Kern County Honors Bakersfield Legend With Merle Haggard Drive
- Today Merle Haggard gets his own road. California’s Kern County approved the renaming of Seventh Standard Road to Merle Haggard Drive. The ceremony will take place at the Bakersfield Harley Davidson and will also mark the beginning of an initiative to create a greenway next to Haggard Drive to be known as Hag’s Place.
- Hector Saldaña says when Sara Evans broke into a twangy, a cappella three-part harmony with her two sisters on “In the Pines” at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, it was as genuine a highlight of any rodeo in recent memory.
- Miranda Lambert helps raise funds for the Humane Society of East Texas and even adopted her own dog from the pound. She says one of her dog’s quirks is that she won’t pee anywhere except on perfect grass.
- For an artist that has many No. 1s as George Strait I imagine it’s hard to get excited about much in the music industry anymore, but his newest single, “I Saw God Today”, is the highest single debut of his career at nineteen on the R&R and Billboard charts. His next album, Troubadour, is due out on April 1st.
- A topic that never loses its buoyancy: Dolly Parton nicknamed her boobs. GAC joins the fun by calling her tour “a bust.”
- The Big Rock Candy Mountain blogger asks for your perfect albums and offers up The Trinity Sessions by The Cowboy Junkies as his perfect album.
It’s that kind of album. Spare and intimate, hushed and built for radio static, the angelic and sleepy voice of Margo Timmins. And I’m obsessed with voices, not the “perfect” voice, but the voice that sounds the most human, or contains the most humanity. Margo Timmins is both, and she melted my teenage heart, sad, sultry, and sublime.
- Carrie Underwood says she doesn’t really know what to do with babies, but says motherhood and babies “are probably inevitable at some point.”
- Songwriter Bob McDill set a schedule of writing one song a week for three decades and was rewarded with dozens of No. 1s and hit songs such as: “Amanda”, “Everything That Glitters (Is Not Gold)”, and “Good Ole Boys Like Me”. On March 1st he’ll be at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the quarterly series Poets and Prophets: Legendary Country Songwriters. He’ll participate in an in-depth, one-on-one interview, perform briefly, and sign autographs.
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.