Jack Greene Passes Away; Darius Rucker’s True Believers Drops 5/21; Elizabeth Cook is Delightful

Juli Thanki | March 15th, 2013

  • Hilary Williams released a new EP.
  • Mary Chapin Carpenter’s single “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” was the subject of a “Hear This” A.V. Club post. An excerpt: The genius of the song, though, is that Carpenter doesn’t end in [a] moment of forced girl power. Her feminism extends beyond women realizing they can seize their own destinies, to the society that makes those stifling lives seem so inescapable in the first place. In the song’s bridge, the newly liberated protagonist finds herself cast into a working world where the only job she can find is a minimum-wage typing-pool position. It’s a contrast that could be bitter, but it’s met by the jubilation of the chorus, including a backing vocal that functions as a metronome (fitting, given the song’s refrain of “Everything runs right on time”). Maybe not everything is roses, but it’s better than being trapped. 
  • Blake Shelton’s “God Gave Me You” and Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” have both gone double platinum. Shelton’s “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” The Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two,” and Toby Keith’s “Beer for My Horses” have also been certified platinum.
  • And while you’re at it, listen to “Hush Hush,” Pistol Annies’ first single from their upcoming album, Annie Up.
  • Darius Rucker’s True Believers album is coming out May 21.
  • CMT Edge posted some videos of Striking Matches playing at a SXSW party.
  • Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Pitbull have been added to Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night concert special, which is taping next month in Vegas.
  • Want to support Song of the Mountains and eat dinner with Ralph Stanley? You’re in luck.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean article is about James “Nick” Nixon, “one of Nashville’s most consequential blues and R&B singers.”
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne shares some of his SXSW highlights, including performances by MilkDrive, Daniel Romano, and Turnpike Troubadours.
  • Bluegrass Today’s Richard Thompson looks at the story behind the song “Jacob’s Dream,” about the Lost Children of the Alleghenies.
  • Elizabeth Cook is a delight. Here she is on last night’s Letterman.


  1. Blake Boldt
    March 15, 2013 at 9:54 am

    Elizabeth Cook is a national treasure.

  2. bob
    March 15, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Thanks for the Striking Matches videos. I’ve been lucky to see them perform live twice. It’s great to see such promising young artists along with Monroe & Musgraves.

    I enjoyed reading the article about Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her”. However, in writing about the genius of the song, the author fails to mention that it was co-written by Don Schlitz. Schlitz also collaborated with MCC on “I Feel Lucky”, “I Take My Chances” and “Not Too Much to Ask”.

    RIP Jack Greene. Saw him at the first opry show I ever attended about a year and a half ago. He sounded great.

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The Striking Matches duo opened for Ashley Monroe at her CD release show here in Nashville last week; they’re quite accomplished instrumentalists and are developing their live show angle, as those videos show. Meanwhile, they’ve already been placing songs for some time, recording apparently, and that “Nashville’ TV show connection can’t hurt their recognition any….

  4. Bruce
    March 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    RIP Jack Greene. He had some landmark singles and always appeared to be a true gentlemen. I am sure Eddie Stubbs of WSM evening broadcast will have a memorial radio show for him as he usually does for recently deceased stars. It should be worth listening to.

  5. Rick
    March 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Speaking of certifications, the Kacey Musgraves single “Merry Go Round” was certified Gold this week after 500,000 plus downloads. Ashley Monroe needs to get a single out to radio that performs that well…

    Striking Matches have been on the Opry a few times now and I hope the invitation remains open for quite awhile. It’s too bad their version of “When The Right One Comes Along” didn’t make it onto one of the Nashville soundtrack CDs. Oh well. They will be featured on the next Tuesday Night Opry by the way.

    Does that new Pistol Annies song have anything to do with the Billy Joe Royal song “Hush” that was made popular by Deep Purple back in the 1960’s? Hmm…

    Elizabeth Cook has a nice segment on the Music City Roots show from Tamworth Australia back in January that’s in the archives. It must have been a blast for Bones Hillman to be back home in Australia doing the whole Tamworth thing!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show features Joey+Rory, Exile, Mandy Barnett, Ricky Skaggs, and Rachel Farley(?). Grade: B+
    Saturday Night’s Opry features Charlie Daniels, Steven Curtis Chapman, Sarah Darling, Craig Campbell, Ricky Skaggs, and Keith & Kristyn Getty. Grade: A-
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  6. Paul W Dennis
    March 15, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Jack Greene was the consumate professional entertainer – and a nice guy to boot


  7. Mike
    March 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    There Goes My Everything is one of the first country songs I’ve heard as a young kid.

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