OCMS Invited to Join Opry; Asleep at the Wheel Documentary to Premiere Next Month; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 19th, 2013

  • Joey + Rory announced on their RFD-TV television show that they will release their next album, Made to Last, in the fall.
  • Thompson Square brought computers to a school in Honduras.
  • Disney is rumored to be interested in getting back into the country music business. They closed their Lyric Street Records label in 2010.
  • Trisha Yearwood will be featured on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? on September 3.
  • Bear Grylls the adventurer has signed Jody Direen, a New Zealand country singer, to his U.S.-based talent management company.
  • Darryl Worley is working on new music and a new live show.
  • Hayes Carll did not check himself into a mental hospital despite rumors to the contrary.
  • The new Asleep at the Wheel documentary Then and Now will make its debut on September 8 at The Long Center for the Performing Arts in Austin.
  • Chuck Dauphin reviewed the Third Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival.
  • The Evening Sun has a cool photo gallery of The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival through the years.
  • Michael Hodges of The Detroit News interviewed Yo-Yo Ma about his love of bluegrass.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Donna Ulisse “I Am a Child of God”

Steven Lee Olsen“Never Done It Like This”

Tiffany Houghton“High”

Kelly Clarkson“Tie It Up”

Miranda Lambert“All Kinds of Kinds”

John & Jacob“Be My Girl”

Deryl Dodd“Loveletters”

Rayland Baxter“Ghost, Again”

Lora Faye“All Night”

Belles & Whistles“Boy Like You”

Craig Morgan“Wake Up Lovin’ You”

Brandon Rhyder“That’s Just Me”

Joy Kills Sorrow“Such Great Heights”

Jordan McIntosh“Grew Up in a Country Song”

  1. Janice Brooks
    August 19, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Old Crow Medicine Show is a great choice to me for the Opry. The Asleep at the Wheel documentary is a joy. Deryl Dodd song appeals including the closeup of the steel guitar player.

  2. A.B.
    August 19, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I think it’s great that OCMS is joining the Opry. I just don’t understand why people are complaining about it on the Opry’s facebook page.

  3. Leeann Ward
    August 19, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Really? People are complaining about it? I’m very happy for them, though a little surprised.

  4. Juli Thanki
    August 19, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    One quick news update: Tonight at 8 p.m. Central, you can stream Jason Isbell’s Austin City Limits taping here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MbrjRSjWWfY

  5. A.B.
    August 19, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Leeann – Yeah. It ranges from I never heard of them to there are other people way more deserving to I only go see the Opry when I know who all the acts are so I won’t be going when they’re there.

  6. Barry Mazor
    August 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Fortunately, the Opry doesn’t set up its combination of varying acts based on comments like those posted–and as for “not going when not knowing who all the acts are,” that’s pretty funny–because they often change on the day of the performance!

    It’s nice that people continue to have these passionate feelings about “What the Opry Has to Be,” even if they’re often based on absolutely incorrect understanding of what it’s been and, who’s been on, and how, in the past.

    Connie Smith and Jean Shepard both have said to me, at different times, that the Grand Ole Opry hiring standby was that there’s room for many acts, as long as they all ARE different from each other. They both wanted to see it stay that way–and I’m pretty sure that they’ll both be very happy with the OCMS’s addition. Whatever posturing cranks have to say about it!

  7. TX Music Jim
    August 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Thrilled for OCMS i’m glad to see the opry add someone outside the mainstream one and awhile.

  8. Rick
    August 19, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Sadly, I only think the Opry invited OCMS to join because of the huge success Hootie, er Darius Rucker had with Wagon Wheel!…(lol) I’m just hoping this means that OCMS will perform on the Opry far more frequently than they do now. OCMS always livens things up! Hey, isn’t it about time Elizabeth Cook was invited to join the Opry as well? Crikey mate!

    I spent Saturday at the Summergrass festival in Vista, CA and all I can say is that Sierra Hull, Flatt Lonesome, and NewFound Road put the scald on it! The artists were enjoying the breezy 80 degree low humidity sunny day and selling out of their CD’s to a very appreciative audience. Tim Shelton announced he was cutting NewFound Road’s 2014 touring schedule way back to spend more time with his wife, children, and a new baby that’s due in January. Even more importantly Sierra Hull performed my request for “Best Buy” in her closing set, which had me grinning ear to ear. After seeing Flatt Lonesome perform live I do hope they win the IBMA’s “Emerging Artist” category award this year because quite frankly they deserve it! Go Flatt Lonesome!

    Maybe Bear Grylls should sign Kiwi-country artist Kylie Harris to his agency as well! Umm, is she still living in Nashville since she lost he gig hosting “Edge of Country” on GAC a few tears back?

  9. Luckyoldsun
    August 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I thought everybody who’s anybody in country music was a member of the Opry, but I looked at their website and only a relatively small number of performers are listed as members–the vast majority are “guest artists.”

    Funny thing is, except for a few obvious ones, I would have no idea who’s a member and who isn’t. Just to pick a sort-of random bunch of prominent names: Trace Adkins, Alabama, Gary Allen, John Anderson, Lynn Anderson, Asleep At The Wheel, Bobby Bare, the Bellamy Brothers, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Glenn Campbell, Kenny Chesney, Mark Chesnutt, Diamond Rio, Joe Diffie, Merle Haggard, Toby Keith, Hal Ketcham, Brenda Lee, Patty Loveless, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Ray Price–If I counted correctly, exactly 7 of them are members.
    Does anybody think they’d have any luck trying to guess who are the seven?

  10. bll
    August 19, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Trisha Yearwood is not listed as a Big Machine artist either, in spite of recording new music for the past year. I do hope that means she’s signed with her hubby’s Pearl Records and they go for a distribution deal where her music actually gets HEARD!

  11. BRUCE
    August 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    When listening to Clarkson’s new single, one realizes what she had to change in her style to become “country”. Not much.

    Some complain about pop and rock artists suddenly becoming country. Hell, when modern country rests at the pop/rock doorstep, it is but a small step for them to join.

    A melting pot we have become. But hey, can’t we all just get along? Who needs genres? Lump everyone together into a giant billboard countdown.

    Go ahead Urban and many others, lead the way into the current thinking about how we need to be more open and broadening in our definition of country.

    The sad thing is when you dance with the devil, you wind up in hell.

  12. Barry Mazor
    August 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    So, Bruce, that’s how Eddy Arnold and Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline messed everything up 50 years ago– all that pop contamination?

  13. BRUCE
    August 19, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Don’t forget The Browns. Jim Ed and his two sisters.

  14. Luckyoldsun
    August 20, 2013 at 9:37 am

    When you play a country station or a new country record, there’s always been someone who will yell “Turn that crap off!”

    Used to be that the person yelling that was a pop or rock fan.
    Now, the person yelling that is probably a country music fan.

  15. Jack Williams
    August 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

    “Now, the person yelling that is probably a country music fan.”

    Reminded me of the few times where I have started up the car, beeen greeted by a cheesy, 80′s rockish, “Look at me, I’m so country” song playing on the local mainstream country station (my wife’s radio station), after which I would yell “shut the %$#! up” at the radio before switching to CD mode. A bit silly, I know. But there you go.

  16. bruce
    August 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thank goodness for alternatives.

  17. Barry Mazor
    August 21, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Sure, thank goodness for alternatives.

    But we don’t have only alternatives to thank for goodness.

  18. TX Music Jim
    August 21, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I gotta tell you I’m so happy to have a radio station that plays a good mix of Texas/Red Dirt, Americana and classic country. KHYI 95.3 The Range out of Dallas. So yes thank God for alternatives. http:www.khyi.com for anyone intersted in streaming the station.

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