Rusty Wier Passed Away; Garth Brooks Headed to Vegas; Teenage Stars
- Rusty Wier, one of the innovators of the “Austin sound” in the ’70s and an Americana musician before there was such a thing, passed away Friday morning:
Hearing was Rusty Wier’s last sense to go, so although he was almost unresponsive when surrounded by relatives and friends, including Jerry Jeff Walker, at his son Coby’s house in Driftwood on Thursday night, Wier tried to raise up his head when the group sang “Amazing Grace.”
By the next morning, the Austin musician, who had a hit when Bonnie Raitt covered his “Don’t It Make You Wanna Dance” on the soundtrack to “Urban Cowboy,” was dead after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 65.
- After weeks of speculation, Las Vegas Weekly’s Robin Leach says Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement to become a resident headliner at the Wynn in Las Vegas. The announcement is expected to be made this Thursday (Oct. 15). (via NashvilleGab)
- Coincidentally, Kenny Rogers is giving away a free mp3 of “Something’s Wrong in Vegas” if you sign up for his newsletter.
Music Fog videos:
- Juli Thanki says Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s concert on Friday night took on an old school vibe:
[…] with loud laughter following frontman Jeff Hanna’s profession of his love for vinyl: “Downloading sounds like a bodily function to me.” Only a few songs from the excellent new release “Speed of Life” were played, but the “Going Up the Country” cover was received enthusiastically while an acoustic take on the album’s carpe-diem-themed title track was a highlight of the set.
Be sure to check out that title track among the Music Fog videos linked above.
- Country Haiku:
Earl beat up his wife?
Sentence is reduced
- Country California comments on Martina McBride‘s endorsement deal with Sunny Delight and Craig Morgan‘s partnership with Smokey Bear in this week’s edition of Quotable Country.
- Thad Cockrell‘s first solo LP in six years, To Be Loved, is due out tomorrow and is a broadening of 2007’s EP of the same name.
- Reuters on the introspective quality of Tim McGraw‘s new record:
Standout tracks include “Ghost Town Train,” which echoes the work of Glen Campbell, and “Good Girls,” a dark tale of cheating with an unexpected twist. On “I’m Only Jesus,” McGraw offers an interesting take on personal responsibility while singing from the perspective of Jesus Christ. “Southern Voices” is done well overall, but listeners may want to keep close a copy of McGraw’s upbeat hit “I Like It, I Love It” to lighten the mood.
- The New York Times‘ Nate Chinen reviewed last Thursday’s kickoff night of CMT on Tour in Brooklyn with Jamey Johnson and Randy Houser and Rosanne Cash‘s sold-out concert on Friday night.
- Rosanne Cash on the first song she ever fell in love with:
The first song I fell in love with is my dad’s “Hey Porter”… it felt like a train moving through everything. It felt so urgent and powerful, and the images were so crystal clear. I have the identical relationship today with that song, and the same love for it, as when I was a child.
- Taylor Swift has found enormous success as a teenager, but she’s not the first. Craig Shelburne listed 15 of her former teen predecessors, from Lynn Anderson and Barbara Mandrell to Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley.
- Alison Bonaguro for The Chicago Tribune: “For about four minutes on Friday night, Taylor Swift made almost everyone in the Allstate Arena feel 15 years old.”
- Sam Bush commented on the title track to his new album in a Q&A with American Songwriter‘s Samantha Spector:
The title of the album comes from a song that I wrote with an incredibly talented songwriter named Jeff Black. We’ve been co-writers for years now and got to thinking about well, “How did we get here?” type questions. We’ve had fallen buddies and comrades, lost people we’ve loved – parents are gone- so how did we, specifically, get here, this far in life? We were going through a time that felt very fortunate to be here and that is what the song and title Circles Around Me is all about.
- Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers have a brand new duet titled “Tell Me That You Love Me” on the forthcoming box set Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years.
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