Randy Travis Arrested; George Strait Scores 85th Top 10 Single; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | February 7th, 2012

  • Randy Travis was arrested early Monday morning in Sanger, Texas on a charge of public intoxication. He has subsequently released a statement apologizing.
  • April 10 is the release date of the Steep Canyon Rangers’ Nobody Knows You. While the band’s collaborations with Steve Martin have been released on Rounder, this will be the band’s first solo record for the label.
  • “Love’s Gonna Make It Alright” is George Strait’s 85th Top 10 single, a number that’s second only to Eddy Arnold, who had 92 Top 10s.
  • The 20th annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, which will be held March 27-31, announced a few of this year’s performers, including Josh Turner and Jimmy Webb. The rest of the lineup will be announced next month.
  • Matraca Berg, Deana Carter, and Kenny Chesney talk about “You and Tequila” in this video posted by the Tennessean.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column is an interesting read about Cortelia Clark, a blind street musician who was the first folk artist from Nashville to win a Grammy.
  • Wrinkle Neck Mules, Kathleen Edwards, Wagons, and more are featured on American Songwriter’s The Muse February Sampler, which is being offered as a free download.
  • Singer-songwriter Joe Pug talks with Paste about his upcoming album, The Great Despiser, and shares a track from the record.
  • Here’s an acoustic version of Chris Young’s “You.”
  • Engine 145 is very proud to be the official online media partner of the fifth annual Golf & Guitars benefit, a celebrity pro-am golf tournament and country concert that will be held in Sacramento May 21-22. 100% of the proceeds are split between the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Morton Golf Foundation, which brings the game of golf to underprivileged, disabled, and youth communities in the region. Artists playing this year, include Jack Ingram, David Nail, The Dirt Drifters, Jana Kramer, Jerrod Niemann, Steve Holy, and many others. Get more details here. As we get closer to the event, we’ll feature exclusive interviews, giveaways, and more.
  • This week’s album releases:

Dierks Bentley Home

Glen Campbell Meet Glen Campbell (reissued with bonus tracks)

Farmer Jason Nature Jams

Josh Grider Live at Billy Bob’s Texas

Various Artists The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, Vol. 2

Various Artists Hearts Across Texas

  1. Rick
    February 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Gosh Ken, that “Golf & Guitars” concert is seriously short of female artists! Jana Kramer didn’t have a rider clause limiting female competition did she? (lol)

    Wow, a male country music singer gets arrested for public drunkeness in Texas! I’m guessing this must be the first time this has ever happened…(lol)

    I’ve decided that Dex Romweber should join the Alabama Shakes! It would be like a marriage made in, well, Tuscaloosa! (lol)

    I really enjoy the American Songwriter downloads! Its fun the delete the files of music downloads I don’t care for, well as long as they are free anyway.

    While we are on the subject of Americana music, tomorrow night’s Music City Roots will feature Chatham County Line, Henry Wagons, The Mosier Brothers, Lilly Winwood, Kindling Stone, and Webb Wilder will be guest host. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Chatham County Line in concert and those guys kick some serious bluegrassy butt! (lol)

  2. Ken Morton, Jr.
    February 7, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    Rick, I know you’re (half) kidding, but the artists all completely volunteer their time without any riders at all. It’s a testament to their generosity that they all come and dedicate a couple days to the youth of Northern California. All of our events have tended to be a little more guy-heavy just based on the fact that more of them are avid golfers and fewer of the females are.

    We added a seventeenth artist today- Mr. Chuck Wicks will be participating in his fourth straight Golf & Guitars.

  3. luckyoldsun
    February 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    It’s sad to see what looks like the professional and personal disintegration of the guy who ranks arguably as the greatest country SINGER of his generation.

  4. Rick
    February 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Ken, its a shame that there aren’t more American female country singers of Korean descent or that imbalance situation might even out a bit! (lol)

    I downloaded the American Songwriter freebies and appreciate the fact they are high quality 320 kps MP3′s. None the less I did wind up deleting all of them after a quick listen although the guitar driven track by the Bahamas was almost a keeper. You get what you pay for…

  5. luckyoldsun
    February 8, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Interesting list of artists with the most Top-10s. It’s a bit surprising that Waylon and Webb Pierce made it as high as they did, because neither of them had many hits before age 30 (Pierce didn’t have any before 30) and they were both finished, hitwise, by their late 40′s.

    I predict that Eddy Arnold’s record of 92 top-tens will stand, even though Strait is only seven hits shy of it. With the slow pace of the chart today, it would take Strait years to issue all those singles, and I think the odds are that country radio will start to freeze out even King George–like it did with Haggard, Jones, Conway, Willie and everyone else.

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