Jason Isbell vs. Dierks Bentley; Miranda Lambert to Appear on SVU; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 9th, 2012

  • Did Dierks Bentley rip off Jason Isbell’s “In a Razor Town” with “Home,” his most recent single? Isbell accused him of doing so on Twitter this weekend, while Dierks fired back with a link to an interview with one of the co-writers, Dan Wilson, that talks about the creation of “Home.”
  • Emily West will be making her acting debut on the ABC crime drama Body of Proof this Tuesday night playing a singer/bartender/drug user who is involved in a murder.
  • Alec Solomita of the Wall Street Journal reviewed the brand new Charlie Louvin memoir Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers that has been published posthumously.
  • Kenny Chesney opened up his Malibu home for a pictorial you can see here.
  • Miranda Lambert and Kelly Clarkson will be musical advisers to Blake Shelton on NBC’s The Voice.
  • Miranda Lambert will also be making her acting debut on a springtime episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.
  • New Stoney Creek Records artist Randy Houser will be performing on CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight.
  • The Times-Picayune profiled Louisiana native Jim McCormick, a songwriter with two songs currently on the country charts (“When I Get It” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do”). His work has also been recorded by the likes of Jamey Johnson, Trisha Yearwood and Randy Travis.
  • Saving Country Music reports that the estate of Waylon Jennings is distancing itself from the upcoming tribute album coming out in February.
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin starts the Country Music Hall of Fame debate for 2012 in an article from last week: There’s no word as to the exact date of the announcement of the 2012 class, but it usually happens CRS week – which is in February. There has been quite a bit of speculation as far as this years’ inductees. In the pre-1980 class, strong arguments have been made for acts such as Ronnie Milsap (who could also be included in the post-1980 class) and Jerry Reed. Post 1980, could it be Garth? Alan? Or maybe Ricky Skaggs? We’ll find out soon. I’m working on an article with my thoughts on this, but I do hope that in the Musician category, the voters go outside of Nashville and induct the man who put the “Bakersfield Sound” on the map, the legendary Don Rich!
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Hannah Ellis – “Here Right Now”

Madison Cain – “She Talks To Angels”

Dale Watson & The Texas Two – “I’ve Done That Before”

Craig Campbell – “When I Get It”

Melinda Schneider – “Wish You Were Here”

Troy Cassar-Daley – “Country Is”

Bob Wayne – “2012”

Kathleen Edwards – “Change the Sheets” 

Foster and Lloyd – “It’s Already Tomorrow” (Music Fog)

Kimberly Kelly – “Tell It To My Heart”

  1. Barry Mazor
    January 9, 2012 at 11:07 am

    On the Waylon Jennings estate and the Volume 2 release: As I pointed out in a column here lats month, both Jessi and Shooter took a very active part in the Sirius/XM show built around the record, to be digicast this month, so that doesn’t look much like a hands off attitude about it. (Granted, many of the artists they had with them on the show were Volume One participants.)

    It’s the record business, folks, in 2011, and apparently some compromises had to be made to get the disc out at all. What a shock! They’ve probably figured out that a way to do this in the future is digital release in their own control–and their own promo challenges. Not that I have any inside track on those thoughts. Just sayin’..

  2. Real Country
    January 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    •Married man and father of two Justin Moore was kicked out of a Dallas restaurant for allegedly hitting on two diners.

    Such an outlaw.

  3. luckyoldsun
    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I’m not surprised to read that this Waylon tribute project is something of a fiasco. It struck me from the get-go as a bit phony.

    Just in 2003,there were two major Waylon tribute albums issued, with 15 cuts each: The “mainstream” tribute on RCA, featuring such heavyweight artists as John Mellencamp, Travis Tritt, Dwight Yoakum, Hank Williams Jr., Brooks & Dunn, Allison Krauss–plus Jessi and Shooter, themselves; and the “alt” tribute on Dualtone, featuring A-listers like Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Norah Jones Kris Kristofferson and Robert Earl Keen.

    This latest project is padded out with fewer cuts per disc and features an indisputably less-accomplished cast of characters–to the extent that the personnel are different.

    I believe neither of the 2003 albums sold all that well, but those were at least worthy tributes. When I read about this new project, all it prompted me to do was to pull out of the 2003 Waylon tribute CD’s and take them to my car–and I’ve recently been playing those.

  4. Jon
    January 9, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Isbell’s case is about as strong as luckyoldsun’s name is real.

  5. luckyoldsun
    January 10, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    That guy is just too sharp. Here I’ve been, trying to trick people into believing that I’m a recent Slavic immigrant named Luc Kyoldsun and Jon figures out the truth and goes and rats me out and saves the world from my nefarious schemes.

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