Randy Travis Arrested; Stream New Corb Lund Album; EPs See Popularity Surge

Juli Thanki | August 8th, 2012

  • Randy Travis was arrested last night on suspicion of DWI after he crashed his car. He was also booked on a “retaliation and obstruction” charge, reports TMZ.
  • Mark Indictor, lead designer for some of the software on the Mars Rover, also plays fiddle for Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band.
  • So we’ve landed a zillion-dollar machine on Mars and, at the Galax Old Fiddler’s Convention, broke the Guinness world record for the largest mandolin ensemble. USA! USA!
  • Notice an increase in EP releases lately? Michaelangelo Matos of the Village Voice breaks down the format’s popularity surge: “Part of the EP’s new draw is how quickly it can enter the dialogue; it’s more adaptable to the hype cycle than a full album might be.”
  • Hoots & Hellmouth’s “Apple Like a Wrecking Ball” is an American Songwriter Daily Discovery.
  • Sarah Jarosz made a mixtape for The Bluegrass Situation.
  • Stuart Swanlund of The Marshall Tucker Band passed away on Saturday.
  • Mumford and Sons released “I Will Wait,” the first single from their upcoming album, Babel.
  1. luckyoldsun
    August 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Randy Travis Arrested

    You can always explain away a DWI arrest–“I wasn’t drunk,” “I wasn’t actually driving,” “I was taking a prescription medications”–

    But DWN–“Driving While Naked” makes it a bit problematic.

    Maybe Randy had a few drinks and went to bed in the raw and woke to find a burglar in his house… and the guy fled and Randy ran out and hopped into his car and gave chase and wound up crashing.

    I’m just trying to help out.

  2. Occasional Hope
    August 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    It’s sad to see anyone in such an apparent downward spiral.

  3. Rick
    August 8, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    I think Randy Travis should hook up with Mindy McCready for a new reality TV show! They could be the next Kardashians…

    Tonight the Opry vs. Music City Roots feud rages on!
    The Opry features Gene Watson, Elizabeth Cook, Steve Wariner, Greg Bates, and Rodney Atkins. Grade: B+
    Music City Roots counters with a line up as usual of many artists I have never heard of! I have heard of Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and The Packway Handle Band, but other artists featured include Seth Walker, Sol Driven Train (is this like Solyndra?), and Dave Eggar with Amber Rubarth.
    Yet again the Opry has a stronger line-up but I will try to tune to MCR for the Packway Handle Band set. Decision: Opry!

    I saw Suzie Glaze perform live at the Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest and she and her band were okay. It was a local bluegrass band named “Rocky Neck Bluegrass” though that really blew me away! They borrowed a banjo player from the Orange County based band “GrassLand” who picks like Earl Scruggs! Crikey!

  4. Adam Sheets
    August 9, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I disapprove of Randy’s behavior but on the other hand (pun not intended), I’m hoping that some great music will come out of this. After this incident, the attention is there, as is the material. All it needs is to be written and recorded. Randy could be the guy who brings traditional honky-tonk back into the spotlight yet again.

  5. luckyoldsun
    August 9, 2012 at 7:01 am

    And I had Travis in my Country Music H-oF pool for next year. Drats!

  6. Adam Sheets
    August 9, 2012 at 8:25 am

    The way I see it is this: if the renewed attention brought to them in the past year by making fools of themselves doesn’t get Randy and Hank Jr. in the Hall of Fame, nothing will.

  7. Occasional Hope
    August 9, 2012 at 9:11 am

    The more I read about this incident, the more it seems like more than just a drink problem. He needs help, and putting his career on one side for a while, imho.

  8. Adam Sheets
    August 9, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    I disagree. I think his career is exactly what he needs to focus on right now. He obviously has a bit too much free time these days. He’s been on a downward spiral since his divorce a few years ago and his last arrest was the aftermath of a fight with his girlfriend, who then handed him his car keys I presume. He obviously needs to see that there are people who still care about him and how better than standing in front of thousands of screaming fans?

    Obviously he needs some sort of rehabilitation as well, but as somebody who struggled with alcohol for a while before I quit and then learned to drink responsibly, I can say firsthand that staying busy is the best deterrence. And, with nothing in the past 12 years other than gospel albums and a duets album featuring remakes of his past hits, it’s safe to say that he needs a new challenge to get his career and his life back on track.

  9. luckyoldsun
    August 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Actually, Travis’s “Around the Bend” album from 2008 was marketed as a mainstream, non-gospel country offering.
    I guess he already seemed headed too far around the bend at the time and the album fizzled.

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