Lovett, Clark, Ely & Hiatt Recording Mired in Record Deal; New Toby Keith Video; Whip It Like a Mule

Brody Vercher | November 2nd, 2009

  • In an interview with American Songwriter‘s Lynne Margolis, Lyle Lovett commented on the possibility of recording with Joe Ely, Guy Clark, and John Hiatt.

    We have recorded. It’s mired in the record deal. We recorded three nights in Redwood City, California, a couple of years ago and it’s all ready to go, if we could get the business end of it [together]. … I’m hopeful that we can eventually put it out.

  • Watch the new video for the Toby Keith song “Cryin’ For Me (Wayman’s Song).”
  • The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica on the new Carrie Underwood album Play On:

    [...] Ms. Underwood has honed a series of familiar poses — faithful girlfriend, scorned girlfriend, all-American girlfriend — each as technically well executed as the last. She’s a great model — the best in all of country, and perhaps all of pop. Certainly that’s made many of her songs, including several on “Play On,” musically and emotionally complacent, testaments to the limitations of great structure. “Look at Me” smolders but never sizzles, and “Undo It” never fills in the gaps between bruising choruses.

  • Joe Nichols discussed his new album and the song “An Old Friend of Mine” in an interview with CMT Insider.
  • Shirley Jinkins reviewed Billy Joe Shaver‘s Saturday concert where he opened with a new song, “It’s Always Been That Way (Since the Get-Go).” Watch a performance of the song on YouTube.
  • For episode 25 of Nashville At Nite host Carrie Smith interviewed members of the band KingBilly.
  • Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne wrapped up his countdown of the worst singles of the decade with “Part 4: #20-#11” and “Part 5: #10-#1.”
  • Ellen DeGeneres skeered Taylor Swift purdy good.
  • Juli Thanki covered Thursday’s Ricky Skaggs concert:

    Bill Monroe has passed on, but Skaggs invoked his spirit throughout the night, covering a block of Monroe songs from the late ’40s and relating one choice piece of advice the master gave him: “You gotta whip that mandolin like a mule.” Seems like Skaggs took it to heart, not only with the mandolin, but guitar and banjo as well.

  • Lyle Lovett came out on top in this week’s batch of album reviews from Country Weekly‘s Chris Neal with four stars for his album Natural Forces.
  • Pierre Cabrol, the architect who designed the Grand Ole Opry House, passed away at the age of 84. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • Patty Loveless on her latest album, Mountain Soul II:

    “This one’s a little different than the first Mountain Soul,” Loveless said. “I bucked and kicked a little at calling it Mountain Soul II, but I understood what the record label (Saguaro Road Records) was trying to do, which was to inform fans a little about what the content is. But I wanted to hear steel and electric guitar, and blend things and make it sound more Americana than Mountain Soul was.”

  • Kelly Dearmore asked Drew Kennedy to discuss two of the songs from his new album, An Audio Guide to Cross Country Travel.

    “Sharon Springs” is a song that I wrote about a couple of people that I know, people that shoot themselves in the foot every time something good comes their way. I think everyone knows someone like that. You can do everything you can think of to help them out, but sooner or later you come to grips with the notion that it’s just a part of who they are. They don’t know how to move forward unless they break-down whatever it is that’s right in front of them. It’s not an easy process to watch, that much I know for sure.

    Head over to The Gobblers Knob to see what he has to say about “St. Abilene.”

  1. Kelly
    November 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Over the weekend, i listened to a few new records, including the Joe Nichols disc. I ended up liking way more than I figured I would, actually.

  2. Jon
    November 2, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Juli: “It’s a rare performer who’ll quote both the Old Testament and “Slingblade.””

    Not in bluegrass.

    How did I miss the fact that Kingbilly’s got a GAC “reality” show? Whatevs, I’m just happy to see my excellent friend Josh Matheny get some air time.

  3. Vicki
    November 2, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    I totally disagree on The New York Times review about Carrie’s “Temporary Home”. It is very emotional and a terrific song and she sings it superbly. I think to call it “maudlin” is not correct at all. This is a true country song.

  4. Rick
    November 2, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    What, TexasVet isn’t here to defend Carrie Underwood from that mean and evil Jon Caramanica? Hey Northy, you’re slipping! (lol)

    Carrie’s new “Play On” CD is for sale this week for $ 10 at both Target and Best Buy. I’d be more tempted to spend the money on the new “Glee” soundtrack from the TV show also released this week.

    Musician friends of Amy Farris are holding a “Remembering Amy Farris” fund raising concert next Sunday night (Nov. 8) at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, California. Guests will include Dave Alvin, Peter Case, and I See Hawks In L.A. among others. Funds raised from the $ 10 admission will go to Amy’s favorite charity which provides funds for music lessons for low income people.
    Link: http://www.mccabes.com/condata.html
    I’m glad I grabbed my ticket at a Chip Taylor concert there last Friday night as they’ve sold out.

    I won a copy of “Mountain Soul II” from “My Kind of Country” and am thankful I didn’t pay for it. The title is about all it has in common with the excellent first album. Patty’s voice these days ain’t what it used to be and the songs aren’t in the same league either. A truly lackluster effort.

    Hey Juli, has Ricky Skaggs cut his hair yet? Crikey!

  5. Leeann Ward
    November 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    I agree that Patty’s second Mountain Soul isn’t as good as the first (though it’s still very good), but I must heartily disagree about her voice. We saw her in concert this past summer and she’s still in very fine voice.

  6. TexasVet
    November 2, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    “What, TexasVet isn’t here to defend Carrie Underwood from that mean and evil Jon Caramanica? Hey Northy, you’re slipping! (lol)”

    Does anyone still care what the NYT has to say?

    Here’s a more favorable review from USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/reviews/2009-11-03-listenup03_ST1_N.htm?csp=34

  7. sam (sam)
    November 2, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I’m pretty sure many people do care what the NYT has to say. I believe it still remains one of the more influential papers out there.

    Whether many Carrie Underwood fans care what the Times has to say, I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not.

  8. highwayman3
    November 2, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    ‘Play On’ is up on AOL listening party, so for those who want to stream it to decide if you want to buy it or not. I’ve streamed it and am not going to buy the whole thing, the sound isn’t for me but can see its appeal for the demo it’s targeted to. Although I did find Temporary Home to be quite good. I’d say her best song of her young career, at least in my eyes, so I’ll DL that one only.

  9. Nicolas
    November 2, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I’m rushing out to Target after school for Carrie Underwood’s new album! =D

  10. anna
    November 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    cant wait to buy carrie’s album tomorrow. What Can I say, Somebody when i stop loving you, and Songs like this are Carrie’s most “country” outings to date.

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