MySpace Music Premiers Dierks Bentley’s ‘Feel That Fire’
- MySpace Music is premiering the new Dierks Bentley album Feel That Fire today — five days before its official release date. (via NashvilleGab)
- Hillary Scott insists that the new awards darlings, Lady Antebellum, were not behind the breakup of The Wreckers, despite Dave Haywood‘s notions to the contrary.
- Keith Urban scored a sponsorship from KC Masterpiece Barbecue Sauce and Kingsford Charcoal for his 2009 Escape Together tour.
- Robert Plant and Alison Krauss have been confirmed as performers at the Grammys, marking the first trip and performance by Plant at the awards. “I’m looking forward to being in Los Angeles,” Plant said in a press release sent out yesterday, “but musically — and spiritually — I expect we’ll be somewhere halfway between the Mississippi Delta and the Clinch Mountains.” (via press release)
- Seattle Sound Magazine‘s Kim Ruehl live-blogged her first impressions of each track from the new Neko Case album Middle Cyclone, due out March 3.
- The SteelDrivers are headed to the studio in February to work on the followup to their 2008 self-titled debut.
- Troy Gentry had to celebrate the success of Montgomery Gentry‘s fifth No. 1 single “Roll with Me” without singing partner Eddie Montgomery at ASCAP and BMI parties this week due to inclement weather in Kentucky.
- Listen to the Band of Heathens cover Townes Van Zandt‘s “If I Needed You.”
- Inspired by a friend’s editing of a Simon & Garfunkel song because of subject matter — “making love” was changed to “making lunch” — Craig Shelburne changed the titles of numerous country songs to include the word “lunch.”
Shania Twain’s songs would be perfect for this: “(If You’re Not in It for Lunch) I’m Outta Here!” “You Win My Lunch,” “Lunch Gets Me Every Time” and “I’m Holdin’ on to Lunch (To Save My Life).”
- From the Country California satire department: Tim McGraw Hurls Tomahawk at Chattering Fan.
- Taylor Swift‘s new sundresses at Walmart will cost $14 and her first major headlining tour, complete with multiple costume changes and a fairy-tale castle, will kick off on April 23. Kellie Pickler will open all dates of the 50-city Taylor Swift Fearless Tour.
- With their self-titled sophomore album, Roughstock‘s Matt Bjorke feels like Audie Blaylock And Redline are following in the footsteps of Dailey & Vincent as musicians known from their work with other bands in the bluegrass genre who are capturing the attention of fans with their own work.
- Collin Raye‘s next album, Never Going Back, is scheduled for an April 28th release. (via press release)
- What’s your favorite country song about the farming life?
- The recent death of Billy Powell, the keyboardist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, spurred Chet Flippo to ponder the band’s legacy and history, which he says involves almost as many obituaries as albums.
- In a special to to the Highland Community News, Jules E. Beuck and Rose Botkin-Beuck reviewed a recent George Jones concert at the San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino in Highland, Cali. (via ggcolumn)
Jones did not appear to be at his best. He alluded to having problems with his voice and in fact often sounded hoarse and had trouble hitting some notes. He also did not always seem in sync with the band.
Still, this did not matter to the small but loyal audience as they rewarded him with numerous standing ovations.
- BluegrassJournal.com gives the details on the Rhonda and Darrin Vincent produced gospel album from Nothin’ Fancy, Lord Bless This House.
- Listen in as Peter Babb reports on the growing legend of songwriter Blaze Foley, who died at 39 while trying to help an elderly friend. Babb notes that Foley was immortalized by Lucinda Williams in her song “Druken Angel.”
- UPDATE (11:54 a.m.): Asleep at the Wheel added a couple of new songs from the Willie and the Wheel album to their MySpace. Look for “Bring It On Down To My House” and “Corrine Corrina” in addition to “Hesitation Blues” and “Oh You Pretty Woman.”
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