New Bear Family Series Exemplifies Country Music From 1945 to 1950
- Barry Mazor introduced the new Bear Family series Country & Western Hit Parade: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke And Hillbilly Music in his most recent column for NoDepression.com. The first six volumes are structured around a given year from 1945 through 1950 and attempt to gather songs that represent that year without necessarily relying on by-the-charts hits.
- Marty Stuart on the response his TV show has been getting:
“The viewer response is off the charts,” Stuart said. “There are stacks of mail, as well as email. A lot of people have longed for this kind of show again.”
“This kind of show” follows a formula set by Show Biz Inc., the Nashville company that produced the Wilburn and Wagoner shows, among others.
“The Show Biz model was specific — a gospel song went here, a comedian went here — and it’s timeless,” Stuart said. “I wanted to update that, and reignite it, because people respond to it.”
- After failed negotiations, Warner Music Group ordered YouTube to remove all music videos by its artists.
- Since releasing Waylon Forever, Shooter Jennings feels like he’s finally free from the pressure of fitting into country music. He also reveals that the title of the album came from watching Batman re-runs.
- The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts has a brief Q&A with Rory Feek in which he discusses the story behind “Cheater Cheater” and his favorite method of writing a song.
- Congratulations to MikeKY, Friday’s winner in our 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. After a bit of a technical glitch over the weekend, the giveaway is back today, with the weekend’s prizes all rolled into one.
- Artist David Liverett has a new book being published this week titled Those Grand Ole Country Music Stars. It includes a full page biography on more than 200 country music artists along with a Liverett’s trademark sketches. “Using pointilism — essentially dots that complete a portrait — his detailed pen-and-ink illustrations can each take up to 12 hours to finish.”
- Ladies and gentlemen, meet John Rich‘s wedding ring.
- Trent Tomlinson‘s new single, “That’s How It Still Oughta Be,” is being released for digital download via Play MPE today, making him the second artist to release material on Disney Music Group’s new imprint, Carolwood Records.
- Country Universe‘s Kevin J. Coyne listed 25 of his favorite songs by Dolly Parton.
- Lori McKenna performed six shows during her three-night stand at Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass. The Boston Globe correspondent Jonathan Perry reviewed her final show:
McKenna’s voice, bristling with tang and twang that was much more rural country than college-town coffeehouse, was like an open hand: trusting and nakedly exposed; a lined palm of ridges and peaks; softly calloused from years of hard work and harder-won freedoms. Thus, plangent selections like “Make Every Word Hurt” and “Your Next Lover” felt, as much as sounded, almost regal in their sorrowful strength and humanity.
- On Friday, the RIAA announced it has abandoned its policy of suing people for sharing songs protected by copyright and will work with Internet service providers to cut abusers’ access if they ignore repeated warnings.
- The list of good things that Chet Flippo is savoring from 2008 runs the gamut from Taylor Swift‘s songwriting progress and career acumen to album releases from Kathy Mattea, Tom Petty’s former band, Mudcrutch, and Shooter Jennings.
- Be sure to catch up on the current edition of “Quotable Country” since it’ll be on hiatus next week.
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- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.