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.
- Bruce: LW, Don't apologize for your Bryant comment. You were more gracious than I would have been.
- Bruce: My vote is for Marty Stuart for his exhaustive body of work that is directional yet diversified.
- Leeann: Dang! Let me write my above sentence again!: Kelley MicKwee’s album is sounding good so far too. I really like “Beautiful …
- paul w dennis: The Kershaw album is really noteworthy for its song selections. Other than "I'll Share My World With You", it omits …
- Leeann: The Sammy Kershaw tribute to George Jones is pretty good on first listen. Of course, Sammy's no George, but their …
- Jeremy Dylan: I did a podcast on Joni Mitchell's BLUE album recently and was wondering if there was a good bio of …
- Leeann Ward: Well, that was a mighty unnecessarily flippant comment I just made there and the better angels of my nature make …
- Leeann Ward: As for me, I'd realize I'd written a crappy song if Luke Bryan ended up being the one who wanted …
- luckyoldsun: You say Marx is very gracious--again implying that he should feel aggrieved. Well, apparently, he DOESN'T feel aggrieved--He feels gratitude …
- Leeann Ward: I know that Marx seems to be very gracious about it and I also know that that's how the business …