Reba Goes Back to TV; Guy Clark Birthday Tribute Concert Scheduled; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | September 12th, 2011

  • Travis Tritt dropped out of a benefit concert for Joplin, Missouri tornado relief efforts because his expenses would have been covered by donations: “It is inappropriate and wrong to take contributions that were given to help victims of the tornadoes and use that money for any other purpose,” Tritt wrote [on his Facebook page]. “I was not aware nor would I have even contemplated accepting the city’s offer had I known where the money was coming from.”
  • Country music singer and Average Joe’s music label artist Corey Smith had his microphone cut out in Chattanooga after law enforcement (supposedly) pressured the concert promoter to do so as Smith went into his song, “F*** the Po Po.” According to Smith on his website, “Safety and security are always given as justifications for the infringement of our freedom.  Therefore, I am not surprised that Track 29 (the venue which hosted last night’s sold-out show) has claimed it acted in interest of “safety alone” when it bowed to pressure from local law enforcement and unplugged the PA during the first measure of my song, “F**k the Po Po”.  However, the roughly 1400 adults in attendance, who heard my lengthy, heartfelt, and conciliatory introduction, are sure to recognize the falseness of such an assertion.  In fact, the decision to stop the show made the environment much less safe than it would have been otherwise. The disturbing reality is that I was victimized by a few of Chattanooga’s law enforcement officials because of the perceived controversy of the lyrical content of my song.  Consequently, my First Amendment right to free speech was blatantly violated in an act that can only be described as censorship.” Here’s another article about the incident.
  • Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Jerry Douglas, Rick Hall and Bob Harris are this year’s recipients of the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Awards. They will be honored in person at the Americana Awards Show next month at the Ryman Auditorium.
  • Reba McEntire is headed back to television with a new series called Malibu Country. She’ll also be Executive Producer.
  • It’s a girl for Ashton Shepherd and her husband Roland Cunningham.
  • The Grand Ole Opry is joining forces with the Women Rock for the Cure movement in the fight against breast cancer on Saturday, Oct. 22 with its third annual “Opry Goes Pink” show. Martina McBride will flip a switch and turn the barn backdrop pink.
  • MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has released a song commemorating 9/11, and a review ocalls it a “crappy charity country single,” A second review calls that review a gross understatement.
  • Steve Holy tries to justify Curb Records’ handling of their artists and the release of his records every five years by saying, “I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but everyone else is starting to do that.”
  • Point of Grace covered The Eagles’ “Hole in the World” in a 9/11 tribute.
  • The bluegrass band Carolina Road is sending out a new song to radio called “A Light in My Window, Again” that is written by Tom T and Dixie Hall.  The song appears on the band’s upcoming album, Back to My Roots, dropping October 11, 2011.
  • Jamie O’Neal’s cousin Minnie Murphy is switching gears from country and will be releasing a jazz EP as well as acting in the new film Redemption Road.
  • Richard Marx and George Canyon received an early award from tonight’s CCMA Awards broadcast with the Producer of the Year award for their work on Canyon’s album, Better Be Home Soon.
  • Known for huge food spreads for key fans before each of their live shows, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Zac Brown Band is considering a cooking show.
  • The Carter Twins are now better known as Kingston.
  • The Josh Abbott Band is donating all the proceeds of “Hell’s Gate on Fire” to the victims of the wildfires blowing through Texas.
  • The Center for Texas Music History will be hosting a benefit concert called “Wish I Was in Austin: A 70 Birthday Tribute to Guy Clark on November 2 at the Long Center in Austin. Shawn Colvin, Rodney Crowell, Joe Ely, Rosie Flores, Radney Foster, Terri Hendrix, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jack Ingram, James McMurtry, The Trishas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kevin Welch and more will be performing.
  • Vince Gill reveals a little more about upcoming album, Guitar Slinger: “The only thing that’s slightly frustrating is I feel like some of my best work is not being noticed as much. It’s disappointing, but it doesn’t rob me of the joy of making the music one ounce. And I feel like if I make a record that sells 20 million copies or 20 copies, no note has changed because of it.’’
  • The very last remaining trace of the Opryland Theme Park has been removed.
  • Shooter Jennings’ “Outlaw You” has ruffled a lot of feathers, and one of them just might have been his own label.
  • New (or new to you) music videos with a couple of shouldn’t-miss live performances. Any new artists that stick out or videos/performances that you think are done particularly well?

Lady Antebellum -- “We Owned The Night”

Mark Wayne Glasmire — “Going Home”

Glen Campbell -- “A Better Place”

LeAnn Rimes — “Give”

Kristin Chenoweth — “Lessons Learned”

Lyle Lovett – “Well All Right” (Buddy Holly cover)

Montgomery Gentry — “Where I Come From”

Riley Roth — “Always In My Memory”

Leeanne Walsh — “Same Direction”

Jones Street Station — “The Understanding”

Kaitlyn Martin — “Hey You”

Red Roots — “God Shaped Hole”

JB & The Moonshine Band — “I’m Down”

Harmony James- “Pride”

Aleyce Simmonds — “The Healing Hands of Time”

Jason Lee -- “Ordinary Guy”

Kaylah Anne — “Four Leaf Clover”

Nick Nicholson — “Neon Grave”

Monroeville — “Pot of Gold” (teaser)

Slaid Cleaves — “Rust Belt Fields” (Music Fog)

Dirty River Boys -- “Boomtown” (Music Fog)

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives on Music City Roots

“Bluegrass Express”


“Working on a Building”

“Mando Rip”

“Dark Bird”

“La Tingo Tango”

“Do We All Have the Right”


“Stop the World and Let Me Off”


“Country Boy Rock and Roll”

  1. Jon
    September 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

    That piece on JKS was written by one of my favorite folks in the music journalism racket, Stuart Munro. If you haven’t looked at it yet, do it now…

  2. Huh?
    September 12, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Who the **** is Corey Smith?

  3. Christopher J
    September 12, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I love the song from “Red Roots”. Seeing the video wants me to get the album when I get the money.

  4. J.R. Journey
    September 12, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I have to admit, the basis for the new Reba TV sounds interesting. She’s 15-20 years too late for the role, but I always wanted to see her play a struggling singer on screen.

  5. Jeremy Dylan
    September 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has released a song

    Ok, I’ll stop you right there. I still haven’t recovered from him playing ‘Mystery Dance’ on late night TV that time.

  6. Rick
    September 12, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    Nice to see that Aussie videos will remain a part of the music video lists. Harmony James is one of my favorite current female Aussie country artists and Kaylah Anne Farmer and Aleyce Simmonds are two of the cutest. Not a bad mix there.

    I don’t think any name changes will make the carter Twins “better known”.

    It would be really nice if The Secret Sisters actually recorded an album that sounded halfway decent this go round, unlike their muddy debut. If T-Bone’s onboard at the helm again, I’m expecting another lost cause. That’s just sad.

    Gosh, yet another Reba TV show for me to utterly ignore! Crikey! A reality show about Jamey Johnson’s beard would be far more entertaining.

  7. Jeremy Dylan
    September 12, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    A reality show about Jamey Johnson’s beard would be far more entertaining.

    This needs to go to Trailer and/or CM Wilcox immediately for development.

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