Jack Ingram Caged By Brad Paisley
- This past Monday night I was fortunate enough to catch a Gary Allan show at Nutty Brown Cafe. His stage props appeared more death metal than country, but he was in fine form as he covered most of his newer songs — only traveling past Smoke Rings In The Dark for a handful of songs. The audience was graced with two performances of “Watching Airplanes” while the film crew took footage for the music video. In between songs Allan told an excited crowd that he’s been in the studio and turned in the work on his newest album last week.
- Country Mike wonders if Johnny Cash is overrated.
All things aside, Cash still had many classics and deserve his place among the legends. But it’s unfair for him to be put on a pedestal while countless others who built the genre are forgotten by today’s fans.
- For those of you who don’t think the Man In Black is overrated, check out this retro Johnny Cash afghan throw. (via Music City Syndicate)
- Get some free tunes from Aaron Watson.
- At only 32 years of age, Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines has bought her third house. Reuters is reporting that Maines paid $5.6 million for a home in an upscale Los Angeles suburb.
- Twang Nation has info on the new Shooter Jenning’s single, a cover of the Dire Straits cut “Walk of Life”, from his album The Wolf.
“Dave and I were able to live out some of our musical fantasies with this album, which includes horn sections, and some of the Grand Ole Opry background singers,” added Jennings “It’s a country album that shows my influences from guys like Hank Jr. and my dad, and a lot of the country from the 70’s and 80’s.”
- I didn’t get to see Appalachian State upset Michigan this past weekend, and I’m sure it was a doozy, but I highly disagree with Eric Church’s (an alumni of Appalachian State) comment that it was the greatest game in college football history.
- Melissa Block has a piece for NPR that talks about a 48-song two-CD set titled Music of Coal: Mining Songs from the Appalachian Coalfields. Also from NPR is this David Dye piece on Joe Ely. Both are pretty interesting.
- Michael McCall says that new albums from Sarah Johns and Sarah Buxton “suggest Nashville may be beginning a subtle but important shift in how it represents a young woman’s point of view.”
Johns and Buxton, both in their 20s, take gutsier chances with their subjects. Not only does Johns flip off a deceitful guy, but she addresses sex straightforwardly on “Touch Me” in ways rare in contemporary country music. Co-written with Jon Henderson and Lynn Hutton, the steamy ballad finds a young woman worrying that an ongoing relationship isn’t as physical as it was in the beginning. So she propositions her boyfriend with a direct invitation: “Tell me you want me right now,” she burns, her voice dropping into a lower register. By the chorus, she’s asking him to “kiss every inch of my body” and “whisper words I ain’t heard from you lately.”
- Dude, where’s Tim McGraw in the CMA nominations?
- George Strait duets with Kenny Chesney on “Shiftwork” from Just Who I Am: Poets and Pirates.
It’s a good, solid, catchy, working-class salute set to a Caribbean beat. The kind of song at which these two guys excel. Maybe not Grammy time, but a nice song I’ll be happy to listen to more than once. I have to wonder, though, if the title of the song was once missing the letter “f”.
- All About Country is reporting that Garth Brooks is the first artist to open at number one on the R&R Chart for his single “More Than A Memory”.
Jessen notes one more factoid for Garth to paste in his memory books: “Memory” opened at a record-high No. 4 on the Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems most-played tally. The single, which arrived at radio on Monday, Aug. 20, amassed 4,349 plays.
- For his last night on Brad Paisley’s tour Jack Ingram found himself in a cage built from PVC pipes as one of Paisley’s infamous pranks. Ingram was given a microphone and hacksaw as he was wheeled out on stage. Two songs into the set he was still inside the cage, so Paisley sent a crew member to set him free.
- Adam Hood – “22 Days Too Long”
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …
- bob: Agree on King of the Road. There's another song that mentions Maine, "A Tombstone Every Mile" recorded by Dick Curless …
- Barry Mazor: I'm sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so …
- Stuart Munro: I'm not sure that there hasn't been a shift in the meaning of the term "Americana" as originally used and …
- luckyoldsun: Given that the word "Americana" is a fairly common word that has been in use for decades--generally used to describe …
- Jack Williams: Fair enough, Stuart. My own purely personal view is that the term Americana is the successor term to Alt.Country …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack's voice. It's too bad that he didn't record more of his own …