Lee Ann Womack, Loretta Lynn Among Additions to George Jones Tribute; Taylor Swift Education Center to Open; Alan Jackson Releases New Video

Juli Thanki | October 9th, 2013

  • Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Big & Rich, Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson, and, uh, Megadeth have been added to the super-sized lineup of performers at what would have been George Jones’ final Nashville concert on November 22, which has now been named “Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show.”
  • The Taylor Swift Education Center will open Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On Sunday, Swift will be presented with her record sixth NSAI songwriter/artist of the year award, more than Vince Gill and Alan Jackson, who’ve won five awards each.
  • Trampled By Turtles will celebrate their 10th anniversary with the November 12 release of CD/DVD set Live at First Avenue. Here’s a sneak peek.
  • Stream The Avett Brothers’ new record, Magpie and the Dandelion.
  • Paste premiered a 14-minute Milk Carton Kids video in which the folk duo plays three songs.
  • Beginning Friday, you’ll be able to hear a 1989 episode of Mountain Stage that features John Hartford, Tony Rice, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
  • The Bulletin posted an interview with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
  • If you like bluegrass and/or Christmas music, preview a couple songs from Jeff Parker’s forthcoming release, It’s Christmas Time.
  • Chuck Schultz of American Songwriter reviewed Ricky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby’s Ryman show, noting that it was “more than a bluegrass concert, this was a showcase of two musical icons taking songs in such varied and rich directions the crowd really didn’t know what to expect.”
  • Here’s a new video from excellent soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
  • Listen to John Oates’ new single, “Close,” written with Jim Lauderdale.
  • Keith Urban will perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert on December 6.
  • There’s a new interview with Bonnie Bishop on CMT Edge.
  • Jon Bream recapped the “Girls with Guitars” benefit show featuring Ashley Monroe, Kellie Pickler, Sheryl Crow, Maggie Rose, and Gloriana. An excerpt: The conversational highlight was the story about when Pickler and Gloriana, who toured together for two years, went out to celebrate a birthday in Austin, Texas, and Pickler and Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert got matching tattoos on their feet, and Pickler got a nose-ring. “My husband had to get a diamond [stud] out of my nose with a pair of pliers,” she said. 
  • Jim Caligiuri (Austin Chronicle) on Eric Church’s ACL Fest set: He fits a heaviness worthy of Black Sabbath, along with Iron Maiden’s dual guitar zingers, into his songs about present-day America. One can be sure, however, that Waylon Jennings – name-checked in “Lotta Boot Left to Fill” – didn’t need double kick drums to get his point across. Church’s appearance at the festival was an anomaly. No other artists from the current cast of Nashville stars were on the bill, although, for what it’s worth, he did play Lollapalooza. The audience was definitely his, singing along at all the right times, almost breathlessly waiting for his monster hit “Springsteen.” Overall, the reaction was tepid in comparison to the colossal noise Church’s band made.
  • Alan Jackson’s got a new video for “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.”

  1. Andrew
    October 9, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Looks like Kacey Musgraves got her wish. “Follow Your Arrow” showed up on my desk today as her next single. I’ll play it on my station and will be interested to what sort of response it gets.

  2. TexasVet
    October 9, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The whole Willie Nelson’s “To All The Girls” album is now available for streaming at Amazon:


    • Juli Thanki
      October 10, 2013 at 11:10 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Tex!

  3. Rick
    October 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Hey Vet, why am I not surprised you would link to an album that features a Carrie Underwood duet cut? You are so predictable…(lol)

    It’s too bad Kirsty MacColl is no longer with us. She’d be perfect for that George Jones debacle, er I mean shindig where she could perform her wacky Brit-pop version of “He Thinks I Still Care”.

    If a song like “Follow Your Arrow” would have been released as a radio single even 10 years ago, it most likely would have been set aside. Nowadays with Top 40 AirHead Country Radio being so attuned to politically correct pop-culture (just look at all the gay characters on major network TV shows these days) I don’t think it will raise much of an eyebrow. Chely Wright got shellacked mostly because she had presented herself for years as straight before “coming out”. Kacey has been an outspoken supporter of “gay rights” ever since she recently started gaining major media attention. We shall see.

    I’d much rather see Ricky Skaggs share the stage with Flatt Lonesome or The Gibson Brothers than Bruce Hornsby. I’m just sayin’…

  4. Barry Mazor
    October 9, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Being decent to other people is not being (in the deadliest, ghastliest and most overworked truly airhead phrase of our time) “politically correct.” It’s just being decent to other people. Cut the crap.

  5. TexasVet
    October 9, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Hey Rick, Crikey! (lol!)

  6. Andrew
    October 10, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Hard to consider the song politically correct when I spent some serious thought wondering whether I should use the album version or the radio edit (which censors the word “joint”) because of how it would be received by listeners in my heavily conservative Christian area.

    I decided if they’re going to get mad over a weed reference, they’ll get just as mad over acknowledgement that there are gay people in the world and went uncensored. God forbid someone sing songs about real life for better or worse.

  7. Leeann Ward
    October 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

    Even though this song seems somewhat like a fun album track in a way, due to it’s ditty-like construction, I’m still impressed that Musgraves believes in the message of the song enough to push for it to be a single and that the record label agreed to support her. As a straight, church going person who has never smoked a thing or had a drop of alcohol in her life, I happily champion the message of this song on country radio. So, I hope that there are many others with arrows that point in various directions who embrace an open message like this. Then again, this song with its call for love and peace fits right in my sweet spot wheelhouse.

    I’m amused that the weed reference was what was changed for the alternate version.

  8. Leeann Ward
    October 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Ah, dang! Willie is still sounding great! I can’t wait to buy the album! It’s wonderful.

  9. Luckyoldsun
    October 10, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    “As a straight, church going person who has never smoked a thing or had a drop of alcohol in her life…”

    Now that’s amazing.
    I didn’t even realize that there are many mainstream churches require such absolute conformity.
    (And I’d also expect that someone who’s that strict as to literally never touch a drink or a smoke in their life would also frown on listening to music and performers at extol consumption of such products.)
    Learn something new every day!

  10. Leeann Ward
    October 10, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    It’s always good to keep learning.

  11. Barry Mazor
    October 10, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    No,, there aren’t two kinds of people in the world–thsoe who do and think jusI like I do, and those “others. ” There are those who understand there are other people in the world and are OK with that, and those who just can’t quite get over it.

  12. Barry Mazor
    October 10, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    There are also those who can see typos on their interface and those who can’t.

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