Ho, Ho, Ho: Joey+Rory Add Holiday Spirit to “Cheater Cheater” Remix
- Just in time for the holidays, Joey+Rory created a “Sleighbell Mix” of their song “Cheater Cheater” and posted it on MySpace. Unfortunately, they removed the hip hop inspired “King Mix” before I had a chance to listen to it, but based on forum response, I didn’t miss much.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Doug Freeman says honky-tonk can’t shuffle anymore effectively than it does behind Lucas Hudgins (MySpace), and he calls the Austin songwriter heartbreak’s best friend.
- Each monthly issue of Field & Stream names several heroes and villains of hunting, fishing and outdoor conservation and for the first time, they’ve placed all the heroes and villains in a playoff type bracket. Miranda Lambert, who is all about “Gunpowder & Lead” and writes lyrics like “I just got the first buck of the season,” made it past the first two rounds. But it was her talent, looks and outdoor attitude — along with donations to Hunters for the Hungry — that pushed her into the final round and scored her top honors for the hero side. Unfortunately, she lost to the villainous Arnold Schwarzenegger who slashed funds for salmon and steelhead restoration in the state of California and closed almost all salmon fishing. Perhaps Lambert should write a song about Mr. Schwarzenegger and tip the scales back in her favor.
- Houston Press‘ William Michael Smith on Honky Tonkin’ Daddy, the recently released album from Johnny Falstaff (MySpace):
It’s a rough-and-ready beer-joint collection that resonates with Piney Woods hillbilly twang and East Houston dive attitude. Because he picks like his job depends on it, Falstaff doesn’t rely on hired guitar assassins; instead he distinguishes himself lyrically with stone-cold sawdust-floor lines and a country crooner voice that leave no doubt he’s been there.
- Impacted by the weakened economy, George Jones University had to cancel its March session of classes.
- Rumor has it Kenny Chesney is dating Amy Colley, the winner of Miss Tennessee 2005. You’ll have to search google for pictures.
- Over the past 28 years, Gerald Myatt has been commissioned to create hundreds of customized, limited-edition knives for different organizations and people, including Roy Acuff — his first for a country music artist — and several for the band Alabama. His latest project is for The Carter Family and he hopes to talk Dolly Parton into commissioning him for his next notable knife. (via Twang Nation)
- Today’s random Playboy news brought to you via NashvilleGab:
- Word has it that Playboy head honcho Hugh Heffner is ready to dole out $3 million to have the wholesome country music superstar Carrie Underwood bare it all in the April ’09 issue.
- Fox News named Dolly Parton‘s October 1978 Playboy cover as their fourth favorite celebrity cover: “Here she comes again, and here we go. Dolly graced Playboy in full bunny attire: tail, ears, and double-Ds. That same year she won a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. We’re thinking the provocative cover boosted her career more than the award did.” (picture on NashvilleGab)
- Three Austin-area music corporations — Texas Music Group, Antone’s Records, and Texas Clef Entertainment — filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Nov. 18 after facing charges of fraud and breaches of contract and fiduciary duty by the estate of yodeler Don Walser. The estate is seeking past due royalties and rights to master recordings, which will be harder to attain now that bankruptcy has been declared and the companies’ assets likely frozen.
- NewsChannel5’s Amy Rao spent a day with country legend Loretta Lynn and posted video from their time together.
- The cover of Marty Stuart‘s new book, Country Music: The Masters, features a picture of Johnny Cash titled “Last Portrait, September 8, 2003″ and was taken four days before he died. It’s just one of the many photographs he’s taken over the years starting at age 12 when he snapped a shot of Connie Smith, who later became his wife. Check out some more in NPR’s gallery.
- Hey, Has Anybody Noticed That Taylor Swift Can’t Sing?
- Inland Empire Weekly‘s George Donovan on David Serby (MySpace):
David Serby, we’re thinking you’re the real deal. See, we’re bored of the quasis, part-timers, semis, adjuncts and maybes. We’re tired of hearing honky tonk-inflected, tear-in-my-beer jams from urban hipsters who were blastin’ Sugar Ray and The Barenaked Ladies ten years ago … Serby, you’re the real deal, and we’re mandating another round of “I Only Smoke When I’m Drinkin’,” a sappy, saggin’ tune boasting a title that (on the surface) sounds redundantly ironic, yet when spun, is so gripping and gratifying, we’re whipping out a pack of Marlboro Reds and searching for that bottle of (imported) Shiner Bock. Lungs and liver be damned—Serby has our ears and hearts well within his grasp.
- Listen to Christmas Cheer, the holiday album from Billy Bob Thorton’s band The Boxmasters, on Paste.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.