Keith Urban Invited to Become Opry Member; JD Crowe Announces Retirement; New Alan Jackson Album Drops June 5

Juli Thanki | April 11th, 2012

  • Last night Vince Gill invited Keith Urban to become the newest member of the Opry. He’ll be formally inducted on April 21.
  • On June 5, Alan Jackson will release new album Thirty Miles West.
  • Chris Parton of CMT.com interviewed Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett, who shares this bit of info about working on the band’s new album, which came out yesterday: For this record, a lot of the material was a little bit different than what we had done in the past. A lot of it wasn’t quite as fast and loud — a little more mellow. We wanted to focus on recording and not even think about the live aspect of it at all and just try to make a beautiful record. So we brought a recording studio up to this log home on the north shore of Lake Superior and just kind of moved in. We lived there and ate there and recorded all day. It was very, very relaxed. It felt fantastic. We’re happy with the outcome, anyway. But I think people that have listened to us for a while will probably consider it a little bit of a different record for us. That’s part of growing.
  • Chris Cagle will release new album Back in the Saddle on May 29.
  • Stream singer-songwriter Anthony Da Costa’s new album, Secret Handshake, over at American Songwriter.
  • Jett Williams will perform at the 33rd Annual Hank Williams Festival, which will be held June 1-2 in Georgiana, Alabama. Moe Bandy and Larry Gatlin are also scheduled to appear.

 

  1. Ben Foster
    April 11, 2012 at 10:08 am

    So thrilled to hear that that new Alan Jackson album is finally coming to light! If “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore” is any indication, it will be a keeper for sure.

  2. Rick
    April 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s installment will feature Chuck Mead singing some of his Quonset Hut songs, Matt Flinner Trio, Walter Egan, and HuDost. Sounds er, um, interesting as usual!
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/shows

    Considering the Hag’s recent uniformed and basically dopey political comments in the interview over at AOL’s The Boot, it sounds like a twit is about to tweet. Just pathetic…

    Those Lady Antebellum ticket sales remind me of that lyric from the Heather Myles song “Nashville’s Gone Hollywood” that goes “you’ll sell a million records, so that must mean you’re good…”.

    Keith Urban joining the Opry gets me about as excited as discovering a flat tire on my car. Couldn’t they have picked someone who’s music sounds at least remotely country? Crikey.

  3. Barry Mazor
    April 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Rick, could you possibly possibly possibly just can that stuff. I believe that the endless (and largely irrelevant) political snark and volunteered negativity drives people from this site, which we’re trying hard to establish. or at least, leans them toward not posting to it..

  4. luckyoldsun
    April 11, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Gee, the post from Rick wasn’t all that bad. After what he called Woody Guthrie and the mayor of Los Angeles on the other thread, this one struck me as he was working very hard to exercise self-restraint.

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    April 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    That link about Keith’s invitation contains a lovely video of the moment at the arena.

  6. Jordan Stacey
    April 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I have to admit that Rick’s posts are sometimes great for their informative content, like his lineup’s of the opry and such. But the constant political comments come off as childish and really do turn me off from reading the comments and posting comments. It always feels like if I post something he disagree’s with I’ll be attacked.

  7. luckyoldsun
    April 11, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    “It always feels like if I post something he disagree’s with I’ll be attacked.”

    Why would you care if you’re “attacked”–
    Do you think he’s going to come by your house and punch you?

  8. Matt M
    April 12, 2012 at 3:58 am

    Am I the only one who finds Rick’s comments to be at least somewhat amusing? Whenever I read all of the headlines on these news round-ups, I always think, “I wonder what Rick has to say about this, let me scroll down and see.”

  9. Leeann Ward
    April 12, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Ditto to Barry a million times over.

  10. nm
    April 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Matt M, I don’t know whether you’re the only one, but I’m also going to chime in on the “Rick can comment about music all day long and I’ll be glad to read what he has to say, but when he comments about politics and personalities (the artists’ or the other commenters’ or even his imagined political opponents’) I look for a killfile button” side. It does interfere with the ability to sustain a conversation here, I think.

  11. Michael A.
    April 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Count me in the “Not even remotely interested in Rick’s political views” camp. It really is a turn off and hinders my enjoyment of this site and the others where he pops up. The rules of this site (and good manners) clearly state that this isn’t the forum for those kinds of discussions. When I want to talk about politics, I visit a different site. I come here to discuss country music. Once in a while the two overlap (Past discussions about Chely Wright, the Dixie Chicks, Darryl Worley, Toby Keith and Buddy Jewell come to mind.), but not on a daily basis. Also, his comments are sophomoric at best and, when someone does try to engage him in a conversation, he doesn’t reply.

    I never have to wonder what Rick will say, Matt M. His comments are basically just rearranged combinations of “Odumbo”, “crikey”, “lol”, “just pathetic”, “Obamavoter”, something about his “give a sh*t meter”, requests for free music, “clever” nicknames for artists he doesn’t like, affirmations of his desire to see women he deems attractive and, usually, six or seven more “lol”s. Frankly, for as much as Rick seems to laugh out loud at his own posts, it’s a miracle he hasn’t hyperventilated at his computer yet.

  12. Dan
    April 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Frankly, for as much as Rick seems to laugh out loud at his own posts, it’s a miracle he hasn’t hyperventilated at his computer yet.

    That one made me “lol” a little bit myself.

    It’s fine by me when people are open with their opinions, but I wish some of them wouldn’t act like they’re too good for everything. Do you really have to shove your pessimism down our throats?

  13. Leeann Ward
    April 12, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    Nicd. Nice recap, Michael.:)

  14. Jon
    April 12, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I have to admit that Rick’s posts are sometimes great for their informative content, like his lineup’s of the opry and such.

    http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  15. Jordan Stacey
    April 13, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    @luckyoldsun There’s more ways to be attacked than physically you know.

  16. luckyoldsun
    April 13, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    JS–
    OK, but the question still stands: Why would you care if you’re “attacked”?

  17. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Why would anyone in their right mind enjoy it?

  18. Jordan Stacey
    April 14, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Thank you Barry.

  19. luckyoldsun
    April 14, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Seems to me, if you have something to say,and that you think is of interest, you shouldn’t refrain from saying it because you think that one person–or two, as the case may be–is/are going to “attack” you over it. Especially, when you think he’s full of it. Your point is no less worthy because one–or two–guys don’t like it–no matter how sarcastic, condescending, self-righteous, indignant and/or irate they choose to get.

  20. nm
    April 14, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    What if you wanted to talk about, oh, I dunno, music or something, but knew that when you tried someone would come along and try to derail the conversation to politics or personal insults or the unpleasantness of his own behavior? A lot of people wouldn’t want to bother entering the discussion if they had a good idea that that was how it would end up.

    I mean, look: everyone here had to get to this website on purpose. We all had to be searching for a place to find news and discussion about music we enjoy (or are interested in, or wish we could enjoy, or whatever). And here we are, talking about the way Rick comments instead. Isn’t that a waste of our time? Isn’t it an insult to all the work Juli puts into maintaining the website, commissioning posts, keeping on top of what’s going on in roots music so we can share in it? Isn’t it sort of spitting on the music we ought to be focusing on?

    Surely someone has a reaction to Keith Urban joining the GOO or Bonnie Raitt’s new video or something besides all of this derailment.

  21. Barry Mazor
    April 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    If you like fight more than light, why don’t ya just take it outside..

  22. Leeann Ward
    April 14, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    NM makes an excellent point. (1) Cheers to Juli for maintaining a fantastic website for country music. (2) While I wish Keith Urban made country music these days, I greatly admire and appreciate his major support for the HOF and his pretty frequent appearances doing classics at the GOO, not to mention his undeniable talent in general.

  23. nm
    April 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Leeann, I personally think of Urban as a rock guitarist (and a good one — I mean that as a compliment, not an insult) who for some inexplicable reason charts country. So on the one hand his entire career mystifies me. But on the other hand, of all the acts out there who mystify me with their success as “country,” he’s the one who seems to have the most overt respect for the HoF, the GOO, etc. He seems to be pleased and proud to be thought of as being in the tradition. So I figure the GOO could do a lot worse; unlike some, he’ll actually bother to show up.

  24. Andrew
    April 14, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    I have to agree with Barry. I used to enjoy reading the comments on The 9513 and get other people’s thoughts on things. But anymore, it’s largely just Rick making unnecessary political comments and Jon arguing with people over minutiae.

  25. Jon
    April 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I am mystified that anyone at this late date would be mystified by the fact that country artists make their own music and not the music of their (often dead or retired) predecessors.

  26. Paul W Dennis
    April 16, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Memo to the owners of this site: you have the right to delete (or edit) comments not in the spirit of the site. If you wish to restrict commenta to music, then set the parameter and enforce it on a consistant basis

  27. nm
    April 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Jon, I don’t expect Keith Urban to sound like his predecessors. What mystifies me about the way he is categorized, though, is that to my ears it’s hard to pick out what separates him from the (other) college/indie-rock acts who were around when he was starting out. That’s not a condemnation; I like a lot of that music. I just don’t hear anything in his work that distinguishes it (to my ears) in a way that says “Urban is a country act and these others are rock acts.” I may be missing something, but I don’t understand from the sound or content why he is on country radio and they get played on college stations. Thus I am mystified at the way his career has gone — not by its success, but by its venue.

  28. SunsetPark
    April 17, 2012 at 10:24 am

    “Considering the Hag’s recent uniformed and basically dopey political comments in the interview over at AOL’s The Boot, it sounds like a twit is about to tweet. Just pathetic…”

    “Rick, could you possibly possibly possibly just can that stuff. I believe that the endless (and largely irrelevant) political snark and volunteered negativity drives people from this site, which we’re trying hard to establish. or at least, leans them toward not posting to it..”

    Put me in this category – Rick’s focus on politics makes me visit this site less and keeps me from posting. I have better ways to spend my time. A focus on the music rather than politics would be appreciated. There are other sites for that discussion.

  29. Jon
    April 17, 2012 at 10:51 am

    I may be missing something, but I don’t understand from the sound or content why he is on country radio and they get played on college stations.

    Because he started out in country and they didn’t. The mistake lies in thinking that genre is purely a sound or content construct. After, oh, nearly 100 years of evidence to the contrary, it’s hard for me to understand why people continue to believe it.

  30. Barry Mazor
    April 17, 2012 at 10:59 am

    So Jon, do you believe there is any reason whatsoever, then, that anybody should CARE about this “country music” construct–besides the definition that’s then left, which is that it is whatever music is marketed to an ongoing audience for it–whatever it is?

    I’ve known people who love a sort of song content, and who take to some sounds (change though they may), and will hang with those, but are people supposed to in any way CARE about a pure market segment, or being a Targeted Demographic–Country Music-Identified People? Or to talk about it?

  31. nm
    April 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I may be missing something, but I don’t understand from the sound or content why he is on country radio and they get played on college stations.

    Because he started out in country and they didn’t.

    Yes, that’s right. That’s what mystifies me: given Urban’s music the absolute certainty that he couldn’t get played on a college rock station, or that artists who are played on those stations and sound just like him couldn’t get country airplay, makes no sense. Jon, you know that you and I agree to a great extent about the social construction of genre. Explaining the social construction of genre to me isn’t going to stop my reacting to Urban’s classification with bemusement.

  32. Jon
    April 17, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    All I’m saying is that, since neither sound nor content have ever been sufficient explainers as to why some things are generally perceived as country and others aren’t – by people who care about it and by people who don’t – I can see why someone might be bemused by a particular instance that illustrated that, but not why they’d be mystified.

  33. nm
    April 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, that’s because my sense of awe and wonder is greater than yours.

  34. Jon
    April 18, 2012 at 7:57 am

    I prefer to think that I reserve mine for more worthy candidates.

  35. nm
    April 18, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    So we’re both happy.

  36. Jon
    April 18, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    As a pig in…!

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