Lost Highway To Release Willie Nelson Compilation; Country’s Shrinking Middle Class
- Lost Highway Records will release a 17-track Willie Nelson compilation on August 11 to celebrate his 10 years with the label. The track list was culled from nine different albums and includes three previously unreleased songs.
New releases for the week of July 14, 2009 include:
- David M. Ross commented on country’s shrinking middle class.
It’s easy to point to the superstar crowd—Swift, Underwood, Flatts, Sugarland, Paisley, Urban, Chesney, Strait, McGraw, Keith and maybe a few others we’ve mistakenly omitted, but what about the up and comers? Where is country’s middle class? A quick look at the Top 10 selling country albums this year names the following; Swift, Hannah Montana, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Brand, Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Swift and Underwood. Only two of those CDs have broken the million mark this year; only three have passed the 500k goalposts, which is the start of profitability for many labels.
- My Kind of Country: What are some of your favorite collaborations in country music. And why?
- Jason Boland And The Stragglers announced a West coast swing as part of their summer tour. (via press release)
- Watch Ray Wylie Hubbard perform “Rabbit.”
- Bob Willis, who wrote many country songs recorded by the late Jimmie Davis, passed away Friday at the age of 75.
- iTunes in a perfect world…
- If one person were to break through from the Red Dirt scene, Craig Shelburne says he’d bet on Wade Bowen.
- The Los Angeles Times‘ Randy Lewis counts Eric Church, who played a 30-minute set in Hollywood last week, among “a new breed of Southern rocker who’s laying waste to the stereotype of the genre being the exclusive domain of beer-drinkin’, flag-wavin’ good ol’ boys.” (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
- The blogger at A Truer Sound shared his favorite Del McCoury Band recording.
- And Big Rock Candy Mountain highlighted several Gary Stewart tunes.
- luckyoldsun: Paul, Good info. It's pretty disgraceful that Billboard editors can't even get musical history remotely right regarding even their own publication. The …
- Juli Thanki: Yep, I'll be there. Looking forward to it!
- Leeann: Wow! The Look Again to the Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited album is so good!
- Jack Williams: I was also there on Saturday, Juli. I really liked Angeleena Presley's set, too. Marty and the boys …
- Jack Williams: I heard the guy who made the documentary talks funny. That's great news. I'll definitely buy a copy …
- Dave D.: Jim Lauderdale's The Other Sessions is my favorite; just a great country records, IMO.
- Paul W Dernnis: It seems that whoever wrote that Billboard article had some bum information. As of 1993, 13 country artists had 50 …
- Leeann: My favorite Jim Lauderdale albums are his collaborations with Ralph Stanley.
- Jeremy Dylan: Correcting my typo, that should be http://jimlauderdalemovie.com
- Jeremy Dylan: @SCOOTER: Depending on where your tastes lie, I'd say I'm A Song (the new record), Pretty Close to the Truth …