In an interview with Peter Walker, Willie Nelson‘s harmonica player, Mickey Raphael, talks about the Naked Willie project and if it’s successful, he feels there are ten to twelve more songs he can pull together for a new album.
Citing the economy as the culprit, label president Herb Graham announced the closing of Country Thunder. (via Country Aircheck)
If anything can be determined from the recent CMA survey of country music fans, The Austin Chronicle‘s Doug Freeman says it’s that the late adoption of downloading music by Countryphiles gives the music industry the chance to get the digital game right, at least in the country genre, by taking “advantage of a devoted consumer base that is still only now transitioning to online outlets, and provide the content and reasonable sales model that those fans will eventually expect.”
New videos under consideration by the CMT team this week include Billy Ray Cyrus‘ “Back to Tennessee” with Bucky Covington and Marcel in his backing band, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson on “Somewhere Between Jennings and Jones” for the taping of Crossroads, Rodney Atkins‘ “It’s America” and lastly, Marc Broussard and LeAnn Rimes‘ “When It’s Good.”