Kellie Pickler Discusses Sony Split; Sugarland Stage Collapse Evidence Stolen; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 16th, 2012

  • RaeLynn, the only country artist among the final 12 of last season’s The Voice, has signed a record deal with Republic Nashville.
  • Former Dreamworks singer-songwriter Sarah Buxton has started a new band called Skyline Motel with Daniel Tashian, Kate York, and Ian Fitchuk.
  • Kellie Pickler sat down with Entertainment Weekly and talked about her recent label split with Sony and how she is more attracted to indie labels at this point in time: “I’ve thought about the major labels versus the more independent ones. The ones that actually can probably do more for you. They have more to prove. [You want] to sign with someone that is about the music and gets you.” 
  • Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert did an interview with MSN’s Wonderwall.  An excerpt: “Pretty much everything has totally changed for us. We were very green when we started this whole thing, to be out on the road. And not to mention the fact that basically our first big tour was right out the gate with Taylor Swift. I think, basically, that kind of really skewed our whole idea of what road life is like, because we got so spoiled getting to play in front of sold-out crowds every single day. [We went] from that to really having to pay our dues, as far as playing some harder shows and having to figure out how to win a crowd over, but then also sprinkling in getting to play with a ton of other artists and see how they do things and get really inspired by that.” 
  • Singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth was released from the hospital after a wind-blown piece of equipment fell on her while she was filming The Good Wife.
  • The Grand Ole Opry made a short video of Jana Kramer’s Opry debut experience.
  • Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup” meets “Star Wars” in this fan video.
  • Missouri’s Columbia Daily Tribune profiled the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Alabama.
  • Loretta Lynn, Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts and Lynyrd Skynyrd are all guests on Poison frontman Bret Michaels’ new album, Bret Michaels and Friends: Get Your Rock On.
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin profiled the new Buck Owens box set,Tall Dark Stranger: The Buck Owens & The Buckaroos Recordings: 1969-1975: “With Owens’ 1957-1975 Capitol output now on CD, Bear Family is already working on the next Owens reissue — a box set of his live recordings.”  
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  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Brandi Carlile – “A Promise to Keep”

Corb Lund – “Gettin’ Down on the Mountain”

Pistol Annies – “Takin’ Pills”

Chatham County Line – “Birmingham Jail”

Lisa Torres – “Car That Runs”

281 South Band – “Texas Nights”

Rich O’Toole – “Drunk Girl”

Moonlight Social – “Heading South”

The Emerald Armada – “I Don’t Mind”

Gloriana – “Soldier Song”

Kellie Pickler – “God Bless America” at MLB All-Star Game

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Bootlegger’s Boy” at the Grand Ole Opry

  1. Andrew
    July 16, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Teea Goans released her new album “That’s Just Me” today. I highly recommend anything she does. That girl’s the real deal.

  2. luckyoldsun
    July 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    Hey, the New York Times web-site says Kitty Wells is dead–and has a pretty substantial obituary.

    Shouldn’t this site push the usual stuff to the bottom and put up a banner headline?

  3. Rick
    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Lucky, that will happen in tomorrow’s news round-up. This isn’t exactly the roots music equivalent of The Drudge Report…

    So as Kellie Pickler gets the left boot of fellowship from Big label Nashville, Rae Lynn joins the label that’s doing so much with Sunny Sweeney these days! I wish all of these TV talent quests would go the way of the dodo bird.

    So Cheyenne Kimball bails on Gloriana and then the group starts to click in the Top 40 marketplace! Talk about bad timing.

    There are a lot of people and companies involved with that stage collapse that would love to see incriminating evidence disappear. I wonder if the rumor is true about an unidentified guy wearing a funny hat seen leaving the evidence storage room recently?

    Wasn’t the original title to Timbo’s new single “Truck You”? Hmm…

    Did a quick listen through the new videos and the most pleasant surprise was the female vocalist in the duo Moonlight Social. It would be nice to hear this gal wrap her voice around some really good material, although “Headin’ South” is alright. The song by The Emerald Amanda was fine until they began to sing. Oh well.

  4. Ben Foster
    July 17, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Yes, the new Teea Goans album is really good.

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