Patty Loveless Gears Up For Her Third Trip On the Santa Train
- Gary Allan has no balls, as illustrated by his latest album — Living Hard — and just so you know, Ronnie Dunn and John Anderson are merely average Nashville singers, too. I wish I was just making this stuff up, folks.
- Tours featuring two mega-stars are in. First it was Kenny Chesney and LeAnn Rimes, then Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood announced they’d be hitting the road together, and now the latest pairing includes Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson. So the question begging to be asked: if you could pair any two stars for a tour, who would it be?
- In a short Q&A on Independent Weekly Todd Snider revealed that Lil Wayne calls him Rolling Papers. (via TCB)
- Before The Wreckers split up they’ll release a live CD/DVD set. Way Back Home: Live From New York City will come out on Dec. 4.
- Check out Big Rock Candy Mountain for a list — with mp3 link — of hot truckin’ songs from guys like Junior Brown, Moe Bandy, Red Sovine, and Dale Watson.
- Compadre Records is going green, as in healthy for the environment, with their CD packaging. That means “CDs will come packaged in digi-paks made of recyclable, biodegradable board and paper foam. Artwork, liner notes and credits will be posted on Compadre’s website.” They plan to distribute music to the media via reusable USB drives and downloads. I’ve always thought downloads were a good idea for distributing to the media, as long as liner notes were available as well, but when I purchase an album I don’t want to have to download my liner notes. And, will the label be saving money with less printing costs incurred? If so, will that price be reflected on the final product? If not, who gets the extra profit — artists or labels?
- Apparently Billy Ray Cyrus invited Britney Spears to Thanksgiving through In Touch magazine. Sadly, they forgot to include the obligatory “Achy Breaky Heart” reference.
- A video of People magazine’s 100 Sexiest Men features Tim McGraw and Josh Turner. See if you can spot at least two other country music singers.
- This Saturday Patty Loveless will be taking her third trip on the Santa Train, delivering more than 15 tons of Christmas gifts to children on the 110-mile stretch through the mountain communities of eastern Kentucky, western Virginia and northeast Tennessee.
- Winning a CMA Award affords you 5,000 new friends on MySpace. Just ask Sugarland. After performing at the CMA Awards traffic to their website increased six-fold and their YouTube video of “Stay” was slammed with more than 100,000 streams.
- LeAnn Rimes is set to host the 26th Annual Colgate Country Showdown National Final (whew, that’s a long name) on January 24th at the Ryman Auditorium.
All participants are consistently judged on five core criteria: Marketability in country music, vocal/instrumental ability, originality of performance, stage presence/charisma and talent. Optional bonus points can be awarded to acts with original music in the songwriting category.
Past winners at various levels of the showdown include: Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Martina McBride, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.
- Garth Brooks closed the final show of his Kansas City run with “American Pie”.
- What prompted Trisha Yearwood’s move to Big Machine Records? She says it wasn’t about the money. She wanted to stay with MCA because that’s where her catalog is, but they wouldn’t give her a voice in what cuts went on her greatest hits albums or what the artwork looked like. Plus she felt comfortable with Big Machine president Scott Borchetta.
- Emerson Drive speaks out on the suicide of their former bassist, Patrick Bourque.
- Authorities in Nashville and Lynchburg are determining whether they’ll have to pour out hundreds of bottles of Jack Daniels’ whiskey, some of it near a hundred years old. Not exactly country music related, but almost…right?
- By setting low prices on his albums is Garth Brooks devaluing recorded music in general?
- Canadian country music exec Louis O’Reilly, of 306 Records (Brad Johner, Shane Yellowbird and Patricia Conroy), is moving to Nashville to start On Ramp Records. On Ramp reportedly has backing from EMI Canada.
306 Records scored 17 CCMA nominations this year, including five wins.
- Chet Flippo describes a 360 plan, where a label takes a percentage of an artist’s tour revenue and merchandise sales with the promise of enhanced career development, guidance, and marketing. Sometimes the artist essentially becomes an indentured servant. He says the practice isn’t anything new, either. It goes all the way back to Hank Williams.
- 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.