Hank Jr. Announces Take Back the Country Tour; 1 in 5 Country Fans Don’t Listen to Country Radio; Ryan Adams Covers Dio

Juli Thanki | February 23rd, 2012

  • Federal appeals court ruled that Roger Miller’s widow does not own the rights to songs including “King of the Road,” “Dang Me,” and others.
  • According to a study released yesterday at CRS, one in five country music fans never tunes in to country radio, instead getting their music from other sources. The study also came to the conclusion that “the ‘twang-iest artists’ are the most polarizing.”
  • Country music benefit concert and golf tournament Golf & Guitars is featured in this video beginning at 16:16.
  • Jewly Hight wrote a fine feature on Chuck Mead and his new album Back at the Quonset Hut for the Nashville Scene. An excerpt: Considering Mead is the product of a family of Midwestern country performers and that BR549 developed quite the arsenal of old-school covers while playing for tips on Lower Broadway, it’s surprising he hasn’t made a classic country covers album before now. Says Mead, by way of explanation, “When I started out alone, just playing Tootsie’s in the front window, just one guy, the emphasis was on your [original] songs. Of course, you’d play people’s requests, because they wanted to hear old country music too. Really, at that time, I didn’t have five hours’ worth of my music to play. … So [when the band got together] we just did what we knew, and that was old country and rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. I mean, we were doing weird things like hillbilly versions of Ramones songs.”
  • In early March, Hank Williams Jr. will start his Take Back the Country Tour. Jamey Johnson, Chris Young, Josh Thompson, .38 Special, and George Thorogood will open on various dates.
  • Hank3 was interviewed by Amy Sciarretto of Noisecreep. Here is an excerpt where he draws parallels between country and metal: Country is for the working man and woman. I have always liked rock, since day one of doing the hillbilly sound, then the doom metal and heavier stuff. I always liked rock. I’d be running around when Elvis Presley or Ted Nugent would come on the radio. That got me excited; being a drummer, the beats felt natural to me. I had a good time with it. If I was just a country singer, I don’t think it would be as unique as what I do now. I don’t think I’d have the respect from my fans or my heroes. I am multi-genre.  
  • Ryan Adams covered Dio during a recent show in Los Angeles.
  • Lionel Richie made a surprise appearance at the Ryman during a Luke Bryan performance at a UMG-sponsored CRS luncheon concert.
  • Music City Roots compilation, Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts from Season One, comes out next week.
  • Blogger Mando Lines interviewed Americana artist Grayson Capps, who describes his music as sounding like “if Mississippi Fred McDowell sat down with Tom T. Hall and they were drinking Newcastle, listening to AC/DC.”
  1. Rick
    February 23, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I love this line about the CRS study findings:
    “The study also came to the conclusion that “the ‘twang-iest artists’ are the most polarizing.” LOL
    Of course they are when modern AirHead Country Radio becomes focused on inoffensive pop-rock dreck! Anything that hints of hardcore traditional country music will seem foreign and off-putting to such listeners who came to be “country” fans because of Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and the like ad nauseum. I guess this explains why Sunny Sweeney’s “Drink Myself Single” only made it to the high 30’s on the Mediabase chart. Oh well…

    Opry Alert! The Opry continues its streak of mostly lackluster shows tonight with Lee (EgoMan) Brice, Dailey & Vincent (the bright spot), Diamond Rio, and Vince Gill. Grade: B-\
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    That Hank Jr. concert tour artist line-up is top notch! Sure beats the typical big name Top 40 summer tour schlockfests by a mile. I think they should add Sunny Sweeney and Craig Campbell though.

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