Love and Theft Drops to Duo Status; Billboard Adds Social 50 Chart; Edgar Loudermilk Releases Duet with Rhonda Vincent

Brody Vercher | December 3rd, 2010

  • From three to two, Love and Theft loses a member.
  • Trace Adkins on John Rich‘s Celebrity Apprentice appearance:

    “After that first season, they came to me and said, ‘Who in country music should we go after?’ He was the first name that I told ‘em. I said, ‘You gotta get John Rich.’ He’s like a used car salesman. [laughs] He has been selling that Big and Rich crap for years.”

  • In a letter to her fans, Michelle Branch comes to terms with the reality that her 2007 album Everything Comes and Goes probably isn’t going to be released, so she’s starting on a new album.
  • The blogger over at digs the new Jamey Johnson album The Guitar Song, but count him among the camp that thinks it would have been even better had it been pared down to one disc.
  • Justin Townes Earle is big on fashion.
  • More from Edd Hurt’s interview with Charlie Louvin:

    In the late ’50s, did Capitol Records pressure you to change your sound?
    The only thing that ever happened — well, I guess you could say it destroyed the Louvin Brothers — was that Ken Nelson, who was the A&R man for our first five years, he told Ira one day that he believed the mandolin was hurting the sales of Louvin Brothers records. I thought that was ridiculous, since Ira had spent 30 years on the mandolin and he became pretty damn proficient. But after Ken told him that — I believe it was 1958 — Ira never introduced another song that we recorded, or turned it around in the middle. It put him in high gear with his drinking.

  • Billboard is now tracking artists’ popularity on various social media networks.
  • The Boot has the premiere of Katie Armiger‘s new video for “Best Song Ever.”
  • Edgar Loudermilk, bass player with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, signed with Mountain Fever Records to release his debut solo album, Roads Traveled, come mid-January. The first single, a duet with Rhonda Vincent on “Can’t Live Life Here Without You,” was released this week. Listen to an album preview here.

    With his new CD, “Roads Travelled,” Loudermilk not only showcases his vocal talents and his solid bass playing, but also his songwriting skills, having written or co-written each of the 12 tracks on the project and he calls on the talents of his musician friends and bosses, former and current, as well. […] Guest vocalists include Marty Raybon, (duet on “Roads Traveled”), Cia Cherryholmes (duet on “It Just Might”), Rhonda Vincent (duet on “Can’t Live Life Here Without You”), Russell Moore, Randy Kohrs and another former Full Circle band-mate, Glenn Harrell.

  • Contest winners: Congrats to Roger for scoring one of the new Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings…Plus! box sets. Congrats also goes out to Hoggy from Oz for winning the grand prize in our Blake Shelton contest, and Ryan and Sabrina5000, who were also chosen to receive a copy of Loaded: The Best of Blake Shelton.

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  1. Ben Foster
    December 3, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Wow, I so could have been in that Katie Armiger video. If you look at the people in that video, that’s how I get whenever I listen to “Best Song Ever” in the car. It’s a fun song to listen to while driving.

  2. Jo
    December 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Who really cares about Love & Theft?

  3. Jon
    December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Good to see Edgar Loudermilk getting out front. I met him back when he was in the Rage for about a minute; he’s a nice guy and a great singer (you can tell just by looking at who he’s worked for – Marty Raybon and Russell Moore, two of the best). I’m looking forward to hearing the record.

  4. Paul W Dennis
    December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Is Edgar Loudermilk related to John D Loudermilk and Ira and Charlie (Louvin) Loudermilk ?

  5. Roger
    December 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

    WhooHoo!! Love The9513….I will be diving into the Hank Williams archive headfirst!!!! THANKS!!!!

  6. Rick
    December 3, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature The Steeldrivers, Love & Theft (catch them while they are still a trio! lol), Mandy Barnett (plugging her new Christmas album), and Joe Diffie. Grade: B
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Curtis Potter, Rodney Crowell, Bo Bice (WT?), and Cherryholmes. Grade: B
    Schedule Link:

    Speaking of Curtis Potter, he was in the studio with Eddie Stubbs last night and the interview was really interesting. Curtis had great stories of working with Hank Thompson, Hank Snow, and Willie Nelson among others back in the early 1960’s. Fun stuff!

    I really think Trace was just so pissed off by getting beat by Piers Morgan that he wanted to get even by inflicting John Rich on Donald Trump! (lol)

    Why doesn’t Michelle Branch’s label just release her album as a “download only” item? Recouping a little of their costs is better than a total write-off, isn’t it? I call these irrational label decisions “Nashville Style Accounting”.

    The title of Katie Armiger’s new single is misleading. I guess it works better than “Average Pop County Song”. I do hope Katie does eventually write or find a song that will hit big with AirHead Country Radio as she does possess a fair amount of talent.

  7. Occasional Hope
    December 3, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    “Is Edgar Loudermilk related to John D Loudermilk and Ira and Charlie (Louvin) Loudermilk ?”

    If you click on the link to the previews, it says he is.

  8. Kyle
    December 3, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    “I said, ‘You gotta get John Rich.’ He’s like a used car salesman. [laughs] He has been selling that Big and Rich crap for years.”

    Bahaha. Props to Trace.

    December 4, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Potential Celeb Apprentice country candidates: I suspect Lorrie Morgan could give The Donald a run for the money.

  10. luckyoldsun
    December 4, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Has anybody seen Clint Black?

  11. MayorJoBob
    December 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Why? New hairdo?

  12. Charles Murphy
    December 6, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Love & Who?? Never heard of them and probably never will again. Something tells me that is a good thing without even hearing their music..if they actually had any out.

  13. leonwhayesl
    April 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm


  14. Barry Mazor
    April 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    see above, Leonwhayesl//
    Yes. (And it’s Loudermilk)

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