Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Honors Inductees; Nick Curran Passes Away; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 9th, 2012

  • Rockabilly artist Nick Curran passed away at the age of 35 after a battle with oral cancer.
  • The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony was held on Sunday night. Honorees included Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tony Arata, Larry Henley, and Kim Williams. Edward Morris recapped the event for CMT.
  • Kellie Pickler signed with Black River Entertainment.
  • Here’s “Holy Cross,” a cut from The Old 97s’ 15th anniversary deluxe edition of Too Far to Care.
  • This week’s edition of Quotable Country includes Blake Shelton, Charley Pride, Jerry Douglas, and more.
  • Stream Lori McKenna’s new EP, Heart Shaped Bullet Hole, on Parenting.com.
  • Rita Ballou is our hero of the day: [W]hile we’re putting on our big-girl panties and growing the heck up already, can’t we give the whole “Nashville Sucks” thing a rest, too? Because we’ve been on that bandwagon forever, and I think we’ve ridden it as far as it goes…I hate to break this to you, but we’ve got LOTS of bad music being made right here in our own backyard. And sure as “something you wouldn’t wanna step into out in the cow field,” there’s as much of that shit stinking up the Texas Music Chart as there there is on mainstream country radio. Bad music is bad music no matter where it’s made, and by no means is all of it being cranked out on Music Row. 
  • The Band Perry, Eric Church, Kenny Chesney, and Carrie Underwood have been added to the CMA Awards’ lineup of performers.
  • The Railroad Revival Tour has been canceled.
  • Masters of Bluegrass (Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, JD Crowe, Bobby Hicks, and Jerry McCoury),  a supergroup that played the IBMA Awards, are planning on playing shows in 2013.
  • Tickets for George Strait’s “The Cowboy Rides Away” Tour go on sale to the general public on October 12.
  • Universal Records has renewed its joint-venture agreement with Toby Keith’s Show Dog Records.
  • Watch the Nashville pilot episode on Hulu.
  • Stream the new Old Time Machine album here.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed singer-songwriter-producer-author Charlie Peacock for CMT Edge.
  • Music City Roots kicks off its third season tomorrow.
  • Chris Thile talks with Paste about his MacArthur grant, and reveals that his quote in an AP article about plans for a bluegrass chamber music project was a mix-up. An excerpt from the Paste article: “I feel like [musical genres are] a completely antiquated notion and one that only has a negative influence on the creation of meaningful music,” Thile said. “I would love to make a record with all the people that I have run into that really, really inspire me, that just drag music out of me, I love that feeling like music is almost just pouring out of you because of what musicians you are around cause you feel.”
  • Watch the EPK for Jamey Johnson’s Hank Cochran tribute album, Living for a Song.
  • Photographer Jim McGuire was featured in the Tennessean.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Cajun Country Revival giveaway: Russ Morris. Check your email, Russ.
  • This week’s album releases:

Wanda Jackson Unfinished Business

Lori McKenna Heart Shaped Bullet Hole

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs Sunday Run Me Over

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott We’re Usually a Lot Better Than This

Old 97s Too Far to Care: Deluxe Edition

Bob Wills 24 Greatest Hits (now in MP3 format)

Bonnie Bishop Free

Ronnie Fauss – I Am the Man You Know I’m Not

Delta Reign – Calm Before the Storm

Kenny Rogers – Amazing Grace

Aaron Watson – Real Good Time

Daniel Bachman Seven Pines 

  1. Ben Foster
    October 9, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Great news about Pickler. I hope the Black River deal works out well for her, and that it brings about better luck at radio and retail than what she’s had with Sony.

    Loved that Rita Ballou quotation! She’s got a point.

  2. Rick
    October 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    So Wednesday nights will feature both Music City Roots and the new primetime sudser “Nashville” eh? I’m really looking forward to both tomorrow night. Fortunately there is no time conflict out here on the west coast between the two shows.

    I listened to the Eddie Stubbs interview of Wanda Jackson last night at the CMHOF and it was very entertaining. They spun a few tracks off Wanda’s new album and if Wanda still sang like she did back in the 1950’s and 60’s I might have been interested. Justin Townes Earle did the best he could I guess. Oh well…

    I like the fact Rita Ballou has the guts to call out all the mediocre music in the Red Dirt/Texas Regional music scene at the present time. Some Texans (okay most) might give the music far more credibility than it deserves just for being home grown. Bravo to Rita for calling a spade a spade.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Gene Watson, Pam Tillis,Aaron Tippin, Connie Smith, Will Hoge, Greg Bates, Brandon Heath, and Little Jimmie Dickens as the lone Opry Legend! WooHoo! Grade: A
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  3. Barry Mazor
    October 9, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    Hey Rick; about that potential Music City Roots/”Nashville” conflict for some people. There’s also this wild newfangled tech approach called “time shifting.” ( You know; you record the TV show on vinyl and play it later. All the older artists you avoid for not sounding like they did 20 years ago have switched to it.)

  4. Jon
    October 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    That Jewly Hight is just so dang good!

  5. luckyoldsun
    October 9, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    “Mumford and Sons tied The Beatles for the band with the most Hot 100 hits in a week, with six.”

    These “records” are always good for a laugh. Last week the news reports were abuzz that some rapper named Lil–or is it “Li’l” –Wayne had broken Elvis Presley’s record for total hits. Now it’s some group that I never heard of that’s tied the Beatles for hits in a week.

    Of course, Wayno had about one #1 hit compared to about 20 for Elvis, and none of Mumford’s “hits” are even in the top 50–the Beatles probably had three in the top 10 the week they had six on the chart–but hey, a record’s a record.

  6. Mike Wimmer
    October 9, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    The Rita Ballou quote is on the money. I still think more good music comes out of Texas and it’s music scene than Nashville, but the fact is you have artists like the Casey Donahew Band, Kevin Fowler, Curtis Grimes and number of other artists that crank out music that just reeks of desperation to be accepted onto Top 40 radio.

    I love the Randy Rogers Band, but the number of bands that desperately ape their style has really brought the Red Dirt/Texas Country scene way down.

  7. scooter
    October 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    i live in Texas and I’m not a fan of the Red Dirt scene at all- way overrated.

  8. Jon
    October 9, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    Perhaps Ms. Ballou will get to the point of conceding that not only does some bad music come from Texas, but some good music comes from Nashville.

  9. Jon
    October 9, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    “Now it’s some group that I never heard of…

    Holy cow, you’d have to read Engine 145, not to mention all the rest of the music press, with a great deal of selectivity for that claim to be true. I’d say it’s more likely just another one of our resident anonymous troll’s feeble efforts at projecting insider cynicism.

  10. Russ Morris
    October 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Hmmm… checked my email but nothing there. You’re messin’ with me, right? 8^)

  11. Roger
    October 10, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Jon I was thinking the same thing about LuckyOldSun’s comment – their new cd sold more copies last week than any CD this year. And they taped a Crossroads with Emmylou that has been mentioned on most every americana blog site I visit. And they had a recent appearance on Austin City Limits as well – you would have to live in a cave with no tv/internet to not have heard of Mumford and Sons or your mind is just not open to new music.

  12. TX Music Jim
    October 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Rita makes some good points. Good music is good music. Bad music is bad music. My preferred style of music to listen to day in and day out still mostly comes from the Texas Red Dirt Scene. However, using Marty Stuart as an example of many “tear the woodpile down” is a amazing record so you bet good stuff comes from Nashville. I’d rather be beat than listen to Colt Ford a ” Texas act”. So Rita is right it’s about music not geography.

  13. Ken Morton, Jr.
    October 10, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    It’s about music not geography.
    Amen.

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