Kenny Chesney Gives Fans Something Special; CMA Names New CEO; Billy Ray Cyrus Goes Rock
- Being the gracious guy that he is, Kenny Chesney wanted to give something extra to the fans with his upcoming release, Hemingway’s Whiskey. That something extra will take the form of two bonus tracks and a 30-minute DVD that includes video of an in-depth conversation with Chesney about each of the songs on a Deluxe Edition of his new album.
- GAC listed Shania Twain‘s Top 10 videos of all time as selected by its viewers.
- The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Michael McCall covered Buddy Miller‘s artist-in-residence concert on Tuesday night and posted a couple of videos, including performances of “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger” from Lee Ann Womack and “Wide River to Cross” with Patty Griffin and the McCrary Sisters.
- Charlie Louvin on the surgery he underwent back in July:
“They said we failed so far on being able to remove the cancer from the pancreas, but we’ll come up with another plan,” he said. “I don’t know what they’ve got up their sleeve, but I’m sure it’ll hurt.”
- The CMA Board of Directors named Steve Moore as the Country Music Association’s new CEO.
- Chet Flippo recommends the new memoir from Rosanne Cash, likening it to “sitting down and having a long, enjoyable conversation” with the author.
- With his new album, Trace Adkins says he was aiming for the same kind of energy generated by his live show:
In a way, the album represents Adkins’s response to the new digital era, when record sales are more a means to an end than the ultimate goal. Few artists can expect to sell millions of records these days, so Adkins said his goal with the new set was to draw fans to his live shows.
- In honor of Lee Ann Womack‘s birthday (Aug, 19), The LimeWire Blog’s Chuck Dauphin explored five of her best singles: “I May Hate Myself In the Morning,” “A Little Past Little Rock,” “Never Again, Again,” “Does My Ring Burn Your Finger,” and “I’ll Think of a Reason Later.”
- Who is the Randy Rogers Band? In a new video, each of the band members introduced themselves and talked briefly about their nicknames and influences.
- The Austin American Statesman photoblog posted several hi-res photos of Butch Hancock at his recent gig at the Cactus Cafe, including one of a creepy looking angel, and over at their music blog they uncovered video of his last performance of the last night: a cover of Townes Van Zandt‘s “To Live Is To Fly.”
- Billy Ray Cyrus has a new gig: frontman for the rock band Brother Clyde, which released its self-titled debut on Aug. 10.
Here’s Paula Nelson and Willie Nelson performing John Fogerty‘s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain,” which appears on Paula’s new album Little City.
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