Liz Anderson Passes Away; Willie Nelson Sings Country Classics; Danny Booth Joins Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Juli Thanki | November 2nd, 2011

  • Songwriter Liz Anderson, known for co-writing “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers,” to name just one, passed away at the age of 81. She also co-founded the Nashville Songwriters Association International.
  • Willie Nelson tackles country classics like “Why Baby Why” and “Sixteen Tons” on Remember Me: Volume 1, due out November 21. Check out the entire track listing here.
  • Stream Joe Nichols’ It’s All Good on his site until November 4.
  • Garden & Gun is offering up a free 15-song sampler featuring artists like Abigail Washburn, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Robert Earl Keen, and Old Crow Medicine Show.
  • Danny Booth, who has toured with Spring Creek and Bearfoot is the new bass player for bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (if you’re not listening to them, you really should).
  • Jimmy Wayne recently released his first novel, Paper Angels. It was co-written with Travis Thrasher.
  • Here’s an interview with Tom Paxton from the Performing Songwriter archives.
  • David Mead on Taylor Swift covering his song “Nashville:” I don’t know Taylor Swift, but she seems like a pretty extroverted person who happens to possess a gift for expressing very intimate emotions in a way to which a large number of people can relate. This is rare. As I watched her performance of “Nashville,” I felt, among other things, a sense of relief that she had taken it upon herself to perform it to so many people. I doubt I would have ever had the chutzpah to attempt such a thing.
  • Reba will host the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards on December 2 in Vegas.
  • Keith Urban came in at #76 on Country Universe’s countdown of Country Music’s Greatest Men.
  • American Songwriter talked with Band of Horses’ Tyler Ramsey about his new solo record, which was influenced by the music of the Appalachians.
  • Edward Morris of CMT spoke with Mac McAnally about his new live album.
  • Guy Penrod will make his Opry debut as a solo artist on November 11.

 

  1. Rick
    November 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Just the mere thought of 25 Faith Hills songs makes me a bit queasy…

    Bearfoot was on Music City Roots tonight and it was a pleasure to see and hear the interview with Nora Jane Struthers. I sure hope they come out Los Angeles way sometime soon.

    Its a shame Willie didn’t do his new “Remember Me” album back when his voice was in better shape. Oh well, better late than never! I haven’t forgotten those old songs as they are what I spend most of my time listening to.

    Who in the heck is David Mead? Since Taylor Swift sang one of his songs, I would assume he is not a country artist.

    I hope the Garden & Gun page lets you hear song samples in advance this go round. Its a waste to download a bunch of songs only to wind up deleting them for not being up to snuff.

    Juli, I appreciate the fact you always post news links about a bunch of artists I’ve never heard of before! Helps keep me on my toes. (lol)

  2. luckyoldsun
    November 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I’m sure Willie has done most of those songs before–some of them on duets with the original artists.

  3. Ben Foster
    November 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for plugging my Faith Hill article, Juli! You rock.

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