Jack Greene Passes Away; Darius Rucker’s True Believers Drops 5/21; Elizabeth Cook is Delightful
- 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.
- Barbara Mandrell, Ralph Emery, and Crook and Chase are a few of the names that have just been added to George Jones’ final Nashville concert. (Don’t worry, Jeremy Dylan, your call will come.)
- Give a listen to the new Spinney Brothers single, “Grandpa’s Way of Life.”
- 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.”
- Jake Owen is hoping to make the leap to headlining arena shows.
- CMT’s Craig Shelburne shares some of his SXSW highlights, including performances by MilkDrive, Daniel Romano, and Turnpike Troubadours.
- Coming out in July through the University Press of Mississippi: Scotty and Elvis: Aboard the Mystery Train, written by Scotty Moore with James L. Dickerson. According to ElvisNews.com, it’s a revised, updated version of the 1997 book That’s Alright, Elvis.
- 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.
- 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 …