Punk/Rock Johnny Cash Tribute Album Benefits Fight Against Breast Cancer
- A new Johnny Cash tribute album called All Aboard features punk and rock artists covering some of Cash’s most well-known songs. Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed a few of the songs (“Let the Train Whistle Blow,” “Delia’s Gone” and “I Still Miss Someone.”) Plus, all the proceeds from album sales will go to a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to underprivileged women who cannot afford the expense of fighting breast cancer. Can’t beat that. Listen to the full album stream on Punknews.org.
- Kenny Chesney landed at the top of the Billboard 200 chart for the fifth time and made his eighth appearance atop the Top Country Albums chart. However, 176,000 copies sold marks the lowest sales debut for one of his studio albums since Everywhere We Go bowed with 30,000 at No. 51 in 1999.
- Western Underground, the former backing band for Chris LeDoux, is releasing a new single to radio called “Good Ol Days To Come.” Listen on their MySpace.
- Last Saturday PBS aired an Austin City Limits episode of Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett from a May 7, 2008 taping, so if you missed it, check your TV listings for reruns. In the mean time, you can settle for a video of Lovett singing “My Baby Don’t Tolerate” with Hiatt laying down some blistering guitar work and a backstage interview with the quartet.
- Another PBS show, this one telling the story of J.D. Crowe, is set to air on Nov. 5.
- Ashlie Kolb and the Nashville at Nite crew caught up with Dierks Bentley for an interview at his 3rd Annual Miles & Music for Kids benefit. Two Foot Fred, NASCAR driver Kyle Petty, Ira Dean and the guys from Halfway to Hazard got some camera time as well.
- In an interview with Country Weekly, Craig Morgan talks about his Opry invitation and squalin’.
And he said, “How would you like to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry?” And at the same time he said that, I saw [Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher] and everybody step out. It overwhelmed me. [My wife] Karen was on the side of the stage and about passed out. She didn’t know either. She was squaling. I was squaling, she was squaling. My bass player, who don’t cry for nothin’ . . . when his puppy dies, he don’t cry . . . this guy was squalin’! And he came over and hugged me, and my drummer. A couple of my Special Forces buddies were there, and I looked over and they’re squalin’! So it was quite an event.
- Last week Lon Helton posed the question, “Where are the women?”, in reference to the lack of female artists finding chart success. Mike Severson has several interesting opinions on the subject.
- Your friendly reminder, via The Tennessean, to check out Jim Lauderdale‘s newest album, Could We Get Any Closer, now available on his website.
- In his review of Cowboy Copas and the Golden Age of Country Music, C. Eric banister says, “Fans of country music history will want to have this book in their library for the firsthand tales of the road from many of the stars of yesteryear and to honor the memory of a great artist.”
- Last night, newcomer Jeremy McComb performed a showcase at the Rutledge in Nashville, and NashvilleHype!’s Paul King is convinced McComb’s new single, “Cold,” is the “best song of it’s kind since Garth Brooks took the country by storm with Billy Joel’s ‘Shameless.'”
- The Boot has a great story behind the song article on Michael Martin Murphey‘s biggest hit, “Wildfire.”
I can’t tell you that I understand what the song means, but I think it’s about getting above the hard times. I’ve had people tell me they wish they could ride that mystical horse and get away from their hard times, whatever they are. I also think a lot of it is wrapped up in my Christian upbringing. In the Biblical book of Revelations, it talks about Jesus coming back on a white horse. I came to be a Christian when I was five or six years old and I was a cowboy kid with Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, so when the preacher told me that Jesus would come back for me on a white horse, I was all wrapped up in that.
- Dale Watson is The Anti-Chesney.
- 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.