Patsi Bale Cox Passes Away; Dolly on Ice; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 7th, 2011

  • Music journalist Patsi Bale Cox passed away at the age of 66. She was credited with books on Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Ralph Emery, George Jones and more.
  • A benefit concert being held by George Jones will fund the construction of a memorial in honor of country music star Tammy Wynette in Mississippi. It will include a walk-through replica of her childhood home.
  • The Daily Comet in Louisiana catches up with longtime country songwriter Kent Westberry, who is enjoying retirement.
  • Details are emerging on the new Faith Hill song that will premier at Wednesday night’s CMA Awards show. The new single will be called “Come Home” and it is a cover of a OneRepublic song. You can listen to the original version here.
  • The always innovative Dolly Parton will be opening her very first ice-skating show this holiday season inside her theme park, Dollywood. It’ll be called “Christmas on Ice” and star six singers and a cast of professional ice skaters.
  • The songwriting on Miranda Lambert’s newest, Four the Record, is receiving pretty universal critical acclaim. Look no further than this performance by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings to see and hear what drew Lambert to “Look at Miss Ohio.”
  • Nearly a year after it hit Number One on the country charts, The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young” hit Number One on the Billboard Nielsen/BDS Adult Contemporary Chart.
  • And more The Band Perry news. Each week, Billboard Magazine has a music act from one genre cover a song from another genre. This last week’s cover was The Band Perry doing Queen’s “Fat Bottomed Girls.” 
  • Valory Music Group has signed the son of singer/songwriter Rhett Akins, Thomas Rhett, to a music deal. He recently had a cut on Jason Aldean’s latest album called “I Ain’t Ready to Quit.”
  • Grilled cheese inspires Alison Krauss.
  • Former SteelDrivers frontman Chris Stapleton has formed a Southern rock band called the Jompson Brothers.
  • Manitoban folk/bluegrass group Oh My Darlings not only have a new album coming out this week called Sweet Nostalgia, a local brewer has made a beer in their honor called Sweet Nostalgi-Ale.
  • Dierks Bentley is a feature interview in this week’s Parade Magazine. On the Grand Ole Opry, “Country music is always changing but the Opry is always there to serve as a lighthouse for what country music really is. The past, present and future is all encompassed by not only the physical structure of the building but also the radio show. It always has been that thing that people have looked to for what is country music. The legends, the up and comers. When you go to the Opry for a show or hear it on the radio, you get the whole circle of country music.”
  • LeAnn Rimes and Crystal Bowersox raised some money for the ACM Lifting Lives charity effort.
  • Butter and Vinny, better known as Trailer Choir, have a new single out called “Love Me First.” You can listen to it here.
  • Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is the cover girl of this month’s Redbook.
  • It’s been a century for Roy Rogers. Taste of Country talked with Roy “Dusty” Rogers, Jr. on what would have been his father’s 100th birthday.
  • Brad Paisley was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart talking about his new book, Diary of a Player. Paisley also revealed that he was pulled over recently for a suspected DUI. He was only suffering from an ice cream sugar high.
  • Billy Dean is joining Kenny Rogers out on a Christmas tourVince Gill and Amy Grant are doing one together as well.
  • New music videos from the past week with a handful of live performances as well:

Shane Nicholson – “Jimmie Rodgers Was a Vampire”

Miranda Lambert — “Baggage Claim” (Live on Regis & Kelly

Bob Schneider – “Honeypot”

Jason Michael Carroll – “Meet Me in the Barn”

Granger Smith – “Colorblind”

LeAnn Rimes – “The Bottle Let Me Down”

Carrie Rodriguez – “I Cry for Love” (Music Fog)

Guy Clark – “My Favorite Picture of You” (Music Fog)

Jeff Bridges — “Everything But Love”

Luke Dickens – “True Love Never Dies”

LiveWire – “Tater Fed”

Sarah Jarosz – “Broussard’s Lament”

High Valley — “On the Combine”

  1. BLL
    November 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Not to be a nudge, but Pasti Bale Cox’s name is misspelled in the headline. She was a wonderful writer and deserves the respect of having her name correct.

    • Juli Thanki
      November 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Fixed. That was my typo, not Ken’s.

  2. Jon
    November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I didn’t know Patsi well, but she was a fine friend and a funny, funny lady.

    Dierks is absolutely spot on there; I wish more people got the point about what the Opry is.

  3. Leeann Ward
    November 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    You spelled it wrong too? Or were you copying how they originally spelled it?

  4. Barry Mazor
    November 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Cool about the proposed Wynette Memorial. It’s almost as if they’re looking to add a building to the Country trail marker we put up there!

  5. Ben Foster
    November 7, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I’ll give “Come Home,” but I would have much preferred for Faith Hill to launch her new album with an original song.

    New music from Trailer Choir. JOY. But yay for the new Wynette memorial!

    RIP, Patsi.

  6. Rick
    November 7, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Jean Shepard article, and thank goodness her Daddy moved to Visalia during WWII or who knows what would have happened to Jean’s recording career. Good stuff! I guess Jean was a pioneer of “The Visalia Sound”, so take that Bakersfield! (lol)

    Speaking of Bakersfield, the Pistol Annies are doing a short headline tour in early December and their third and final stop is at Buck Owens Crystal Palace on December 8th! As much as I’d love to see them perform there, I’ve opted for the much closer (and in every way crappier and more expensive) House of Blues on Sunset Blvd here in LA the night before. If I didn’t already have a ticket for an Elizabeth Cook show the night of the Crystal Palace gig, I might have driven that 120 miles each way on a work night. Oh well….

    Last Saturday’s A Prairie Home Companion show paid tribute to the 100th birthday of Bill Monroe and featured a band which included former “Bluegrass Boys”. There was some mighty fine pickin’ goin’ on, but I have to say the highlight for me was the instrumental version of “Roly Poly”. Man do the boys swing on that old Bob Wills classic…

    The original working title of the latest Trailer Choir song was “Crystal Come Back, We Are Nothing Without You”. What can I say.

    Its not surprising Dierks would speak of the Opry in a correct and informed manner. In his early days in Nashville working at Opryland, he used to sneak into the Opry so often they finally threatened to ban him from entry! (lol) On the indie album Dierks released before his big record label deal (titled “Don’t Leave Me In Love”), there is an excellent tribute song about the Opry named “Midnight Radio”. Although midnight applies more to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnite Jamboree than the Opry, it does make for a nicer song title than “7 PM Radio” would have.

    That Band Perry Cover of “Fat Bottomed Girls”, as much fun as it is, proves its a good thing that Kimberly normally covers all of the lead vocals! Its too bad they didn’t tackle “Bohemian Rhapsody” instead. Hmm…

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