Miss Leslie Resolves to Have More People Hear Her Music
- One of Miss Leslie‘s resolutions this year is to get more people to hear her music. If you send her your email address via her MySpace page or official website, she’ll ship you an autographed copy of Between the Whiskey and the Wine–an album The Houston Chronicle named as one of the best local releases of the past year.
- Steel Guitar Hall of Famer Walter Haynes passed away last Thursday at his home in Tyler, Texas at the age of 80.
Mr. Haynes’ legacy is not solely defined by his steel guitar prowess. He produced [Jeanne] Pruett’s “Satin Sheets” and Cal Smith’s “Country Bumpkin,” and also produced artists including [Del] Reeves, Marty Robbins and Bill Monroe. And though Mr. Haynes was not a prolific songwriter, he co-wrote (with Hank Mills) Del Reeves’ No. 1 1965 hit, “Girl on the Billboard.”
- Before his passing in August 2008, another steel guitarist, Don Helms, disputed claims that Fred Rose was a ghost writer behind Hank Williams‘ biggest hits.
- Actor Jack Black on singing “Old Joe Clark” for father-in-law Charlie Haden‘s album Ramblin’ Boy:
“I wasn’t sure what to expect because I haven’t recorded or really sung any old songs like that before, bluegrass style, but it came very naturally and I cranked it out in two takes,” said Black, who grew up in the Los Angeles area. “There was something in the music that I think struck a chord in my DNA. I think I’ve got some hillbilly in my roots. … I’m already practicing my square dancing if we play the Grand Ole Opry.”
- Sunny Sweeney posted demos of new songs “Easier With Me Gone” and “Virginia Rain” to her MySpace.
- The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Bruce Elder summarized the rise and compromises of Keith Urban as told by by Jeff Apter in his unofficial biography Fortunate Son: The Unlikely Rise Of Keith Urban, which is being released today in Australia.
In Fortunate Son: The Unlikely Rise Of Keith Urban, Apter explains: “‘Walkin’ The Country’ was the one song on the Ranch album that typified the seemingly never-ending saga that was its recording. As Urban revealed, Warner Bros were particularly hard taskmasters; this one track, to his memory, was cut ‘in five different studios with three different producers’ … Every time the band emerged with a track that they thought truly captured their hard-driving sound, Warner execs would listen, shake their heads and then tell them to return to the studio.”
When the album finally emerged it had been recorded in 14 studios with six recording engineers and 11 assistant engineers.
- Ray Price will celebrate his 83rd birthday next Monday at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and you’re invited.
- Country California published an especially brutal edition of “Quotable Country” this week.
- In an interview with Matt Fink for American Songwriter, Marty Stuart talks about playing in Doc Watson‘s band, meeting Johnny Cash for the first time and being around Porter Wagoner and producing his album during the last months of his life.
When we were standing there on stage at Madison Square Garden opening for the White Stripes, he looked at me and said, “We’re doing pretty good aren’t we?” And I said, “We’re doing pretty good. Keep going.”
- Listen to an acoustic performance of “Black Wings” recorded live at KUT a few weeks ago by Ray Wylie Hubbard.
- 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 …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.