Pam and Mel Tillis Announce Dates For “A Tillis Family Christmas” Tour
- Pam, Mel and the Tillis family announced “A Tillis Family Christmas,” their holiday tour that begins later this month.
- Blake Shelton on “Bare Skin Rug,” a collaboration with girlfriend Miranda Lambert on his new album, Startin’ Fires:
“What’s funny about it, man, you’ll never believe — I had to kick and fight and cuss and was pretty much told by the record companies that the stupidest thing I could do was put that on an album. You can’t believe what I went through to get it on [Startin’ Fires]. [Album producer] Scott Hendricks put a couple microphones in front of us at his farm . . . lit a campfire, and there were crickets. . . . We just played it one time and recorded it.”
- Coming in at #4 on Country Universe’s “Classic CMA Awards Moments” is Cindy Walker‘s affecting Hall of Fame acceptance speech at the 1997 CMA Awards.
- Lee Ann Womack talks about balancing the traditional and contemporary elements in her music and comments on the urbanization (or rural castration) of modern country music in an interview with NoDepression.com senior editor Barry Mazor.
- In the words of Chelsea Handler, host of the late-night talk show Chelsea Lately, Darius Rucker “cried like a little b—-” when he found out his country album debuted at the top of the charts earlier this year. Rucker recalls:
“I was doing an interview with this guy and he said, ‘I heard you went No. 1.’ And I went, ‘What?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, we just got this today. You went No. 1 this week. And we kept the interview going, and I was fine. But then he went, ‘Hey man, you’re gonna cry aren’t ya?’ And then I was like a little girl!”
- Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles is launching a series of musical events that includes artists and organizations coming together to share music, lifestyle and philanthropy. The first three events will consist of acoustic performances with each artist donating their proceeds to a favorite charity. “I’m hoping Common Thread will be a multi-genre diverse bill under the common thread of activism and community organization,” Nettles says.
- Jason Boland was sidelined a few months ago due to a vocal chord injury, an incident he explains in a brief Q&A with Chris Parton. He and his band will return to the road later this month and doesn’t think he’ll sound much different than before. “I think I’ll sound better,” he says, “because I’ve never had any singing training [until now]. I wasn’t a natural singer. I was a songwriter that ended up fronting a band.”
- When it comes time to work on his fourth “normal” record, Brad Paisley wants to take his time and create something that is the next best thing. He views his current album, Play, as a chance to regroup following his hot streak while also shedding light on his artistry as a guitar player.
- As I mentioned in yesterday’s news roundup, Music Tomes published an interview with Douglas B. Green, author of the new book Classic Country Singers.
Do you feel like part of what you do in Riders in the Sky is to further educate or remind people about the Western roots of music? Do you see younger fans who have responded to your role in Toy Story 2?
Definitely! My greatest joy (well, the two Grammys were great, too) is seeing kids get interested in cowboys, the west, and western music. They may outgrow it after a while, but there will be a few, like me, who remember the great western songs from childhood and want to preserve them.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to comment on yesterday’s giveaway article for a chance to win one of five copies of Classic Country Singers.
- In his weekly Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo dissects what the Obama campaign did right and what lessons can be learned by the music industry.
- Austin radio station KUT hit the airwaves in November of 1958, making this month the station’s 50th anniversary. In celebration of that milestone, Texas Music Matters posted an intimate Patty Griffin live set from the stage of Austin City Limits. Add this one to your music library.
- Check out the latest video from The Dixie Bee-Liners for “Down the Crooked Road.” (via NoDepression)
- Go listen to NashvilleGab blogger Shannon’s debut radio appearance and read all about her pre-show anxiety. It’s a hoot.
- Leeann Ward: It was Brad Paisley and its on his Christmas album.
- luckyoldsun: I seem to recall hearing a recording of the Christmas song "Walking in the Winter Wonderland" where the line "In …
- Leeann Ward: For a slow new Christmas music year, the announcement of the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP and the Christmas tracks by …
- chris: That voice singing with Jim Ed is younger sister Bonnie, also a member of the Browns.
- Kev: I saw Jim Ed at the Opry in June and he sounded great then. I certainly look forward to …
- Delica Smith: I've had the blessings of following Mr. JimEd and Helen Cornelius since the mid 70s. I was a amateur …
- Inell: I meant to say you still sound as great as you did when you sang Pop O Top
- Inell: Oh Jim this is an awesome song I will be adding this to the collection of your other records I …
- Arlene: I couldn't agree more with Bonnie Raitt's description of Mavis Staples as a live performer. Forget St. John's wort-- …
- Tom: "...lucinda williams recorded enough material for another album" - better late than never this strike of wisdom.