Roy Ayres Passes Away; Tracy Lawrence Working on New Record; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 18th, 2012

  • Jake Owen is releasing an EP called Summer Jam soon: “I wanted to put out on iTunes three or four tunes that all my friends out on the lake can put on their boat and crank it up.”
  • Ever wonder why we’re drawn to country music? “Titled Cheatin’ Hearts and Loaded Guns, the Review of General Psychology paper argues that high-stakes musical narratives reward listeners by sharing valuable information about reproductive survival. Much like gawking at a traffic accident, it seems dire consequences serve as vital reminders of that which can cut us off at the knees.”
  • Tracy Lawrence “has been working hard in the studio to bring you a new record and some new music you will love! Stay tuned….. it’s coming your way this fall!” (via press release)
  • The Grand Ole Opry honored their most loyal fan on Saturday night’s show. Paul Eckhart and his family haven’t missed an Opry weekend in 40 years.
  • Roy Ayres, a steel guitarist who played with Pee Wee King and on the Grand Ole Opry stage, passed away at the age of 82.
  • GAC TV listed the Top 20 Dads in Country Music. The decidedly modern list includes Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, and Josh Turner, to name just three.
  • Materialism is killing country music: “What is modern Country music about? It is increasingly becoming a list of stuff you need to possess in order to be a “country boy.” If you don’t have a truck, a beer, a girl, a grill, a boat, a porch swing, a hat, jeans with a Skoal ring, a tractor, sweet tea, and some fried chicken, count yourself out.”
  • Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland covered Vanilla Ice during a concert in Irvine, CA (with video).
  • If you’ve got a few extra Benjamins lying around, you can purchase Kenny Rogerslakeside estate in Athens, Georgia.
  • Carrie Underwood’s public support of gay marriage has sparked a heated debate among country music fans.
  • Brad Paisley, and a small earthquake, helped kick off Disneyland’s new Cars Land.
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Blake Shelton- “Over”

Glen Campbell- “A Better Place”

Matt Bailie – “Everyday You” 

Aaron Lewis – “Endless Summer”

Miranda Lambert & RaeLynn – “Lie

The LACS – “Let Your Country Hang Out”

Hey Romeo – “Jump Back In” 

Gord Bamford – “Leanin’ on a Lonesome Song”

Craig Wayne Boyd – “I Ain’t No Quitter”

Ali Dee – “Sweet Southern Song”

  1. SamB
    June 18, 2012 at 8:52 am

    OMG, I can’t wait to get hold of that new Jake Owens EP, it sounds just AMAZE.

    I’d put money on it that Spiering could have quoted much of the EP’s lyrics for that materialism article too. Good timing ;)

  2. Jonathan Pappalardo
    June 18, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Yeah to Charlie Spiering and his keen observations. I totally agree with his assessments of country music although I don’t find “Chicken Fried” as cheesy as he does.

    I’ve never taken that angle myself (citing materialism as the problem) but he’s absolutely right. Good comments on the article, too.

  3. luckyoldsun
    June 18, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    “the Review of General Psychology paper argues that high-stakes musical narratives reward listeners by sharing valuable information about reproductive survival… ”

    That is too funny! Gotta read the actual paper to figure out if the professor may be onto something or if it’s dopey!

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