Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Founder Passes Away; Brad Paisley Teams Up with John Fogerty; Free Music from Hayes Carll

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 19th, 2011

  • Warren Hellman, philanthropist and founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, passed away last night at the age of 77 due to complications from leukemia.
  • Taylor Swift and Scotty McCreery were two of the artists who got spoofed in this SNL sketch.
  • News has come out that soulful Etta James is in terminally ill in the last stages of leukemia. She released a country(ish) album in 1997, Love’s Been Rough On Me, that’s worth listening to if you haven’t before.
  • The pop country duo Jenny & Ashley released a new holiday single, “Winter Wonderland,” that’s offered as a free song and video download on their Facebook page.
  • Brad Paisley is in the studio recording new music and he’ll have a special guest star by the name of John Fogerty with him on his next project.
  • In case you hadn’t been able to figure it out already, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift make a bunch of money.
  • Anticipate a holiday album from Jerrod Niemann in the next year or two.
  • Frankie Ballard will be appearing on Craig Ferguson’s show on Thursday, December 22nd.
  • Sony Records has signed The Henningsens, an outstanding family act that helped co-write much of The Band Perry’s debut album.
  • Rita Ballou’s year-end Top 20 list is more unique than everyone else’s over at Rawhide and Velvet.
  • Catch up on your pre-Ryman Auditorium Grand Ole Opry history.
  • This is almost reason to go back to school for another degree.
  • Keith Lawrence of the Kingsport News and Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer listed his top ten bluegrass albums of the year. Junior Sisk took the top spot.
  • Hayes Carll is giving away a free mp3 of his new holiday-themed song, “Grateful for Christmas.”
  • Johnny Cash’s sister Joanne Cash has a new album called The Christmas Collection. “I am very proud of my new Christmas album,” says Cash of the all-new collection of Christmas favorites and holiday originals. “My husband Harry and I put together this collection and I am proud to say that he wrote seven of the songs, including a Christmas poem that he re-wrote called ‘The Night Before Christmas.’ I think you will be pleased and blessed as you listen to this collection.” The album can be purchased through her website.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

The Trishas – “Drive”

Darryl Worley – “The Fishin’ Hole Song”

Tanya Tucker – “Merry Christmas Wherever You Are”

Granger Smith – “Red Dirt”

Buddy Goode – “Cougarville”

Lee Brice – “A Woman Like You”

Missy Raines and the New Hip – “When the Day is Done”

Lucy Angel — “Mr. Santa”

Paul Nash — “Crossin’ That Line”

Lindi Ortega – “Christmas Eve With You”

Bearfoot – “Tell Me a Story”

Mark Wayne Glasmire – “Going Home”

Dale Watson & The Texas Two – “What’s Good For You”

Chad Brownlee – “(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home”

Joey+Rory – “A Little More Country Than That” 

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