John Rich Blasts ‘Nashville Star’ and Contestants
- Remember that whole Nashville Star thing? John Rich is trying to distance himself from his involvement in the show.
“I wouldn’t touch ‘Nashville Star’ with a 40-foot pole,” he told The Tennessean. “NBC completely bastardized what country music is about. I thought this was really going to represent country music, put us on a new level. Now, I will tell you, two artists … you will hear from are Melissa Lawson and Gabe Garcia. Those two acts were the saving graces of that show.”
- Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Hal Ketchum and Jamie O’Neal are playing at the Country Music Hall of Fame tonight as part of the The Stars Go Blue fundraiser for colon cancer.
- Sarah Rodman on Martina McBride‘s new album, Shine: “Hope may be in short supply of late, but on “Shine,” it springs eternal.”
- The lineup for the concert honoring George Strait as the ACM artist of the decade just got a little bit bigger. Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Jamie Foxx, Miranda Lambert, Montgomery Gentry, LeAnn Rimes, Blake Shelton, Lee Ann Womack, John Rich and Jack Ingram will join the previously announced guests on April 6 to record George Strait: ACM Artist of the Decade All Star Concert.
- Ted Jarrett, a country music writer, producer and talent scout among other things, passed away on Saturday from liver failure. He was 83. A couple of his songs include the Webb Pierce 1955 No. 1 country hit “Love, Love, Love” and “You Can Make It If You Try.”
- Brooks & Dunn may have had a bigger audience in Houston on Saturday night, playing the rodeo and all, but Scott Moore says Pam Tillis charmed the intimate audience at the Dosey Doe in the Woodlands with her stories, sharp wit and soulful vocals.
- Shawn Sahm didn’t want the tenth anniversary of his dad’s passing to go by without being acknowledged, which led to today’s release of Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm. However, Augie Meyers, who was part of the Texas Tornados with Sahm, thinks the end product has its shortcomings.
“The album is good,” said Augie Meyers, one of the creators of the Sir Douglas Quintet sound. “I played on a couple of tracks. But there are three or four guys on it that I think Doug didn’t even know. I think there should have been more of Doug’s compadres, people Doug knew. I don’t think the album will help the legacy because it’s too different. I just think it could have been done better.”
- Funeral services were held on Saturday for pedal steel guitarist William Donald “Bill” Johnson, who played for artists such as Red Sovine, George Jones and Marty Robbins. His song “A Wound Time Can’t Erase” (Listen: George Jones, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn) was recorded by more than 150 artists.
Album releases for the week of March 24, 2009 include:
Special Consensus – Signs
As always, feel free to leave a comment letting me know of any I overlooked.
- Listen to the new Kenny Chesney single, “Out Last Night,” which will appear on the May 19th release of Greatest Hits: Volume 2.
- Britain’s Lily Allen has been described as a pop sensation, but her latest video for “Not Fair,” in which she sings about her sexual frustrations, pays major homage to country music variety shows like the Porter Wagoner Show; she even has Wagoner introduce her to the stage.
- Dan Rosensweig, a newly hired executive in charge of the video game division that handles Guitar Hero, responded to a question about the lack of country music in the popular video game by saying, “there will be increased content of all kinds.” Take that as you will.
- The folks at My Kind of Country are giving away two copies of Eric Church‘s new album, Carolina.
Watch the new video for Ridley Bent‘s “Arlington” from the album Buckles and Boots. Twang Nation rated the album a 4.5 when it was released.
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …