Justin Townes Earle Arrested; Matthew McConaughey to Direct Jamey Johnson Video; Video Tribute to Bob Wills

Brody Vercher | September 20th, 2010

  • Justin Townes Earle took a little detour after last week’s show in Indianapolis: (via Saving Country Music)

    [...] there was a misunderstanding at the venue wherein the proprietor decided to dock the band some of their money, and when Earle went to discuss the matter with him, he didn’t take it too kindly. A fracas broke out between the venue folks and the band, leading to assault and battery charges being filed, and Earle’s unscheduled stay in the holding tank.

  • My Old Kentucky Blog has more details:

    It is no secret that Justin Townes Earle has battled addiction for years, and Thursday in Indianapolis it became blatantly evident that his struggles continue. Thursday night at Radio Radio, Earle insulted (and assaulted) the venue owners and staff, the sold-out audience, and local law enforcement. [...] The night really got ugly when JTE returned to his dressing room, post-set, and started smashing things. Earle caused over $200 worth of property damage. When informed that it would come out of his pay, Earle flew into a rage, assaulting the venue owner and reportedly closed-fist punching the owner’s daughter.

  • Big Kenny and his wife, Christiev, adopted a baby boy back in July — Dakota Jefferson Holiday Alphin.
  • Country California: Quotable Country – 09/19/10 Edition
  • Jamey Johnson chose actor Matthew McConaughey to direct the video for his current single, “Playing the Part.”
  • Rory Feek on wife Joey Martin‘s dreams:

    “All she ever wanted to be was a singer,” says Feek, ducking into a New York hotel lobby so he can hear over the phone. “When I met her, Sony had signed her and Paul Worley had produced an album on her and it was just about to come out. When we got married it all fell apart. She lost her record deal. They never put a single out and it crushed her. One of the reasons was she had gotten married and they thought she wasn’t marketable.”

    Feek notes the irony.

    “To see that five years later the thing that caused her to lose her chance, and maybe not have another one, is the thing that makes it special.”

  • In an interview with William Wright for the Cleveland Daily Banner, pastor David Beatty recalled his youth and making music with his three cousins: Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley.
  • Farce the Music: Top 10 Changes the Success of Jamey Johnson’s “The Guitar Song” Will Bring Upon Nashville

    02. Martina McBride will attempt to grow a beard, successfully

  • GAC plans to broadcast the return of the Grand Ole Opry to the Opry House on Sept. 28 with a live special titled Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration.
  • Jessie James has a new music video for a song titled “Dear John,” which seems to be a very public love letter of sorts to John Mayer. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • The newest release from Cracker Barrel is the holiday album Winter Wonderland from Mandy Barnett. (via email)
  • Roy “Whitey” Grant, who with the late Arval Hogan had been recognized as the longest-running duet in country music, passed away on Friday at the age of 94.
  • The Associated Press’ Michael McCall on the new Billy Currington album Enjoy Yourself:

    In the past, Currington had trouble finding an identifiable sound: His previous album’s title, “Little Bit Of Everything,” described his musical style. But with “Enjoy Yourself” he zeroes in on an easy-going soul vibe, a sound that brings out a likable quality in Currington’s Georgia-raised tenor.

  • Texas Music TV uploaded a bunch of new videos over the weekend, including tributes to Bob Wills and George Strait.

  1. Jon
    September 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Clips from two songs I co-wrote with Josh Shilling that appear on the soon-to-be-released That Just Happened album by Mountain Heart here: http://www.thebluegrassblog.com/that-just-happened-from-mountain-heart/ .

  2. Drew
    September 20, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Wow, JTE sounds like he’s crazy. Sad to see drugs taking such a toll on him. I’m not a huge fan of his music (I like some songs here and there) but I know he has a lot of diehard fans and it would be a shame to see him throw his career and life away if he keeps going down this path.

  3. Rick
    September 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Elizabeth Cook had her first headline show in Los Angeles Saturday night at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica where she said she finally got to wear her “big girl pants” in LA! (lol) Elizabeth sang a good selection of songs from both Welder and Balls and dusted off “Dolly” and “I’m Not Lisa” from her “Hey Y’all” album. Elizabeth told of how performing on the Opry hundreds of times allowed her to befriend the “Opry Legends” backstage. She described Charlie Louvin as a “pistol” who once threatened to kidnap her! (lol) Because of Charlie’s recent health issues Elizabeth performed a top notch version of “Cash On The Barrelhead” in his honor. Her hubby Tim Carroll sang a song he wrote recently while riding on the French “TGV” high speed train about that experience. During this song Elizabeth put on her tap dancing shoes and tap danced her way through the song. Although not a sell out, the crowd was a decent size and gave her a standing ovation after her encore. Hopefully this will be the first of many future shows Elizabeth will get to perform at McCabes. If she comes your way, just GO! (lol)

    It sounds like JTE had a bad day. Punching a woman with a closed fist sure won’t win him any public relations brownie points.

  4. Sam G.
    September 20, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I was at the JTE show in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, and it was one of the best concerts I’ve seen all year. No punches thrown, nothing stronger on stage than bottled water, and all the bickering between him and the crowd was on a pretty playful level. And he sang his ass off for 90+ minutes and still came out for a 3-song encore. If he’s fallen off any wagons, I hope he’s able to climb back on them soon.

  5. Leeann Ward
    September 20, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Assuming the reports are true, there’s no justification for punching a woman and trashing a dressing room. With that said, we saw him in July (or was it August?) and he put on a fantastic show. There was a lot of alcohol on stage, but it was mostly his fiddle player who was drinking it. He was obviously intense, but he gave 100% and was very playful with the audience.

  6. Leeann Ward
    September 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I, too, hope he catches himself before things go too far. He’s got way too much talent to squander.

  7. Elwood
    September 22, 2010 at 4:32 am

    I wonder if Matthew McConaughey will direct Jamey to take off his shirt.

    I’m a huge fan of JTE as I thoroughly enjoy substance abusing songwriters in the same vein as Van Zandt and Papa Earle (a vein coursing with a healthy mix of heroine and vodka). However, I was pleasantly disappointed to attend his concert a couple weeks back and find him far more sober than I was.

    More than likely JTE and the proprietor’s daughter merely entered into a heated debate over whether or not Taylor Swift is a better songwriter than Jamey Johnson. We all know that discussion can escalate quickly.

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