New Releases (April 5): Anna Wilson, The Bellamy Brothers and More; Harley Allen, Mel McDaniel and Jake Jenkins Remembered
- Andy Friedman – Laserbeams and Dreams
Anna Wilson – Countrypolitan Duets
The Bellamy Brothers – Greatest Hits Volume 1: Deluxe Edition
The Black Lillies – 100 Miles of Wreckage
Calafia – Calafia
Craig Campbell – Craig Campbell
Daniel Romano – Sleep Beneath the Willow
The Judds – I Will Stand By You: The Essential Collection
Michaela Anne – To Know Where
Susan Cattaneo – Heaven to Heartache
- On the passing of Harley Allen, Jon Weisberger writes:
Nashville’s a songwriting town, and Harley Allen was a world-class songwriter, so a lot will be written about that in days to come. But before — and while — he was writing the hits, Harley was a singer, one of nearly unparalleled beauty and sadness. By the time he was in his late teens and singing with his brothers in the hillbilly bars of Dayton, Ohio, he had a reedy, mournful tenor voice that seemed to always curl a phrase just a moment before you thought it might, or rise just a bit higher than you thought it could. And whichever of a dozen different ways he’d surprise you as a singer, it always turned out to be exactly the right one to make you feel the same longing, the same emptiness, the same self-mocking yet utterly serious sense of despair that seemed to be haunting him.
- More on Allen from Peter Cooper.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 04/03/11 Edition
- Cia Cherryholmes plans to embark on a solo career.
- Miss Leslie honored her friend and songwriter Jake Jenkins, who was killed recently in a plane crash, in a series of posts: I’ll Be Gone Tonight By Jake Jenkins, Honky Tonk No More by Jake Jenkins, Stranger in Your Mind by Jake Jenkins, Honky Tonk Gal by Jake Jenkins.
- Blake Shelton‘s new single “Honey Bee” — performed at the ACM Awards on Sunday night — is available on iTunes.
- Craig Morgan signed a new deal with Black River Entertainment.
- Peter Cooper also wrote an obituary for Opry member Mel McDaniel, whose hits included “Louisiana Saturday Night” and “Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.”
- Listen to the new Alison Krauss and Union Station album Paper Airplane in its entirety.
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- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
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