Jane Seymour Believes Son is Channeling Johnny Cash; CMA Presenters Announced; Stream Jamey Johnson
- Actress Jane Seymour believes her 14-year-old son Johnny is channeling the spirit of his godfather, Johnny Cash.
- UPDATE (11:38 am): Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with 203,000 copies sold.
- Back in 1981, Johnny Cash and Ray Charles recorded a duet on the Kris Kristofferson song “Why Me Lord,” but for reasons unknown it was never released. The song was recently rediscovered when Ray Charles Foundation president Valerie Ervin was reviewing materials and found a letter Cash had written to Charles asking his permission to release it as a single. After some digging, the master tapes were found and the song was released yesterday on a compilation of unreleased Ray Charles songs, which American Songwriter‘s Josh Huck reviewed and rated four stars.
- If the new Whitey Morgan and the 78’s record Juli reviewed this morning sounds like it’d be up your alley, then check out ninebullets.net for another write-up and song samples.
- Peter Cooper published an interview with Marshall Chapman in The Tennessean, followed by a list of facts.
- Tim McGraw doesn’t have a performing slot at the upcoming CMA Awards, but he is among the newly-released list of presenters.
- Craig Shelburne put together a fall album preview.
- For The Gun Nut’s Phil Bourjaily, the Luke Bryan song ” Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin Bullets” exemplifies what he calls “the aggressively dumbed-down lyrics that come out of Nashville these days which contribute so much to the ongoing decline of mainstream country music.”
- I can’t decide what’s more creepy: Billy Currington‘s propensity for shedding shirts or C.M. Wilcox’s fake interview voice.
- Scott Miller on Mountain Stage
- Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran on Colin Gilmore‘s latest, Goodnight Lane:
Colin Gilmore uncorks deep feelings on “Goodnight Lane” while never letting the bubbles go flat. In doing so, he’s put himself right back in the troubadour game. These are songs you’re gonna want to hear live.
Also be sure to go back and check out Sam Gazdziak’s profile on Gilmore from earlier this month and stream the song “Circles In the Yard.”
- Luke Bryan covered Conway Twitty‘s “I’d Love To Lay You Down” as part of his recent set for the RAM Country series.
- Bob Lefsetz has less-than-glowing things to say about Taylor Swift‘s new album — except when it comes to the song “Never Grow Up.”
Songwriter Linda Harrgove, who was billed as “The Blue Jean Country Queen” as a recording artist in the ’70s, passed away at the age of 61 on Sunday. Her songs were recorded by a long list of singers that include George Jones, Tanya Tucker, Ernest Tubb, Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and many others. Here’s a song called “All Alone In Austin” from her 1975 album Love, You’re the Teacher:
- Dear Jake — the start of album number four.
- The debut book from Jewly Hight, titled Right by Her Roots: Americana Women and Their Songs, is scheduled for a March 2011 release. The book consists of eight chapters, each dedicated to a separate artist: Lucinda Williams, Julie Miller, Victoria Williams, Michelle Shocked, Mary Gauthier, Ruthie Foster, Elizabeth Cook and Abigail Washburn. (via email)
Through extensive interviews with each she deals not only with the lives they’ve lived and music they’ve made but also explores the relationships between their roots—in place, family, culture, music and spirituality—the changes they’ve undergone along the way and what they’re really after when it comes artistic expression.
- Free Download: Aol Radio Blog has the new Truth & Savage single “Pure Mountain Angel” available as a free download. (via The Boot)
- American Songwriter‘s Rick Moore recommends the recently released Original Songwriter Demos, a compilation of songs like “The Dance,” Strawberry Wine,” and “The House That Built Me” performed by the songwriters.
- In an interview with The State’s Otis R. Taylor Jr., Darius Rucker commented on what he believes his keys to success were starting out in country:
“I told my label that they had to break me out of Charleston and Columbia because I thought those two places were important to me. If we can’t break there, we have no shot at this. They know me as Hootie. If they can’t accept the change and see the change, then nobody will.”
- For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the new double-disc Jamey Johnson record, visit this site. All the songs from the Black Album are available for your streaming pleasure.
- 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 …