Randy Travis Divorces; Asleep at the Wheel to Celebrate 40 Years; Broken Bow Records Signs Kristy Lee Cook
- Randy Travis and his wife Elizabeth finalized their divorce last Friday. No details were given and the couple asks for privacy, but a statement did say Elizabeth will continue to be Randy’s personal manager.
- Bill Anderson turned 73-years-young today. Check out this video of Anderson and Roy Acuff performing “I Wonder If God Likes Country Music” in 1987.
- A pink Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was stolen back in August was recovered recently during a meth investigation. The bike, originally intended as part of a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, was signed by Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton, and other country stars, but it’s current condition makes the autographs barely recognizable.
- LeAnn Rimes is back in the spotlight, this time the controversy has something to do with her appearance on the cover of Shape magazine.
- When Jason Aldean was done cutting songs for his new record, My Kinda Party, he and producer Michael Knox had 15 they felt were must-haves. Aldean had to live with one track in particular, “Dirt Road Anthem,” before approving it. The Tennessean‘s Cindy Watts describes it as “Aldean ‘rapping’ about trucks, bonfires, kissing and cussing.”
“It was like, ‘Why not? It’s cool. It fits what I do,’ ” [Aldean] said. “Ultimately I think it turned out to be one of the coolest tracks on the record. It’s different, yes. Is it gonna be a little too out there for some people? Yeah, probably. But for me and the people that dig my kind of music, I think they’re gonna get it. We’ve kind of opened that door for ourselves to be able to throw things out that aren’t right down the middle and country radio has been cool enough to give it a shot.”
Music Mix’s Mandi Barley has more about Aldean’s rapping, his duet with Kelly Clarkson, and other non-country stuff.
- Dolly ain’t been the same since she left ol’ Porter. Nice tribute.
- Country California: Quotable Country – 11/01/10 Edition
- Craig Havighurst was enthusiastic in his recap of last week’s Music City Roots show, and he’s not apologizing. The featured performers included Joe Diffie, the Volunteer String Band, Mike Farris, James DuPre, and the McCrary Sisters.
- Paste’s Jason Howard compared Marshall Chapman‘s Big Lonesome to Rosanne Cash‘s Black Cadillac.
- Watch Chapman perform the song “I Love Everybody” for Music Fog.
- Keith Richards‘ new book is peppered with commentary on some of country music’s stars, which Chet Flippo highlights in his latest Nashville Skyline column.
- In an ongoing effort to digitize its entire catalog, Rebel Records plans to digitally reissue two albums a month. This month’s two albums come from Ralph Stanley: Old Country Church (1972) and Lonesome and Blue (1986).
- Taylor Swift shut down traffic on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. last Friday for a surprise concert on top of a double-decker bus. (via NashvilleGab)
- Farce the Music created a list of what would surely be the top ten shortest books by country artists:
10. Original Thoughts – by Kenny Chesney
09. Country Healthy: Our Favorite Lo-Cal Recipes – by Garth and Trisha
08. Can’t Get Blood from a Turnip: The Prudent Choices of Curb Records
- Watch the video premiere of Lady Antebellum‘s “Hello World” on the ABC website. (via GAC)
- Asleep at the Wheel will celebrate 40 years on Friday with a show that features original founding members Lucky Oceans, Leroy Preston, and Ray Benson, along with 20 other members from various incarnations over the years, and special collaborators like Willie Nelson and Leon Rausch.
- The 2011 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees have been announced.
- The initial lineup for 2011 Merlefest features Doc Watson, Sam Bush Band, Cadillac Sky, Jim Lauderdale, Lyle Lovett, Corb Lund, Del McCoury Band, Tim O’Brien, and many, many more. The event is scheduled for for April 28 through May 1 at the Wilkes Community College campus in Wilkesboro, N.C.
- Kenny Chesney surprised those in attendance for Grace Potter‘s concert at the Ryman on Saturday when he joined her on stage to perform “You and Tequila” from his recent release, Hemingway’s Whiskey.
- Songwriter Odie Blackmon is staying busy with a new instructional DVD and songwriting course at Vanderbilt University.
“I love music and songwriting,” he explained. “I have fun doing it and have enjoyed all kinds of real-world experience. I don’t know everything about songwriting, but I know a lot — from subject matter and structure to feel and you name it. I wake up every morning with the same inspiration and challenges as anyone who has ever wanted to write a hit song. The difference is: I wake up with the background and know-how to pull it all together and make it happen. That’s what I want to help others realize.”
- The Boot posted video of the Secret Sisters performing “I’ve Got a Feeling” from a PBS special that’ll air in February.
- Broken Bow Records signed Kristy Lee Cook.
- My Kind of Country plans to shine the spotlight on Brad Paisley throughout the month of November.
- On Nov. 8, SEASAC will honor Jim Lauderdale with its Inspiration Award.
- The Derailers released its first live album last week. (Amazon | iTunes | Varese Vintage Records)
- Pop & Hiss’ August Brown thinks Lady Antebellum could afford to lose a little polish.
That’s the main problem with Lady Antebellum — for being so long on hooks and looks, it’s missing the thing that makes country music stick to your ribs: the unexpected image or the turn of sly wit that makes a song feel wise and learned. “Hello World” tries to find this in close-up pastoral pictures of churches and children but comes off as obvious. Scott had a vocally powerful solo take on Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” but the song felt painful only by proxy. George Jones was a tall drink of water in jeans and a Stetson too, but you knew he’d seen the underside of a barstool in his day.
Here’s Corb Lund performing “A Game In Town Like This,” one of the standouts from his latest album, Losin’ Lately Gambler.
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