Happy 91, Kitty Wells; Fanfare Follows Her Around: Taylor Swift Premieres New Video; Stream Justin Townes Earle
- Kitty Wells turned 91 today!
- For the special premiere of her new video, Taylor Swift returned to the spot where it was shot in Kennebunkport, Maine.
“We shot the video here,” she told the crowd who had gathered near the coastline. “It’s so important that we premiere it live from the place this video was shot. I’m so excited you guys are here to see it.”
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts provided a brief recap of last night’s gala awards dinner where Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster, and Willie Nelson were honored with the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award. Music Row’s Bobby Karl did too.
“All the nice things people said about me, I almost gave myself a standing ovation,” quipped Nelson.
- Playing the Part: Jamey Johnson sans beard.
- The list of available country songs for the video game Rock Band will expand by nine tomorrow with the release of “Going Country Pack 04.”
- Watch behind the scenes footage from the filming of Miranda Lambert‘s video “Only Prettier.”
- Chicago Tribunes‘ Bob Gendron thinks Rascal Flatts Saturday show at the United Center could have passed for a special episode of American Idol:
Replete with vanilla music, flashy visuals, crass promotion, myriad cover tunes and scripted banter, the only thing missing was a judge to advise the wholesome country-pop group to deviate from delivering perfectly polished versions of songs for the sake of variation.
- This November, bluegrass bands The Infamous Stringdusters and Trampled by Turtles will hit the road together.
- The title track to Bobby Bare Jr.‘s new album, A Storm — A Tree — My Mother’s Head, was inspired by a 2008 event that involved a tree falling through his parent’s roof and breaking two vertebrae is his mother’s neck, so it was only natural that he invited her to record a part:
Writing the album’s title track came naturally to Bare, but he says he couldn’t sing it to his mom until a year after the incident. He later brought her into the studio to scream on the song. You can hear her howling in the background as the song comes to a close.
“It was hilarious,” Bare says. “It was not laughing that was the hardest part. She was yelping like a little dog, so I had to tell her, ‘No yelping.’ I said, ‘No, I need a big, long, blood-curdling (scream).’ ”
- Jerry Lee Lewis wants fans to know that “Mean Old Man” isn’t a a phrase that could be used to describe him these days. It is the Kris Kristofferson-penned title track to his new album though, which is due out on Sept. 7 and includes collaborations with many of his admirers.
- This week’s Quotable Country highlighted Trisha Yearwood‘s sense of humor:
It’s really pretty amazing. I get up and turn on the fog machine and he comes up through the floor and says ‘Ladies and Gentlemen … ‘ ●
- – Trisha Yearwood on living with Garth.
- NPR is streaming Harlem River Blues, the new album from Justin Townes Earle, in its entirety.
- The Boot listed the top ten Shania Twain songs.
- The Steep Canyon Rangers have a new album out with Steve Martin next February and will fly to LA tomorrow to record a track with the Dixie Chicks.
- Music Fog published a cool video of Kevin Welch performing “One Way Rider” from his 1995 album Life Down Here On Earth.
- Ninebullets.net is diggin’ the scumbag country of Hellbound Glory‘s Old Highs and New Lows and the straight-up dancehall country of The Cornell Hurd Band‘s A Bad Year For Love. Mp3 samples follow each post.
- Ryan Bingham doesn’t know why people classify his music as country:
“I just don’t get that. I wouldn’t call what we do country music,” Bingham tells Spinner. “I grew up in Texas and New Mexico and I do wear a cowboy hat a lot, so I guess if you wear a cowboy hat people automatically think you play country music.”
- Randy Rogers, on the other hand, embraces his inclusion in the country genre:
“If you go back and look at most traditional country music, many of those songs aren’t about happy things,” explains Rogers. “They are about losing a girl and her being gone forever and drinking too much, in order to get over it. I’ve always liked that style, so I’ve always tried to write simple country songs. I think that if you’re going to play in a country band, there should be plenty of country themes. I’m just trying to not break something that doesn’t need to be messed with.”
- Sons of Bill‘s Abe and James Wilson visited the WMNF studio in Tampa, FL recently to record an hour-long acoustic performance, which includes “Santa Ana Winds,” a song that’ll appear on their next album and sounds pretty awesome in its stripped-down incarnation. That song and “The Rain” can be downloaded for free on their website and six others from the same session can be streamed through iTunes.
Here’s “Colder Weather,” a song that’ll appear on Zac Brown Band‘s next release, You Get What You Give. (Hat tip to That Nashville Sound for finding this one.)
- 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 …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.