Johnny Rodriguez Arrested And Charged With Three Felonies
- In her article on how country music went from chest-thumping to introspection when it comes to the war, Michelle Cottle writes “country music may never turn its back on Bush’s disastrous Middle East adventure. But war weariness is quietly creeping into even the reddest of red-state culture.”
- You can’t write the history of Earl Scruggs without the Ryman Auditorium. The Tennessean has a short time line of Scrugg’s career at the Ryman and a few quotes from the bluegrass legend.
- The sixth annual Americana Honors & Awards is scheduled for November 1st at the Ryman Auditorium. Leading the list of nominees with three nominations apiece are Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and the Avett Brothers.
- Robert Everett-Green writes that Willie Nelson has become a custodian of country music’s past with his past couple of projects. Willie Nelson on his Songs of Cindy Walker project:
“If you have a way to record music, I think you have a responsibility to the music that you grew up with, that helped shape you,” he said while preparing to drive to Thunder Bay for the beginning of a 10-city western Canadian tour. “With Cindy [who wrote songs for Bob Wills, Eddy Arnold and Roy Orbison], it was very important to get that out and released while she was alive. And I’m happy to say that she did get to hear it before she died.”
- In almost every article I’ve read about the new Bon Jovi album there is a couple of quotes from Jon Bon Jovi where he feels the need to defend himself by saying he’s “not a carpetbagger,” and that his new country album isn’t really different than any other Bon Jovi album.
Country music, he said, is the music of Alan Jackson and Vince Gill. He said Lost Highway is much more in tune with country-to-rock crossover artists such as Sugarland and Big & Rich, who also make an appearance on the album’s rocking “We Got It Going On” number.
I’m still confused as to whether this is supposed to be a country album or not. From what I gather they don’t consider it country, but it will be marketed as country and played on country radio. Anyways, the rest of the article talks about the turmoil that some of the guys (namely Richie Sambora who divorced Heather Locklear, dated her best friend, Denise Richards, only to break up with her, and lost his dad) in the band have been going through and how they channeled all that pain into this album.
- Remember when Johnny Rodriguez made headlines at the CMA Music Festival for missing one of his scheduled shows and then showed up at another and announced that Merle Haggard agreed to produce his new album? He’s back in the headlines, this time he was stopped after speeding complaints and arrested for possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and an open container of beer. That’s three felonies. He also missed another show last Friday night.
- Lou Robin, Johnny Cash’s personal manager of 35 years, will be appearing on today’s show on JohnnyCash.com Radio.
- James Stroud and Clint Black have teamed up again. Stroud helped Black to reach five No. 1’s off his debut album, Killin’ Time, and will be co-producing Black’s album that’s due in the fall. If I remember correctly, Stroud is also working with Trisha Yearwood again and recently joined Willie Nelson to form Pedernales Records. He’s a busy dude.
- John Carter Cash joins NPR to talk about his book and CD honoring his mother, June Carter Cash. They’ve also got an excerpt from the book where he talks about what it was like growing up as the son of Johnny and June, and recalls one incident where June sent him out to find his own switch for a whipping.
- Dierks Bentley wrote a guest blog for the folks over at EW.com about his experience at Bonnaroo. It’s an entertaining read about seeing Sting at the pool, but not wanting to pester him, and his band members turning into groupies for some of the other acts.
But it’s hard to sum up the Bonnaroo experience with a short answer. Physically, it was dry, dusty and hot as hell out there. The fact that that stops no one from gettin’ their party on speaks of how much these people love music… or how much in fact their party is “on”… and that makes for great people watching. When we first entered the gates to the general area, no one I was with really said much for the first 30 minutes as the visual senses were in “Holy s—, a beer truck has flipped over and we’ve got to grab all the free ones!!!!” mode.
- Glen Campbell fans rejoice, his entire catalog will become available for digital download this summer.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …