Saturday Night Live Slates Tim McGraw For Nov. 22 Hosting Duties
- Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks are among the country artists who have hosted Saturday Night Live and on November 22 Tim McGraw will be added to that esteemed lineup.
- Jon Caramanica profiles Taylor Swift‘s rise to fame and shrewd business practices (or “relatability” factor) in an article for The New York Times.
That she’s likely to become only less accessible is a problem that Ms. Swift is, naturally, very attuned to. “All I can do,” she said, “is put up a MySpace video where I don’t have any makeup on and am wearing a periodic table of the elements T-shirt.”
She tells The Tennesseans‘ Beverly Keel there’s no formula behind her meteoric success, and in her MySpace blog she explains the idea behind several songs (mostly boys) and subtly hints that she may be at a specific Walmart tonight.
- With the wavering economy and sales slump taking it’s toll on country music, the CMA Awards stand out as a bright spot.
- On Dec. 2, Patty Loveless plans to release two alternative recordings of tracks (“Color of the Blues” and “If Teardrops Were Pennies”) appearing on the first digital release of her latest album, Sleepless Nights.
- Country Universe wants to know what singles you think have been definitive of the past decade.
- Barry Mazor comments on the Opry controversy caused by Hank III‘s petition to reinstate his grandad.
The Grand Ole Opry, I’d argue, is the ongoing, commercial country music performance enterprise that is most cognizant of the music’s history and tradition while being, in a flight of gripping sanity and self-preservation, attentive at the same time to its present and future.
- Over the course of his career, John Michael Montgomery has sold 16 million records–more than Brad Paisley or Keith Urban have at this point–but after several years in and out of hospitals and a trip to rehab, he’s finding it hard to make radio care again.
- Hayes Carll comes off as affable and perceptive in his interview with Tom Finkel. He wanders from the subject of Hurricane Ike to the British’s knack for remaining entirely silent during a show and experimenting with his songs during the recording process.
I sort of held in lower esteem anyone who had people singing along to their songs and pouring beer on their heads — you know, stuff like that.
And when my second record came out, I started getting some of those people. I realized that there’s a lot of fun to be had in that too, and that you can — while I’ve never wanted it to be just a gimmick and everybody comes out just to be at a certain show and the music is irrelevant, which is what sort of happens sometimes in this scene — I never want it to be that, but I think a healthy balance is good. I try not to play too much into the fraternity-crowd world, and, on the same hand, I avoid the complete solitary confinement of the coffeeshop land as well.
- The HearYa Indie Music Blog calls Ben Nichols‘ first solo album, The Last Pale Light In The West, “the perfect soundtrack for a western movie, where outlaws outrun the law on horseback through wind and rain,” and one that would make Willie Nelson proud.
- Rodney Atkins, Keith Anderson, Country Music Association CEO Tammy Genovese, Lyric Street Records and CMA board president Randy Goodman, and CMA board chairman Clarence Spalding gathered last week to discuss the state of country music. Anderson and Atkins expressed frustration over several CMA Awards practices and they all listed recent artists they’ve been listening to. Peter Cooper has the transcript.
- Houston’s The New 93Q.com posted an “Up Close & Personal” (code for acoustic) performance from Jewel on their website. If you’re not keen on downloading, check out videos for “Stronger Woman” and “I Do.” (via NashvilleGab)
- Andrew L.: Is it just me or does Strait sound horribly autotuned on the clips for the new live album? I can't …
- Juli Thanki: You'll get to hear it pretty soon: The Wall Street Journal is going to stream the album on their website …
- Leeann Ward: Way to go to David Cantwell for getting a name drop! Great interview, Juli! Womack's new album is awesome! I've not always …
- Jonathan Pappalardo: Great interview as always, Juli! The new album is fantastic. "Same Kind of Different" is my favorite cut although "Fly" is …
- Dave D.: Good interview. Looking forward to the new record, and particularly interested in hearing her version of Brennen Leigh's "Sleeping with …
- nm: I guess it's not surprising that a singer who gets her songs all over the place, the way Womack does, …
- SunsetPark: As a Pennsylvanian to this day, thanks for the list. I haven't heard the Quecreek song and so can't …
- Paul W Dennis: I would urge readers to check out the Billy Edd Wheeler salute on October 18, 2014. Billy Edd Wheeler is …
- Leeann Ward: I'm really liking Pink's folk duo song! I'm looking forward to the album!
- Donald: LOS, you made me giggle. Thank you.