Mel McDaniel Hospitalized; Rosanne Cash Reveals The List

Brody Vercher | July 8th, 2009

  • Opry member Mel McDaniel is in the hospital and in a medically induced coma. The Tennessean is reporting that he suffered a heart attack in June.
  • For his next album, Lyle Lovett plans to combine originals along with songs from some of his favorite Texas singer-songwriters. The yet-to-be-titled project will be released Oct. 20.

    “I had a few new songs I was really eager to record, but I just didn’t have enough new songs I liked to do an entire album of my songs, to be honest,” Lovett tells “So this is a combination of my songs and the approach I took on (1998’s) ‘Step Inside This House,’ ” on which he also covered material by other songwriters he likes.

  • Farce the Music has a triple helping of relative size charts this week. The first compares Buddy Jewell‘s popularity in the Latino community to C.M. Wilcox‘s snark and the number of times in a given week that Taylor Swift uses “OMG” on a text. P.S. The fact that I was name-checked in one of the charts did not in any way influence my decision to link to it — ok, maybe a little. Really though, it’s funny stuff.
  • No Depression announced yesterday that their entire archives our now online. Awesome.
  • Rosanne Cash revealed the track list for her Oct. 3 release, The List. The 12 songs were culled from a list of “100 Essential Country Songs” that her father, Johnny Cash, gave her when she was 18.
  • For a while, leading women did not play a prominent role in bluegrass music, but Barry Mazor notes that the times have changed, as evidenced by three recent Compass Records releases from Alison Brown, Missy Raines and Dale Ann Bradley.
  • Michael Bialas reviewed Sara Evans‘ concert in Denver on Saturday, July 4.
  • In an interview with World Cafe, Steve Earle discusses the circumstances surrounding his new album, Townes, and performs several of the songs, including a few web-only outtakes.
  • Ken Tucker asks Scott Borchetta about his involvement with the second season of CMT’s Can You Duet:

    When I recently asked Borchetta why his label was involved in this year’s show, he countered, “What you wanna ask me is, ‘Why the hell did you do this?'” OK, fair interpretation.

    “I’ve wanted to work with CMT, but I didn’t expect it to be this,” Borchetta told me. “They said, ‘We’re interested in you being a judge.’ I said, ‘I don’t act. I don’t make TV shows. So, I’m not going to worry about that part. I can’t promise you that I make good TV. I can be myself, and I’ll give you my opinion. If we’re going to do this, I’m going to treat this like an A&R opportunity. If you’re going to screen hundreds of artists, then I’m going to have my A&R crew with me at every stop.’

  • My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed the new Rhonda Vincent record, Destination Life.
  • Four of the songs from Radney Foster‘s upcoming album, Revival, are available on his MySpace. Look for “A Little Revival,” “Until It’s Gone,” “Angel Flight” and “Forgiveness.”
  • Jennette McCurdy, an actress on the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly, took to her MySpace blog to inform fans that she signed a contract with Capitol Nashville.
  • The Texas Music Matters song of the day is Charlie Robison‘s “Nothin’ Better To Do,” which he recorded during at session at Studio 1A and can be downloaded on the TMM website.
  1. highwayman3
    July 8, 2009 at 11:11 am

    Just what country music needs, a Nickelodeon teen to be signed to a Nashville label. I like the comment someone else made on another blog. Nashville should be leveled and started fresh over again.

  2. Rick
    July 8, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Highwayman3, this is just the beginning of the “TweenieBopperization” of mainstream country radio begun by Taylor Swift and now abetted by Miley Cyrus. Album sales by Taylor and The Jonas Brothers prove the Disney Channel / Nickelodeon audience is a gold mine for album sales and no record company can ignore that these days.

    I’m sorry to hear about Mel McDaniels being in such poor health. I’ll miss him singing “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On” on the Grand Ole Opry.

    No Depression had a great interview with Elizabeth Cook a couple of years ago. I’ll have to look it up and enjoy it all over again!

  3. Stormy
    July 8, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Wait, people managed to make it past Rosanne Cash and Jeff Tweedy recording a song together to notice anyone else?

  4. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 11:49 am

    I can’t decide if all my favorite older country singers are being cursed for some reason or if I just happen to like all of them. Mel McDaniel should NOT be hospitalized! Have any of you seen that guy live!? He throws a better party than a lot of the younger people. Heck, he even whips his cane around, throwing it in the air. He knows a thing or two about blue jeans too. Prayers for him.

    Gosh I wish I had CMT or GAC. Darn small amount of channels. Maybe it’s better, because you know I’ll just complain about too many people from reality TV being signed anyway.

  5. Nicolas
    July 8, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Yet another fabulous review of Sara Evans in concert. I’m glad I’m not the only one who truly enjoyed watching her perform live. She’s god gifted.

    I just wish the concert I’d been to back in Oct ’08 would’ve included her new songs in the line-up, but I suppose that was a little too early for that lol

  6. J.R. Journey
    July 8, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    I am more excited for Rosanne Cash’s The List than any other album that’s being released this year. She’s a brilliant and talented woman.

  7. Charles Murphy
    July 8, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    It really is sad what Music Row sees as “talent” these days and sillyness doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Hopefully one of these days the country balloon will pop and level the playing field. With all the crap that Nashville pushes on the buying public, it’s hard to filter out the bad to find the good.

    It is a shame to hear/see Music Row put out act after act that absolutely cannot sing LIVE!! When Sara Evans first came out, I couldn’t wait to see her live. What I experienced in seeing her was major disappointment. She is obviously a studio creation and not able to perform what they have tuned for her on records. This seems to be a trend that Nashvlle has no problem with pushing on fans. Bucky Covington is another….one of the worst live ever. And lets not forget Taylor Swift. Is anyone going to report on her lip-syncing at the CMA Music Fest?? OR…have all the journalists had their ass kissed enough by her camp to allow her to get away with it??

    Please hold these no talent morons to task. If you can’t actually sing live, stop relying on looks and technology to make it seem like you actually have talent.

  8. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    @Charles Murphy

    I’ve seen Sara Evans sing live and she was spot on. Everybody has a bad night now and then.

    What you’re referring to as far as Swift goes is, I assume, her performance of “Our Song” at CMA fest. She was most definitely not lip-syncing. She stopped singing for a second after coughing, her background singer kept going. There’s an obvious and audible difference when she stops – she wasn’t lip-syncing.

    I don’t question your Bucky Covington reference for one second.

    If you want sad, I saw kids from Belmont University play in Nashville using modulation from process boxes constantly and also running their mic through a computer and autotuning it before it hits the speaker. Now that’s pathetic. Nothing’s wrong with a condenser, but constant modulation and autotuning? Give me a break. Keith Urban does use some modulation live, but it’s for effect to make it sound like the record and it’s usually a line at the most, not the entire song.

  9. Truersound
    July 8, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Is it wrong that I knew who Jennette McCurdy was before seeing this post…

    have to say my kid watches icarly and it’s a definite guilty pleasure of mine. no comment on the album though, I stopped paying attention to mainstream country years ago :-P

    The List though, man the list that John gave Rosanne is legendary…..legendary in the fact that she lost it :(
    Would love to have seen what was on that list, can’t wait for the album.

  10. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Here’s my take on Capitol’s signing decision…
    Captiol is known for signing incredibly talented artists and making them successful and legendary in their own right.
    Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Trace Adkins… heck, even Rodney Carrington. They’ve done a great job up until now with Dierks – they need to get his tradionalist vibe back before they make him fade away. I fully realize Dierks Bentley comes from a well-to-do family and I don’t care, the guy’s still real country to me when he sings country.

    So what they’re doing is beyond me. Oh wait, no it’s not. Let’s find an answer for Taylor Swift… the problem being whoever gets signed as their answer to Taylor Swift won’t be as good. Is it a coincidence that she writes her first blog post on MySpace after being signed? Of course not, Taylor Swift does it and I’m sure the label told her to do the same.

    The lack of country currently represented on country labels is sickening and annoying, but it does work out really well for guys like me. Tons of people show up – I think there’s a chance that would be different if more neo-traditionalists like Kenny, Tim, Toby, and Alan were on the radio these days. Instead of Gloriana, Love and Theft, and whatever that stuff is called.

    I think it’s funny she mentions Michael Jackson in her post and how great he was. I question how a Toby Keith audience would react to complimenting Michael Jackson.

  11. Razor X
    July 8, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I think there’s a chance that would be different if more neo-traditionalists like Kenny, Tim, Toby …

    None of those people is a neotraditionalist.

  12. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    They’re modern neo-traditionalists. I’m not talking about people that sound like Hank Sr. when I say neo-traditionalist, I’m talking about people that have progressed country music while still making it country music.

  13. Stormy
    July 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Lucas: So you are talking about Hank III?

  14. Kelly
    July 8, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Maybe they are a part of the post-modern-contempo-neo-roots-pop-traditionalist movement?

  15. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Ha, yes Kelly. That would be them.

    Hank III, my goodness. Not Hank III, any thing but Hank III!

  16. Stormy
    July 8, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    Lucas: Hank III is what you described. Toby, Tim and Kenny just make music I was listening to in the 80’s except then we called it rock.

  17. Leeann Ward
    July 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Isn’t saying modern neotraditionalist kind of just being repetitive, anyway?

  18. Leeann Ward
    July 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I think people like Brad Paisley and Jamey Johnson fit the mainstream neotraditional label far better than Tim, Kenny or Toby really do though.

  19. Dan Milliken
    July 8, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    I’m getting really pumped for The List, too. I hope the full original 100 gets revealed at some point.

  20. Leeann Ward
    July 8, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Ha. Is “500 Miles” the Proclaimers’ song?

  21. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Saying modern neo-traditionalist is repetitive, but they wanted explaining.

    Stormy, Hank III is not somebody I admire. He doesn’t have the ability Hank Sr. has. He’s too bitter about everything for me to listen to him.

  22. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Paisley and Jamey Johnson do fit the neotraditional label a bit better… actually I just label Jamey goatee.

  23. Stormy
    July 8, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    He’s not bitter about everything–he likes beer fine.

  24. Lucas
    July 8, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    …and a few other substances…

  25. J.R. Journey
    July 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Country music’s best and brightest all loved the substances. To hell with all this sobriety. Give me Waylon Jennings or Johnny Cash geeked on speed any day over the likes of squeaky clean Rascal Flatts and Chuck Wicks.

  26. Karlie
    July 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    “To Hell With All This Sobriety” would make a great country song…

  27. Stormy
    July 8, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    To Hell With All This Sobriety would make a good new personal anthem.

  28. Leeann Ward
    July 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hank III is a little scarey, but I love his sound.

  29. James
    July 9, 2009 at 10:18 am

    When is Nashville going to wake up and stop signing bad artist that will fade into obscurity in 6 months? Nashville is a wealth of talent but the labels rather create a disposable culture and sign crappy artist that will make them quick cash. Capitol is the one label in town I had hope for, that wouldn’t give into singing an artist just because they are what’s cool for the moment. Man was I proven wrong! But then again it is called the music business for a reason, you definitely can’t forget the “business” part.

  30. Matt B.
    July 9, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I didn’t know who Jenette McCurdy was but I asked my nephews who are 12 and they knew. It’s fine by me if the label signs someone like her. Sure she ‘got in’ because of who she was but that doesn’t mean that Capitol signed only because of that. They must’ve genuinely liked her abilities. Guess that doesn’t mean it’s country though.

  31. Lucas
    July 9, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    Matt… “Sure she ‘got in’ because of who she was but that doesn’t mean that Capitol signed only because of that. They must’ve genuinely liked her abilities.”
    …are you sure it isn’t her life experiences?

  32. Jon
    July 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Who here thinks “neo-traditionalist” means “young traditionalist,” raise your hands? You’re wrong!

  33. Leeann Ward
    July 9, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Good. I can keep my hand down and be right.

  34. Nicolas
    July 9, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    Neo-traditionalist of today = Joey + Rory

  35. Lucas
    July 9, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    Sorry, I’m actually Hank William Jr’s third cousin’s (twice removed), next door neighbor’s best friend’s cousin’s son. So I win this.

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