Joe Diffie Releases Cookbook; New Streams from Carrie Rodriguez and Hot Club of Cowtown
- 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
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.