George Strait Sets Record; Hank Williams Receives Posthumous Pulitzer Award; New Dixie Chicks Compilation
- With “I Gotta Get to You” reaching No. 9 on Billboard‘s top country songs chart George Strait set a new record; he became the first act to hit the top 10 on any Billboard chart for 30 straight years.
- If it weren’t for an improperly placed drainfield that disrupted the sale of David Ball‘s Nashville house, he’d consider himself a Texas regional act right about now. As it stands though, he’s still in Nashville and recorded an album-worth of songs ready for release next week. Peter Cooper has an interview with the seasoned songwriter.
- The Pulitzer Prize Board awarded Hank Williams on Monday for his lifetime achievement as a musician, praising him for “his craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life.”
- For those of you champing at the bit to hear Merle Haggard‘s new album I Am What I Am, NPR has you covered.
- John Evans (MySpace: start with “Things I Didn’t Do”), who names Hank Williams, Elvis, and Joe Montana as influences, described his most memorable road story in a recent Q&A:
We played a show in Denver. It’s 3am and I’m driving through the streets of downtown. I see steam coming out of the middle of the street and think it’s a great opportunity for a Bon Jovi pic. I jumped in the middle of it and proceeded to literally melt one of my legs. There’s a big difference between fog and steam. I’m a dumbass.
New releases for the week of April 13, 2010 include:
- Derek Hoke (MySpace) shared his thought process behind writing, recording, and releasing a country album in an interview with American Songwriter‘s Matt Popkin. Country California’s C.M. Wilcox gave the album, Goodbye Rock N Roll, a favorable review late last year. Good stuff.
- A collection of the Dixie Chicks‘ hits, classic tracks, and personal favorites selected by the trio themselves will be released June 1. The track list is available on the band’s website.
- CMT videos:
- Brandon Rhyder performed “Rock Angel” for My Fox Austin last week.
- A new Tammy Wynette exhibit is scheduled to open at the Country Music Hall of Fame on August 20.
- Brad Paisley is scheduled to headline Aquapalooza in Austin, TX on July 10.
- With the release of .357 String Band‘s third album, Lightning From the North, ninebullets.net feels like the band has matured and settled into its “sound.” (MySpace)
- Darius Rucker tackled “Coward of the County” and the Oak Ridge Boys joined Kenny Rogers for “The Gambler” on Saturday for the taping of the TV special Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. No date has been announced for the special as of yet.
- Big Machine Records signed country trio Eden’s Edge. (MySpace)
Music Fog videos:
- Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
- Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
- nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
- Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
- Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
- luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
- A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
- Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
- Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …
- Jeremy Dylan: That was a great episode of Monk. The "Georgia On My Mind" scene is just heartbreaking.