Obama Boogies Back To Texas With Ray Benson and Joe Ely
- An fundraiser for Barack Obama at the Austin Music Hall last night featured country artists Ray Benson and Joe Ely, and Obama himself even joined in for a performance of “Boogie Back to Texas.” The Asleep at the Wheel MySpace blog has several additional pictures.
- Chet Flippo weighs in on Kix Brooks’ comments about artists getting paid for attending the CMA Fest.
Turn your back on your fans, and you may as well turn your back on a huge chunk of your career. I know one thing: Say what you will about Garth Brooks. When he signed autographs for some 23 hours straight in 1996, he was not looking to get paid. He saw it, rightly so, as a career investment. Some things are worth more than money.
- The Lost Highway feels like there’s four or five single-worthy songs on Chris Cagle’s new album, My Life’s Been A Country Song, but says the “filler” tracks aren’t any better than his own self-penned numbers.
- According to an Irish betting agency, odds that Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman will name their baby after Kidman’s parents are 10-1. “The names Tom, Katie, Suri, and Maverick (the name of Nicole’s ex-hubby Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun) are all longshots at 250-1.”
- Twang Nation’s Baron Lane says his adios to No Depression and thanks them for showing him the way.
- Grant Alden ponders the idea of a podcast to replace ND‘s signature long-form articles, and provides a link to an audio interview he and Peter Blackstock did with NPR.
- Stonewall Jackson got a federal court date of February 10, 2009 for his age discrimination suit against the Opry.
- A day before the 1990 Association of Country Music Awards Garth Brooks says he was handed three buckeye seeds by a fan who told him they were lucky. The next night Brooks scored six wins. Eighteen years later he’s convinced they’re lucky and still holds on to them.
- Texas Monthly posted numerous Willie Nelson stories from fans and you can even submit your own. (via Still Is Still Moving)
- Premier Guitar has an interview with Pete Anderson. He originally set out to be a guitar player, but things changed when he produced Dwight Yoakam’s first album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. Now he’s been in the business for thirty years, has become a premier producer, owns his own label (Little Dog Records), and still has time to do what he loves and originally set out to do, play guitar. (via Little Dog Records’ blog)
- Faith Hill denied rumors that her and husband Tim McGraw were working on, or had plans for, a duet album this year.
- An employee of Big Machine Media sent out an email to several hundred music bloggers and accidentally included all the email addresses in the Cc: field so that the list of addresses was revealed to all the recipients. An unfortunate mistake, but even more unfortunate is the amount of snobbish responses she received from the bloggers. Check out Idolator for some examples.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.