Jerrod Niemann Ends Lady Antebellum Streak; Taylor Swift’s New Album; Free Yep Roc Sampler
- With 34,000 copies sold, the new album from Jerrod Niemann, Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, effectively ending Lady Antebellum‘s six-month streak.
- The big news revealed during Taylor Swift‘s live web chat on Tuesday is that her third album, titled Speak Now, will be released on Oct. 25. The songs — all 14 soley written by Taylor — are directed at different people she’s met over the past couple of years. She explained:
In life you have a lot of situations that pop up, and people that come into your life. Sometimes you don’t get to tell them what you wish you would have told them and this album is my opportunity to do that. Track by track, each song is a different confession to a different person.
She even set up a site dedicated to the album at www.speaknow13.com where visitors can find out more information and watch video from her live chat on demand.
- The staff at My Kind of Country wants to know whether you prefer to listen to sad songs or happy ones. After answering, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a George Jones “starter kit” that includes the recently released The Great Lost Hits and The Essential George Jones.
- Preview all eight tracks from the new album Sweet Home Alabama: The Country Music Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- In an article for Reuters, Tom Roland disclosed details of the upcoming Trace Adkins record, Cowboy’s Back In Town, and the reason for his departure from Capitol Records.
“They’re broke,” Adkins says. “Everybody knows that. I mean, it’s in the Wall Street Journal every other week. They don’t have any money. And that desperation, that feeling permeates the entire company. I don’t care (who you are), you cannot insulate yourself from that, and to me it was just a downer. It was not a good environment to try to operate in for me.”
- Kevin Fowler attributes his confidence in cutting his current single, “Pound Sign,” to the enthusiasm of his three daughters when they first heard the song. He’s also hosting his annual FowlerFest, launched three years ago in San Antiono, this Saturday (July 24) at Nutty Brown in Austin.
- In his latest video update, Corb Lund covered “Strawberry Roan,” a song popularized by the great Marty Robbins.
- There’s not much in Goree, Texas; not even a junior high, which was “pretty much the only reason anyone still came to Goree.” Last September the school district gave the building and campus back to the town, leaving a town already scarce with people a little more empty. All that was changed recently, for five days at least, and the town had to thank Western Swing, a genre seemingly as scarce with newcomers (a topic touched on in the comments of Tuesday’s news roundup) as Goree’s population. The occasion was the Bobby Boatright Memorial Music Camp. NPR’s Wade Goodwynn has the story.
- Farce the Music parodied album covers from Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, Hank III, and Sara Evans.
- Craig Shelburne says the latest album from Paul Thorn “offers some of the most encouraging, uplifting songs I’ve heard all year.” The album pays tribute to his uncle and his father. One was a pimp, the other a preacher, and thus, the only logical title for the album: Pimps and Preachers.
- Paula Nelson‘s new album, Little City, is available on CD Baby.
- Zac Brown on his band’s upcoming record:
“Every step of it’s done the right way and I expect people are really going to love this record and see the depth of our musicianship,” Brown said Saturday in a phone interview from New York City, where the band was opening for the Dave Matthews Band. “We’re always growing. Not that we’ve arrived at any grand finale or anything, but the progress from this last record to this one, it’s tremendous and I’m proud of it.”
- On Sept. 23, the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All for the Hall fundraiser will return to Los Angeles for the second consecutive year and will feature a songswap with Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Taylor Swift, and a special fourth guest “that must remain anonymous.”
- Jame Otto believes that roughly 90 percent of the people who have his latest single pirated it.
- Ninbullets.net explored the roots of the song “Cowboy’s Lament,” more popularly known as “Streets of Laredo,” which is believed to have descended from the 18th century British folk tune “The Unfortunate Rake,” which in turn, has even deeper origins. Like most Ninebullets posts, mp3s are available at the end.
- Robbie Fulks on the Billy Yates song “Flowers”:
It’s probably the saddest song (even country song!) ever written, and hard to sing or listen to without crying. The groundwork for the chorus is laid masterfully, and because it’s a “single effect” song with the chorus packing the punch, you can’t really repeat any of the sections, chorus included (and Billy doesn’t in his recorded arrangement, only tagging with the chorus’s closing lines after a four-bar instrumental), which is such a rare thing that I can’t think of a second example.
- Country Universe’s countdown of the 400 greatest singles of the nineties marches on with #275-#251.
- Yep Roc Records is giving away a 13-song sampler for a limited time. Titled Best of Yep Roc Singles, the compilation includes songs from Reckless Kelly, Todd Snider, The Gourds, Dave Alvin, Reverend Horton Heat, and more. (via @TwangNation)
- The 9513 readers aren’t the only ones who have problems pronouncing our name. The guys from Rascal Flatts have problems, too.
- Country Haiku:
The house that built me
Was bought up, flipped and resold
Now in foreclosure
- Sounds Country highlighted the Thad Cockrell song “A Country of My Own.” Good Stuff.
- Leeann Ward: Interesting! I just got an email from Amozon saying that they cancelled my preorder of Jamey Johnson's Christmas album due …
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …