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.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.