fest, ‘I’m Still a Guy,’ he stopped before the last verse, declaring he was having a little trouble singing it in Los Angeles: “I see hair highlights and tanning cream and it’s not on the women.”
- Although he just released his debut album, Josh Thompson means different things to different people. Ken Tucker praises the album for NPR Music, while the blogger at Saving Country Music is less than thrilled with the results, labeling Thompson a “fake outlaw.” Writing for The Associated Press, Michael McCall falls somewhere in the middle; he recommends a couple of songs, but also acknowledges the posturing:
He stakes his ground on “Blame It on Waylon,” suggesting he learned his defiant attitude from the country music outlaws of the 1970s. Set to a slicked-up imitation of Waylon Jennings’ signature rhythm, the song finds Thompson boasting that he means every word he sings — while also saying he was born on a freight train.
Therein lays the problem: Thompson adopts a pose of the hard-partying backcountry rebel on songs like “Beer On The Table,” “You Ain’t Seen Country Yet,” and “Always Been Me,” but it sounds like posturing rather than real life. Instead of finding his own point of view, he relies on the same pickup truck, dirt-road, fishing-hole cliches used by so many young country singers.
- In a video posted to his MySpace blog, a graying Jason Boland previewed the song “Tulsa Time” from his upcoming live record.
- Luck Films posted a video of a long-grayed Billy Joe Shaver performing “Live Forever” at a concert last December. (via Still Is Still Moving)
Here are a few releases that weren’t mentioned in yesterday’s roundup:
- In an effort to raise money for publicity and promotion of Cadillac Sky‘s new record Letters In the Deep (June 8), the band put together three different “box sets” that will allow fans to get the music a couple of months early. At $39, the bottom-tiered set consists of a pre-release copy of the CD, a high fidelity copy of the album on vinyl, an exclusive T shirt, an immediate link for two audio downloads, and an autographed poster.
- Tift Merritt‘s next record, See You On The Moon, will be released May 25.
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne directed attention to “Lipstick Promises,” an early ’90s hit for George Ducas.
Music Fog: Will Kimbrough – “A Couple Hundred Miracles”
- Country California published it’s best edition of This Week In Country Music History yet.
1955 – The Wilburn Brothers record “I Wanna Wanna Wanna” – curiously, not written by Mel Tillis.
- Ryan Bingham likens performing to bull riding:
Bingham: When you’re standing on the back of one of those bucket chutes and they start loading those bulls up the alley and the horns are so wide that they have to turn their heads just to get through there. These big massive beasts rolling in there. It’s intense. You really have to focus and grit your teeth and go at it.
CNN: Much like being on stage, I’d imagine.
Bingham: Same thing. Big stages, lights, cameras. I always think about it — like standing on the back of the chute. Time to go big or go home, you know!
- Free Download: John Hiatt – “The Open Road”
- In an interview with The Boot, Sarah Buxton explained the chaos behind the song “Outside My Window.”
It’s just a bunch of nonsense, to be honest! With four songwriters in the room with four strong personalities — me, Victoria Shaw, Mark Hudson, Gary Burr — it was a trainwreck to begin with! I go, “Let’s write a song about this bird who just keeps banging into the living room window! What’s wrong with this bird? What’s it thinking?” That’s where it began, and we began thinking, “What if you see this outside your window? Maybe you see that outside your window?”
Be sure to visit Sarah Buxton‘s YouTube channel too. Working with Jedd Hughes, she recorded acoustic videos for all 11 songs on her new album.
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