Judge Seals Future Documents In Eddy Arnold Paternity Case
- A Tennessee judge ordered all future documents relating to a paternity case against the estate of Eddy Arnold to be sealed. A California man, Christopher Edward Tanner, claimed that Arnold fathered him during an affair with his mother, who was a secretary at Arnold’s record label. The judge asserted that Arnold deserves to have his name untainted if the proceedings prove to be unsuccessful.
- A book released at the beginning of December, Pure Country: The Leon Kagarise Archives: 1961-1971, showcases rare photographs of classic country and bluegrass artists on the small backwoods stages of rural America’s outdoor music parks. It’s a collection that historian Charles Wolfe considered one of the richest discoveries in the history of American music. Check out some of the pictures at Process Media. (via CMT Blog)
- Share your favorite Lee Ann Womack song with Country California for a chance to win her newest album, Call Me Crazy.
- Rascal Flatts wants their fans to design the cover for their next album, Unstoppable. (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
- If The Gourd‘s new album Haymaker! had been released last month, it would have found itself in The Gobblers Knobs‘ top ten year-end list.
In an era where most “country rock” consists of “rock” that is mysteriously and dubiously packaged as “country,” it is an absolute joy to hear a country record that rocks, but can never mistaken for anything but a sincere and forthright, down-home effort.
- Apple reached a deal with major record labels to remove copy protection software (or DRM for digital rights management) from songs purchased through iTunes, and also announced a tiered pricing structure with songs priced at 69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29 starting in April.
- Whitney Self continues CMT‘s coverage of the artists and sounds of Texas with a Randy Rogers Band interview.
- In keeping with the lone star spirit, Craig Shelburne names his favorite album out of Texas.
- Country Universe‘s Kevin J. Coyne asks: What songs do you wish that you could hear again for the first time? Good discussion.
- NPR posted separate Mountain Stage sets from Cherryholmes, a bluegrass family band, and the African-American string-band Carolina Chocolate Drops.
- We’re holding our own against some of the biggest names in music blogging at the 2008 Weblog Awards. As you know, The 9513 was selected as a finalist for Best Music Blog, and we’re currently in fifth place (out of 10) with a respectable 8.4% of the votes after day one. You can vote once every 24 hours between now and January 13th, and it’s the easiest thing in the world–it’s even easier than getting your record shelved indefinitely by Curb. Thanks for your support.
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- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
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