New Billy Joe Shaver Album in the Works; Lee Kernaghan Leads CMAA Nominations; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 18th, 2013

  • Tongue-in-cheek genius Peter Cooper of The Tennessean has declared himself “Commissioner of Country Music,” which gives him governing powers over the entire industry. Commissioner Cooper then calls for Lee Ann Womack to be returned to radio playlists and for party/truck songs to be banned.
  • Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune thinks Brad Paisleys tour needs a reboot.
  • The finalists for the 42nd Annual Country Music Awards of Australia, aka the Golden Guitars, have been announced. Lee Kernaghan leads the nominees with seven nods.
  • Craig Shelburne brings us Eric Clapton and Vince Gill trading off licks on “Lay Down Sally” over on CMT Edge.
  • Sheryl Crow stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last Thursday to play “Callin’ Me When I’m Lonely” with some help from The Roots. Watch here.
  • Rosanne Cash is unveiling album art from her January 2014 release, The River and the Thread, on her Instagram account.
  • Bill Anderson wrote a cool and heartfelt letter thanking a Columbia Star reporter for writing a story that hit close to home.
  • The formidable C.M. Wilcox put together this week’s Quotable Country over at Country California.
  • Sony Music has sued United Airlines for offering copyrighted music, including Carrie Underwood’s, on its flights without the proper licensing.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have had to deny the divorce rumors dogging the couple.
  • Saving Country Music has the details on the upcoming Billy Joe Shaver album, his first in over seven years.
  • New Rascal Flatts music exists.
  • Jamie Lynn Spears, sister to Britney, is currently working on her debut country music album.
  • And because neon and country music go hand-in-hand: The Museum of Neon Art broke ground in its new home of Glendale last week.
  • New music videos and live performances from the past week or two:

Luke Bryan“That’s My Kind of Night”

Brandy Clark“What’ll Keep Me Out Of Heaven”

Cole Swindell“Chillin’ It”

Sundy Best“These Days”

The Devil Makes Three“Stranger”

Corb Lund and Hayes Carll“Bible on the Dash”

Lindi Ortega“Tin Star”

Brian Wright“We Don’t Live There”

Corey Smith“Ain’t Going Out Tonight”

Jasmine Rae“Just Don’t Ask Me How I Am”

Amos Lee“Chill in the Air”

Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert“We Were Us”

Jason Aldean“When She Says Baby”

Billy Currington“We Are Tonight”

Jake Owen“Beachin’”

Del McCoury Band“Quicksburg Rendezvous”  (live at the Grand Ole Opry)

  1. mrsandydog
    November 18, 2013 at 11:21 am

    “Eric Church says, ‘Genres are dead.'” I look forward to seeing how well he fares in what had been the hip hop, jazz and classical markets.

  2. bob
    November 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    I didn’t recognize many names among the finalists for the Australian Country Music Awards but I was glad to see O’Shea (husband & wife duo Mark & Jay) up for group or duo award and APRA song of the year. Saw them in June and was very impressed, although they’re probably too pop country for most of the readers here.

  3. Rick
    November 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    That Peter Cooper article is a scream! He should know better that in these current times he has become the “Czar of Country Music” as commissioners are lower level apparatchiks. My favorite sentences among many others: “No more Johnny Cash T-shirts if you’re onstage doing songs that would have made Johnny Cash throw up. Forget that last rule. The new mandate is: If you’re doing a song that would have made Johnny Cash throw up, at least have the decency to wear a Johnny Cash T-shirt while doing it.” (lol) Great stuff.

    It sounds like the reigning king of the “Faux-Outlaw” country music genre Eric Church is trying to challenge Czar Peter Cooper to a duel! Crikey!

    The Museum of Neon Art had an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Fair a year or two back and it was really cool. I will have to check out the new museum space when it’s finished. Thanks for the link!

    It’s a shame that Jamie Lynn Spears press release isn’t a “Fake News” article over at Country California. Oh well…

  4. BRUCE
    November 18, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Ah yes, the little Spears-comes-to-country saga. Oh yes, don’t forget, “…I have always loved country music…” Don’t “they” all say that?

    Luke-the-puke Bryan would be on food stamps if he couldn’t sing anymore about trucks and drunkin’ Friday nights. Matter of fact, several would be.

    For some reason I have a bit of a soft spot for Eric Church.

  5. tncheesehead
    November 19, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Eric Church….please…go away…please…if you want to play 80’s Rock and Roll go cut Arnel Pineda’s brake line and get the gig singing for Journey…

  6. Barry Mazor
    November 19, 2013 at 8:31 am

    The short-term answer to the Eric Church “transcending genre” idea he’s tossing around would be to ask the question “What other format on radio, what other genre in general, has been reaching out to take you up?” Recording “Springsteen” did not put him on classic rock stations–or any others! And you and those you record for seem very interested in being on country awards and stars shows–with good reason, suh. Of course there are fans with playlists that jump between genres; all the best evidence is that genre audiences have ALWAYS listened to others too; it’s a matter of proportions and what music seems to speak to them and for them, what anybody identifies with. But then, Eric–you know that.

  7. Luckyoldsun
    November 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Better “transcending genre” than “transgender sending.”


  8. Paul W Dennis
    November 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Peter Cooper’s heart definitely is in the right place – he has my vote for Commissioner of COuntry Music

    (actually, I think I’d make a better one but I’m too old and curmudgeonly to get elected)

    Eric Church’s notions notwithstanding, I don’t see genres fading away – I don’t want my radio stations playing Randy Travis followed by Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus or hip hop artists

  9. BRUCE
    November 19, 2013 at 9:33 pm


    We almost have that now.

  10. Luckyoldsun
    November 20, 2013 at 12:45 am

    Actually, I seem to recall that the other recurring complaint that pops up here or in other discussion sites is something along the lines of: “Years ago, radio stations used to play a much wider array of music–On one station, you’d hear the Beatles, followed by Bobbie Gentry and Dean Martin and the Mamas and the Papas and Ray Charles…” or “Country stations used to play the whole range of country music without discriminating. A station would play David Huston and Johnny Cash and Norma Jean and Ernest Tubb Jim Reeves and Dottie West…” “…and now they only play songs about trucks by skinny twenty-somethings…”

    So I don’t quite get this alleged concern that stations may be becoming too diverse. The radio stations that play Katie Perry or Miley Cyrus will play mating calls of African rhinoceroses before they play Randy Travis singing “On the Other Hand.”

  11. Paul W Dennis
    November 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

    “… The radio stations that play Katie Perry or Miley Cyrus will play mating calls of African rhinoceroses before they play Randy Travis singing “On the Other Hand.”

    So that’s what I’ve been hearing on VH1 !

  12. Barry Mazor
    November 20, 2013 at 2:39 am

    What Luckyol said. There are as many of us–and these days, possibly more–who prefer variety to one-note ideas of anything–and that goes for the range of country played as “Country,” the range of pop music played as pop00and the range of song style lined up by a performer for a show.

    The “genre is dead” sort of comment is coming from the well-understood situation that for many under 30, who’ve come of age in the era of make-it-yourself iPod and then phone playlists, of Pandora style make-it-yourself “stations,” etc.. genre (and whole “albums”) don’t have the same pull as they used to. It’s equally true that what genre represents to people about themselves, and about the line-up of sounds and perfumers it’s now made from- DO still mean things. Note that the country award and star shows often draw as many or more viewers right now as the all-genre Music Awards/People Choice/Grammy shows do. Somebody out there cares.

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