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.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.