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)
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.