Michael Martin Murphey Inks Multi-Album Deal; Josh Turner’s Groovin’ Video; Corb Lund Acoustic
- Michael Martin Murphey signed a multi-album contract with Rural Rhythm Records during last week’s IBMA convention and will release his second set of bluegrass tunes, Buckaroo Blue Grass 2, next February. The first single is a remake of “Wildfire” as a duet with Carrie Hassler. Listen to a sample at The Bluegrass Blog.
- The Nashville Music Awards have been on hiatus for a while now, but they returned last night to honor music made in Music City. Lady Antebellum scored a trophy for best new artist, The SteelDrivers picked up an award for best bluegrass album, Sarah Siskind took the Americana album honors, and someone else you may have heard of, Taylor Swift, added artist, songwriter-artist, and country album awards to her collection.
Music Fog videos:
- Coincidentally, the aforementioned Will Hoge song is currently a free download on Amazon.
- For week 20 of his Nashville or Bust column, Nathan Rabin tackles Garth Brooks:
Brooks is both an unlikely superstar and a strange inevitability, a man who brought country, kicking and screaming, from honky-tonks, interstate highways, and prisons to shopping malls and suburbs. Under Brooks’ reign, country music went to a college, got a good job with a 401K and insurance, moved to the suburbs outside of Atlanta, and decided to limit its drinking to weekends. It got respectable and a little bit boring. Or maybe a whole lot boring.
- Famed “record guy” Shelby Singleton, who was also a producer and promoter passed away yesterday at age 77. Among the songs he produced was Jeannie C. Riley’s monster hit “Harper Valley P.T.A.” He played an essential role in the careers of Ray Stevens, Jerry Reed, Roger Miller, and many others. On top of that, he purchased Sun Records in 1969.
- Craig Morgan recently tweeted a picture of Blake Shelton droppin’ a deuce in his deer stand.
- Happy belated birthday to the one and only Mr. Dale Watson, who turned 47 yesterday.
- From this week’s Quotable Country at Country California, Grant Langston talks about how press affects his records:
I see what people say about my records and my songs. It’s hard not to see it, because you’re trying to pass it along to others. I think I have a pretty thick skin in that I don’t take it personally. (After all you can’t criticize a critic for critiquing a record that you sent him to critique.) But when it is time to sit down and CREATE again…that stuff comes creeping back in. You play a riff and you think, “That’s a cool starting place.” and you hear a voice that says, “…retreading Rolling Stone licks isn’t country…” and you think, “Wait. Is that just a Rolling Stone lick? That isn’t really country, is it? That rhythm is too rock, and it takes the song too far away from what most people think of as honky tonk. Damn, maybe that isn’t good. Do we have any beer?” ●
- The Bluegrass Blog published a video interview with Sam Bush about his forthcoming album, Circles Around Me (Oct. 20).
- The Bluegrass Blog also has song samples from the new Keith Sewell album, The Way Of A Wanderer. Sewell has worked with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Marty Stuart, Jerry Douglas, and the Dixie Chicks as a singer and picker.
- Country Haiku:
When you compare sex
To an eight-second bull ride
Is that romantic?
- Guy Clark is scheduled to discuss his life and career in an interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame tomorrow.
- Watch the new video for Josh Turner‘s “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”
- Alison Krauss has been courted by bigger labels during her career, yet she’s remained faithful to Rounder Records for the past 25 years and on Oct. 12 she’ll take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House as part of the Rounder Records 40th Anniversary Celebration to honor the roots-oriented label.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox recapped his experience at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival where he caught performances by Texas stalwarts and bluegrass legends.
- Jewel posted video of herself performing a new song, “What You Are,” on her website along with the lyrics to a couple of other new songs. (via CMT Blog)
- Listen to “Willin’” by Linda Ronstadt. That may seem like a random selection, and for good reason. In a newer feature, A Truer Sound randomly pulls a record off his shelves and writes a brief background.
- Eight of B.J. Thomas‘ early albums from his Scepter Records years, 1966-1973, will be released Nov. 10 in a four-CD set.
- In a month of solid releases, Jason Eady released one of the best with When the Money’s All Gone, which The Gobblers Knob approves of as “an excellent follow up to his Wild-Eyed Serenade disc.”
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed a couple of albums from Ah-Ha Music Group: Crystal Sand‘s The Hard Times and Ron Williams‘ The Longer You’re Gone.
- Lady Antebellum will release its sophomore album, Need You Now, On January 26.
- Brad Paisley extended his American Saturday Night tour into 2010 and added Miranda Lambert and Justin Moore to the lineup.
- Kevin Montgomery posted audio of a song he wrote with Ashley Monroe titled “I Will Always Love You.” If I’m not mistaken, she sings harmony, too.
- Ann Powers reviewed last week’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum benefit in L.A., featuring Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Melissa Etheridge.
- Farce the Music photoshopped album covers by Raul Malo, John Fogerty, Those Darlins and more for Alt-Country day.
American Songwriter published a brief Q&A with Corb Lund along with the following video of the Marty Robbins inspired song “Devil’s Best Dress”:
Be sure to visit the site to listen to a handful of acoustic renditions of Lund’s songs, including the above song with better audio.
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.