‘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.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- 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 …