Jon Hager of Hee-Haw’s The Hager Twins Found Dead
- Jon Hager, who performed as one-half of The Hager Twins with his brother Jim in the original cast of Hee-Haw, passed away last week at the age of 67. Sam Lovullo, a producer of Hee-Haw and friend of the Hagers, said Jon had been in poor health and was depressed since Jim had died in May 2008.
- The judge handling the paternity case involving Eddy Arnold ruled that his court had no authority to order the exhumation of Arnold’s body.
- Ben Ratliff reviewed the “pairing” of Steve Earle and Allison Moorer at City Winery, a new restaurant and nightclub in New York, on Thursday night.
…until Mr. Earle got to a New York song, “Down Here Below” — starting with an image of the red-tailed hawk Pale Male smugly looking down over Fifth Avenue — his stories about Kentucky, or Tennessee, or Copperhead Road, or Taneytown, or Guitar Town, felt very, very far away.
- Sunny Sweeney expresses her affection for mullets in her newest MySpace blog and is offering a prize pack to the person who submits the best mullet picture.
Keith Urban‘s new album, to be released March 31, will be titled Born to Love.Apparently that was just a rumor and the article was removed.
- I might have posted this before, but Still Is Still Moving reminded me of this killer version of “Lost Highway” from Kurt Nilsen and Willie Nelson.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open an exhibit on Jan. 24 spotlighting John Hartford, who Mick Buck, the museum’s curator of collections, describes as “the Mark Twain of traditional music.” Hartford got his big break in 1967 when Glen Campbell‘s recording of his song “Gentle On My Mind” became a Grammy-winning pop and country hit
- Watch the video for Jackson Taylor‘s “Honky Tonk Heroes” complete with an appearance from the Honky Tonk Hero, Billy Joe Shaver. Taylor’s new album is expected to be released in March.
- Steve Martin‘s album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, will be available exclusively on Amazon, for the first 90 days, starting January 27.
- Watch the trailer for Noble Things, an independent film about a guy who returns home to face the demons he left behind and features Lee Ann Womack as a police deputy and Tracy Byrd in some capacity. According to IMDB, you’ll have to wait until December for it to come out.
- The defamation lawsuit filed against Natalie Maines has been moved to a federal court.
- After decades of obscurity, Juli Thanki proclaims Ernest V. Stoneman unsung no longer with the release of of the two-disc set The Unsung Father of Country Music.
- Bruce Robison recently released a digital album of his biggest songs, titled His Greatest, and he answered questions about the project in an interview with Eamon McLoughlin for CMT.
Did you ever feel like you had to move to Nashville, or were you always comfortable in Texas?
That has been the confusing part, but I did learn that treating it as an outsider was really my only option. It wasn’t that I had so much integrity that I would never write a certain type of song just to get it recorded. It was more that I tried to do that and wasn’t any good at it! I’ve always had a lot of respect for friends of mine in Nashville who can write a certain type of song. It just isn’t the way that I do it. Those of us who have been country music fans for years see those carpetbaggers come in and say, “Hey, I’m just gonna come over here from rock ‘n’ roll and clean out!” It doesn’t work that way. It’s a really condescending attitude. I’ve had to just write the kind of songs that I write. Some of them are pretty sad, and some are a bit of an anachronism, but I look at it as my calling card.
- Teen magazine Seventeen published downloads and brief Q&As with Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles and Julianne Hough. (via Country Music Is Love)
- Jerry Jeff Walker visited KUT last week and recorded “Down In Belize,” a song inspired by his permanent vacation villa down in the Caribbean. Listen and download on Texas Music Matters.
- Your daily reminder to vote for The 9513 in the 2008 Weblog Awards comes courtesy of Country Universe, Melodic Sunburst, My Kind of Country and Country Music Central. Thanks a million, guys, and be sure to get your votes in by 5 PM EST tomorrow. (Vote Here)
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.