Kate & Kacey Leave Big Machine; Clint Eastwood’s No. 1; John Fogerty Named BMI Icon
- Kate & Kacey Coppola are no longer with Big Machine Records, but the sisters aren’t letting their departure slow them them down, in fact, it was label slowing them down.
It happened a little while back, and it’s one of the hardest things we’ve ever gone through. They weren’t wanting to put out new music quite as fast as we were hoping, and for that and other reasons, we decided to move on.
- To open the different dates on her first official headlining tour Miranda Lambert chose nine different artists, all male
- Brooks & Dunn landed an impressive lineup of big names
(all solo artists or trios, no duos)to perform at their “Last Rodeo” concert special in April following the ACM Awards.
- New Elizabeth Cook album. May 11.
- Chet Flippo’s Nashville Skyline column consists of a 19-question, multiple choice quiz this week. One of my favorites:
Brad Paisley recently had a bad fall on stage while performing his song, “Alcohol.” The accident happened because:
A. He stepped on Little Jimmy Dickens and tripped.
B. He stepped on Justin Moore and tripped.
C. He was sober and singing about drinking.
D. He was scratching a tick bite.
E. None of the above
- The Smoking Gun’s Backstage Pass section lists numerous tour riders for entertainers of all genres, including 14 from country’s past and present stars. (via HearYa, which asks what you’d include on your own personal list.)
- Austin Music Source’s Joe Gross reviewed Taylor Swift‘s recent tour stop in Austin:
Speaking of flipping, boy, can that gal flip her hair. Admittedly, it’s spectacular hair and she worked it, her head seemingly capable of 360 degree motion — I counted ten different angles in a four bar passage during the piano ballad “You’re Not Sorry” point. Somewhere, her chiropractor is already putting money down on a beach house.
- The Tennessean, CMT, and GAC all have reviews of Lady Antebellum‘s sold out show at the Ryman on Wednesday night, where one of the highlights was an acoustic rendition of the Hank Williams classic “Lost Highway.”
- That Nashville Sound introduced Zoe Muth and The Last High Rollers, a band that’s described as sounding like “Emmylou Harris on vinyl.” (MySpace)
If you’re interested in beautiful pedal steel, gorgeous mountain mandolin, and old-school country, this is one of the best offerings of the last year.
- Did you know Clint Eastwood has a No. 1 country hit? It was a duet with Merle Haggard back in 1980 and is one of the songs from a list that Craig Shelburne put together of seven surprising singers with a country hit.
- Josh Turner respects his heroes:
I won’t ever forget, I had gotten an offer to do a show in Florida, and they wanted John to open for me. I told them, “Absolutely not! There’s no way I’m going to go out there and be a headliner with John Anderson, one of my heroes opening for me.” I’m so glad I made that decision because I got out there and played my 40 minutes, and he comes on and plays two hours worth of hits. It was unbelievable and just knocked everybody dead. So that was one case where being humble was the right way to go, because he would have just put me to shame regardless.
- John Fogerty will be honored as a BMI Icon at the organization’s 58th Annual Pop Awards next Tuesday.
- Ray Benson isn’t worried about seeking airplay:
“We have found that with satellite radio and the Internet, Asleep at the Wheel still sells records and [has successful] tours,” says Ray of stations’ quest for young listeners. “Great country music still exists all over the place; it’s just not on country radio anymore … I don’t mind but it has certainly changed the format.”
- Music Fog: Kevin Welch – “Andaman Sea”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.