Merle Haggard And Billy Joe Shaver Have New Albums In The Pipes

Brody Vercher | May 18th, 2007

  • A Fredericksburg promoter’s attempt to revive a lawsuit against Merle Haggard has been shot down by the 4th Court of Appeals because she missed the deadline to appeal the suit’s dismissal. Kathy Schroeder is suing Haggard over a concert he failed to appear at in 2001 due to an illness, which she is challenging as well.
  • Kellie Pickler is still skirting the issue of her “boobs,” and briefly mentions that she has her eye on an unnamed Nashville hockey player.
  • Billy Joe Shaver to John Goodspeed on his Greatest Hits album had this to say:

    “I let the label pick the songs because — like everybody else, I’ve said this a million times and it’s true — your songs are like your children,” Shaver said by phone from his Waco home. “It’s like lining your kids up and trying to pick which one you like the best.”

    Shaver also talks about his new album due out on August 6, Everybody’s Brother. It’s going to be a gospel album produced by John Carter Cash with duets from Johnny Cash, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson and John Anderson. Shaver claims it’s the best work he’s ever done.

  • Does anyone know what the deal is with Big & Rich being spotlighted at a Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit? According to CMT, Love Everybody: Big & Rich will have guitars from both John Rich and Big Kenny, along with a pair of rhinestone jeans that Rich’s grandmother sewed for him and a replica of the top hat that Big Kenny wears.
  • A release date for Merle Haggard’s The Bluegrass Sessions has been penciled in for September 18th.

    The 12-song collection is comprised of 4 newly written songs by The Hag. Among the older Haggard songs are “Mama’s Hungry Eyes,” with Alison Krauss contributing vocals, “Big City” and “Holding Things Together.”

  • And lastly, Tim McGraw had one of the better performances at the ACM Awards when he performed “If You’re Reading This.” Country Universe found and posted a YouTube video of the performance. It’s definitely worth checking out.
  1. Timmy Mac
    May 18, 2007 at 8:39 am

    I’m sorry, but “Nashville hockey player” is still just a completely unnatural phrase.

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