Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Drew Kennedy Premiere New Videos; Tanya Tucker Sues Producer
Miranda Lambert and friends Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy, and Hillary Scott take on their alter egos in her new video for “Only Prettier.”
- Tanya Tucker filed a lawsuit against Nashville producer Gregg A. Brown for more than $170,000. The lawsuit claims that Brown kept seven master recordings and 29 video recordings that belong to Tucker and left around $60,000 in production fees unpaid. On top of that, he reportedly ran up a $5,000 limousine bill and was involved in an accident while driving Tucker’s vehicle.
- With 7,965,000 radio spins, Tim McGraw earned Nielsen BDS’s Most Played Artist of the Decade Award for all genres.
- As part of its Honky-Tonk Friday series, Songs:Illinois highlighted the new song “Maiden Heart” from Canadian artist Kim Beggs. Her album Blue Bones was released on July 20.
- Nominees for the 2010 Inspirational Country Music Awards have been announced.
- At a concert on their recent tour, the members of Little Big Town decorated a little, white tent to resemble a church, which gave fans a chance to tie the knot at the band’s show and doubled as a promotion for its latest single, “Little White Church.” In an interview with Deborah Evans-Price, Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman recalled one special couple:
“There were some special couples. One was a soldier and his wife who hadn’t been able to have a real wedding because every time they’d planned a ceremony, he had to go off to war.”
LBT’s new album, The Reason Why, is scheduled for an Aug. 24 release.
- A collection of Charlie Daniels‘ patriotic songs, titled Land That I Love, will be released on Aug. 10.
Drew Kennedy premiered his debut video for the song “Room #27″ yesterday afternoon.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 08/01/10 Edition
- If the year ended today, Americana Roots’ Don Zelazny says his favorite album of 2010 would be Yellow Tag Mondays from The Farewell Drifters (MySpace), an Americana band that leans towards a bluegrass sound.
- Saving Country Music posted all the audio from a recent Lucky Tubb concert.
- Country Universe passed the halfway mark in its countdown of the 400 greatest singles of the nineties.
- Ronnie Dunn was sporting a new “accessory” at his gig with Kix Brooks on Sunday night:
Also along for the sunset ride: a set of mechanically bobbing longhorns and a giant new tattoo. Dunn revealed the latter (“COWBOY” in black block letters) on his forearm — a sorrowful compensation, he amusingly explained, for a decades-long lack of hat.
There’s no confirmation on whether the tattoo was real or not.
- Some of the staff at CMT narrowed Keith Urban‘s catalog down to ten of their favorites.
- Listen to three songs from Red Horse, the trio of singer-songwriters that includes Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka and Lucy Kaplansky, on NPR.
In a recent episode of the Texas Music Scene television series, host Ray Benson introduced the Tejas Brothers and its song “Boogie Woogie Mamacita.”
- On Aug. 10, Rosanne Cash will release a memoir, titled Composed, about “her recollections growing up as Johnny Cash’s eldest daughter and coming into her own as a performer, daughter, and mother.” She’ll be touring throughout the rest of the month in support of the book.
- Watch Trace Adkin‘s Unplugged performance over at CMT, which includes the Larry Graham song “One in a Million,” a tune he claims he has no business trying to sing.
- Jean Shepard is among the four honorees that will join the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in November.
Shepard, bon in Pauls Valley, was a pioneer for women in country music, starring in the first network country music show, “The Ozark Jubilee.” She also was the first female in country music to sell a million records, the first country music female to make a color television commercial and the first female singer to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years.
She has recorded more than 35 albums and charted 44 hits including “The Dear John Letter” and “Many Happy Hangovers.”
- As part of it’s coverage of the Newport Folk Festival, NPR posted full sets from a wide-ranging list of artists that includes: Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Punch Brothers, Sam Bush, Sarah Jarosz, and many more.
- During the week of Aug. 9, the public television music series Live from the Artists Den will feature an hour with Dierks Bentley. Check your local listing for exact show time. (via email)
- When the Grand Ole Opry flooded back in May, video archives containing episodes of “Grand Ole Opry Live” and “Hee Haw” were submerged in water. Fortunately, they weren’t completely ruined. Specs Brothers, a New Jersey company specializing in restoration, has been working to recover the footage. (via That Nashville Sound)
Kenny Chesney’s new video/highlight reel for “The Boys of Fall” is an epic eight minutes and 15 seconds long.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …