Pat Green and BNA Records Split; New Releases; Country Hall Looking to Double In Size
- Pat Green and BNA Records have parted ways.
New releases for the week of September 22, 2009 include:
- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is looking to double in size.
- Twangville is giving away a package that includes a copy of Rosanne Cash‘s forthcoming album, The List, an autographed poster, and a pack of Field Notes to make your own lists.
- Guy Clark on collaborating with younger writers:
“See, I like learning stuff, and I learn a lot from people like that,” Clark said of the latter three [Ashley Monroe, Patrick Davis and Jedd Hughes]. “With the young writers, I pretty much have my way with the lyrics, the final say, but even then there are things that come out of their mouths that wouldn’t have come out of my mind. I enjoy sitting at a table and wrangling with words. I find that inspiring, and I learn from these people.”
- Steers and Stripes took the top spot in David Jones’ ranking of the Brooks & Dunn discography for Country California.
- Corb Lund talked about five records — from Marty Robbins, Willie Nelson, Todd Snider (whose East Nashville Skyline album Lund was listening to when he recorded Losin’ Lately Gambler), Dresden Dolls, and Hayes Carll — that inspire him with Sounds Country.
- Craig Shelburne shared his highlights from the Americana Music Festival.
- Numbers were down across the board for this year’s Americana Music Festival.
- Jimmie Dale Gilmore on his Grand Ole Opry debut, which he noted was his father’s favorite show, with The Flatlanders last Friday:
“I almost cried when it struck me that I was playing there,” he said, according to publicist Lance Cowan. “So I just had to start singing.”
- Steve Morse’s not-so-glowing review of the new Guy Clark album:
[...] too many distractingly easy references to the whiskey and wine that have clearly kept him going down the anti-hero path of his bygone friend, Townes Van Zandt. Clark covers Van Zandt’s “If I Needed Someone” here in a beautiful version (it’s the third straight disc on which he has done a Townes tune), but there is concern when the best song is a cover.
- Kenny Chesney wept.
- Mickey Raphael on playing harmonica with Willie Nelson:
“There is no set list,” Raphael says. “He’ll start off with ‘Whiskey River,’ then we have no idea where he is going after that. He’ll start off, and we’ll just follow him.
“We don’t know from one night to the next what to expect. That’s what keeps it interesting and fresh. He is playing more guitar than ever before. If you’re at all a fan of guitar playing, it’s worth it if he never sang a note. His guitar playing is outstanding.”
- Free Download: “What Are You Gonna Do” from Miranda Lambert
‘s soon-to-be-released album Revolution. (via NashvilleGab)
- Justin Moore‘s “Small Town USA” hit the top of both the Billboard and USA Today/ Country Aircheck Country Singles charts this week, making him the first solo artist to have a song from his/her debut album go to #1 since Taylor Swift’s “Our Song” in December 2007, according to a press release from Big Machine Records. (Read Karlie’s review of “Small Town USA.”)
- Country Weekly has a new feature of interviews pulled from the vault. The first interview comes from a 2001 issue with Blake Shelton a couple of months before the release of his self-titled debut.
How did you get started writing songs?
My first song I wrote when I was 15. I wrote a song called “That Girl Made a Fool Out of Me.” It was about a girl who I had a crush on in high school and who, looking back on it, honestly didn’t care too much about me. I was feeling sorry for myself, so I sat down and wrote the song. I think it’s probably in the Top 10 of worst songs ever written in the history of the earth. Hands down, easily. It’s pitiful, trust me on this.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed a posthumous album titled Late & Great: Vern Gosdin. Despite the murky origin of the material and a few sound discrepancies, she says it’s certainly worthwhile for Gosdin fans.
The 2005 Lucas Hudgins (MySpace) album Honky Tonk Illusions is on sale at CDBaby after being out of print for two years. Here’s a semi-recent video of Hudgins covering “Satisfy You” at The Broken Spoke:
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.