Iconic Kristofferson; Dierks Bentley Tops Charts; Joe Ely Shares Sign Collection
- BMI will honor Kris Kristofferson as a music icon during its awards show in November.
New releases for the week of June 30, 2009 include:
Queens of Country (DVD)
- Dierks Bentley scored his second consecutive number one and seventh overall on Billboard‘s Country Singles Chart with “Sideways.”
- In a Q&A with Craig Shelburne, Tanya Tucker talked about the appeal of singing men’s songs and how she prepared for her new album.
- Alan Jackson is selling his six bedroom, 19,000 square-feet Sweetbriar property for a cool $38,000,000.
- SHeDaisy lead singer Kassidy Osborn and Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley were both recently married, but not to each other.
- The problem with the covers on Levon Helm‘s new album Electric Dirt is that they all pale in comparison to the originals, but Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran says two original tunes, “Growing Trade” and “When I Go Away,” save the record.
- But wait, Steve Morse says it’s the covers that shine.
- Check out Joe Ely‘s collection of signs from homeless people, the first of which he bought in the mid-70s for five dollars.
- New label Stoney Creek Records signed Ash Bowers (MySpace).
- Country Universe: Who are the icons in country music that could command the same attention as Wynette and Cash, or perhaps even Jackson, when their road comes to an end?
- Rhapsody released an exclusive live version of Taylor Swift covering Tom Petty‘s “American Girl.”
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts has an interview with Brad Paisley and Chris DuBois about the process behind, and inspiration for, Paisley’s new album, American Saturday Night.
“You’re going to get to know more of Brad Paisley,” he says. “He explores lyrically, sonically and musically different areas than we’ve had in the past, and I think it’s a complete album. It’s a musical journey where there’s a beginning a middle and an end. You just feel that.”
- USA Today‘s Brian Mansfield echoes the notion that American Saturday Night is a complete album: “…is the first to feel like a full set of songs instead of some radio hits, guitar instrumentals, gospel songs and comedy bits crammed together.”
- Ricky Skaggs credits photography and other creative endeavors with making him a better musician. He’ll headline the second installment of this year’s Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman series with his band Kentucky Thunder on July 2.
- The new blog Allen’s Archive kicked off with seven volumes of vinyl rips from Bradley Kincaid, who you might remember from Paul’s Forgotten Artists feature last August.
- Update: Today is the last day to enter for the Keith Urban/KC Masterpiece/Kingsford giveaway.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- 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 …