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.
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- 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.