Jody Payne Passes Away; Jim Ed Brown Celebrates 50 Years with the Opry; New Music Videos
- Renaissance man Peter Cooper will release his third album, Opening Day, on September 10.
- Cooper interviewed John Oates about his new “Appalachia-meets-Philadelphia country soul” project, Good Road to Follow.
- Rosanne Cash’s currently-untitled new album will be released January 14.
- It appears that the Curb-Tim McGraw legal saga might be nearing an end after a federal judge refused to hear the case.
- Bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds has been diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat. He’s had to cancel shows and lay low while his doctors determine whether a pacemaker is necessary.
- Chris Stapleton wrote an open letter to Tom Petty asking him to collaborate.
- Jody Payne, Willie Nelson’s guitarist for more than 30 years, passed away on Saturday at the age of 77.
- In a new interview on Keepin’ It Country, Jimmy Wayne talked about his upcoming movie, Paper Angels, which is coming out next year.
- Mallory Hope is offering four songs, including “The Only One” and “I Belong to You,” as free downloads.
- Amos Lee performed “Man Who Wants You” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
- Preview three new tracks from Keith Urban’s upcoming album, Fuse.
- George Strait will be honored with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in November.
- Shonna Tucker and John Neff, former members of The Drive-By Truckers, have formed a new band called Eye Candy. Their first album, A Tell All, will be released October 15.
- Gene Watson was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
- Cassadee Pope’s reality show will air on CMT this fall.
- Jim Ed Brown celebrated 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member.
- Paul Franklin and Vince Gill performed “Together Again” on the Grand Ole Opry stage.
- Congratulations to our friend Rita Ballou on the relaunch of her site, Rawhide and Velvet.
- James Gray, the former keyboardist for Blue Rodeo, passed away at 52.
- C.M. Wilcox posted this week’s Quotable Country.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
The Grahams – “Revival Time”
Victoria Williams – “A Change is Gonna Come”
LiveWire – “Whiskey Sunday”
Jason Aldean – “Night Train”
Jon Pardi – “Up All Night”
Phil Vassar – “Love is Alive”
Sundy Best – “Lily”
W.B. Givens – “Oh My God”
Maggie Sajak – “Wild Boy”
Amanda Shires – “Devastate”
Mumford and Sons – “Hopeless Wanderer”
Valerie June – “You Can’t Be Told”
The Civil Wars – “Same Old, Same Old”
- 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."