Howard Stern Responds To Dolly; Says Bring It On
- Howard Stern’s response to the allegations that Dolly Parton is contemplating a lawsuit: “I can’t even imagine someone thinking they have an actionable case, but bring it on.”
- Last month I called attention to the story behind Marty Robbins‘ epic western ballad “El Paso,” where the hero’s love for a woman named Felina becomes his downfall. Check out the video Country Mike posted where Marty Robbins sings about the life of that wicked Felina.
- Kellie Pickler and Taylor Swift co-wrote “The Best Days of Your Life” which will appear on Pickler’s new album this fall. (via CMT Blog)
- The Austin Chronicle’s Doug Freeman describes Heybale‘s The Last Country Album as “mostly original tunes that play like a country music primer,” and continues with:
Gary Claxton leads “California Wine” with a Haggard highway desperation, and Ball’s “Livin’ in a Cheap Motel” rings both playful and poignant. Volkaert gives Willie Nelson’s “Mr. Record Man” a solid spin with Cindy Cashdollar on steel, and Claxton invests Tom T. Hall’s “That’s How I Got to Memphis” with a smooth ache, but the group shines on Erik Hokkanen instrumental “Heybalin’.”
- Tracy Lawrence plans to record a Christian pop album this summer. (via ggcolumn)
- Cory Morrow has a new video for the song “He Carries Me” from his recent Vagrants & Kings album. The small church he sings inside of looks a lot like the one from the movie There Will Be Blood, in fact the whole town looks Marfa-esque, but it’s been a while since I’ve seen the movie.
- Elizabeth Cook shares a couple of thoughts on the ACM Awards in her MySpace blog: “the pitchtuner was working so hard on the Taylor Swift performane she sounded like C-3-PO. And if Garth Brooks didn’t sing he’d be an ax murderer cause what else can you do with all that passion?”
- Blake Shelton sucking on a pacifier.
- As we enter into the Memorial Day weekend, revisit Jim Malec’s playlist counting down the “20 Top War and Soldier Songs.”
- Alison Bonaguro says there is a rumor that Keith Urban will be releasing a song called “You Look Good in My Shirt” from his 2002 album Golden Road as his next single. She asks the question, why now, and wonders whether other artists might follow suit in releasing songs from previous albums as singles. I don’t know if it’s a good idea or not, but if it were to happen, what are some songs that were never released as singles that you thought should have been?
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.