Old Albums Are Outselling New Albums; Kellie Pickler is the Newest Maxim Cover Girl; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 24th, 2012

  • Friends and family remembered Kitty Wells at her funeral.
  • Old albums are outselling new albums for the first time since Nielsen Soundscan started tracking US album sales in ’91.
  • Bobby Braddock, Vince Gill, and the late Roger Miller are among those who will receive special awards this fall at the 6th Annual ACM Honors.
  • Kellie Pickler talks about her support for the troops in this interview with Maxim, and why she’d rather visit a war zone than sing the national anthem: “I love the anthem if someone else is singing it, but doing it myself gives me anxiety! I feel like people are waiting for you to mess up! I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again, I’m sure, but I’d rather show my patriotism by going to Afghanistan.” She posed for a photo shoot, too, if that’s your thing.
  • Speaking of “The Star Spangled Banner,” the National Music Council named The Oak Ridge Boys the official leading singers” of the anthem.
  • Blake Boldt wrote a Spotlight feature on Mindy Smith for M Music & Musicians Magazine.
  • The first round of this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass performers will be announced tomorrow, on what would have been Warren Hellman’s 78th birthday.
  • Jack Ingram surprised a veteran and his wife with a concert on their Southwest flight before they were given a new house from The Boot Campaign.
  • Levon Helm Studios has raised over $60,000 to help save the New York property where Helm lived and held the Midnight Ramble. Support is still needed to reach the fundraising goal.
  • The Toronto Sun posted an interview with Gillian Welch.
  • This week’s Quotable Country features Justin Moore, Steve Martin, and Tim McGraw, among others.
  • Speaking of McGraw, he came in at #45 on Country Universe’s 100 Greatest Men Countdown. Glen Campbell holds down the #44 spot.
  • Listen to a song from Joey Allcorn’s upcoming album, Nothing Left to Prove.
  • The Modern Trade has a new Southern Gospel Revival project featuring performances from Drew Kennedy, Jamie Wilson, Courtney Patton, and Ben Hester.
  • Rascal Flatts chatted with CMT Insider.
  • Jewly Hight wrote a feature on Brandi Carlile for CMT.com.
  • Clint Black is on PBS’ History Detectives tonight.
  • The spirit of Lionel Richie infuses a lot of the music currently coming out of Nashville, writes Ann Powers.
  • Will Hoge congratulated himself on his song, “Even If It Breaks Your Heart,” covered by Eli Young Band, topping the charts.
  • Paste is streaming “Mockingbird” from Catherine Irwin’s upcoming album, Little Heater.
  • James McMurtry’s “Ruby and Carlos” is American Songwriter’s Lyric of the Week.
  • The Triggerman spoke with Don Maddox.
  • This week’s album releases:

Love and Theft Love and Theft

Zoe Muth Old Gold

Jerry Lee Lewis The Killer Live! 1964-1970

Asleep at the Wheel Asleep at the Wheel

Marty Robbins I Walk Alone / It’s a Sin

Mondo Davis Dust Bowl Refugee 

Shel Silverstein and the Red Onions Hairy Jazz  

Various Artists Country Funk 1969-1975

And a DVD: Big Easy Express

  1. Andrew
    July 24, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison album is just $2.99 on Amazon today. So if you don’t have it already (shame on you) go get it.

  2. Jon
    July 24, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    I don’t think I have it, don’t want it – not at any price, thanks – and see no reason at all to be ashamed about anything that’s a matter of personal taste and preference. I have no problem with saying that Cash is one of the giants of country music – and, to a lesser but still definite respect, of American music in general – but I never cared much for his work beyond “One Piece At A Time” and “Oney,” and I definitely don’t care for anyone telling me that there’s anything wrong with that.

  3. Andrew
    July 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Is it tiring being self-righteous and preachy every minute of every day?

  4. Jon
    July 24, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Hey, those are terms that apply to someone who thinks that it’s a good idea to gratuitously (look it up) lecture other people on what they should like.

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 24, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Ignoring the trademark “self-righteousness etc.,” I liked that Jon actually gave his own fairly straightforward opinion critical of someone prominent in the industry–even if it’s Johnny Cash!–rather than making another cryptic attack on an outsider simply for expressing any critical opinion at all!

  6. TX Music Jim
    July 24, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    To each his own but wow that is truly the first time i’ve ever heard anyone not appreciate the Folsom record. Rgarded by most as a masterwork. I’m truly shocked.

  7. Rick
    July 24, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    I am just so shocked that older albums are outselling the new stuff coming out these days!…(lol) When mediocrity reigns supreme, what do the labels expect?

    I don’t own any Johnny cash albums, so a few months back I decided to download one of his songs just for the hell of it. My choice: “One Piece At A Time”. It seems Jon and I have something in common! (lol) I was raised on “Folsom Prison” back in the 1960’s, so it was imprinted on my brain back then.

    I really like that vintage pin-up girl style photo of Kellie Pickler on the cover of that Maxim issue! It makes me feel, er, umm,…patriotic! Yeah, that’s the ticket! (lol)

    Opry Alert: Tonight’s Opry includes Diamond Rio, Eden’s Edge, Jimmy Fortune, Chuck Mead, The Grascals, Lorrie Morgan, and John Conlee. It’s about time to tune in! Grade: A
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  8. Jon
    July 25, 2012 at 8:45 am

    I didn’t give an opinion critical of Cash, I said I didn’t care much for his music. The difference between the two isn’t hard to understand. If someone wants to call the Folsom Prison album a masterwork, I don’t have a problem with that, but I don’t care to listen to it any more than I already have. Again, not hard to understand. I wouldn’t have bothered to say anything at all about it, had it not been for one poster’s insistence on dissing in a particularly thoughtless manner those who don’t share his taste.

  9. luckyoldsun
    July 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    TX-
    Hey, I happened to be a big Johnny Cash fan–for various reasons, I suppose–but I’m hardly shocked that someone does not like his music.

    Cash’s image received a substantial revisionist upgrade during the Rick Rubin period both before and after Cash’s death. But during much of his career, Cash often seemed to be groping to find the right material and the right sound. A lot of people parodied his rather limited vocal range.

    Cash also had a rather unthreatening persona in the mid-’70s to the ’80s, playing up patriotic and Christian themes and dressing in tuxedos. In fact, Cash was tame enough to enjoy a lucrative career, I’m sure, as a commercial pitchman for mainstream corporate America (notably Amoco gas).

  10. TX Music Jim
    July 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    True. I really do think the Folsom album is amazing and love the stuff he did with Rick Rubin. As a kid in the 70’s I remember buying some Cash albums that were not as good as the earlier stuff and in hindsight not as good as the american recordings that finished out his career. All in all I think Cash is one of the overall most important artists in the history of American music. My first musical memories revolve around hearing early Cash and Elvis sun records my parents played around the house. I’m sure that has something to do with my feelings about Cash’s music.

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