Hubert Sumlin Passes Away; The Band Perry Goes Platinum; The Avett Brothers Get to Work

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 5th, 2011

  • Blues guitarist and singer Hubert Sumlin passed away yesterday. Here is a piece on Sumlin that Barry Mazor wrote for No Depression in 2005.
  • Taylor Swift is the cover girl of Billboard Magazine after they’ve named her Woman of the Year.
  • After winning his first case against Curb allowing him to pursue a music deal with a new label last Tuesday, Tim McGraw’s old label announced on Friday that they will be releasing his last album, called Emotional Traffic, on January 17th. McGraw will also be independently releasing a new Christmas song next week called “Christmas All Over The World.”
  • Singer/songwriter and fellow stymied Curb Records recording artist Jo Dee Messina has launched a brand new website called The Fumbling Mom dedicated to sharing the advice she’s learning along the way being a new mother: This website is about my journey in being a mom. A look into the balance of a career driven woman who still raises her kids with patience, kindness and integrity. Every child is different and each day is a new adventure. Some things I know, MOST things I don’t. But, I’m figuring it out, I’m doing my very best. I just hope I don’t screw this up.
  • Warner Music Nashville has signed funny-man Jimmy Fallon to a record deal.
  • The wild train wreck that is Mindy McCready’s life took another weird turn last week when, on the run from officials that demanded that she return her five-year-old son to his legal guardian, she was found hiding in a closet in Arkansas.
  • National radio host Blair Garner of After Midnight is now putting together compilation albums featuring songs that might very well have been hits had they been released as singles. Beyond the Hits, Volume 1 will be available on iTunes as a $9.99 digital album beginning Jan. 10, 2012.
  • In case you missed last week’s CMA Christmas special, here are some of the performances you can view after the fact.
  • Kristin Chenoweth is the cover girl of Prevention.
  • Big & Rich and their friends took over the old west town of Deadwood, South Dakota for a holiday music special. Christmas in the Black Hills premieres on GAC on Monday, December 12 at 8/7 CT.
  • NoiseTrade is giving away their Fall 2011 Sampler: by pressing the “Like” button on their Facebook page, you’ll get their 30-song Fall 2011 Sampler for free. You’ll get some new stuff from the likes of David Nail, Justin Townes Earle, Harper Simon, Honeyhoney, Joe Pug, Matthew Sweet, Elizabeth Cook, David Mead and more.
  • Paula Nelson is featured in a story for the South Bend Tribune in which she talks about growing up in the shadow of her father, Willie Nelson: “After a certain age, I was not interested in being onstage with Pops anymore,” she says. “I was interested in boys and teenage things. It took me about 10 or 15 years — when I was in my early 20s — that I decided I was going to try music. Partially, I think it was because I was a really bad waitress.”
  • Tracy Lawrence is going to be playing a complimentary concert that can be streamed live from his website tonight at 7p CST.
  • My Kind of Country is going to highlight Lee Ann Womack all month long with reviews of all of her albums, live performance videos and music videos.
  • Julie Roberts‘ rendition of “Blue Christmas” will be featured on The CW’s new series Hart of Dixie during its holiday-themed episode tonight. “I am so excited about my recording of (the song) being featured on Hart of Dixie,” Roberts said. “When I first told my fans about it, they were so excited because they love the show and I do too!”
  • Lionel Richie will receive the 2011 Peter J. Gomes Humanitarian Award from the Harvard Foundation today at the Kirkland House. The Harvard Foundation presents the Humanitarian Award to an individual whose philanthropic works and deeds have served to improve the quality of our lives, and have inspired us to greater heights.
  • Keep an eye and ear out for a brand new band called Buxton out of Houston, Texas. They’re five piece folk(ish) ensemble with a record deal at New West Records and a debut album Nothing Here Seems Strange that will be released January 31, 2012. Listen to a couple songs here.
  • If you plan on watching the American Country Awards tonight, or even just flipping over from Monday Night Football for a few minutes, join Karlie and Juli for a live blog beginning at 8pm Eastern.
  • Timothy B. Schmit (Eagles, Poco) did a three-part acoustic show and interview for KCSN Los Angeles that you can stream here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three.
  • Music videos from the past week:

Taylor Swift – “Ours”

Brantley Gilbert – “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”

Cast of Glee – “Red Solo Cup”

Jake Owen – “Alone with You”

The Lunabelles – “The Christmas Song”

Dia Frampton – “The Broken Ones”

Troy Cassar-Daley – “Country Is”

The Field Brothers & Diana Corcoran – “We Don’t Talk About Love”

Luke Pilgrim – “A Christmas Card”

Lisa Matassa – “The Christmas Song”

  1. Mike M
    December 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    I didn’t get any David Nail or Justin Townes Earle in the song sampler. Hmmm

    • Juli Thanki
      December 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

      Those folks are on the American Songwriter free download here. Same NoiseTrade, different download. Our bad.

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