In a Former Life, Reba McEntire Was a Man
- I an interview with Alan W. Petrucelli, Reba McEntire reveals that she believes in reincarnation and that she used to be a man:
“I believe in reincarnation,” she confesses. ” I believe I’ve gone both ways — that I have been here before as a man. I will get flak from Christians who will say I can’t be a Christian if I believe this. That’s true, and I’m sorry, but this is how I live my life, this is what I believe. I believe I have spent time with my son Shelby before. I believe I have spent time with other people in my life before. Who knows? Maybe I’m part Buddhist.”
- The Eagles, Trace Adkins, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum and the Wailers have been added to the lineup of performers for the 42nd annual CMA Awards taking place Nov. 12.
- Houston Chronicle‘s Joey Guerra asked dance-rock outfit Mechanical Boy to review Amber Digby‘s new album, Passion, Pride & What Might Have Been, and had Digby do the same for Mechanical Boy’s newest release. Cool idea.
- NPR is featuring a stripped-down acoustic set from Eric Church on Mountain Stage. He performed “Guys Like Me,” “Livin’ Part of Life,” and “Sinners Like Me,” along with “Without You,” a song from his new album that Church says has an Everly Brothers feel. The new album, Carolina, is set to be released next March.
- Michael D. Ayers recaps the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s second annual benefit that took place at Nokia theater in New York last night. The “guitar pull” featured Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm and Rodney Crowell with veteran sidemen Jerry Douglas and Larry Campbell.
The highlight of the evening came about three-quarters of the way in, with Harris, Gill and Crowell tackling the Townes Van Zandt ballad “If I Needed You,” with Campbell adding mandolin. A group sing-a-long including host Billy Bob Thornton on the country classic “Will The Circle Be Unbroken” closed the proceedings.
- Taylor Swift is taking he stage to open for Rascal Flatts tonight at the Sommet Center in Nashville and says her 50-minute time slot is “about the exact” amount of time it takes to play all her singles. If you’re in Nashville and a combination of Swift and Flatts isn’t your thing, visit Exit/In to catch Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose (who’s mom has penned some of Swift’s biggest hits) and Chris Scruggs.
- The Boston Globe correspondent Marc Hirsh notes that Carrie Underwood‘s spirited stage presence at her sold-out show at Agganis Arena on Wednesday night stood in stark contrast to the blandly pretty singer with a blandly pretty voice and robotic stage presence that was featured on American Idol three years ago.
- Daily Trivia: This day in 1941 marked the birth of Earl Thomas Conley, a birthday he share with Alan Jackson, who was born in 1958, and in 1991, Tennessee Ernie Ford passed away.
- In his review of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition, Mark Kemp calls “Greystone Chapel,” written by inmate Glen Sherley, the highlight of Johnny Cash‘s seminal Folsom Prison recordings.
The lyrics—“inside the walls of prison my body may be, but the Lord has set my soul free”—address everything important about Johnny Cash at that pivotal moment in his life: the despair that had trapped him in a seemingly hopeless drug addiction, the faith that was bringing him out of it, and the resolve that inspired him to give back to others in need.
- Kenny Rogers talked to journalists about the website dedicated to his lookalikes, Men Who Look Like Kenny Rogers, before kicking off his Australian tour, and says his favorite is “Chick Magnet Kenny.” (via ggcolumn)
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- Todd Snider names Jerry Jeff Walker‘s Gypsy Songman as the one album that changed his life.
- John Goodspeed relays the touching story of an acoustic performance Steve Wariner played in February for Dick Cheney and about 100 wounded warriors just back from Iraq and their families.
- Steve Martin‘s new album is due out in early 2009 and among those joining him are Earl Scruggs, Vince Gill, and Dolly Parton. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen, who is producing the album, says:
“The Steve album is coming along great! People will be shocked at how vast and varied is music is, and how hot he plays… this album will show Steve as a composer of unique hot and soulful music, and as a songwriter with an unusual twist for lyrics. And, in the 44 years I’ve known him, I’ve never heard him playing better.”
- The Gobblers Knob’s Kelly added Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson‘s latest album, Rattlin’ Bones, to his “Desert Island List.” That’s love.
- Speaking of Ye Ole Knob, an artist that I discovered through his site, Joe Pug, is featured on NPR’s Second Stage along with his song “Hymn 101.”
- Ricky Skaggs added three Inspirational Country Music Awards to his list of achievements last night for Mainstream Country Artist, Musician and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist, while George Strait took honors for Mainstream Inspirational Country Song and Tracy Lawrence scored a trophy for Inspirational Video of the Year.
- Vince Gill discusses his scaled down tour, collaborating with Steve Martin and winning the Grammy for country album with Marijke Rowland. (via ggcolumn)
You had a great line when you won the Grammy: “I just got an award presented to me by a Beatle. Have you had that happen yet, Kanye?” I’m guessing that was ad-libbed.
Very much so. I thought his speech prior to that was, um, very, very confident. Sort of, “I’m the greatest artist in the world and I own this place.” … Then when I was walking up there and I got the award, I said, “Man, I’m going to get an award from a Beatle (Ringo Starr).” The camera didn’t show his first reaction, but Kanye was shaking his head no. He smiled later.
You’ve got to be careful when you take your chances with humor. But I guess it worked.
- Watch the video premier of Julianne Hough‘s “My Hallelujah Song” on Yahoo’s Reality Rocks blog.
- Even in these economically turbulent times, Chet Flippo says vanity artists–the ones with personal fortunes to burn or those whose families are loaded–continue to burn through money in their search for musical stardom. Unfortunately, Flippo doesn’t mention any names, which leaves us to speculation. Based on his definition, who are some of the vanity artists you can think of? Movie stars, maybe? Or even pop crossovers?
- What do Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw have in common? They’ve been Photocrapped!
- Four more bullets and I could have called this news roundup the marathon edition.
- 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.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.