JD Souther Named to Songwriters Hall of Fame; Cleotha Staples Passes Away; Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires Wed

Ken Morton, Jr. | February 25th, 2013

  • Cleotha Staples, one of The Staple Singers, passed away at 78
  • Steve Dougherty interviewed and profiled Buddy Miller for the Wall Street Journal. Discussing the heart attack he had onstage in 2009, Miller said, “I made it through the set because I’m a pro and because I wanted to get paid…They saw you in half and take your heart out..That will change you and it did me. I probably did a lot more things for money before the heart attack. Now, I just take on stuff that I love.”
  • John Fogerty released a song from his upcoming album, Wrote a Song for Everyone (out May 28). It’s a duet of “Born on the Bayou” with Kid Rock. You can listen here.
  • Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires were married by Todd Snider.
  • Peter Cooper explored the art of harmony singing with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell for a feature at the Tennessean.
  • Christian singer Steven Curtis Chapman is collaborating with Ricky Skaggs on an album called Deep Roots for Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores.
  • An ancillary building on Loretta Lynn’s ranch burned down late last Thursday.
  • Sheryl Crow made her full-fledged country debut in Detroit last week, according to Billboard.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill released a funny blooper reel from a recent video shoot.
  • The “60 for 60” campaign launched by George Strait’s camp is making a push for the 60-year old singer to get his 60th  Number One hit before his 61st birthday in May.
  • Randy Houser was hospitalized briefly in Salt Lake City for an undisclosed illness and was forced to cancel a show.
  • The Lumineers’ self-titled debut album went platinum.
  • Saving Country Music looks back at the day Marty Robbins saved the life of NASCAR driver Richard Childress by crashing his own race car.
  • Nashville’s WSMV did a piece on the artwork in the Nashville International Airport honoring DeFord Bailey.
  • Brad Paisley releases “Beat This Summer” to country radio today. (via press release)
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Bart Crow Band“Dandelion”

Deryl Dodd “Somethin’ Ain’t Always Better Than Nothin’”

Tate Stevens“Holler if You’re with Me”

Cody McCarver “Red Flag” 

WoodField “Angelie”

Beau Davidson“More Than I Can Give”

Stephanie Manns “Burning Out”

Chad Brownlee “Crash”

The Sickstring Outlaws “Johnny Drank Jack”

Easton Corbin “All Over the Road” 

Connor Christian and Southern Gothic“Sheets Down”

Shovels & Rope “Birmingham”

Marie Miller “You’re Not Alone”

Taylor Made“Things You Don’t Grow Out Of”

Templeton Thompson “When I Get That Pony Rode”

Laura Bryna “I Don’t Want To Talk About It”

  1. Bruce
    February 25, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Glad to hear about Alabama. I always thought they were a class act and their impact on country music is profound.

    Kid Rock and Fogerty’s collaboration is actually pleasing to my ears.

    I saw Skaggs and Chapman in Nashville for their Christmas show and it was outstanding. The Whites were great as well.

  2. Jon
    February 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Sorry to hear the news about Cleotha Staples. The Staple Singers were so good!

  3. Luckyoldsun
    February 25, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    So is Todd Snider a minister–or a town justice or official of some sort?

  4. Rick
    February 25, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    “Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires were married by Todd Snider.” Holy crap! They should have made it even “better” by doing it in style in Las Vegas with everyone dressed up like Elvis! Was Hayes Carll the best man by any chance? Crikey!

    I’m all for George Strait getting another number 1 Top 40 single by May! At least George’s music is still identifiable as country, unlike so much of the stuff airing on AirHead Country radio these days. Let’s get Taylor Swift to commit to “30 By 30″ campaign with an enforceable mandatory retirement clause attached!

    That John Fogerty album sounds kinda interesting. I’m able to stomach Kid Rock these days since I found out he was a political conservative. Maybe he and Ted Nugent can run for office in 2016? Go Kid!

  5. Barry Mazor
    February 25, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Just fir the record Rick, just for realm fairness, do you also vote based on candidates’ singing ability?

  6. idlewildsouth
    February 25, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The link for the Fogerty tune says the video is no longer available due to a copyright claim, which makes me laugh.

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