News Roundup for July 14, 2011

Juli Thanki | July 14th, 2011

  • Yesterday Mercury Nashville and BMI honored Easton Corbin for being the first solo male country artist in 17 years to have his first two singles reach number one at radio.
  • On October 18 Shout! Factory will release T Bone Burnett Presents: The Speaking Clock Revue, a benefit album showcasing 11 performances from a concert that Burnett orchestrated last year. Proceeds go to The Participant Foundation to support the inclusion of music and arts education in public school. The lineup of contributing artists—dubbed The Speaking Clock Revue—includes Elton John, Elvis Costello, Leon Russell, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Neko Case, Jim James, Punch Brothers, and The Secret Sisters.
  • Kid Rock guests on For True, the upcoming album from Trombone Shorty, out September 13.
  • Portland roots band Jackstraw is slated to release Six this fall. In celebration, they’re planning six tours around the country.
  1. Barry Mazor
    July 14, 2011 at 9:25 am

    On the shark jumping: Especially memorable is the always helpful Ms. Bonaguro’s comment that she can’t think of what else country songwriters might write about. Fortunately, they will not be waiting for her to come up with something.

  2. Matt Bjorke
    July 14, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I think the phrase “Jumping The Shark” has “Jumped The Shark”.

  3. Carrie
    July 14, 2011 at 11:40 am

    The shark jumping was one of the best pieces I’ve read in a long time. Can it be – are people starting to see the light? Sadly, it’s doubtful. Ah well, one can hope.

  4. Rick
    July 14, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Easton Corbin is the new George Strait! Now all we need is a new Alan Jackson…

    The entire AirHead Country modern music scene jumped the shark years ago. Unfortunately the Top 40 corporate program director types are proud of what they’ve accomplished and want to do it even moreso! Quality, “real” country music on AirHead Country radio is about as rare as hen’s teeth these days.

    I’ve developed an allergy to songs with “Honeybee” in the title. Too bad Pokey.

  5. Michael A.
    July 14, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Just out of curiousity since I’m a chart trivia geek… who was that solo male artist to have his first two singles hit #1 17 years ago? I’m thinking Clay Walker. Didn’t Darius Rucker do the same thing a couple of years ago though? Maybe it doesn’t “count” since he has a history on the pop charts.

  6. Juli Thanki
    July 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I believe you’re correct, Michael. “What’s It To You” and “Live Until I Die” were Walker’s first singles and consecutive #1s. It was in ’93, so either this press release is wrong or there was some other dude in ’94. I’m guessing the former.

  7. CMW
    July 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Wikipedia says that although “What’s It to You” and “Live Until I Die” were both released in 1993, the latter didn’t hit #1 until late January of 1994. So that explains where they’re getting the 17.

  8. Juli Thanki
    July 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    And Corbin’s “Roll With It” hit #1 in late October of 2010. For some reason I thought it was a little more late than that.

  9. Leeann Ward
    July 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Easton Corbin is no replacement for George Strait yet. He’s got more work to do. Then again, our Retro Single Reviews at CU remind me that Strait didn’t exactly knock it out of the park with his debut album/first few singles either.

  10. Matt Bjorke
    July 14, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    I’m A Little More Late Than That…Oh the comedy with that title. Could even write a parody of “I’m A Little More Country Than That” and get all trailer park redneck-y with it (if somebody hasn’t written it yet).

  11. Jeremy Dylan
    July 14, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Easton Corbin is the new George Strait! Now all we need is a new Alan Jackson…

    Rick, I draw your attention to Craig Campbell.

  12. Dan
    July 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    What I want to know is, what’s wrong with the old Alan Jackson and the old George Strait? I’m not writing them off just yet! Especially not with that new song Strait just came out with.

  13. Jeremy Dylan
    July 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    It’s a bit like when Springsteen was being hailed as the new Dylan (Bob, obviously, not me). Thirty-odd years later, the old one is still doing pretty good.

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