Hank Jr. Continues Monday Night Football Partnership
- Since 1989, Monday Night Football has been associated with Hank Williams Jr.‘s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight,” and this season will continue the tradition. The 59 year-old singer will shoot the new video next month in Los Angeles, and each week will feature team specific lyrics.
- Twenty years ago the Dallas Observer launched their first music awards in an effort “to narrow the odds a bit in favor of locally created sounds,” and like Hank Jr.’s Monday Night Football tradition, this one is still going strong. Eleven Hundred Springs turned out be this year’s big winners, taking the award in each category they were nominated, including: Best Band, Best Album, Best Country/Roots Act and lead singer Matt Hillyer took the honors for Best Male Vocalist.
- Dixie Chick fiddle and mandolin ace Martie Maguire gave birth to her and husband Gareth’s third daughter, Harper Rosie Maguire, last Friday in Austin, TX.
- The Sun Chronicle’s Matt Kakley reports that concert-goers attending Saturday’s New England Country Music Festival at Gillette Stadium were arrested by the busload for everything from underage drinking and disorderly conduct to assault and battery. However, Hope Fertitta says the show itself, headlined by Kenny Chesney, did not disappoint.
- In my experience of reading Chris Neal’s album reviews for Country Weekly I’ve found he’s generally stingy with his stars, and rightfully so. So it should not be taken lightly that Willie Nelson‘s Stardust: Legacy Edition received the five-star treatment.
Following the breakthrough of the Outlaw movement in the mid-1970s, Willie Nelson had earned the right to make whatever sort of music he pleased. To the horror of his record label, the guy who had just established himself as a rough-and-ready rebel chose to record Stardust, an album of 1920s, ’30s, ’40s and ’50s pop standards produced by R&B organist Booker T. Jones.
- Melodic Sunburst shines the light on three acts who won’t ever be classified as traditional country singers, but, one way or another, have country connections: Rachel Williams, Rick Huckaby and Jon Nite.
- Despite the portrayal of Laura Fedor, of duo Laura & Sophie, in a negative light on Nashville Star this season, NashvilleHype!’s Paul King believes she has the maturity and potential to be a great success.
- Sugarland feels that the diversity of their influences and material is actually what gives them their distinctive identity. Commenting on the tendency for country songwriters to copy their hits and stick with what works, Kristian Bush says:
“Eventually what you get is: ‘I can’t figure out which George Strait record to buy because I don’t know which song is on which record. All 50 of them are great, but you can’t tell them apart.'”
- The Byrds founding member Chris Hillman looks back at the ’60s differently than he did at the time. “It was great in the early days,” he said. “But in 1968, things took a sharp edge. Drugs got real ugly. When my generation stomped on traditional family values, we were throwing out such wonderful things that had kept civilization vibrant.” He’s played in numerous bands over the years, including the Flying Burrito Brothers with Gram Parsons, and the Eagles, but he remains most proud of his country group, the Desert Rose Band. (via ggcolumn)
- Del McCoury says he hesitated to record his Moneyland project for fear that people would think it was political, but he tells Peter Cooper that if he can “in a little, small way, get people to thinking about the way things are today, then that would be a good thing.”
- In an effort to continue to present older stars and classic country music the Grand Ole Opry announced that they’ll be adding Thursday night performances to their schedule next year.
- Click on the “music” section of Jeffrey Steele‘s website to hear samples of his take on country classics like “Behind Closed Doors” and “Night Life” from his Countrypolitan album.
- 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 …
- 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 …