Johnny Gimble Remebers “Orange Blossom Special;” New Releases; Trace Adkins’ Bus Involved in Fatal Accident
- Legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble humorously remembers an event that most people wouldn’t think of as funny:
Even after suffering a massive stroke in 1999, Gimble found some humor in the situation. “When the doctors showed me an X-ray of my brain, they pointed to a black hole on the upper left side and told me that all memory from that spot was dead,” Gimble says. “I thought to myself that I hoped that’s where I kept ‘The Orange Blossom Special.” The most requested fiddle song, the “Free Bird” of breakdowns, is also the most hated by sophisticated players.
When he came home from the hospital, the first thing Gimble did was to see if he could still play “Orange Blossom Special.” He could.
- New releases for the week of February 16, 2010 include:
- The internet was a flurry with news Saturday morning that one of Trace Adkins‘ buses was involved in a head-on collision with a pick-up truck near Shreveport, Louisiana. The two passengers of the truck were killed and five members of Adkins’ band escaped with minor injuries. CNN has footage from the scene of the accident.
- Tom Russell on The University of Texas’ decision to close the Cactus Cafe, which he ranks as one of the top 5 music rooms:
AUSTIN Texas,once one of the most important music centers in the world, is turning into a soulless freeway; a clotted adjunct to Interstate 35. I keep thinking of that hole in the wall back in Griff Lundberg’s Cactus Cafe office – worn through by his hard working boots over the last thirty years. They’ll tear that wall out over shrieking body.
- Miss Leslie‘s new record, Wrong Is What I Do Best, won’t officially release until April 22, but the full thing can currently be previewed and ordered online. Three of the songs are available as free downloads, too.
- DFW.com’s Preston Jones contrasted Miranda Lambert‘s unwaveringly confident performance at Billy Bob’s Texas on Friday with her previous performance at the venue three years ago.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Endeavors John Carter Cash is Thinking of Licensing Johnny’s Name To
- Dave Pomeroy, President of the Nashville chapter of the Musicians Union, on Nashville’s decision to close the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to make room for a new convention center:
“If they don’t come to a settlement, all people are gonna remember is that the city of Nashville took a building that was honoring musicians in an eminent-domain court proceeding and that to me is a black mark on the city of Nashville. It will be perceived that way, and it’s not [a perception] that’s gonna go away overnight.”
- Music Fog: Sons Of Bill – “The Rain”
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica exposes Eric Church:
He’s been, at best, a minor success, limited not because of any steadfast refusal to hew to country norms, his preferred narrative, but because he’s still finding his balance. He’s too much of a formalist — he’s written, in part or in full, every song on his albums — to truly be as raucous as he pretends to be, and he’s not a powerful enough singer to steer a song totally on his own. A sheep in wolf’s clothing, when it comes down to it.
- In an interview with Gibson’ Russel Hall, Terri Clark acknowledged that radio was good to her for many years, but that she also feels it pigeonholed her so that her hits aren’t necessarily representative of her best work. On the subject of her next album, she revealed that she’d like to take an even more stripped-down and organic approach.
- Norah Jones would love to make a full-on country record.
- Former senior editor of LOOK magazine William Hedgepeth recounted his personal discovery of Townes Van Zandt and posted a couple of unreleased performances that Townes recorded at his house.
- Country California listed 10 YouTube channels country fans should follow.
- Newcomer Easton Corbin‘s song “A Little More Country Than That” is the iTunes free Single of the Week. (iTunes)
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- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
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- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."