‘Noble Things’ to DVD; Trace Adkins/Luke McBain Returns; Best of Bluegrass ’09
- The film Noble Things, featuring Lee Ann Womack and Tracy Byrd in their big screen debuts, will be released on DVD December 22.
- Feeling Austin was underrepresented on most of the decade lists cropping up, Jim Caligiuri took the liberty of chronologically listing 33 albums released by bands and artists that made living in the “Live Music Capital” more enjoyable.
- Among albums released in 2009, Michael McCall says it’s those who took the greatest chances who often bore the most impressive work. It’s that sentiment that informed his list of the top ten best country albums of the year for Nashville Scene.
- The Trace Adkins comic hero/alter ego Luke McBain is returning for a second installment on December 16.
- Music Fog: JD Souther – “Bye Bye Blackbird”
- Robbie Fulks has high praise for Mel Street:
A good way to separate the sheep from the goats is to ask a roomful of countryphiles who sang best: Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, or Mel Street? The answer is, all of them.
- The Dixie Chicks scored a spot on EW.com’s all-genre best albums of the decade list for Home.
- Want to know what the 10 best bluegrass releases of 2009 were? Steve Leftridge and Juli Thanki have you covered.
- Juli Thanki on Adam Steffey‘s 2009 release, One More for the Road, which coincidentally appears on the previous best-of-bluegrass list:
Outshining Krauss isn’t exactly the easiest thing to accomplish, but the golden-voiced Ronnie Bowman (a bluegrass artist who’s also written chart toppers for Kenny Chesney and Brooks & Dunn) does so on “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends”. Beautiful lyrics—it is, after all, a Kris Kristofferson song—and a stunning vocal turn from Bowman make the song exquisitely heartwrenching and a must-listen for anyone with even a passing fondness for country music.
- A new, limited-edition screenprint poster of Hank Williams went on sale this morning. The print, titled “Repent,” is by artist Keith Neltner and is limited 44 at $65 apiece.
- Onetime senior radio executive John Chaffee is pursuing his dream of becoming a hit songwriter and his song “Play By the Rules” earned him best country song at last month’s Hollywood Music In Media Awards. The video plays out like a four-minute political cartoon.
- The Tiger Woods controversy made its way to country music through a Cledus T. Judd parody of a Buck Owens classic.
- The folks at Country Universe wrapped up their best of the decade countdown this morning with the final 10 albums, or as the French say, the crème de la crème.
- Has Dwight Yoakam ever looked so demonic? (via That Nashville Sound)
- I’m running short on time, so here’s a couple of quick links to interviews/profiles worth checking out: Peter Cooper with Delbert McClinton and Jewly Hight with Darrell Scott.
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.