Memphis Launches Music Hall of Fame; More Performers Added to CMA Awards Lineup; New Album Releases
- Restoration of Johnny Cash’s boyhood home is underway.
- Download a new James Hand song here.
- If you missed Jamey Johnson and Alison Krauss singing “Make the World Go Away” on Letterman the other night, watch their performance here.
- Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column is about Johnson and his Hank Cochran tribute record. An excerpt: “To put together an album full of Hank Cochran songs that have meaning and impact, it’s not difficult at all,” Johnson says. “What was difficult was not recording the other 1,000 Hank Cochran songs that have meaning and impact.”
- Proceeds from iTunes purchases of Radney Foster’s “Louisiana Blue” video will go to the Red Cross for Hurricane Isaac relief efforts.
- The Memphis Music Hall of Fame is kicking things off this afternoon with a ceremony in which the 2012 inductees will be announced.
- Eric Church on the success of Chief: “I had no clue (it would be this kind of commercial success.) Honestly I’m glad I didn’t because it really made it sweeter when all of those things happened because I didn’t have an expectation – I didn’t put a bar up and said any song has to be able to jump over this bar. It did it without me doing that. “(Making ‘Chief’) had nothing to do with the number of units sold or number one songs, because we had never had any up until then. I didn’t ever think we’d get there. For this to be the record and the songs that had the key to unlock that lock – whether it be country radio or whether it be with the format or whether it be with the country even across other genres, it was the thing that kind of put us on the map. I’m proud that this record did that. I’m also proud that people go back to ‘Carolina’ and ‘Sinners Like Me.’ Those were made the same way ‘Chief’ was made, from the standpoint that we made the music for the music’s sake. We didn’t make it because we had any level of success that we were tying to it or that we needed to do. We were just trying to make the best record that fit that time. And I think they still hold up. I still get people coming up to me every night – some people like ‘Carolina’ or ‘Sinners’ more than ‘Chief’ and I am proud that there’s a lot of people going back and checking them out.”
- Brian T. Atkinson lists ten highlights from the Austin City Limits Music Festival.
- CMT Edge posted a new video from Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson.
- Blake Shelton, Eli Young Band, Brantley Gilbert, and Lady Antebellum have been added to the lineup of performers at November’s CMA Awards.
- RollingStone.com posted some previously unseen, fan-filmed footage of Elvis performing at Madison Square Garden in 1972.
- Hot Buttered Rum wrote a couple “postseason anthems” in support of the San Francisco Giants.
- Out November 20: A Fiddler’s Holiday, a live album from The Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Family Band. The taped concert will air on PBS this December.
- Jason Aldean on new album, Night Train: “Here we are on the fifth record. We’ve had four other albums to practice on before this one. I think each time you can hear a difference in songs. It’s like anything, the more you do something, the better you get at it, and the more success you have, the more comfortable you become in trying things maybe you were a little nervous to try before. With this record I think we just said, ‘Alright, this is kind of an anything goes deal.’”
- This week’s album releases:
Jamey Johnson – Living for a Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran
Jason Aldean – Night Train
Infamous Stringdusters – Silver Sky: Deluxe Edition
Miss Tess – Sweet Talk
Front Porch String Band – Hills of Alabam
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – They’re Playing My Song
Rosie Flores – Working Girl’s Guitar
James Hand – Mighty Lonesome Man
Lonesome River Band – Chronology, Volume 3
Scotty McCreery – Christmas with Scotty McCreery
Hunter Hayes – Live (exclusive iTunes EP)
Various Artists – True Bluegrass Banjo
Various Artists – True Bluegrass Fiddle
Chely Wright – Wish Me Away