Satellite Radio to Increase Music Royalties; Shooter Jennings Premieres New Song; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 17th, 2012

Many artists expressed their feelings on social media following last week’s horrific elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Here is a small sampling:

“I’m heartsick about the senseless tragedy in CT and praying for the families of the children and teachers who lost their lives. Unthinkable.” Taylor Swift

“Stand strong and united everyone…We are Americans and we are better than this. What a sad, disgusting day this is.” Blake Shelton

“Pray for the families of the victims of the shooting in Conn. Pure satanic evil walks among us.” Charlie Daniels

“The world will never be the same. Heartbroken. Newton, CT we are with you.” Martina McBride

“I’m praying for those babies and all the victims of the Connecticut shooting. May God bring peace to the families.” Miranda Lambert

“Our hearts are broken for the families in Connecticut…Please join us in prayer for these families.” The Band Perry

 “My God, y’all. Please pray for the families in Connecticut.” Colt Ford

 “What is going on in the world today where someone opens fire at an elementary school? God help us. Pray for the families in Connecticut.” Craig Campbell

“I spent 15 minutes yelling at the top of my lungs about what happened in Connecticut. I’m as mad as I am sad. Enough. Enough!!!!!!” Brad Paisley

  • A Twitter chat with Colt Ford, sponsored by the NRA, was canceled on Friday, just hours after the shooting.
  • Nashville artist and radio host Lindsay Lawler sang “God Bless America” for thousands at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday.
  • From the Tennessean this morning: A three-judge federal panel has ruled to impose a modest increase on the rate for royalty payments that satellite radio companies must make to songwriters, music publishing companies and recording artists for use of their work on the air.  
  • Neal James, the star of Discovery Channel’s Call of the Wildman, was interviewed by Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today about his love of bluegrass music and the banjo.
  • Kelly Clarkson got engaged to Brandon Blackstock, the stepson of her friend Reba McEntire.
  • Former Grand Ole Opry, RCA Studios and Hee Haw staff drummer Willie Ackerman passed away last week at the age of 73. He was on great recordings such as “El Paso” and “Wings of a Dove.”
  • Fiddle player and Tennessee native Carl Franklin passed away at 58. He was a fixture on the fiddle contest circuit and had appeared as a clogger on the Grand Ole Opry.
  • A 24-year old man was arrested trying to break into Taylor Swift’s Nashville home.
  • Julie Roberts is giving away MP3 versions of her cover of John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison” with the purchase of one of her other Christmas albums on her website.
  • Taste of Country interviewed Gary Allan about his new album coming out early next year.
  • Shooter Jennings unveiled “The White Trash Song” from his upcoming album, The Other Life, as well as a clip from a film that will be coming out at the same time.
  • Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night was certified gold by the RIAA.
  • Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand have a free  recording of “The Night that Christ was Born” you can download on their Facebook page.
  • C.M. Wilcox created a list of some of the more notable country music Christmas releases this year over at Country California.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Keller Williams & The Travelin’ McCourys album giveaway: Paul W. Dennis. Check your email, Paul.
  • New music videos:

Rachael Lynn – “One of a Kind”

Brad Paisley – “Southern Comfort Zone”

Brian Bax Band – “Sinkin’ In”

Kid Rock – “Happy New Year”

Jake Kellen – “If Love Was a Road”

The Civil Wars – “20 Years”

Emmett Skyy – “Old and Grey”

Blue Sky Riders – “O Holy Night”

Matt Cornell – “Days to Remember” 

Chelsea Basham – “I Learned the Hard Way”

John Williamson – “Prairie Hotel Parachilna”

Craig Moritz – “Christmas Down in Mexico”

Jaida Dreyer – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

Taylor Swift – “I Knew You Were Trouble”

Sweetwater Rain – “Starshine

Kix Brooks – “Moonshine Road”

Rachele Lynae and Jamie O’Neal – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

  1. Jon
    December 17, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I predict that Paul’s gonna hate that album.

  2. Dave D.
    December 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Nice to see Brennen Leigh’s Christmas CD mentioned at Country California. I’ve really been enjoying it.

  3. Rick
    December 17, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    Well if Paul does hate that album, he can always send it my way! I’m always open for donations! (lol)

    Jaida Dreyer reminds me of a cross between Catherine Britt and Sunny Sweeney! A very good combination indeed in my book…

    I miss seeing Brennen Leigh and Noel perform live in Los Angeles. The gal that used to book them out here relocated to Austin! What’s up with that?

    It’s nice to see and hear Chelsea Basham carrying on the Aussie female country singer tradition of slow paced, well sung beautiful ballads. Hey, how’d that late 60’s American spec Camaro get into that video? Hmmm… John Williamson (ie Willo) must have consumed a few cups of Starbuck’s finest prior to that video shoot. He’s normally so laid back but he’s highly animated this go round.

    It’s nice to read Shooter Jennings has created a new autobiographical theme song! It should be a big hit in trailer parks all across the South.

    Rachele Lynae has a nice voice. I wonder if she’s ever though about moving to Australia where she could compete in the marketplace with Chelsea Basham?

  4. Paul W Dennis
    December 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I never enter a contest where the prize is something I wouldn’t like – that would be selfish and pointless

  5. Rick
    December 20, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Darn, I guess this means I’m not getting that CD from Paul for Christmas!…(lol)

  6. Jon
    December 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve heard the record (and, in fact, I’ll be seeing Keller and the Travelin’ McCourys, along with the Del McCoury Band, on New Year’s Eve), I’ve read many of Paul’s posts expressing his musical tastes and opinions, and I stand by my prediction. I’ll be happy for the guys if I’m wrong.

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