Mel Tillis Gets Remastered
- Three out-of-print Mel Tillis albums have been remastered and are scheduled for release on April 29.
- Despite having a rough few weeks and speculation about his sexuality, Chace Crawford (whoever that is) is doing fine since his split with Carrie Underwood.
- Founding member and lead singer of the Hacienda Brothers Chris Gaffney was diagnosed with liver cancer. His health insurance won’t cover all of the costs, so his family set up a website asking for your help. (via Twang Nation)
- Mario Tarradell claims the “Sinatra of country music” moniker frequently attached to George Strait fits.
- The new Willie Nelson box-set, One Hell of a Ride, opens with Nelson’s first recording from 1954, “When I’ve Sang My Last Hillbilly Song.” It was recorded in a tiny radio station in Pleasanton where he worked as a disc jockey, and closing the box-set is another recording of the same song that he cut late last year.
- Juli Thanki scorches Zane Lewis’s new album.
- Still Is Still Moving drew my attention toward some nifty limited edition Willie Nelson shirts celebrating the big 7-5.
- Sometimes fans don’t know best. The Dierks Bentley greatest hits project that he enlisted fans help with will be titled Greatest Hits//Every Mile A Memory 2003 – 2008. Sounds more like an epitaph if you ask me, or the title of a posthumous release.
It will include Bentley’s 10 Top 10 and number 1 radio hits, 4 live versions of crowd favorites “So So Long,” “Lot of Leavin’ Left To Do,” “Wish It Would Break” and “Free & Easy (Down The Road I Go)” and two new tracks, “With The Band” and “Sweet & Wild” (featuring Sarah Buxton).
- Country Music Central has a track by track breakdown of the new Josh Gracin album, We Weren’t Crazy.
- If you want some good roadhouse style music from a talented artist and an incredible band then Country Universe’s Leeann recommends checking out Darryl Lee Rush’s Live From the River Road Icehouse.
- Taylor Swift has nearly a dozen agents working on various aspects of her career now that she’s represented by WMA.
- Self-professed amateur historian of country music and world’s most enthusiastic fan of country music’s female artists Laura Cantrell takes a stab at introducing readers to unknown women in country music with Country Music’s Greatest Underappreciated Female Artists.
- April 1st marked the one year anniversary of Billy Joe Shaver’s infamous shooting in Waco and the grand jury still hasn’t decided whether to press charges in court or not.
- The incredible Pete Anderson is answering any questions you might have over on the Little Dog Records blog. Anderson is “the man behind recordings by such renowned artists as Dwight Yoakam, Roy Orbison, k.d.lang, Flaco Jimenez, Buck Owens, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie Flores.” Cool stuff.
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …