Radney Foster Helps Veterans; The Band Perry and Blake Shelton to Perform with Glen Campbell at Grammys; Bellamy Brothers Robbed

Juli Thanki | January 27th, 2012

  • Here is a fine piece written by Chris Richards of the Washington Post about veterans healing through music with a little help from artists like Radney Foster and Darden Smith.
  • Go get a free download of singer-songwriter-banjoman Kyle James Hauser’s folk-pop tune “Hopeless,” which also features cellist Ben Sollee.
  • Merle Haggard is back home in California as he recuperates from the pneumonia that hospitalized him in Macon, Georgia.
  • Doug Freeman of the Austin Chronicle wrote a fantastic article on Ruthie Foster. Here’s a quote where Foster talks about the choice of covers (including Adele and The Black Keys) on her upcoming album, Let It Burn: Ray Benson told me a few years ago, ‘You’re a great songwriter and a singer, and everyone in town knows that, but being a great song interpreter, too – that’s something that people need to discover about you.'”
  • Saving Country Music reports that Curb Records is planning to release Hank Williams III outtakes from 1999-2002.
  • Photographer Jason Lombard got some cool shots of The Infamous Stringdusters at their recent Jackson Hole, Wyoming gig.
  • Give a listen or read the transcript of Jewly Hight’s fine WPLN feature on Bill Anderson.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is unveiling a spotlight exhibit called Something in Red in support of the American Heart Association and to raise awareness about heart disease in women. The exhibit will feature red dresses worn by Lorrie Morgan, Naomi Judd, Sara Evans, and others.
  • Julie Lee is working on a new album with her band The Baby-Daddies. The record will also feature guests including Alison Krauss, Ron Block, and Tim O’Brien.
  • Here’s another sneak peek into the upcoming Lucero album Women & Work, out March 13.
  1. Rick
    January 27, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I hope that “Something In Red” CMHOF exhibit also shines the spotlight on the fine singer-songwriter Angela Kaset who wrote the Lorrie Morgan song of that title.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show will include a good dose of bluegrass by featuring the Del McCoury Band, Jessie McReynolds, and Bobby Osborne. Casey James makes his Opry debut and Diamond Rio and Craig Morgan will be there too. Grade B!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. timeo
    January 27, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Nice to see Jerry Reed’s name on the list. He’d get my vote. Not only a long career (20 years) as a hitmaker, even longer as a songwriter and, as a session musician, an influential shaper of the Nashville sound.

  3. Rick
    January 27, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    It looks like I now have another cool HD radio channel to listen to on my Sangean HDR-1 at home here in Los Angeles besides KRTH HD-2 (rock oldies from 1955 to 1967). KKGO, LA’s Top 40 FM contemporary country station, has launched a new “Classic Country” HD channel! YeeHaw! They have had a two hour classic country program on Sunday mornings for quite a few months now and it must have drawn some decent ratings to motivate the station owner to pursue this. Here’s the official press release (from Country Aircheck):

    “Mt. Wilson Broadcasting’s KKGO/Los Angeles has launched an online Classic Country format, available now at gocountryclassics.com, as well as on 105.1 HD3 starting next week. Go Country PD Tonya Campos will also program the channel and tells Country Aircheck the format is “based on popular demand for Country Classics from the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and early ’90s that are not played on a regular basis on KKGO. The move is further evidence of the KKGO commitment to Country radio in Southern California.”

    I would have preferred if they had stretched back to the 1940’s, but hey I love the fact the upper range cut-off is the mid 1990’s when I first started losing interest in mainstream country. I hate to say it, but GO Go Country! (lol)

    Sunny Sweeney News: Sunny’s great single “Drink Myself Single” seems to have peaked in the high 30’s and is now back at # 41 on the Mediabase singles chart. If her label pushes another single to radio, I’d go contemporary this time with “Fall For Me” with a drastically shortened instrumental intro.

    Last Saturday night Sunny headlined a fundraiser concert that didn’t seem to get much media coverage, so here is the news blurb (again from Country Aircheck):
    “The Sunny Sweeney-headlined 42nd Annual West Texas Rehabilitation Center Telethon collected more than $1.3 million for the facility Saturday (1/21) in Abilene. The total is an all-time record for the annual fundraiser, which brought in $1.2 million last year. Crook And Chase’s Charlie Chase hosted the event and Red Steagall was also on the bill.”

    Darn, Sunny and Red Steagall on the same bill? That concert would have been country/cowboy music nirvana for me! All I can say is Crikey mate! (lol)

  4. luckyoldsun
    January 28, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Jerry Reed had a 16-year “career as a hitmaker”–based on the span between his first top-40 single and his last.

    Reed is certainly worthy, but I say it’s a scandal that Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap and Bobby Bare are not in the Hall of Fame. Those three are all giants.

  5. bob
    January 28, 2012 at 9:33 am

    If I had 1 vote for the H of F it would go to Ronnie Milsap.

    Interesting WaPo article. Just read it. Songwriters Georgia Middleman and Jay Clementi were also involved in the project.

  6. Ben Foster
    January 28, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I would really love to see Connie Smith inducted into the Hall of Fame this year. Same for Garth Brooks.

  7. bll
    January 28, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    I don’t think Garth will get in; he ruffled too many feathers by wresting away control of his music from the industry like Buck Owens did years before (and advised Garth to do so). I didn’t realize June Carter Cash wasn’t in the HoF; she should be.

  8. Jon
    January 28, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I don’t think Garth will get in; he ruffled too many feathers by wresting away control of his music from the industry like Buck Owens did years before…

    Which doubtless explains why Buck Owens isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

  9. Paul W Dennis
    January 29, 2012 at 12:38 am

    Buck was inducted in 1996

    Garth will be inducted eventually

  10. luckyoldsun
    January 29, 2012 at 12:47 am

    Looking over the list of inductions to the Country Music Hall of Fame, it seems practically random as to which artists get in at what point in their careers–or after their careers. Ray Price doesn’t get in until 1996??–Faron Young and Webb Pierce not until 2000-2001??

    Garth Brooks will surely get in, but will it be soon or could it be in another decade–who the hell knows? Until someone can explain why Kenny Rogers!–a bona fide superstar who would be a shoo-in for the Popular Music Hall of Fame or Recording Industry Hall of Fame if there were such things–has not been inducted into the country music hall, I wouldn’t try to guess when Garth will get in.

    (I suppose someone will say that it’s BECAUSE he would fit into all those other halls of fame that Rogers has been snubbed by the CMA, but that strikes me as bizarre. He was always known as a country artist in his heyday, and he has to have made tons of money for Nashville songwriters and others.)

  11. Leeann Ward
    January 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I could be wrong, but I sensed sarcasm from Jon there, Paul.:)

  12. Paul W Dennis
    January 30, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Jon is always sarcastic – I posted in case any of the younger crowd took his statement as Gospel

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