Joe Galante’s Departure; Lyric Street Closing; Blake Shelton Lands Record Fish; Rodney Hayden & Friends Lineup
- Sony Music Nashville head honcho Joe Galante — the man responsible for launching/guiding the careers of acts like Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Chris Young, Carrie Underwood, and many more — announced his plans to leave the company after a nearly 40-year career. Galante is expected to assist his replacement, Gary Overton, transition into his CEO role. No future plans were disclosed, but BMI’s Jody Williams imagines the industry will be seeing more of Galante.
- Continuing yesterday’s Music Row mayhem, Lyric Street Records announced plans to shutter its doors. The label is home to Rascal Flatts, Sarah Buxton, Bucky Covington, Love and Theft, newcomer Tyler Dickerson, and the recently-signed Kevin Fowler. Rascal Flatts will be moved to another Disney Music Group label, and in an email to Rawhide & Velvet’s Rita Ballou, Kevin Fowler spelled out the situation as he understands it:
Lyric Street is going to be an imprint of the Burbank-based Buena Vista Group.
The entire promotion team and some marketing and support folks are staying in place. There will be fewer artists, but I am one of them [...]
- In a new video, Joey + Rory‘s bus driver, Russ, imagines that viewers would like to see Mrs. Joey doing something sexy, like washing a car with a wet t-shirt. He can’t have that, so he provided viewers with something just as provocative.
- Blake Shelton landed a record-setting paddlefish on Hudson Lake this past Tuesday. (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
- Associated Press entertainment writer Chris Talbott imagines some of country’s newest stars as a collaborative posse. Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott anchor the group, which includes Scott’s bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley, Lambert’s boyfriend Blake Shelton along with Luke Bryan, David Nail, and Ashley Monroe. And if I’m reading right, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are fringe members.
- Dolly Parton‘s theme park, Dollywood, is entering it’s 25th season.
- If for nothing else, Jesse Winchester‘s performance on Mountain Stage is worth checking out for the song “A Showman’s Life,” which has been recorded by both Gary Allan (his version features Willie Nelson) and Buddy Miller. While you’re listening, be sure to stick around for “Bless Your Foolish Heart.”
- The Wall Street Journal‘s Jim Fusilli on the significance of the Pulitzer Prize Board’s recent decision to honor Hank Williams:
The acknowledgement of Williams comes at a time when country music seems under assault from within, as its biggest stars promote glossy, cookie-cutter hybrid that owes more to pop than acoustic country and its writers have reduced to a litany of well-worn clichés the kind of lyrical insight Williams displayed. Though Williams was a star in his day who understood the power of image, at the core of his work was his ability to write and sing lines that resonated not only in the mind but deep in the heart of his listeners – which is why his songs so easily cross genres for other performers: His words speak of what we know to be true.
- Rodney Hayden released the lineup/schedule for his May 8 Rodney Hayden & Friends concert in Boerne, TX. It includes Tom Russell, Walt Wilkins, Susan Gibson, Drew Kennedy, Jason Eady, Owen Temple, Bonnie Bishop, Adam Carroll, Max Stalling, Josh Grider, Bill Whitbeck, and Stephanie Briggs.
- Funnyman banjo player Steve Martin is planning to record the follow-up to The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo sometime in August with the intention of releasing it in early 2011. He has 11 songs and needs one or two more before getting started:
“There’s no point for me not to do original compositions,” he says. “What do I do — cover somebody else’s song? That’s ridiculous. They could get a better singer to do it. The only contribution I cold make, really, is in the writing.”
- The Judds are scheduled to kick off the 2010 CMA Music Festival.
- Farce the Music thinks Rascal Flatts deserve a sackpunch for its staleness more than its mediocre music:
You’ve got a cash cow in your harmonies and commercial persona. Milk it. Pop it up guys (can’t believe I said that). Get campy. Do something! Don’t just sit there. Much worse, in pop culture, than being a lightning rod, is being a limp dishrag.
- To celebrate Loretta Lynn‘s 75th birthday, My Kind of Country is giving away her memoir Still Woman Enough and the 70-track, three-disc retrospective Honky Tonk Girl. To enter, leave a comment naming the country star you’d most like to see a feature film about.
- Country California Fake News: Chuck Wicks to Perform Theme Song for New “My Little Pony” Movie
- Brandon Rhyder, Kristen Kelly & The Modern Day Drifters, and Roger Creager are a few of the artists joining Dierks Bentley for his “Miles & Music for Kids” celebrity motorcycle ride and concert in Dallas-Fort Worth on April 25.
- Free Download: Yep Roc Records is giving away a 10-song digital sampler. Artists include The Sadies; The Gourds, Todd Snider, Chatham County Line, Dave Alvin, and more. (via No Depression)
- 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.
- Six String Richie: It's great to hear that Sundy Best has a new album coming out. I really encourage anybody that reads …
- Louie: "Brotherly Love," IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith's …
- Erik North: A big loss for not only the Nashville songwriting community, but for songwriting communities everywhere, in my opinion, that Paul …
- luckyoldsun: If they're only allowed one modern inductee per year in the H-o-F, then there's a backlog developing. You have Skaggs, …
- Leeann Ward: I'm not an ETC fan, but I do love "Brotherly Love" with Keith Whitley.
- luckyoldsun: It's got to be "What I'd Say." (I think that's the title.) There was some question, I believe, over whether …