Just Call Him Señor George Strait; Miranda Lambert Shares Studio Footage

Brody Vercher | July 10th, 2009

  • You know that new George Strait record due out in August? Ken Tucker says it will blow your mind.

    Recorded at Jimmy Buffett’s Shrimp Boat Studios in Key West, Fla., the album includes a song that Strait sings entirely in Spanish, “El Rey,” which is a Mexican standard and was a giant mariachi hit for Vincente Fernandez. (“El Rey” means “the king.”) “After he played the song for me, George said, ‘Can we do this?’” Brown remembers. “’Hell, yeah,’ I said. ‘You’re George Strait. Everybody’s wondering what we’re going to do anyway’.”

    Update: Read more analysis and thoughts about George Strait’s upcoming song, “El Rey.”

  • Miranda Lambert posted video footage from the studio during the recording of “Time To Get A Gun” for her upcoming album, Revolution. (via Country Music Is Love)
  • My Kind of Country: Is it important to you that your favorite performers write their own material? Can someone be considered a true artist if they are reliant on others to supply them with lyrics and melodies?
  • CDs He’s Diggin’ Right Now: Although he’s a fan of bluegrass music in a live setting, The Gobblers Knob Kelly Dearmore confesses that bluegrass on CD is often underwhelming. However two recent Sugar Hill releases, Sarah Jarosz‘s Song Up In Her Head and Chris Pandolfi‘s Looking Glass, have caught his attention.
  • You’ve been farced: Ricky Skaggs, Johnny Cash and Brad Paisley could not escape the second day of honest/pradoy album covers at Farce the Music.
  • Country California:

    The Nashville songwriting community is reeling after the arrival of a peculiar man with a bold new approach to songwriting that does not involve conferences, coffee shop chats, or slumber parties. In fact, Stan Hill claims that he writes best when left to quiet self-reflection. Word around town is that he’s up to something, though nobody knows what it is just yet.

  • Rodney Hayden is recording a full band show in San Antonio this Saturday.
  • The American Songwriter staff listed 25 of their favorite songs from 1984 to 2009 and included tracks from Garth Brooks, The SteelDrivers, Alan Jackson and more.
  • A pair of entrepreneurs in Dallas plan to open a bar devoted entirely to “red dirt” music. Commenters on the linked article are giving the bar three months before they say it’ll be gone.

    “That’s what this bar is all about — red dirt and Texas blues,” [manager] Verdooren says. “Bands from that genre, like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue. Tony says it’s not country — we do not play any country music. It’s straight red dirt.

    (via DC9 At Night)

  • That Nashville Sound relays the tragic tale of former Opry star David “Stringbean” Akeman.
  • The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper:Bill Anderson has been a music pro for 52 years — that’s two-and-a-half Taylor Swifts — and his hit songwriter’s pen shows no sign of drying up.”
  • Listen to Dale Ann Bradley, the reigning Female Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year for the second year in a row, on Mountain Stage.
  • Chet Flippo shares several recent albums that he’s been enjoying this year.
  • In recognition of being #1 on the Euro Americana chart, Owen Temple is offering his new album, Dollars and Dimes, as a free download. You can read all about the album, which was influenced by the book The Nine Nations of North America, in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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  1. Nicolas
    July 10, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Awesome! Another video of Miranda Lambert in the studio =D I can’t wait for the album

  2. Jon
    July 10, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Speaking of Stringbeans, Sam Bush has recorded “The Ballad Of Stringbean And Estelle” (written with Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson) for his new album, due out in the fall.

  3. TexasVet
    July 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Tennessean tidbit:

    Carrie Underwood, John Rich, Rodney Atkins and Jake Owen are among the stars who will play for free during the Army post’s Week of the Eagles. The homecoming event is held every other year for soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles” who have returned after overseas deployments.
    http://tennessean.com/article/20090709/TUNEIN/907090342/-1/NLETTER01?source=nletter-news

  4. Stormy
    July 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    A pair of entrepreneurs in Dallas plan to open a bar devoted entirely to “red dirt” music. Commenters on the linked article are giving the bar three months before they say it’ll be gone.

    “That’s what this bar is all about — red dirt and Texas blues,” [manager] Verdooren says. “Bands from that genre, like Cross Canadian Ragweed, Stoney LaRue. Tony says it’s not country — we do not play any country music. It’s straight red dirt.

    So they are going to call it Please Stop Driving to Austin?

  5. Sam G.
    July 10, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Miranda Lambert covering Fred Eaglesmith is definitely a match made in music heaven.

  6. Jim C
    July 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    In the minority again, but Owen Temple is pretty underwhelming. It’s pretty hard to take the life out of an Adam Carroll song and Temple manages to do it, a couple of times.

  7. Ben Milam
    July 10, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Jim C. are you an Austinite by chance? Anyway, say what you will about Miranda, but she has great song sense. I never put this one together with her. Sounds great though.

  8. Jim C
    July 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Austinite? yes. why do you ask?

  9. Kelly
    July 10, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Jim C. – I disagree with you on Owen Temple, BUT I am with you 100% on the new Son Volt record, good sir…

  10. CMW
    July 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    Via IndyWeek, here’s a bit more info on the Eaglesmith song Miranda is covering in the clip above, including a free download of his version.

  11. Rick
    July 10, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    LA’s major FM country radio station could appeal to a whole new demographic here by playing George Strait’s version of “El Rey”! Considering over 50% of the residents within the actual City of LA speak Spanish as their primary tongue, it could be a big hit! (lol)

    I prefer artists who write their own songs by a wide margin as they are more likely to have a “unique” sound/style. I will make exceptions for interesting singers who pick quality songs, like Shannon Mock for example, and especially if they are attractive females. I admit to being very shallow in that regard…

    I don’t normally pay much mind to Chet Fippo’s comments about music artists, but the stuff he says about the father and son team The Parks has me interested! Now I wonder what Chet personally means by “honky tonk” him being an ex-Rolling Stone staffer and all? Hmm….

    That new bar in Texas should go all out and proclaim itself to be the “Texas Ultimate Red Dirt” Bar! Who wouldn’t want to listen to music and have a drink at the “TURD Bar”! (lol – I’ll never get tired of using that acronym!)

  12. Rick
    July 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry (Friday) will feature Ashton Shepherd and Chris Young, and the Saturday Night Opry will feature Caitlin & Will and Alison Krauss with the Cox Family.

    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/TicketsAndInformation/ThisWeek.aspx

    Its too bad that during summertime, when Nashville is full of tourist families, the Opry line-ups tend to be weak as so many good acts are out on the concert trail. Oh well.

  13. Steve Harvey
    July 10, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I can’t see that video because of the superslow internet where I’m at, but is that Lambert track the Fred Eaglesmith song? Cause it so, hell yeah!

  14. TexasVet
    July 10, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry (Friday) will feature Ashton Shepherd

    Thanks…I love Ashton Shepherd! Since it’s been 16 months since the release of “Sounds So Good” wonder if she’s been working on a new album?

  15. Vicki
    July 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Miranda’s song reminded me of Leeann Womack’s “Solitary Thinking”.

    I loved “Farce the Music this week-especially the Oak Ridge Boys and Taylor Swifts.

    Bill Anderson co wrote with Carrie and Jon Randall “Oklahoma Wind”.

  16. Leeann Ward
    July 11, 2009 at 12:28 am

    The Lambert clip is making me a little less nervous for the upcoming album. Still haven’t been able to embrace “Dead Flowers” though.

  17. Maureen McCole
    September 16, 2009 at 10:13 am

    George Strait’s “Twang” CD is terrific.

    The songwriting is top-notch especially when he works with Dean Dillon.

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