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.
- 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.