Pee Wee Moultrie Passes Away; Donna Ulisse and Lee Brice Have Tour Trouble; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 23rd, 2012

  • A previously unreleased John Denver song has been made into a new music video.
  • Holly Williams has been in the studio writing and recording her upcoming third album.
  • Bluegrass artists Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys nearly rolled their truck en route to a show in Michigan on Friday night and their trailer came loose from their hitch. It totaled the trailer and took out Ulisse’s Martin guitar and her band member’s upright bass in the process. Everyone in the truck ended up safe and sound.
  • Lee Brice also had tour trouble when he and his band had to make a hasty retreat from his tour bus when it caught fire on Saturday night.
  • Etta James, the husky-voiced soulful rhythm and blues singer behind the huge hit “At Last” passed away from complications of leukemia at the age of 73.
  • John Berry released his independent Christian album RealMan.RealLife.RealGod through his website beginning last Friday. The album will be released to digital outlets in the coming weeks.
  • Country artist Clay Walker will be featured on the tonight’s episode of the reality romance series The Bachelor on ABC where he will play his current single, “Like We Never Said Goodbye.”
  • Pee Wee Moultrie, an original accordion-playing member of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys, passed away at the age of 89.
  • Deborah Evans Price did a story on Dierks Bentley and his Nashville history for Billboard.
  • Steven Tyler and Carrie Underwood will be filming a “very special” CMT Crossroads together during the Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam.
  • Larry Butler, the producer behind many of Kenny Rogers’ biggest hits, passed away.
  • Dailey and Vincent’s second Cracker Barrel release, The Gospel Side of Dailey & Vincent, debuted at #1 on the Bluegrass Sales Chart.
  • American Idol Season Nine finalist Casey James will be making his Grand Ole Opry debut next weekend.
  • Country-ish rapper Colt Ford will be releasing his next album Declaration of Independence on May 1.
  • Warner Nashville singer and One Tree Hill actress Jana Kramer set a record for radio stations adds across the country, gaining the most adds of a debut artist since the inception of the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart.
  • Former One Flew South singer/songwriter Eddie Bush has a brand new solo single that has been released off an upcoming solo album called “Broken Wheel.” Listen to it here.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Neal McCoy – “A-Ok”

JJ Lawhorn – “Sittin’ on a Tailgate”

Ronnie Dunn – “Let the Cowboy Rock”

Lisa Matassa – “Me Time”

Butch Walker – “Synthesizers” 

The Roys – “Trailblazer”

Dustin Lynch – “Cowboys and Angels”

Casey Donahew Band – “Double Wide Dream”

Jason Cassidy – “What If”

Craig Campbell – “When I Get It”

Will Hoge – “Too Old to Die Young” (on Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Will Hoge – “Fool’s Gonna Fly” (on Jimmy Kimmel Live)

Honeyhoney – “I Don’t Mind”

Gloriana – “(Kissed You) Good Night”

Keith Urban – “You Gonna Fly”

Eli Young Band – “Even If It Breaks Your Heart”

Alan Jackson – “So You Don’t Have to Love Me Anymore”

Rich O’Toole – “Marijuana and Jalapenos”

Jana Kramer – “What I Love About Your Love” 

Chris E Thomas – “Workin’”

Doug Bruce – “Sweet”

Tracy Killeen – “Good Lies”

Harry Hookey – “Don’t You Ever Treat Me Like a Fool”

The Wolfe Brothers – “Wake Up”

  1. Blake Boldt
    January 23, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Anthony Hamilton’s Back to Love was one of my favorite albums of 2011. Looking forward to what he’s got up his sleeve.

  2. Sam G.
    January 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Why is country music the dumping ground for all failed American Idol contestants? For every Carrie Underwood or Kellie Pickler, there’s at least a half-dozen Ayla Browns or Michael Sarvers.

  3. Jon
    January 23, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Brown’s working with Jeff King, which already gives her more country cred than some folks around here.

  4. Kelly D.
    January 23, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Very excited about new Holly Wiiliams stuff. Her last one still gets regular rotation in my house…

  5. luckyoldsun
    January 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    I don’t suppose she does any duets with her brother.

  6. Rick
    January 23, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Jana Kramer has a nice voice and looks good, so at least she has positive some things going for her besides pop-culture celebrity. It says a lot about the nature of AirHead Country Radio listeners the way they embrace an actress from One Tree Hill and winners and runner ups on American Idol. Top 40 country radio has just become another shallow, mediocre part of the pop culture continuum. Which of the Kardashian sisters will be the first to “go country”? Hmmm…

    Speaking of pop culture, I noticed “Hart of Dixie” is on tonight, but is this a new episode? Its always fun to see or hear which pop-rock country artists will get cameos or be on the soundtrack, and Jamie King does great job as Lemon.

    I wonder if the audience at the live taping of the Carrie Underwood / Steven Tyler version of Crossroads will be supplied with “very special” barf bags? Just the thought of it makes me queasy.

    Its nice to hear that Holly Williams is cutting a new album and that Donna Ulisse and her bandmates are okay after the trailer incident. Crikey!

    PS as an aside: There is a 13 year old Kentucky gal in Nashville named Laney Meredith who has quite a nice voice for her age. I heard a song of hers “Whatever This Is” on Heartland Public Radio yesterday and was impressed. Recent song samples can be heard at:
    http://www.reverbnation.com/laneymeredith

    Laney will also be part of a “Singer Songwriter Series” in the Commodore Grill inside the West End Holiday Inn in Nashville on Saturday, February 11th at 7 PM (at 2613 West End Avenue). Not a common thing for 13 year olds (apart from Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes anyway.) I think this gal might have a shot even without American Idol! (lol)

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