Old Crow Medicine Show on Hiatus; New Videos from Joey + Rory and Shooter Jennings; Tracy Lawrence Goes to Trial

Juli Thanki | August 17th, 2011

  • Don’t forget to tune in to the 2011 IBMA Awards Nominees Announcement at 6pm Eastern on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction or MusicCityRoots.com. Following the announcement are performances by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and the Josh Williams Band.
  • Old Crow Medicine Show is on hiatus as they “seek health and wellness over the coming months,” according to their website. Tour dates in Texas and Oklahoma have been canceled.
  • Jimmy Webb tells Performing Songwriter the story behind “The Highwayman.” An excerpt: “Glen [Campbell] played it for Johnny Cash. He was making a quartet album with Willie, Waylon and Kris Kristofferson. There were four verses to “The Highwayman.” Talk about predestination. I don’t know how they decided who would take which verse, but having Johnny last was like having God singing your song (laughs).”
  • Kenny Chesney talked with the New York Times about the business side of his career and how he manages his super-sized staff: I don’t think there’s a better laboratory for human behavior than being out on the road with a lot of people for a long period of time. You know, you see the best of people and you see the worst of people. When you get 120 employees out there, you see every one of those people go through ups and downs in their life.
  • The Taylor Swift tour DVD Journey to Fearless will be released on October 11. It’ll include behind-the-scenes footage, personal photos, and more.
  • Speaking of Swift, this mom took her kids to one of Taylor’s recent Washington, DC shows and wasn’t so thrilled with the “insidious concert experience that emphasized everything but the artist’s voice.”
  • Shooter Jennings’ new video for “Outlaw You” premiered today. He’s not pulling any punches with his thoughts on mainstream country: “You say you’re an outlaw with your perfect boots/That you got from your record label’s image group/Sing another man’s song with a big drum loop/Listen, son, you ain’t got a clue.
  • Farce the Music has a sneak peek of Martina McBride’s new album cover.
  • Randy Montana will be joining Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night Tour from November 11-18.
  • GAC is counting down the Top 50 Music Videos of the 90s throughout the week; they’ll be posting the list on their website after each segment airs. Neal McCoy hosts.
  • Counting down the days until Christmas? On September 27, A Skaggs Family Christmas, Volume 2 hits stores. The CD will come with a DVD of 26 live performances.
  • Joey + Rory have a new music video in which they are, once again, cute like little fuzzy bunnies.

  1. Ben Foster
    August 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    That Joey + Rory video is hilarious.

  2. Leeann Ward
    August 17, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I cannot not love Joey+Rory.

  3. Occasional Hope
    August 17, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    I love the new Joey + Rory song and video.

  4. Rick
    August 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    That new Joey+Rory song is just exactly what Top 40 AirHead Country Radio needs to break the monotony of the format these days. I would guess the song would do extremely well on radio too as those female listeners can really relate to the song’s message and the fact its just a plain good song. I do hope AirHead radio bites, but the song is likely “too country” for their current pop-rock orientation. Oh well…

    Gosh, does that mean the entire OCMS is checking into a rehab clinic? Bet the place would be treated to some good nightly concerts if they did.

    I really can’t see how a Taylor Swift live show extravaganza could be labeled “insidious” when everyone who has ever listened to Taylor Swift perform live knows her vocals are weak. Its a “show” and its entertainment and I doubt her children felt the same way as Mom about the entire affair.

    If John Doe could stay on pitch, and didn’t have a potty mouth on stage, I might care about his solo music. I don’t. On the other hand Knitters shows are a lot of fun because he is kept in line by Exene and Dave Alvin! (lol)

    I like Shooter Jenning’s sentiments expressed in that song lyric. If the video was from almost any other country or Americana artist besides Shooter, I might even watch it…

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