John Rich Updates His Mug Shot While Chesney Considers Banning Cameras
- John Rich turned himself in to the Metro Davidson Country Criminal Justice Center in Nashville yesterday afternoon. TMZ has the scoop.
- Nashville Hype weighed in on the NO Camera Policy that was considered for Kenny Chesney‘s shows. Apparently, they quickly backed away from the idea, but not before ruffling a few feathers.
How long will it be before every major label artist begins banning cameras at their concerts? What do you think: is a smart move to prevent shows from being recorded or incredibly short-sighted?
- Geoffrey Himes has a fantastic feature article for Paste that, among other things, draws parallels between Buddy and Julie Miller and Johnny and June Carter Cash. It was June’s death in 2003 that prompted Julie Miller to write the song “June,” which appeared on the couple’s most recent album.
“After I told Julie the news, I didn’t see her for the next hour,” Buddy recalls. “When she reemerged she had that song on a cassette. For her, things often just come that fast. She showed me the guitar part, and we recorded it right there in our home studio. She wrote it just to send to John, not for anything but to comfort his heart, like songs can do. That night it felt like Nashville had become a different place, and that song paints a picture of that feeling.”
The Millers always meant to go back and rework the tune, but they never could match the feeling of when the song was first written and recorded. So “June” ended up on the new Buddy & Julie Miller album, Written in Chalk, just as it went down that night in 2003.
There’s really too much good stuff to quote, so you’ll have to check it out yourself.
- Rodney Atkins and company celebrated his fifth No. 1 single, “It’s America,” this past Tuesday at BMI headquarters. He had already wrapped up recording on the album before the song came in, and speaking of it, he said:
“When the song came in,” Atkins recalled, “I really felt it was too important to wait for another album. … It wasn’t a political song. … It just reminded me of the simple things, [such as] the sense of community. I love that about the song.”
He also said his next single, “15 Minutes,” will be timeless. In other news, I heard Zac Brown call “Chicken Fried” a “great American song” the other day on the radio. Anyone want some pee-can pie?
- For this week’s Nashville Skyline, CMT republished Chet Flippo’s article from July 24, 2003, and it’s interesting to read his thoughts on Sugarland‘s debut showcase in Nashville. They were a seven-piece band playing “churning, driving roadhouse, slightly pop-ish country.”
- Dailey & Vincent recently finished filming a video for “On the Other Side” and it should be out in a few weeks. Additionally, they’ll be returning as hosts of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree tomorrow night (May 30).
- Miss Leslie and Hayes Carll were nominated for a few Houston Press Music Awards. Some of the other bands have pretty wild names.
- A user on YouTube has most of the performances from the George Strait ACM Artist of the Decade concert.
- And Leeann Ward published her thoughts on the tribute over at Country Universe.
- My Kind of Country wants to know what “I’m Country” songs you think get the message across without pandering?
- That Nashville Sound dug up a video of the Covington brothers singing a duet of “Seven Spanish Angels” at an USO event.
- And if that weren’t strange enough, here’s a shirtless picture of Jimmy Wayne looking country in his John Deere cap–if you’re into that sorta thing.
- Steve Martin was able to place his latest release, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, at No. 106 on the Billboard 200 this week. Behold the power of American Idol.
- Barry Mazor: What the "Americana" term brings to mind, by this point, is a matter of time and marketing. Like all …
- Paul W Dennis: I loved the Jerry Douglas interview and love the ideas behind his two concept albums Unfortunately I never had the opportunity …
- luckyoldsun: Barry, That's a good point, as far as country itself being a word that refers to a lot more than a …
- Six String Richie: Also, in regards to that article, Aldean's #2 complaint was "Nashville Copycats" and he gripes that people are copping Luke …
- Six String Richie: Billboard misprinted his new single as "Burnin' It Up" in that article! That goes to show how little even …
- CraigR.: Here are 5 things that piss me off about Jason Aldean: 1. He is a sore winner. Why complain when you …
- Barry Mazor: The words "country" and jazz (or "jass") and blues had been around for decades before they became genres (or formats) …
- Jeff Miller: Yeah, the first time I played Jimmie Rodgers for my wife & daughter- they were aghast that he was singing …
- David Cantwell: I think it more helpful to think of Americana not as a genre but as a format--and, perhaps better, and …
- Juli Thanki: That would definitely be better than Marvel's hilariously terrible Billy Ray Cyrus comic book, released in 1995. http://4thletter.net/2009/02/billy-ray-cyrus-the-marvel-comic-book-yes-really/