Reba To Debut New Single At ACM Awards

Brody Vercher | March 27th, 2009

  • Reba McEntire will debut the lead single, “Strange,” from her first studio album in six years at the ACM Awards on April 5. For now, you can settle for a short preview on The Valory Music Co. website.
  • The Austin American Statesman‘s Brad Buchholz sat with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock of The Flatlanders to talk about their new album, Hills and Valleys, their songwriting and their philosophies.

    “Hills and Valleys” starts with allusions to specific, literal things — Hurricane Katrina, for example, or Texas-Mexico border wall. Yet at its core, the album is about bigger matters, spiritual matters, interior matters. It considers humanity and humility, our preposterous smallness in a vast world, the idea of interconnection, the possibility of love, the breath of creation, the spiritual value of journey.

    This is today’s must read.

  • Lee Ann Womack, Jamey Johnson, John Rich, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire and Miley Cyrus have been added to the lineup of performers for the ACM Awards. I won’t mention any names, but it’s nice to know that a person can get a performing slot at the ACMs after releasing one piss-poor single that the industry considers country.
  • Note to Garth Brooks: John Rich wants you to give him a call.
  • Peter Cooper profiled the life of Aubrey Mayhew, the co-founder of Little Darlin’ Records and a John F. Kennedy history buff.
  • For an annual fee of $19.99 you can be a member of Kellie Pickler‘s new fan club.
  • Although the new album from Gretchen Peters and Tom Russell, One to the Heart, One to the Head, is largely a covers album, Juli Thanki says Peters and Russell manage to make the songs sound like an album full of new material.
  • The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica attended Jefferey Steele‘s show at Joe’s Pub on Wednesday night.

    The definitive interpretation of “What Hurts the Most,” the No. 1 country hit by Rascal Flatts, comes not from that group but from the song’s writer, Jeffrey Steele. Rascal Flatts wiped the song clean of anguish, but Mr. Steele, as seen in any number of YouTube clips, howls it like a torture victim.

  • A press release announcing Pam Tillis‘ upcoming tour of Ireland and the UK also notes that she has a new project in the works that she plans to release later this year.
  • The Country California satire department broke news that Brad Paisley is reconsidering the direction of his new album, which means he’s heading back into the studio. In the mean time he’ll release a piccolo album, titled Blow: The Piccolo Album, to tide fans over. His producer, Frank Rogers, commented on the situation:

    “Apparently, some bloggers at The 9513 and Country Universe did not care for the new single. It was pretty much the best thing on the album, so we decided we should go back into the studio and try harder. Thank God for bloggers! Beholden to nobody, they are mavericks unafraid to speak truth to authority. Us folks in the music business just love them to death, even when they do act all high and mighty from their dingy one-bedroom apartments. Bastards.”

  • Pop music editor Preston Jones highlighted the debut New American Voices show with Drew Kennedy and Rodney Hayden at, and Drew said a good time was had by all who attended.
  1. J.R. Journey
    March 27, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    I’m really excited for the new Reba album. The new song sounds exactly like I expected it to – up-tempo, fun, and just country enough.

    With this new release(expected in late Summer), I expect Reba to do a musical 180 sort of like she did in 1996 with her What If It’s You album.

  2. Razor X
    March 27, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    “…it’s nice to know that a person can get a performing slot at the ACMs after releasing one piss-poor single that the industry considers country. “

    But only if said person is “exceptionally talented.”

  3. stewman
    March 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    I thought John Rich released more than one single?

  4. Drew
    March 27, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I’m going to be interested to see how Reba charts with her singles off this new album. She’s got massive popularity (albeit from the prior generation of country fans) and is going to introduce the single in probably the best way possible at the awards show… and I’m sure will also market the hell out of it. If it’s actually a good song, and still doesn’t chart well… then all hope is lost for great country artists making comebacks after their popularity peak.

  5. Nicolas
    March 27, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    “Reba McEntire will debut the lead single, “Strange,” from her first studio album in six years at the ACM Awards on April 5.”

    What about Reba: Duets?

  6. Josh
    March 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Whoa now! Congrats 9513! You officially have some control over Brad Paisley. :P Way to change their heads and make them do topsy-turvy head stands.

  7. Rick
    March 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Wow, a new Reba single! I’m just so excited!….(lol) Never been much of a Reba fan and reckon I never will as I just don’t care for over-the top vocalists male or female. I like a lot of Reba’s early stuff, just never enough to actually pay for it.

    After hearing Joe Ely sing the infuriating “Homeland Refugee” on Prairie Home Companion, that article about the Flatlanders’ new album is my today’s pick for “Definitely Must Not Read Article” if I want to keep my blood pressure in check. I am not a fan of any of the members, so I guess my apathy towards the Flatlanders as a group is not surprising.

    $ 20 to join the Kellie Pickler fan club eh? Think I’ll take a pass on that one….

  8. Rick
    March 27, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Attn: Nashville area residents who are feeling charitable, here’s a concert scheduled for next Monday night- (from

    “Danielle Peck and James Otto to Headline Fundraiser Concert on Monday, March 30th
    (Press Release Date: March 27th, 2009 – 3:06 pm)

    Danielle Peck hosts her annual fundraiser show Monday night for the Safe Haven family homeless shelter. Gazing upon the lovely professional athlete-magnet Danielle should be incentive enough to be there, at Mercy Lounge in Nashville.

    If that’s not enough, singers James Otto, Trailer Choir, Whiskey Falls, Halfway to Hazard and Tayla Lynn will be on stage as well. And it’s only $13 at the door! Brad from Music City TV will be the emcee.”

    Rick’s comment: If I lived near Nashville, I’d gladly pay $ 13 to gaze upon Danielle right along with Brad….

  9. Rick
    March 27, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    Oops, forgot to add the venue link! DOH!
    Mercy Lounge:

    I sure do like that cover shot from Danielle’s latest “Can’t Behave” digital only album…

  10. Stormy
    March 27, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    ….meanwhile, Jamey Johnson and Leeann Womack try desperately to figure out how they got on the same line up as Miley Cyrus.

  11. J.R. Journey
    March 28, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I hear Billy Ray is pushing for he and Miley to perform a duet together.

  12. jennystonedeaf
    March 28, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I wonder what would happened in the9513 if Carrie wins the ACM Entertainer of the year.

    Hmmm… let me guess
    1. Jim Malec would cry for a week
    2. Brady would eat everything until she gain 50 pounds
    3. the rest will cursed carrie for a year
    That’s my guess
    tell me yours

  13. Kim
    March 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    And we might top it off by going on a shooting spree of all her obsessive, insulting “fans”. who’s with me? i have guns ‘n ammo to spare!

  14. Leeann Ward
    March 28, 2009 at 9:50 pm

    As Todd Snider would say, “Don’t shot guns/Don’t be violent.”

  15. Leeann Ward
    March 28, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    …Or rather, “Don’t shoot guns/Don’t be violent…”

  16. Kim
    March 29, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    shooting guns does not in and of itself make a person violent. And you can be violent without a gun. I trap shoot and that’s far from violent. Its about timing and accuracy. And I don’t hunt.

    I was venting on my above post. obviously i’m not going to do anything like that. I’m really sick of Carrie Underwood and her “fans”. seemed like a good solution, even if I am now on some FBI list somewhere!

  17. Leeann Ward
    March 29, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Although I thought your venting was extreme, I was really just joking around, in response, by quoting an amusing addition to a Todd Snider song.

  18. jennystonedeaf
    April 3, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Kim you’re a retarded. get a life

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