Loretta Lynn and Bret Michaels Duet; Bonnie Raitt Covers Gerry Rafferty; Dwight Yoakam Added to Country Thunder Lineup

Juli Thanki | February 10th, 2012

  • An excerpt from Chet Flippo’s newest Nashville Skyline column: Mainstream acceptance results in a neutered music that is totally compromised. Being co-opted killed rock music, just as mainstream country radio forces country music’s creators and artists to fit into its parameters — or, else, broad commercial absorption further narrows the music into a certain mold.
  • Hunter Hayes, Scotty McCreery, and Brantley Gilbert are the nominees for the ACM New Artist of the Year award. Voting opens on March 19.
  • Loretta Lynn and Bret Michaels duet of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” will be on Michaels’ upcoming album Get Your Rock On. An excerpt from the Rolling Stone article: “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” is just one of the songs that came from his Thanksgiving jam session with Lynn. There will be more. “There are two songs we wrote together. One of them is going to appear, she’s a doing a new album with T-Bone Burnett, we’re gonna go down and do one on that,” he says. “And then we’re gonna do one [on] an album that’s called Me, My Guitar And I, it’s a record that will come out either later in the year or sometime next year.”
  • Deering Banjos posted a lengthy interview with Scott Avett on their site. Here’s his take on the Avett Brothers’ sound: If Neil Young was rock and roll, I don’t see why we couldn’t be rock and roll. I think that if John Prine was country then I don’t see why we couldn’t be country…It is somewhere in that realm of folk-country-rock or indie-punk-old time.
  • Jamie O’Neal has started a new label, Momentum (link warning: autoplay). From the press release: Momentum Label Group’s flagship artist, Rachele Lynae, [will] release her debut single, “Party ‘Til the Cows Come Home” in March.
  • Trace Adkins narrated a free children’s ebook called Owney: Tales from the Rails. It’s available at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum site.
  • John Lawless of Bluegrass Today digs The Church Sisters.
  • Cindy Watts of the Tennessean chats with Eric Church about his Grammy-nominated album, Chief: “When we went in to make Chief, ‘Smoke a Little Smoke’ was the template,” Church says from the tour bus in route to Savannah, Ga. “I said, ‘We trusted the gut and we put out the wildest song on the last record, I’ll have no constraints on this one.’ ‘Smoke a Little Smoke’ gave us that freedom.”
  • Here’s the trailer for Lionel Richie’s upcoming country album, Tuskegee.

  1. timeo
    February 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Looks like Jamie O’Neal’s label name is Momentum, not Monument. (Jamie O’Neal has started a new label, Monument.) Monument is a longtime label name, recording home to Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson, Larry Gatlin, the Dixie Chicks and others

    • Juli Thanki
      February 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks, Timeo–was typing that up pre-coffee this morning.

  2. Rick
    February 11, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Chet Flippo does a fine job explaining the mechanism of the AirHead-ization of mainstream country music. When mediocrity becomes the core of the commercial country music realm, you have to keep going out further and further out towards the periphery to find worthwhile new music.

    I applaud artists that start their own music labels. Unfortunately these types of ventures rarely make money, so good luck Jamie as you are going to need it. Treat it like a financial investment where you set a limit up front on how much money you are willing to lose…

    The addition of Dwight Yoakam and The McClymonts to the Country Thunder concert tour almost make it worth attending. Emphasis on “almost”…

    So first Loretta Lynn hooks up with Jack Blight and now its with both Brett “I’m Poison” Michaels and T. Bonehead Burnette! Loretta, please get off this walk of shame and the sooner the better! Crikey!

  3. luckyoldsun
    February 11, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Before Loretta Lynn hooked up with “Jack Blight,” she was practically banished by the industry. Does anybody remember her CD “Who Was That Stranger”?? Issued on MCA/Universal “Special Products”?? What was special about it is that it went direct from the factory to the record store remainder bin without ever stopping in the regular music section.

    Jack White produced a real album with her, got it promoted in all kinds of media–and as I recall, “Van Lear Rose” was on a lot of the end-of-year “Best Of” lists.

    I don’t think Loretta will be listening to your advice.

  4. Jon
    February 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    “Before Loretta Lynn hooked up with “Jack Blight,” she was practically banished by the industry. ”


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