Miranda Lambert’s Ascension; Hayes Carll’s, Too; Digital Ralph Stanley Reissues Celebrate Milestone

Brody Vercher | February 17th, 2011

  • Miranda Lambert joined the company of Pat Green and Willie Nelson as the only artists to ever sellout back-to-back nights at Billy Bob’s Texas — another sign in a long list that illustrates her arrival. The scary part, says DFW’s Preston Jones, is she’s just getting warmed up. Dallas Observer’s Dave Herrera echoes those sentiments.
  • The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on the new Todd Snider album Live: The Storyteller: “Throughout he reveals why he’s the best singer-songwriter of his generation [...]“
  • If the stars align, Randy Rogers says there’ll be a duet with Willie Nelson on the band’s next record.
  • Country California: The Country Questionnaire, Part VII
  • On February 22, Rebel Records will digitally reissue Something Old, Something New and I’ll Wear a White Robe from Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys. The reissue date also serves as the 40-year anniversary of the day Ralph Stanley began recording for Rebel.
  • Former Stanley bandmember Larry Sparks has a new album scheduled for March 15 titled Almost Home. It’ll be released on Rounder Records, which also released a new album titled Heartaches Looking for a Home from another former Stanley bandmember, Charlie Sizemore, just this week. A young Sizemore is featured on the previously mentioned Stanley reissue I’ll Wear a White Robe, and in turn, Stanely is featured on the song “Red Wicked Wine” from Sizemore’s new record.
  • Ronnie Dunn comments on blogs. Super cool.
  • Verlon Thomspson: “finished tracks in the studio today for the new album. Coming very soon!”
  • Farce the Music: Suggested new logos for country artists
  • Some of the performances from the Grammys are cropping up on iTunes, including Miranda Lambert‘s live take on “The House That Built Me” (iTunes | Free Video Download) and Lady Antebellum‘s medley “If You Don’t Know Me By Now / American Honey / Need You Now” (iTunes). (via GAC)
  • DFW.com: Five Texas country-music acts to watch for
  • Don’t be fooled by Hayes Carll‘s nonchalant swagger, the Dallas Observer’s Pete Freedman says the lanky Texan is ridiculously self-aware.

    “Everything I do, I do with a kind of a twang,” he says with a shrug. “So even if it’s not technically a country song, it gets labeled as that. I always try to keep one foot in and one foot out. I have no qualms about being labeled a Texas singer-songwriter. I think I have a certain sense of pride in it, actually. But the market’s pretty cluttered right now, so that could mean a number of things, when you label somebody that.”

    And then he goes on to talk about how he expects the Red Dirt crowd to turn its back on him.

  • The Bluegrass Blog’s John Lawless calls Hymns From the Hills, the newest release from Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, one of the finest bluegrass Gospel records of the past few years. Check out song samples here.
  • Music Fog posted a video of the super-talented Canadian duo Madison Violet performing “Small of My Heart.”
  1. David
    February 17, 2011 at 11:23 am

    On Ronnie Dunn commenting:

    I kind of prefer my artists to be a little LESS accessible. I like to imagine that they are off writing songs, or drinking, or really anything else than doing what I would do.

  2. Jon
    February 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I’ll Wear A White Robe is the first album of Ralph’s that I ever bought at a show of his. It is truly fabulous, especially the title track.

    And thanks for the pointer to the Bluegrass Blog’s comments on Hymns From The Hills. I’m mighty proud of that song.

  3. Kelly
    February 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm
  4. WAYNOE(Alias for Jon)
    February 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Ronnie Dunn said, ” You’re dead on about my suffering from first single anxiety…”

    Heck, he’s been making them for years!

  5. Ben Foster
    February 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    True, but it’s his first post-B&D single, so in a way it’s like starting over and re-introducing himself to country audiences. Thus, I can definitely see where there’d be some anxiety.

  6. Ben Foster
    February 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

    It’s almost amusing how whenever the artist in discussion comments on a blog post, the comment thread explodes with excited fans wanting to say something to get the artist’s attention.

  7. Vicki
    February 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    I saw three errors in the Miranda article.
    1. It said she wrote “The House that built Me” when the actual writers were Tom Douglas, Allen Shamblin
    2. It said she took home a Grammy for best country collaboration-That was Zak Brown/Alan Jackson
    3. Said she had the Grammy for Country Album-That was “Need You Now”

    Someone needs to check their facts.

  8. Rick
    February 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Kelly Dearmore said: “Hey, Brody – I thought we were buds and stuff?” I’m sorry Kelly, but just like the Red Dirt crowd is going to turn their backs on Hayes Carll, Brody is going to turn his back on you. The lack of news items about Texas artists in today’s news round-up is the heads-up! (lol)

    Is Jim Caligiuri smoking that loco-weed again? I think he needs to go through a “Todd Snider Addiction Re-Hab” program to get de-programmed…

    Brody, I hope the Madison Violet gals appreciate all of the promotion you give them here at The 9513! They owe you a freebie house concert some time.

    Trailer’s artist logos rate a solid “5 Hoots”. Not a weak entry in the bunch, although I don’t quite grasp the figure with the Band Perry, who kind of reminds me of Gumby in a cowboy hat. Hmm…

  9. Carrie
    February 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Too bad the Dallas Observer’s article got Miranda’s Grammy wins wrong… fact checker, anybody?

  10. WAYNOE(ME)
    February 17, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    @Vicki – Modern journalism for you. One needs to know nothing about what they write. Kind of sounds like – nahhhh.

  11. Ben Milam
    February 20, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    As for the DFW.com article, Hayes Carll has won an Americana song of the year award, Ryan Bingham has won a Grammy and an Oscar, Sunny Sweeney is on the same label as Taylor Swift. Emerging artists? Either your standards are astronomically high or your research efforts are non existent. Lazy journalism at it’s best.

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