Rascal Flatts Joins Big Machine; Russell Crowe Cast as Country Singer; Canadian Country Awards
- In case you hadn’t heard, Rascal Flatts signed with Scott Borchetta and Big Machine Records, the home of Taylor Swift.
- Farce the Music had a few things to say about the new Rascal Flatts album cover.
- People posted the audio for all six songs on Blake Shelton‘s upcoming “six pak,” All About Tonight. Among the included songs is a duet with fiancée Miranda Lambert on “Draggin’ the River,” and Shelton’s take on “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking,” which appeared on a previous Joe Nichols album.
- As a token of his appreciation, Josh Gracin is giving away an EP of previously unreleased songs on his site, which includes: “Give Us Tonight”, “Lead Me Home,” and “Loves Lullaby.” (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
- Actor Jeff Bridges played a country singer in last year’s film Crazy Heart and Gwyneth Paltrow plays a country singer in the upcoming release of Country Strong, now word has it that Russell Crowe will take his own turn at playing a down and out country singer in the film adaptation of the novel Dirt Music. Director Phillip Noyce thinks Crowe, who will write his own material, will surprise a lot of people.
- The nominees for the 2010 Canadian Country Music Association Awards have been announced. Gord Bamford (MySpace) leads all nominees with six nominations.
- Paula Nelson will celebrate the release of her fourth album, Little City, tonight at the Saxon Pub in Austin.
- Watch the new video for the Bomshel song “Just Fine.”
- For the new episode of The New York Times Popcast, Ricky Skaggs talks God, music, and his new album Mosiac (skip to the 14:47 mark).
“I honestly believe that the Beatles were really gifted and blessed by God to start a spiritual revolution in America, but I think they scored points for the wrong team,” Mr. Skaggs says in the interview. “But the music, and the anointing and the blessing that was on the music, has remained. God’s fruit and his word doesn’t return void. Those songs were so pure and so innocent and so real back in the time. And then something happened.”
- Del McCoury concluded this summer’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series last night.
- Country Universe’s Kevin J. Coyne adds some perspective to Carrie Underwood‘s achievements:
When “Undo It” reached #2 last week, Underwood became the only female artist in country music history to have eleven consecutive top two singles. […]
Underwood’s support at radio is unprecedented for a female artist in the modern chart era. In less than five years, she’s already tied for the most #1′s since 1990, and she’s moving quickly up the all-time list as well.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Names Rejected Before Settling on “Jaron and the Long Road to Love”
- Watch the video premiere of “Get Along” from Foo Fighters frontman Chris Shiftlett‘s kinda/sorta (maybe) country side project.
- My Kind of Country’s J.R. Journey wants to know what songs, old or new, you’re listening to these days.
- In this week’s Nashville Skyline, Chet Flippo remembers the recently-deceased Hank Cochran.
- For her contributions to the Nashville community and future generations who wish to pursue a career in the music industry, Wynonna Judd will be awarded the The Cecil Scaife Visionary Award.
- Former American Idol contestant Kristy Lee Cook is back on TV with a new hunting show — her third outdoor-themed show since ’08, but this one has sort of a twist:
“I know a lot of people who watch hunting shows and they get kind of bored with them, you know, with the same old thing, in the stand doing this and that,” Cook said. “So we tried to make it a little more real life with my music life in Nashville, trying to make it as a singer, and my life at home with the horses and barrel racing and my foundation for rescuing horses, and then hunting as well.”
- The New York Times‘ Nate Chinen compared and contrasted the performances from Willie Nelson and Levon Helm at Radio Music City Hall on Wednesday night.
Watch Lady Antebellum‘s parody of the Lee Brice song “Love Like Crazy.” Titled “Biscuits and Gravy,” it serves as a glorification of Waffle House food after a night out drinking.
- Leeann Ward: Interesting! I just got an email from Amozon saying that they cancelled my preorder of Jamey Johnson's Christmas album due …
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …