New American Voices Rides Again; The Lost Trailers Disband; Country Throwdown Cancels Dates

Brody Vercher | June 1st, 2010

  • Remember that tour The 9513 sponsored last year that featured the stories and songs of Drew Kennedy and Rodney Hayden? New American Voices, it was called. It was such a positive experience that we’ve all decided to do it again, and this time Drew and Rodney are taking their music to mostly new areas further west than last year’s tour. So if you’re in the New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, or Arizona areas, check the schedule and see if they’re coming to a city near you. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Country recording artist Judy Lynn Kelly, who got her big break in her teens when she was hired to fill in for Jean Shepard during a touring show of performers from the Grand Ole Opry, passed away last week at the age of 74. (Listen: “I’ll Pick Up My Heart,” “My Secret,” “Footprints On The Moon“)
  • If you take a listen to “Hard Hat And A Hammer” from Alan Jackson‘s latest album, Freight Train, and hear a tinging in the background that sounds a lot like a hammer hitting an anvil its because you’re actually hearing a hammer hitting an anvil.
  • When it’s released later this year, the documentary Wish Me Away will chronicle Chely Wright‘s story as a gay country music performer. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • Jett Williams, the daughter of Hank Williams, accepted her father’s Pulitzer special citation on Monday, May 24.
  • New releases for the week of June 1, 2010 include:

  • Country California: Quotable Country – 05/31/10 Edition
  • Had Shannon McNally (MySpace) been around in the 1970s, Craig Shelburne bets she could’ve been an Outlaw and suggests you check her out if you’re a fan of Waylon Jennings, or even his wife Jessi Colter.
  • On Sept. 28, Time Life will release Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus!. (via press release)

    Hank Williams Complete Mother Best Recordings….Plus! is comprised of fifteen audio discs and a bonus DVD. The shows contain so many priceless moments, including Williams’ first-ever performances of “Cold, Cold Heart” and “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)” just days after they were written, as well as many songs he never recorded elsewhere such as “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” and “On Top of Old Smoky.” On the DVD, two of Hank’s original band members reminisce about his brief, incendiary career. Sadly, both of them died shortly afterward. . The project also contains a booklet with an introduction by Hank Williams, Jr. and over one-hundred pages on the history of Williams, written by respected music writer and Hank Williams historian, Colin Escott. This deluxe, limited box set is packaged in an antique working radio where the listener presses the radio dial and selections of Williams will play.

  • The Lost Trailers plan to disband before the end of the year. No TV special is in the works.
  • There seems to be some kind of disconnect between the song and the concept for John Rich‘s new video “Country Done Come To Town.”
  • The first-year Country Throwdown Tour was forced to cancel dates in Houston, Dallas, San Diego, and Phoenix due to low ticket sales.
  • The Country Music Association and iTunes teamed up to offer fans a free, 10-song digital sampler that includes tracks from Chris Young, Randy Houser, Radney Foster, David Ball, and more. (via That Nashville Sound)
  • In honor of yesterday’s commemorative holiday, Joe Pug gave away his song “Bury Me Far (From My Uniform.”

    Often songs are difficult to write but, once written, easy to release,” explains Pug. “That was certainly not the case with ‘Bury Me Far (From My Uniform).’ The song nearly wrote itself and yet I released it with great reluctance. There is a certain reverence that any decent person affords soldiers and their sacrifices. I was, and remain still, troubled that this song might violate that decency. Having never served myself I’m not always sure whether it is inspiring or insulting. I’ve certainly gotten my fair share of both reactions. In the end, the song stands on its own, and the distinction is yours to make.

  • Farce the Music: Country Doppelgangers
  • Watch the video for the new single from The Eastside Bulldogs, “Come On Up And See Me Sometime.”

  1. Kelly
    June 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Not shocked about the “Throwdown” cancellations. The Dallas date didnt have Jamey Johnson (who, sadly, wouldnt have been as big of a draw as I think he shouldve been) and featured 3 acts that regularly play Texas already, year ’round (Ingram, Eli Young and Bingham)…You just cant put out a bunch of mid-level acts and expect people to show up for $30 or more.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Great concept but it seems the marketing is lacking and not researched well. JJ is THE draw but do not underestimate Montgomery Gentry.

  3. Kelly
    June 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I dont have to underestimate Montgomery Gentry (I don’t “estimate them” at all, in fact). The ticket buying public of Dallas, San Diego, Phoenix and Houston did that for me.

    There’s a big difference between paying $15 to see them at Billy Bobs and $30+ in an ampitheater for 20,000 people. They arent that act, even if they really wish they were.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Anything negative about Rich always shows up here. Of course we know why.

    That being said, I tire of the bikini-clad videos and unfortunately the multi-talented Rich seems to think he needs to offer one for his latest.

    I mostly agree with Rich’s political views, accept his right to offer them as others accepts the rights of liberals and their mouths, but that doesn’t mean I rubber stamp all his work, for or against (something Malec needs to learn to be taken seriously anymore).

    Although his contributions are mostly good, this one will go in to the pile of forgetfulness.

    I rate this a “thumbs down”, Malec notwithstanding.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    June 1, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Judy Lynn was probably the first artist who could accurately be described as a “Nash-Vegas” act. Her albums for United Artists and Musicor were aimed at people who weren’t really dyed-in-the-wool country fans. She played Los Vegas for years and nobody could beat her for glitzy costuming, but her chart success was minimal. I have a couple of her albums but I’d bet I haven’t listened to them in over 30 years

  6. Nicolas
    June 1, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I hear the hammer and the anvil in the background! No clue that was even there if something hadn’t been said lol

  7. Lewis
    June 1, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    That was a cheap shot against The Lost Trailers by making the joke about them not having a TV special about their disbanding. As far as I know, Alabama and The Statler Brothers never had TV specials in tribute to them when they disbanded.

    And for the record, Brooks and Dunn are a vocal duo not vocal group, a big difference there if that’s for who you’re talking about.

  8. Jon
    June 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Judy Lynn also had a seriously kick-ass band in Las Vegas, which might be as important as her glitzy costumes, at least for those interested in that sort of thing.

  9. Jon G.
    June 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    As far as John Rich goes, I don’t think he does well when he is on his own. Although I enjoyed the first two “Big & Rich” albums quite a bit and the early stuff he did with Lonestar was among the best (and countriest) from that group and I think he has written some excellent tunes for other artists, I just have not found the same level of creativity on his solo ventures.

    “Underneath the Same Moon” and “Son of a Preacher Man” were horrifically bland collections of poorly written songs. When compared to “Horse of a Different Color,” “Lonestar,” or “Comin’ to Your City,” these faults become even more obvious. Maybe part of the problem is that, although he has a good voice, he is just not a strong enough singer to ‘sell it.’ If I imagine him singing a well-written song of his that another artist recorded (“A Woman Knows,” “If Her Lovin’ Don’t Kill Me,” “Brown Liquor,” and “I Can’t Make Her Cry Anymore” by John Anderson; “Sunset Man” and “Drink & Dial” by James Otto; “Why” and “Amarillo Sky” by Jason Aldean; “Like We Never Loved At All” by Faith Hill with Tim McGraw; etc.), then it, too, sounds pretty lifeless.

    Idk. Maybe John Rich is an artist that needs to channel his creativity through other people in order to successfully express himself.

  10. Rick
    June 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Jon G. said: “Maybe John Rich is an artist that needs to channel his creativity through other people in order to successfully express himself.” I think its more likely the case he needs a good producer or co-writer to keep his ego, narcissism, and megalomania in check. John’s ability to find fault with his personal creations is severely limited.

    The Country Throwdown tour had what I consider a weak artist lineup and I am obviously not alone in my perception. $ 30 is a reasonable ticket price for a festival style concert featuring multiple acts if even just a few of the artists are those I’d really like to see perform live. I think the LA area concert avoided cancellation, but when I saw the artist roster my interest was limited to Jamey Johnson and Emily West. Just not enough “go” for the dough…

    Trailer is wrong in considering Justin Moore and Claire Danes dopplegangers! Claire is much, much taller and Justin has bigger boobs!

    Chely Wright should market her new documentary through NPR and PBS channels! That way she can hit a bulls eye with her target audience of receptive Obamavoters…

  11. CraigR.
    June 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Waynoe I have ask you if you think that John Rich’s very conservative opinion is real or is he just selling to his base. Although he has written some good songs, John Rich the performer always seems to want more from and to give less to his audience.

    Also the way that he insults women. My God. Rich must have deep seated issues with women to treat them in such a disgusting matter or is he just selling -again to an audience. Do you agree with him on that point? How can one be a good American if you see half- more than half- of the population
    as object for fun times? Aren’t they Americans too?

  12. Ian
    June 1, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I get embarrassed when my friends hear songs like “Country Done Come to Town.” My God that was awful. I can’t believe George Jones allowed himself to be in that video…

  13. Stormy
    June 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Rick: The problem with Chely Wright releasing her documentary to NPR and PBS is that we already have a better album featuring not one but two lesbians:

  14. Rick
    June 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Thanks for the info Stormy! I’m not exactly well informed on such matters… (lol)

    I wonder if Lee Dorsey’s 1967 song “Working In a Coal Mine” was one of the first hit pop songs to feature the clanking sound of metal on metal? I’d guess Wynn Stewart’s “Another Day Another Dollar” was one of the earlier country songs to feature such sounds, but I’d bet Paul Dennis can prove me wrong!

    In John Rich’s videos he often looks like a pimp, and in this one he’s pandering his flock of bikini clad girls! John’s almost like a Kid Rock wannabe…

  15. Jon G.
    June 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    You might be right, Rick.

    I still like most things he does with other artists. We can only hope he finds new partners in crime so he doesn’t keep coming out with banal material like “Underneath the Same Moon” and “Son of a Preacher Man.”

  16. luckyoldsun
    June 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    What makes Rich so impossible to take is that he couples an arrogant/hostile attitude with his bad singing. This video is best watched without the sound.

    Rich and John Anderson co-wrote a song called “Shutting Detroit Down.” Since Anderson is considered finished, all that got played was Rich’s recording, which was nauseating. Then I got the Anderson CD and heard the song done by a great singer. It was at least passable.

  17. Mary Lynn
    June 1, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Judy Lynn was my idol. She didn’t follow the “Nashville plan” — she made her own career, and definitely did it her way. Nudie dressed her in pants, cowgirl style Nudie Suits, with hats and boots, not gingham dresses like the girl singers on the Opry were supposed to wear. She played the Opry, but she also played Caesars Palace at a time when most country stars were down at the Golden Nugget. She had a great band, and a great horse, and an enviable closet of Nudie Suits. She was MISS SHOWMANSHIP! RIP, Judy Lynn. We will always love you, and we will never forget you.

  18. Steve Harvey
    June 2, 2010 at 12:42 am

    Rich is a wonderful producer on his own material, but a bland vocalist.

  19. WAYNOE
    June 2, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Rich is a better writer – no doubt.


    Your second paragraph was a bit hard to follow, at least for me. Can you re-write it?

  20. Drew
    June 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    That Hank boxset sounds awesome, can’t wait.

  21. JarheadDad
    June 3, 2010 at 11:50 am

    How can one be a good American if you see half- more than half- of the population
    as object for fun times?

    Thank God for women! Funny, they seem to have thought of me as an object of fun too back in the day! ;-)

    But then I am the biggest male lesbian I know so go figure. Guess I’ll have to refigger that whole good Amurican thing now. Just damn. Right when I thought I had it all figgered out too! :-o

  22. Colt
    June 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    The Lost Trailers were good back in the day. It’s hard to believe the band on “Welcome To The Woods” and “Trailer Trash” was the same as the one on “Holler Back”.

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