Keith Urban to Undergo Throat Surgery; Larry Cordle Plans New Project; Give Me the Banjo Airs Tonight

Juli Thanki | November 4th, 2011

  • Later this month, Keith Urban will undergo throat surgery to remove a polyp from his vocal cords. He’s planning on honoring pre-existing single song commitments, but other appearances and lengthier performances (including his All for the Hall fundraiser) will be postponed and rescheduled in 2012.
  • Jessica Pace of American Songwriter sat down for a Q&A with two of The Dirt Drifters. Here’s a quote from guitarist Jeff Middleton in response to the question “Why country music?”: “I’ve listened to all different genres of music, and country songs that strike me the most are the ones that feel real and tell great stories. I moved to Nashville to write songs. I didn’t move to get a record deal or be in a band. It was because songs are, to me, the dearest form of music. I think that’s why our band bases everything around the song. It’s interesting that we’re all from different areas. I think that’s a strength, because the song has to reach each of us. And that’s the commonality. What I think a great song does and what I think country music is to a lot of people is just real life experience that we all go through, whether you grow up in a city or a rural town.”
  • Larry Cordle’s upcoming album (expected to drop in late 2012) will include guests like Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Kathy Mattea, and other artists who have recorded his songs.
  • Don’t forget that the documentary Give Me the Banjo airs tonight; check your local PBS affiliate’s broadcast schedule.
  • Cindy Watts of the Tennessean penned a feature on singer-songwriter-author Brad Paisley.
  • Sarah Moore of JamBase.com attended the Infamous Stringdusters’ music and beer celebration The Festy. Read about her experience here.
  • Kenny Chesney and Taylor Swift have received Billboard Touring Awards nominations.
  1. Ben Foster
    November 4, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I still can’t stop LOLing at that “country music boy band” ad. I shudder to think of what kind of group they’ll end up putting together though.

  2. Rick
    November 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    What will be the name of the boy band “Boyz To Redneckz”? Hmm…

    Opry Alert! Johnny Lee will be featured on tonight’s Opry along with Diamond Rio, Craig Campbell, and JT Hodges. Grade: B-.
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html
    Rebecca Lynn Howard will also be performing but needs to get back to singing country music on the Opry! Same on you Becky Lynn.

    I’d much rather read about Vince Gill than hear him sing, so thanks Chet!

    That comment about country music from Jeff Midleton shows he reaaly gets it! I wish the vast majority of artists that are currently Top 40 country radio mainstays felt the same way. Oh well…

  3. Jon
    November 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Good to see that Cordle’s project is finally going to excape.

  4. luckyoldsun
    November 5, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Rick,
    I guess that’s about the quintessential “left-handed compliment.”

    Gill is one of those artists who I’d like to see play live. I get the feeling that he’s much more of a freewheeling, butt-kicking musician live than the sedate, carefu, every-hair-in-place crooner that he presented in his hitmaking days.

  5. BLL
    November 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I wouldn’t agree with that LuckyOldSun; I saw Vince Gill in 2002 expecting the freewheeling, funny guy we saw as host of the awards shows for a few years. His opening act Trisha Yearwood was note perfect, of course, but also a scream and very, very entertaining. I was surprised but pleased as I’d seen her in her ‘singing stick’ days.

    Vince was note for note perfection, just like his recordings, so no disappointment there, but he was, dare I say it: BORING! Yup, boring…no banter, no joking about, not even any showboating on the guitar solos. Once of the few concerts I’ve ever left early as my husband kept falling asleep and was snoring!

  6. Leeann Ward
    November 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    I’ve been to two Vince concerts, one in 2005 and the other in 2010, and he bantered a lot in both, even spontaneously with the audience. He played for close to four hours for the 2005 show. The older people started trickling out around 11:30, during his smoldering, lyric changed version of “There’s Nothing Like a Woman”.:) His guitar playing was impressive and effortless. My husband who respects him, but isn’t a personal fan was impressed by both his personality and guitar playing. I suspect he might have had a tired day or something when you saw him, BLL. As far as Trisha Yearwood, I get that she’s a pretty funny person from interviews that I’ve heard. I’d like to see her in concert someday for sure.

  7. Leeann Ward
    November 6, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I’ll add that in the second show that I saw, Vince even answered a call from his daughter, Jenny, who didn’t realize that he was in the middle of a show because “When your kid calls, you answer”, which was quite entertaining and sweet.

  8. nm
    November 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, BLL, I’m sorry you had such a lousy experience. It must have been an off night for Vince — I’ve seen him live more than once and he’s been loose with the audience and smoking on the guitar each time. I’d give him another chance if you ever get the opportunity.

  9. BLL
    November 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Well if he tours here again, maybe I’ll give him another go then. There was absolutely no between songs banter at all when we saw them.

  10. Matt Bjorke
    November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    The only problem with “Country Boy Band” article is that there WAS a Pearlman boyband put together with Kenny Rogers’ assistance, “Marshall Dylan” or something like that and there was also the “South 65″ band but together by a member of All-4-One. Guess they’re talking about a ‘successful’ boy band…

  11. Matt Bjorke
    November 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    That is…Outside of, you know, actually creating a boy band a-la X-Factor’s Lakoda Rayne, which is a show put together girl group that will likely get a country deal…

  12. Jon
    November 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I saw South 65 at a street festival I played at in northern Kentucky. They sang to tracks. It was pretty funny from a country music point of view.

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