“Long Black Veil” Songwriter Danny Dill Passed Away at 83
- Danny Dill, one of the songwriters behind Lefty Frizzell’s “Long Black Veil” and Bobby Bare’s “Detroit City,” passed away on Thursday at the age of 83. If you’re not familiar with “Long Black Veil,” read the story behind the song in Stop Cutting Hits: The Story of Lefty Frizzell’s “The Long Black Veil.”
- PopMatters‘ Joseph Carver visited Todd Snider at his East Nashville residence and listened to him flit from one subject to another.
Talk about recordings and Snider quickly remembers, “The label told me to mention that I have another record coming out. It is eleven tracks. It was produced by Don Was. Jim Keltner plays drums on it.”
And as quickly as the business angle makes its way into the conversation, it makes its exit, Snider wandering off again.
- Willie Nelson was among the musicians who helped close down the Backyard in Bee Cave last night; it was his 31st performance at the venue. The development of retail shops in 2006 created problems for the once secluded Backyard by taking away land that was used for parking.
- Last night also marked the inductions of Matraca Berg, Tom Shapiro and John Hiatt into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper has the recap.
- Sugarland‘s Kristian Bush comments on sending the song “Steve Earle” from the album Love on The Inside to the actual Steve Earle:
“We sent it to him,” Kristian explained, figuring “if the song pisses him off, let’s not put it on the album. We are bigger fans than we are insistent songwriters. The response we got was that Steve doesn’t read anything — reviews, anything at all — about himself, so why would he listen to a song that has been written about him? We thought, ‘Genius! We love him even more.’ But his manager explained to him what we were trying to do. We were told he laughed. That, in itself, is a triumph.”
- The Grand Ole Opry YouTube channel has video of Craig Morgan‘s induction ceremony from this past Saturday.
- Daily Trivia: Ernest Tubb‘s first recording session took place today in 1936.
- Lauren Tingle caught Adam Hood for the first time last week in Nashville and says she was completely blown away.
- Quietly and almost undetected, Ken Mandel says Tim McGraw found the perfect way to honor his father. (via CMT Blog)
When the country singer reached the mound to deliver the ceremonial first pitch before Game 3 — with kids from the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club — he brought his famous father with him.
From his pocket, McGraw retrieved some of his father’s ashes and sprinkled them on the mound. Tug McGraw, who delivered the final pitch of the 1980 World Series, would’ve loved it.
- According to court filings, Lorrie Morgan has filed for bankruptcy for primarily business related debts. “It’s very important to me that my fans and business associates understand that I’m OK,” she said. “Today’s economic times have affected many American families and businesses. I, along with many of you, am not immune to this fact.”
- Emily Christensen on Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert‘s two and a half hour show in Waterloo, Iowa on Thursday: (via the Road Show edition of ggcolumn)
Lambert took the stage ready to rock with her single “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” but left a little to be desired as she continued on with songs like “Guilty in Here” and her first hit “Me and Charlie Talkin.” Though the performance was rock solid — – her head-banging skills rival the female vixens in just about any ’80s hair band video — – her ability to connect with the crowd paled a bit in comparison with her easy-talking boyfriend.
- Toby Keith‘s reason for producing his new album, That Don’t Make Me a Bad Guy:
“But I just don’t need outside production anymore. I am my niche, I created my niche, I created my world. When I come on singing it doesn’t have to be some grand production. It’s all me now. I’ve got my fingerprints all over it.”
- Jett Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, recently joined Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon to talk about the acquisition of her father’s previously unreleased recordings from the Mother’s Best Flour radio program. The first batch of recordings will be released tomorrow, but for now, head over to NPR to listen to recordings of “Cool Water,” “Wait For The Light to Shine” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”
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