Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, & Barbara Mandrell Inducted Into Music City Walk of Fame
- I’ve posted a number of interviews with Billy Joe Shaver and I may be a little biased, but I think the interview that Brady scored for The 9513 is the best yet. I was giddy like a school girl when he walked next door to Waterloo Records and played me the recording.
- On November 20 Time Life will release an eight-DVD set titled Opry Video Classics featuring a whole slew (equal to 120) of performances from artists of the ’50s to the ’70s. Each DVD will be divided into themes, like Duets, Honky Tonk Heroes, and Pioneers. They’ll also be releasing Legends as a stand a lone DVD, featuring Johnny Cash’s “Ring Of Fire,” Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin’,” and Patsy Cline’s signature song “Crazy.”
- Roughly 250 people attended The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s first fundraising effort in New York on Wednesday night. Vince Gill, Trisha Yearwood, Jewel, John Rich, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Taylor Swift, Raul Malo and Country Music Hall of Famer Bill Anderson swapped songs and stories for the guests. Individual tickets cost $1,000 and platinum tables for up to 10 guests were only about $50,000 — mere pocket change.
- It’s only fitting that the “No. 1 country artist of the ’60s in terms of his chart numbers,” Buck Owens, is receiving the praise he deserves through three tribute albums. Randy Lewis of the Los Angeles Times breaks down the trio of tributes from the Derailers, Dwight Yoakam, and Jann Browne.
- Guy Clark. Fischer Hall in Fischer, TX. November 10. $75. I’m excited.
- Brad Buchholz talked via telephone with Lyle Lovett and has posted his insightfully curious interview for your reading pleasure.
How do you see your work and craft in the years that stretch ahead of you? You’re about to see (a number of) years on a calendar that Townes Van Zandt never saw. Yet here you are. Here’s your life.
I’ve always defined success as just ‘being able to do what you enjoy doing.’ And I hope to continue to be successful in that way. You know, I feel so fortunate that my audience has supported me all these years … (but) I’ve always thought (as an artist) that I don’t want everybody to like me. I think it’s more important that you follow your own heart, your own inclination, and hope there’s someone who wants to listen. And even if no one does listen, you can still feel good about yourself. If you pretend to be someone else, no telling what situation you’ll end up in.
- Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, and Barbara Mandrell are among the latest inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame. “The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 to honor those who have made significant contributions to the musical heritage of Nashville.” You can’t complain with those choices.
- Some dude named Chris Neal tells a few stories about how big stars like Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Barbara Mandrell, and Pat Green got their big breaks. You’ll have to check out the magazine for stories on guys like Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, and Garth Brooks.
- One of the nine Kansas City shows that Garth Brooks is performing will be aired live through 300 National Cinema Network theaters and country music radio stations. Has this theater thing been done before? And, despite how you feel about Garth Brooks, is that not awesome that you could possibly go down to your local theater and watch a live concert?
- Big & Rich will premier their new short film for “Between Hell and Amazing Grace” before the movie Wyatt Earp on CMT this coming Sunday.
The film showcases the classic western battle between good and evil, with John Rich as a gunslinger and Big Kenny Alphin portraying a preacher with a drinking habit. Rich performed his own stunts for the short film, which included falling from a horse several times and jumping out of a barn.
- In a Q&A with the Houston Chronicle Dierks Bentley says he wants you to come out and see him at Big State Festival even though Robert Earl Keen plays at the same time. Why should you choose him over Keen? He says Keen always plays in Texas and he rarely gets down this way. When talking about playing Halo 3 to pass the time on long bus trips he says, “Miranda Lambert’s band is insane at Halo.”
- If poppy rock, country music is your thing then check out The Lost Highway‘s rundown of some recently released poppy rock, country albums. Whiskey Falls barely edges out Travis Tritt, Cole Deggs & the Lonesome, Van Zant, and Halfway to Hazzard for the best rating.
- For $300 you can watch Willie Nelson receive the first Bridging Divides award at the Frank Erwin Center next Friday. He is being honored for his decades-long commitment to peace advocacy, and the event will include performances by Amy and Paula Nelson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and the Lucky Tomblin Band.
- Mike W: Really liking the new Ryan Bingham song, his last album really didnt do much for me, but this new song …
- nm: Oh, the old Sutler. The first time I visited Nashville, I went to a New Year's Eve show there: Lonesome …
- Tom: ...another "favorite child question". then again, what would the genre be without all the drama it's got to deal with. …
- luckyoldsun: Dwight's had so many great songs. From memory, I'd have to name "Bakersfield" with Buck Owens, "Guitars, Cadillacs," "Nothing" and …
- Scooter: Thanks Jonathon. Downloaded "Last Chance for a thousand years" and love it. Was unaware of that album.
- Donald: The correct answer is of course, "Bury Me."
- Leeann Ward: As far as I know, I have all of Dwight's albums. It's truly impossible to choose a favorite song, but …
- Michael: I wonder if Kasey Chambers will be visiting Dr. Gwen Korovin for treatment of her vocal cords...
- Dave D.: Just about any song off of Dwight's first three albums would qualify as a favorite; forced to pick one I'd …
- Jack Williams: No. Not Owner of a Lonely Heart. I was hoping for better when I saw the article title …