Lead Singer Leaves Cadillac Sky; New Releases; Dierks Bentley Raises $250,000; Track-by-Track Taylor Swift Breakdown
- Cadillac Sky lead singer and mandolin player Bryan Simpson announced his departure from the band, but promises that his replacement is extremely gifted and will not disappoint.
- Several stars plan to get together the day after the CMA Awards to record a Christmas special for ABC.
- Listen to The SteelDrivers with new lead singer Gary Nichols on Mountain Stage and watch video from a backstage interview with Tammy Rogers and Mike Henderson.
- Twelve-hundred bikers showed up for Dierks Bentley‘s fifth annual “Miles & Music for Kids” ride and 5,000 fans showed up for the concert to help raise a cool $250,990.62 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. CMT’s Chris Parton has a recap that goes beyond the numbers.
- Jason Aldean and Reba McEntire have been in a charitable mood recently as well. Aldean donated $132,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from his Oct. 15 “Concert for the Cure,” and McEntire gave $61,000 to a struggling Oklahoma school.
- Michael McCall on Sugarland‘s The Incredible Machine:
Those who think country acts must stay down-home in sound and theme won’t relate with “The Incredible Machine.” But those open to new sounds and ideas will be exhilarated by Sugarland’s one-of-a-kind blend of joyful melodies and heady musical arrangements.
- Chris Willman graded The Incredible Machine a C+ for EW.com:
Most of us have by now come to accept that modern country music is more a state of mind than a particular sound, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing that Sugarland’s latest is essentially a full-blown rock album. If only it weren’t, more specifically, a Bon Jovi album.
New releases for the week of October 19, 2010 include:
- Kristian Bush hopes fans like The Incredible Machine regardless of its classification:
“I came into this record like, ‘Right on, here we go,” he said. “Then, ‘Whoa, can we do this? Is anybody going to say ‘no’ in this room?’ And then (Nettles) is turning to me going, ‘What are you doing? Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.’ . . . That’s part of the partnership that makes all this work, is when you have someone you trust that says, ‘No, you can take three more steps off that cliff and there’s still more earth, you’re not going to fall.’”
Jennifer Nettles likes stretching boundaries:
“I think one of the most exciting purposes of art . . . is to provoke. I think this record is provocative, and I think it’s already inspired conversation. ‘Oh, is it country? Is it not? What is country?’ I think it’s exciting to think we are growing to such an extent that people just don’t know what to call it.”
- Miranda Lambert has had a whirlwind of a year.
- In her new video for the song “Lie a Little,” singer-songwriter Charla Corn wants a man to be a little less than honest. (via Rawhide & Velvet)
- Brad Paisley renamed and extended his H2O World Tour. It’ll now be known as the H2O Frozen Over Tour and includes the addition of Jerrod Niemann to the lineup.
- A street in Leadwood, Missouri was recently renamed to honor Ferlin Husky, and plans are in the works to have a highway renamed in his honor as well.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope on the new Darius Rucker record, Charleston, SC 1966:
Darius co-wrote every song, most frequently collaborating with Rogers, and although the material is pretty good, and more consistent than that on Learn To Live, there are no modern classics here.
- In an interview with American Songwriter‘s Michael Rampa, Gretchen Wilson says if she ever made a different kind of album, it’d be a rock album, and that she’d like to try a full-on Tammy and George duet with John Rich.
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne is on-board with most of the principles behind the American Country Awards.
- Did Taylor Swift have a thing for John Mayer? If the lyrics to Swift’s song “Dear John” are any indication, then the answer is yes. And if “Dear John” is indeed about Mayer, it’s the second one in as many months. As for the rest of Swift’s album, Chris Willman has a track by track breakdown over at The Y! Music Country Blog.
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...