Poodie Locke, Willie Nelson’s Longtime Stage Manager, Passed Away
- Willie Nelson‘s stage manager of 34 years, Randall “Poodie” Locke, passed away at his home yesterday from a heart attack. He was 56. Michael Corcoran explains how he got the name Poodie:
As his mother Gloria “Momma” Locke loved to say, Poodie won the Most Beautiful Baby contest in Waco when he was just a few months old. The nickname “Poodie” came from a younger sister who couldn’t pronounce “pretty” in describing her sibling.
- Linda from Still Is Still Moving posted several articles, new and old, about Poodie Locke.
- Sugarland canceled concerts over the next three days after Jennifer Nettles received doctor’s orders to rest her voice due to a viral tonsil condition.
- Watch the new video for Hank Williams Jr‘s “Red, White and Pink-Slip Blues.”
- After a period of inactivity, Music Tomes is back with an interview with Barry Mazor on the subjects of his new book on Jimmie Rodgers, winning the Charlie Lamb Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism and the future of music journalism.
- Toby Keith‘s “America’s Toughest Tour,” which kicks off on June 18 with Trace Adkins, has been extended.
- The first episode of Legends & Lyrics will premiere on PBS stations Saturday, May 9 with a song swap between Kris Kristofferson, Patty Griffin and Randy Owen.
- Rory Feek on the moment he knew that he and wife Joey Martin were finished on CMT’s Can You Duet:
“They told us that the song the winner sang would be their first single, and they handed us this little up-tempo ditty,” said Feek. “They gave one of the other duos this monster power ballad. We knew we were finished right then.”
- The Broadway musical version of Dolly Parton‘s 9 to 5 has earned four Tony nominations.
- Edd Hurt has an interview with Chuck Mead for Nashville Scene on the subject of his new album, Journeyman’s Wager, and songwriting.
- If you pre-order the new Ryan Bingham album Roadhouse Sun from Amazon before June 2, you’ll receive an exclusive track titled “Hobo” for free.
- Gary Lightbody, the lead singer from alternative rock band Snow Patrol, says he has a country record written that he just needs to record. (via NashvilleGab)
- The Houston Chronicle‘s Andrew Dansby published an interview with Justin Townes Earle on the subject of the blues.
Players today need to just forget about how to play the blues and the nature of it. What (messes) it up is all the bona fide Berklee (College of Music) grad musicians. Gillian Welch and David Rawlings are amazing, but too many other people get caught up in learning how to do it. They have a certificate on the wall that says they’re musicians. That’s great, but it doesn’t mean you know the blues. The blues doesn’t work like that.
- Download a free mp3 of “Time to Lose” from The Western States.
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.