Marty Stuart to Celebrate 20 Years with the Opry; Shania Begins Vegas Run; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 3rd, 2012

  • Carrie Underwood will star as Maria von Trapp in an upcoming live NBC broadcast of The Sound of Music. The show will air in late 2013.
  • Marty Stuart will celebrate 20 years of Opry membership on Saturday: Stuart will be celebrated during a one-hour segment on each of the night’s two shows with performances by his wife and fellow Opry member Connie Smith, Charley Pride, Old Crow Medicine Show, and songwriter Brandy Clark.
  • MusicRadar sat down with Troy Tomlinson, President and CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville, to talk about the state of publishing in country music. In discussing why the physical CD has not declined in country as much as other genres, Tomlinson says, “For country, the biggest single reason is that more than 50 percent, between 50 and 60 percent, of all physical country music was sold at Wal-Mart. That was at the peak of sales in America. Country consumers in the late ’90s and early 2000s were at Wal-Mart every week of the year. That’s where they buy a lot of their household items, and it’s where they’re used to purchasing music.” 
  • CBS will air television special A Home for the Holidays with Rascal Flatts on December 19.
  • ASCAP uploaded a video of former SteelDrivers lead singer Chris Stapleton and his wife, Morgane, singing an old Bob McDill classic, “Amanda,” at the ASCAP Country Music Awards.
  • Nashville mayor Karl Dean thinks it is important that his town be known for music, not just country music.
  • Michael Hoinski of Cowboys & Indians magazine analyzed the widening boundaries of country music: “What is country music? Is it a twang to the instruments and a drawl to the voice? Does it have to do with what you wear, whom you associate with, and where you call home? Is it traditional country, real country, commercial country? Good luck finding an answer.”
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Ray Stevens about his new box set.
  • The Kindle version of Dr. Kent Gustavson’s Doc Watson biography, Blind But Now I See, is free on Amazon until 12/4.
  • Music videos from the past week or so:

Love and Theft – “Runnin’ Out of Air”

Toby Keith – “Hope on the Rocks”

The Sunny Cowgirls – “Green and Gold”

Tay Barton – “Country Boy for Christmas”

Matt Enik – “A Natural”

Phil Vassar – “Santa’s Gone Hollywood”

McAlister Kemp – “A Good Idea”

Joanna Smith – “We Can’t Be Friends”

Jeremy Steding – “Let the Boys Drink Whiskey”

Ben Ransom – “Truck Stop Honey”

Lynyrd Skynyrd – “Homegrown”

Marc Broussard – “Lonely Night in Georgia” (Hurricane Sandy Relief performance)

Stephen Colbert & Dolly Parton – “Love is Like a Butterfly”

Eli Young Band – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Hayes Carll and Corb Lund – “Bible on the Dash”

  1. Janice Brooks
    December 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Way to go Marty S.

  2. Occasional Hope
    December 3, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I love that version of ‘Amanda’ – thanks for the link.

  3. Rick
    December 3, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    The article on KJUG says that the AM band version of the station is changing formats but that the FM band version of KJUG soldiers on! Regular AM band radio just sounds too crappy for a music station to be viable these days (WSM-AM being quite the exception). On the other hand AM band HD radio sounds great but has been huge flop in the marketplace, which is a shame as it puts AM and FM on an equal sonic level of good quality sound. Oh well.

    Speaking of Wilford Brumley, last night Jim Lauderdale told a wacky tall tale from the stage at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Jim told of how he had written an autobiographical book titled “Bluegrass Diaries” which just like “The Basketball Diaries” was being made into a feature film! Jim said the actor chosen to portray him in the movie had been shadowing him 24 hours a day to learn his mannerisms and had stolen his life! That actor was none other than Wilford Brumley! (lol) Jim then said that Fred Thompson had been selected to play Jim as a young man. Talk about screwball…

    Wow, Wade Hayes cancer free after all of his struggles the last few years. To that news I must say a heart felt “Thank God”. Go Wade!

  4. Paul W Dennis
    December 4, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Not wild about that version of “Amanda” – still prefer the originl version by Don Williams

    Thank’s good news for Wade Hayes, an artist I like a lot. Maybe one day we’ll see some new music from him

  5. bob
    December 4, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Wade Hayes fan Paul said “Maybe one day we’ll see some new music from him”. He has a new single, “Is It Already Time”, about his battle with cancer. I bought it about 2 months ago on i-Tunes. Good song but obviously too serious a topic to compete with songs about beer, babes and trucks.

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