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