News Roundup for July 11, 2011

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 11th, 2011

  • This past Friday night, the Oak Ridge Boys were invited to become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry in fine Little Jimmy Dickens fashion. After the Oak Ridge Boys performed “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” Dickens walked out onstage dressed as a sub-five-foot William Lee Golden with long beard and sunglasses. “All my life I’ve wanted to be a little bitty Oak Ridge Boy,” Dickens announced to laughter in the Opry House. “On August 6th, I will become the newest member of the Oak Ridge Boys, and at that time, you will become the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry!
  • Check out Peter Cooper’s new column over at The Tennessean. An excerpt, directed to most of the male country singers on the radio: “I’d rather be hit by a can of your favorite domestic beer than hear you name-check that beer one more time when you’re singing about the party in the woods that you know darn well the three people who wrote the song in a metropolitan Nashville office absolutely, for sure, did not attend.” Preach on, brother.
  • American Idol Season Five 9th place finisher Mandisa wants to cut a country record. “I’m a fan of country music, which was new to me because I didn’t think that I ever would be. Let’s be honest, I’m a black girl,” she laughingly tells CMT, “so you don’t see that a lot.”
  • Georgette Jones has written a memoir about her relationship with her parents George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
  • Buddy Jewell, winner of Nashville Star’s debut season, releases his latest album I Surrender All this month. His new single “Jesus, Elvis and Me” is shipping to Country, Gospel and Christian Country stations this month.
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirty Band also releases new music this month with the release of a new live EP called Under the Big Top Vol. 1. It is available digitally on iTunes and physical copies can be purchased through their website.
  • Terri Clark has enlisted the help of former Sugarland singer Kristen Hall and Alison Krauss on her new album Roots and Wings that will arrive digitally on July 26 and in stores September 13. “I chose the album’s title after much deliberation about naming it after one of the song titles,” the multi-platinum selling singer said in a statement. “The past year and a half was full of bitter and sweet and while it was tough, I feel it’s times like that when our minds grow the most so it definitely inspired me to write many of these songs.”
  • Remember the fuss that the Bellamy Brothers caused by saying Britney Spears ripped off their song, “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It against Me?” Um, yeah, that didn’t work out like they planned.
  • Megan Mullins has gone through record deals with Broken Bow and Stoney Creek and although the incredibly talented fiddle player charted two singles, neither label released an album. She’s now back with her brother Marcus Mullins and husband John Bohlinger in a band called the Tennessee Hot Damns. They call themselves “Cornbread Country Gypsy Grass.”
  • Curb Records artists Bomshel have a brand new single that’s being unleashed to the world called “Halleluyall.” You can hear the studio version of the song on their website or watch them perform a live version here.
  • Slaid Cleaves is releasing his very first live album, a double-disc release called Sorrow & Smoke: Live at the Horseshoe Lounge, on September 6.
  • Kenny Loggins has started a new country music group called the Blue Sky Riders with award-winning country songwriters Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. “Dream” will be the first single off a new album coming out in the fall.


  • New music videos:

Country (?) rapper Colt Ford has a new music video called “Waste Some Time.” Too. Many. Jokes.

Former lead singer of the Southern rock band Last November Luke Pilgrim has a new video called “Sweet Tea.”

Husband and wife duo Thompson Square’s new video for “I Got You.”

The Wagons —“I Blew It”

15-year-old YouTube sensation Peyton Rae’s new “I’m Not Your Cinderella.”

  1. Barry Mazor
    July 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Congrats on getting this going..

  2. Leeann Ward
    July 11, 2011 at 10:27 am

    I’m so proud to be the first comment on the new site! Congratulations to Juli and the gang for your first day and a zillion more to come. I’m very excited to have this kind of site back. I feel like I’ve been missing out on a lot of music in the last couple months since the disbandment of The9513.

    This round-up is great. I’m super excited about the upcoming Miranda Lambert projects.

    I was at a great Marty Stuart show on Friday and one of his Fabulous Superlatives did mention that his father-in-law Duane Allen (with the Oak Ridge Boys), was being invited to join the Opry that night.:)

  3. Leeann Ward
    July 11, 2011 at 10:28 am

    Oops, I took too long to compose my comment. I guess I’m the second comment now.:(

  4. Ken Morton, Jr.
    July 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Leeann, think of it as a harness race. You just finished “place” behind Barry. You’re still getting getting credit back.

  5. Occasional Hope
    July 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Congratulations and good luck.

  6. Juli Thanki
    July 11, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Thanks, folks. We’re pretty excited to get this thing rolling.

  7. nm
    July 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Congratulations on being here. And thanks, too.

  8. bob
    July 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Best of luck to all of the writers here.

    Glad to see Blue Sky Riders mentioned here. Burr & Middleman have become two of my favorite singers and songwriters in the last two years. Saw Loggins & Messina 35 years ago.

  9. Vicki Ambinder
    July 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Readers of your blog may be interested in checking out my blog for my interviews with such folks as Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Mike Marshall, Todd Snider, and Steve Fishell. These are conversations about the issues and ideas relating to performance from the perspective of successful performing musicians.

  10. Joe
    July 11, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    I concur with all the previous posts…great to see another site in the vein of the 9513 launched. Will be adding it to my daily reading regimen! Good luck!

  11. Ryan B
    July 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats on the new site everybody!

  12. Matt B
    July 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Congrats on the site and the9513 fans will definitely like the template from that site here! Nice. Look forward to reading the articles. :)

  13. Jeremy Dylan
    July 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    Feels just like old times…

  14. Thomas
    July 12, 2011 at 8:34 am

    …i was beginning to think this cold turkey would never end. what took you so long?

    much appreciated effort, miss thanki and everyone involved.

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