Kid Rock to Celebrate Tootsie’s 51st Birthday; Stream Shelby Lynne and Tom Waits Records; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 18th, 2011

  • Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, John Bettis, Thom Schuyler, and Allen Shamblin were inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Here’s an excerpt from Brooks’ acceptance speech: “The songwriting, that’s what it’s all about. This is it. We can talk all day about entertainer. We can talk all day about record sales, but it starts with the song and to be confused as a songwriter and then honored as one, that’s the bomb. I can go in that room and show you all the guys I hang out with and they are songwriters, and to be called that with these guys, I’m very flattered. I’m not saying I agree with it, but I’m very flattered.”
  • Chips Moman (“Luckenbach, Texas”), Don Schlitz (“The Gambler”) and more have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Check out the full list of nominees here. The inductions will be held in June of 2012.
  • Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, and Hunter Hayes are coming to a town near you on their “Thaw Out 2012” tour.
  • Jewly Hight wrote a nice feature on Connie Smith.
  • Give a listen to scrappy string band The Devil Makes Three on the World Café.
  • Jennifer Nettles is teamed up with the Shalom Foundation to help launch health initiative projects. Go to Sugarland’s site to see a video of Nettles’ recent trip to Guatemala, where a pediatric surgery center (built in part from donations of $1 for every Sugarland ticket sold over the past four years) was recently built.
  • Kim Ruehl took a look back at last week’s Americana Conference and Festival.
  • If you missed last month’s IBMA Awards, or just want to relive some of the killer live performances, Cybergrass is streaming the show.
  • Kid Rock is helping Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge celebrate its 51st birthday.
  • Album releases:

Mandy Barnett Winter Wonderland (re-release)

The Deep Dark Woods The Place I Left Behind

Chris Isaak Beyond the Sun 

The Kentucky Headhunters Dixie Lullabies

Shelby Lynne Revelation Road

Montgomery Gentry Rebels on the Run

Randy Travis Blessed Assurance

Various Artists T-Bone Burnett Presents the Speaking Clock Revue: Live From the Beacon Theatre (Currently available for $3.99)

Laurie Lewis Skippin’ and Flyin’ 

 

 

  1. bob
    October 18, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Schlitz should be a shoo-in for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He should have been selected long ago. Loved his 2010 album “Allergic to Crazy”.

  2. Barry Mazor
    October 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Schlitz has been in the NASHVILLE Songwriters Hall of Fame for a long time, of course, the “general” all-genre Songwriters Hall of Fame is a different matter–and it will be great if he gets in there, too.

  3. Rick
    October 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Another new release is Kimberly Murray’s “Another Day of Lonely” on the Heart of Texas label. Fans of traditionalist artists like Kim’s labelmate Amber Digby or “Inside the Opry Circle” hostess Teea Goans will like Kimberly’s music plain and simple.

    Tootsies picks Kid Rock to help it celebrate its 51st anniversary huh? I’m not so sure I see that as a good thing. Hmm…

    The IBMA Awards Show and Americana Festival prove there is still some good music coming out of Nashville! (Just not from the Music Row Top 40 oriented labels…)

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