Joe Diffie Releases Cookbook; New Streams from Carrie Rodriguez and Hot Club of Cowtown

Brody Vercher | December 9th, 2010

  • Add Joe Diffie to the list of country stars who have released cookbooks in recent years.
  • Carrie Rodriguez teamed up with Romantica’s Ben Kyle for a collection of six classic country songs and two originals. The project, titled We Still Love Our Country, is scheduled for a Feb. 1 release, but it can be ordered/downloaded on Rodriguez’s website now. If you’d like to preview a few tracks, check Austin Music Source for a stream of the song “Fire Alarm,” visit Kyle’s website to hear “Your Lonely Heart” and “If I Needed You,” and Rodriguez’s MySpace for “Big Kiss.”
  • A stream of “The Devil Ain’t Lazy” performed by Hot Club of Cowtown can be heard from the same Austin Music Source link listed above.
  • Here’s a few releases I missed on Tuesday:

  • Elizabeth Cook‘s album Welder earned a spot on Nashville Scene’s year-end list, but it was Caitlin Rose‘s Own Side Now that took the cake.
  • The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on Eileen Sisk’s Buck Owens biography:

    Unfortunately, the unrelenting tawdriness of the narrative, combined with a less than colorful writing style, makes the endeavor come across as a hatchet job, whether intended or not. Instead of concentrating on Owens’ music, bringing out the reasons for his success and, ultimately, his influence on the Beatles, Gram Parsons, and Dwight Yoakam, Sisk makes sure the reader’s aware of how proud he was of the size of his penis, his never-ending illicit affairs, several marriages and illegitimate children, and a scurrilous way of doing business that made him wealthy beyond his dreams.

  • The American Songwriter staff listed 50 of its favorite albums from 2010.
  • Banjoist Donald Lineberger, who played with Bill Monroe and Glen Campbell, was killed on Sunday after his home caught fire. (via Gibson)
  • Our Country’s Chris Willman cited Blake Shelton‘s packed ACA after-party as an example to further his campaign to have Shelton host the awards show next year.

    At Shelton’s behest, most of the guests sang an oldie as well as one of their own hits. And rarely has an audience gotten quite so much beyond their money’s worth.

    Moreover, Shelton is just one hell of a host—country music’s own version of Vegas mainstay Dean Martin, as far as someone who can handle his liquor (real or pretending) while also handling a slew of irreverent one-liners. Trade Adkins did okay as host at the ACAs, but if the show gets picked up for a year 2, its salvation might lay in getting someone like Shelton to not just emcee and toss some wicked asides but also do some booking and set up some surprise duets.

  • Amazon’s Best Country Music of 2010: Albums | Songs
  1. Barry Mazor
    December 9, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Just so there’s no confusion. That’s The Scene’s general (read: almost always rock) critics’ poll. Their annual Country Critics’ poll is some weeks away.

  2. Alison
    December 9, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I am LOVING Christian Kane’s “The House Rules.” I have a lot of his earlier work, when his band just went by Kane so I was already a fan but I have been pleasantly surprised at just how good his first major label album actually is. I’m hoping that his numbers are enough to get him a good touring schedule and a second album.

  3. PaulaW
    December 9, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Christian Kane – The House Rules

    In my humble opinion …. one of the best albums in a long long time.

  4. Mike Parker
    December 9, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I like Christian Kane on Leverage… and the iTunes previews were decent. Might give it a try on Zune Pass if it’s there.

  5. PaulaW
    December 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    My least fav track is “Calling All Country Women” … and it’s not bad, just my least fav.

  6. Alison
    December 9, 2010 at 11:47 am

    @Paula- I like “Calling All Country Women” a bit more than “American Made” but it’s a real close deal. As you said, they aren’t bad somgs, just not my favorites. But I love “Let Me Go”, which if I’m not mistaken was the song used on an episode of Leverage. And I LOVE “The House Rules”- what a fun song. I hope everyone picks this album up.

  7. Alison
    December 9, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Actually, the Leverage song was “Thinking of You.” My bad.

  8. Thomas
    December 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    …not that i’m surprised but taylor swift’s album “speak now” seems to make it on almost anybody’s 2010 top albums list. why do i not believe that this will finally spare me any future debate about her vocal qualities?

  9. PaulaW
    December 9, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Actually, the Leverage song was “Thinking of You.” My bad.

    Yep … I was really hoping that was gonna be on the album … and was thrilled to see that it is. (Even though that was one of my least fav episodes of ‘Leverage’)

    I’m not sure I can pick a fav …. but “Whiskey In Mind” is one I play over and over and over. “Thinking of You”, “Let Me Go” and “Making Circles” are at the top of the list as well. And of course “House Rules”. (Hmmm .. did I mention .. I cant pick a favorite!) LOL.

  10. Rick
    December 9, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    PaulaW, I normally respect your musical opinion but in the case of Christian Kane I detect just a bit too much of a gushing, crazed fangurl vibe! (lol)

    I must say the Nashville Scene’s rockers choice of the Caitlin Rose album as their # 1 choice is a bit surprising as her EP wasn’t all that good. Might have to give this one a listen to hear what’s changed and has them so enamoured. Hmm…

    I do enjoy reading these year end “Best Of” lists but they almost never motivate me to actually buy anything. Check something new online out of curiousity maybe, but purchase no…

  11. PaulaW
    December 9, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    PaulaW, I normally respect your musical opinion but in the case of Christian Kane I detect just a bit too much of a gushing, crazed fangurl vibe! (lol)

    In some cases you would certainly be right Rick (ie: Anthony Smith / Jeffrey Steele), but as I’ve never met or seen Christian Kane ‘live’ and know him only via ‘Leverage’ and his music (specifically, this album) … I’m basing my comments of this album solely on the music on this album.

    C’mom, Rick, at least give it a listen. You might be surprised. ;-)

  12. Ollie
    December 9, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Opry Alert (doesn’t Rick usually do this?): On Saturday night, December 11th, performers for both Opry shows will include The Del McCoury Band, Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson, and The Low Anthem.

  13. Rick
    December 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Ollie, thanks for the Opry Alert back-up! Normally I do my announcements the day of the Opry shows but when there are no Friday “general country news” threads, which has been common lately, the weekend Opry shows wind up going unannounced! Tsk tsk.

    Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson were featured artists on last night’s “Music City Roots” and there was even a nice interview with both of them. I love to hear those guys talk about their late 1960’s era musical adventures in Los Angeles with The Byrds, Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Bros., etc.

    Friday night’s Opry will feature Emily West (hopefully singing “Annie’s Gonna Get a New Gun” as she does sometimes), Del McCoury, Jimmy Wayne, and Mel Tillis. Grade B.
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Paula, I might give Christian Kane a listen! You never know…

  14. PaulaW
    December 9, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Rick – did you watch Donna Ulisse on Music City Roots last week?

  15. Rick
    December 9, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    Yes, Paula I certainly did and she was a lot of fun! Sorry to hear about her insomnia though. Hey Donna, stay away from Starbucks and quit drinking so much coffee! (lol) I really think she should dust off a great song or two from her “Trouble At The Door” album, like “Fire In An Old Flame’s Eye” for example, and give it the bluegrass treatment! I know I’d sure like to hear it live, and I’m sure her fans from the old days would too. Oh well…

  16. Brian
    December 10, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Please let there be a recipe for John Deere Collard Greens in that cookbook.

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