Kenny Chesney Produced Willie Album Hits Shelves In January
- Songs like Johnny Cash’s “Hurt”, Martina McBride’s “Independence Day”, and George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” chartered considerably lower than other songs from these artists’ catalogs, but are sometimes considered signature songs; even over higher charting singles. With that in mind, Country Universe wants to know: What is the definition of a hit?
- Sarah Borges, Lucinda Williams, Joe Ely, and Patty Griffin all scored a spot on PopMatters list of The Best Singer-Songwriter Albums of 2007.
- A while back there was a lot of hype about Kenny Chesney co-producing Willie’s next album. It looks like the results of that partnership are about to come into fruition. Moment of Forever hits the shelves on January 28 and includes songs from an eclectic mix of songwriters.
- Eric Normand–who has worked with Toby Keith, Vern Gosdin, and Daryle Singletary–paints a bleak picture of the life of a Nashville musician.
- Check out Chet Flippo’s Christmas list. He wants someone to get Kellie Pickler a world map and some geography lessons and someone else to find “Nashville’s Lost Rhinestone Mines.”
- Do you view hearing your favorite artist in a TV commercial as a welcome development, a disheartening transgression, or somewhere in between?
- Take Country Back‘s Top Picks of 2007. Of the ones I’ve heard they’re very excellent choices.
- Watch Willie Nelson’s anti-dogfighting ad on Still Is Still Moving.
- Travis Tritt filed a lawsuit against his record label, Category 5, for fraud and breach of contract.
Tritt says that [Ray] Termini misrepresented Category 5’s skill and competence as a record company, its financial resources and its ability to honor its financial obligations. He claims that he was denied the complete creative control as promised, as well as money for promotional travel and royalty payments.
There’s also allegations that Termini illegally used Medicaid funds from a nursing home where serves as CEO to start his label.
- UPDATE (10:40 AM): One of our readers just let us know about Termini’s response, which he emailed to Country Aircheck.
“It is amazing that Travis Tritt and his mental midget management would choose to read headlines and take them as the gospel. One day at a time the truth about my healthcare company is being told. It is no secret to Country radio and folks on the inside of the music profession that Travis and his manager are difficult to work with at best – his track record with radio speaks for itself.
“Our label is not the first to have to deal with his over-the-top ego, which is driven by a massive insecurity complex. He has cost my label a fortune and has been uncooperative from the onset. For years he sang, ‘I’m gonna be somebody,’ [and] it’s a shame that that somebody turned out to be who he is. He has openly blamed Country radio, his past labels, just about every radio promotions person that has ever worked for him, CMT, GAC and the CMAs for his lackluster record sales and fading career. Knowing the people from all of these groups, I feel as though I am now in good company as a result of his attack.”
- See what Wyclef Jean has to say about Big & Rich.
- The script for Beer For My Horses has been completed with filming to begin in February. Toby Keith describes it as an “action-adventure film that is also situationally funny,” and even has a cameo for Mel Tillis. And while we’re on the subject of Tillis, he has a role in another movie called Palo Pinto Gold. It’s a Western set in the late 1800s and features country music singer Trent Willmon as the lead actor.
- Even more Mel Tillis news. As if his movies weren’t keeping him busy enough, he’s in the process of writing a novel and updating his biography.
- Go read Jim Malec’s interview with Suzy Bogguss on Denver Westword. Good stuff.
Do you still consider yourself a practitioner of country music?
I love country music. I play The Grand Ole Opry every couple of months, and I keep it country there. I have had such an opportunity to try different styles. My friend Robert Earl Keen told me once that I shouldn’t apologize for being a singer. It’s what I always wanted to be. I did not have aspirations to be a “country star.” I always wanted to tell a story, and that is what led me to Nashville: great songs.
- Rosanne Cash’s brain surgery was a success and she’s expected to make a full recovery.
- Universal Music signed two-time Dancing with the Stars winner Julianne Hough to a record deal and expects to release a country single in early 2008.
Julianne almost didn’t take the job on the ABC show for fear it would make people skeptical of her singing efforts. “I almost didn’t do it because I’ve wanted to sing and act more than I wanted to dance,” she says. “I want people to take me seriously as a singer. I have a different sound that will hopefully set me apart from other people.”
- And last, but certainly not least, give Hollerin’ Ben Cisneros a big ol’ welcome for diving in with The 9513 crew as our newest writer. His first article certainly got the discussion flowing: The Promise and Impact of Taylor Swift.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …