President Bush Parodies “Green, Green Grass of Home”
- Here’s a YouTube video of President Bush singing a parody of “Green, Green Grass of Home” at the Gridiron Club’s Annual Spring Dinner on March 8th.
- Taylor Swift thinks the problem labels are having with trying to capture a younger audience is due to them trying too hard.
“There are record labels that are admitting to the fact that they’re trying to copy the “model” that has worked for Taylor Swift and Big Machine Records. And the thing is, we just didn’t know any better . . . there really was no business model to make it work for the younger demographic. If we can relate to lyrics, then we’re going to buy the music, and I don’t think that’s a hard formula to figure out.”
- In light of St. Patrick’s day (which was yesterday) Country Universe wants to know your favorite drinking songs.
- The ten most influential women of country music according to Shelly Fabian.
- Alan Jackson’s wife, Denise, has a new book coming out on May 13 titled “The Road Home.”
- More SXSW goodness from Craig Shelburne. He says Justin Townes Earle was the name he heard most when comparing notes with other writers and calls Bruce Robison’s singing voice perfect for a lazy day.
- Justin Towns Earle talks a little music philosophy with Holly Gleason for the Los Angeles Times.
“People should write about what they know,” he says. “These 19-year-old New York kids writing about plowhorses? I was born and raised in south Nashville. I like cows, but I’ve never worked ‘em. Don’t own a ’32 Ford pickup. I’m writing a murder ballad right now . . . and the killer drives a ’93 Taurus.
“Forms are forms, and they should be honored, but anything else? I write about city girls, because that’s what I know.”
- Andrew Dansby says Earle has a Hank Williams vibe going on and that Hayes Carll’s set confirmed his new album Trouble In Mind is a corker.
- Although they’re all sold out, these Jon Langford paintings are pretty sweet and still nice to look at. There’s a few Hank Williams, some Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Gene Autry, Gram Parsons and more.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.