Loretta’s Songwriters HoF Performance Sparked Impromptu Encore
- Lee Ann Womack kicked off the Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony last Thursday with a note-perfect rendition of Loretta Lynn‘s “You Ain’t Woman Enough,” and Blake Shelton performed a countrier-than-the-original version of Albert Hammond‘s “To All The Girls I’ve Loved Before,” but Jim Allen says nothing compared to Lynn’s performance of her own “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and encore of “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind).”
- The new Jason Boland & The Stragglers album, Comal County Blue, drops on August 26th and you can listen to a few samples on the band’s MySpace. Then head over to their website to check out the Celtic-influenced outlaw tune “Blowin’ Through the Hills,” which will be one of two iTunes exclusives.
- Several country albums from the likes of Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris and Jamey Johnson show up on the second part of American Songwriter’s list of “Best Hidden Treasures.”
- The Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson Rattlin’ Bones disc that was released in Australia in April is coming to the US via Sugar Hill Records, as soon as it gets a street date. In the meantime, you can check out four of the tracks on MySpace.
- Word has it Tim McGraw will have a new album out this fall.
- The Front Porch Country Band posted the new video for their song “I Believe” on YouTube in conjunction with a contest for an iPod Touch. Just subscribe to their YouTube page and let them know what things you believe in.
- The oldest living member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Kitty Wells, drops in at No. 9 on Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Women.
She was called the Queen of Country Music, the genre’s first major female solo star. In the fifties and early sixties, her string of hits were unprecedented for a female artist, as she began to prove the industry adage wrong: women could indeed sell records just like the men.
- Send a prayer up for Elizabeth Cook and her family, she lost her mother last week, a woman that Cook’s friend Chelle Rose describes as Loretta Lynn without the fame.
- Palo Duro Records announced the lineup for the inaugural Chattahippie Music Festival, “featuring the best talent in Americana, Rock, Blues, Jam, Country, Folk and Bluegrass from around the nation.”
- Fantastic YouTube video of Keith Whitley with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys circa 1977. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Donald: LOS, I need to second your mention of Ballad of Forty Dollars.
- Paul W Dennis: Best wishes for Jim Ed Brown - there's very few left from his generation of country singers John Morthland's article on …
- Paul W Dennis: That looks like Harold Morrison playing the dobro behind Jeannie C Riley on "Harper Valley PTA"
- luckyoldsun: Got to go with "The Ballad of Forty Dollars." Funny, if you saw the title and started listening to that song …
- Randy Prewitt: I would have to say my favorite Tom T.Hall song is "The Day Clayton Delaney Died.He has so many great …
- KathyP: "Faster Horses." Which reminds me I need to add it to my digital library.
- Leeann Ward: "Me and Jesus" and "Harper Valley PTA" are my favorites, I think. But I agree with Paul that it's not …
- Chad: "I Love" of course!
- nm: I enjoyed that Nashville recap from the Fug Girls, but the absolutely best recaps are in the Nashville Scene, by …
- Donald: "Don't Forget the Coffee, Billy Joe" is just one of my many favourites!