Jessica Harp Reconsiders Career Choice; WSM Enlists New DJs: Dierks Bentley, Pam Tillis, & Jim Lauderdale
- Jessica Harp announced on her website that she’s leaving her career as a recording artist to become a full-time songwriter.
- Chris Price and Joe Harland, producers for BBC and MTV, went on a cross-country search for the spirit of Gram Parsons for a project they call Missing Parsons. Along the way, they received a lesson in producing from John Carter Cash and advice on how to burn corpses (or not) from Phil Kaufman and have written about their travels in a an upcoming book titled Live Fast, Die Young: Misadventures in Rock & Roll America.
- Farce the Music honored Texas Independence Day with photoshopped album covers of Texas artists, including George Strait, Bruce Robison, Brandon Rhyder (a guest contribution…), and more.
- Luke Bryan wants your vote for the 2010 ACM Top New Solo Vocalist and he’s not afraid to wear a leotard to get it.
- The Texas Music Matters song of the day is Darrell Scott‘s “Where the Spirit Meets the Bone” from his forthcoming double album, The Crooked Road (May 25).
- Radio station 650 AM WSM enlisted the services of Dierks Bentley, Pam Tillis, and Jim Lauderdale for a new series of midday shows that will run Monday through Wednesday starting March 15. The Thursday shows will include a rotating cast, starting off with Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Ketch Secor.
- The Grascals have a new album due out at the end of the month titled The Famous Lefty Flynn’s. Shortly after its release, the band will head out on Hank William Jr.‘s Rowdy Friends Tour.
- Jim Malec on Easton Corbin‘s self-titled debut album:
“On his self-titled debut album, Corbin guides his warm, smooth-as-gravy-southern drawl over a series of innocuous neo-traditional country songs that gives this notable emerging talent precious little with which to work. The 27 year-old Floridian breathes a bit of authenticity into the cliché at the heart of debut single “I’m A Little More Country Than That,” but elsewhere there’s nary a memorable hook or original turn of phrase to be found.”
And on Gary Allan‘s upcoming Get Off On The Pain:
“Get Off On the Pain may not be the world’s most uplifting listening experience, but what it lacks in cheer it makes up in truth. For fans who appreciate outstanding country music that deals with real issues, that fact may just make the album’s title a perfectly appropriate statement.”
- What does Easton Corbin think about the George Strait comparisons? He’s just country enough to be okay with that.
- Listen to Allison Moorer perform several selections from her newest album on World Cafe.
- In an interview with Barry Mazor, Rounder Records co-founder Ken Irwin recalled the beginnings of the label:
“Basically, this was my college roommate and my girlfriend of the time. We started out in the same three-alcove apartment, as a living and working collective, going to festivals to hear all the music together, traveling on that VW bus, seeing Muddy Waters and Bill Monroe and Doc Watson at Club 47 in Cambridge. We didn’t even own a tape recorder. We were fans and hobbyists, thinking of the labels we’d known, ‘Well, if they’re not going to do it, maybe we could make available music that we like and think others would.’
- That new John Hiatt album, The Open Road — Brian T. Atkinson has a lot of good things to say about it in American Songwriter.
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."