Shania Twain Writing Memoir; Asleep at the Wheel Celebrates 40th Year; New Tim McGraw Single
- Next spring, Atria Books will publish a memoir from Shania Twain.
- Accompanied by his lead guitarist and bassist, Billy Currington stopped by the American Songwriter office to perform five of his more popular songs: “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” “Good Directions,” “People Are Crazy,” “That’s How Country Boys Roll,” and “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer.” As always, the songs can be streamed and downloaded.
- On November 5, Asleep at the Wheel will celebrate, with help from Willie Nelson and other special guests, its fortieth year of existence with a concert at the Long Center in Austin.
- Farce the Music targeted Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, James Otto, Carrie Underwood, and the always affable John Rich in September’s edition of parodied album covers.
- In celebration of Faith Hill‘s 43rd birthday (yesterday), The Boot ranked her “top ten smashes.”
- More on the Justin Townes Earle arrest:
Radio Radio owner David “Tufty” Clough said Earle smashed a table, a lamp and a mirror in the venue’s basement dressing room.
Clough’s daughter, Cheyenne Caperton, said she was hit by Earle’s closed fist when she attempted to stop the musician from assaulting her father.
Earle released a statement saying reports surfacing online — although he didn’t clarify which reports — are not accurate and that he opposes violence against women in any form.
- The Oak Ridge Boys’ Joe Bonsall has a new book out titled From My Perspective, which pulls together various essays and stories he’s written over the years.
- Stream the new Tim McGraw single “Felt Good On My Lips” here.
- The A.V. Club writer Nathan Rabin tackled Lyle Lovett‘s first three albums in his latest Nashville or Bust column.
I had to listen intently to appreciate the first three Lyle Lovett albums I wrote about in this column. His songs creep up on you: Each new listen reveals something new and sneakily brilliant, a sly metaphor or deft turn of phrase or haunting, novelistic details. Lovett’s subtly genius cerebral country demands careful concentration. It also rewards it spectacularly.
- As of yesterday, Jamey Johnson‘s new album The Guitar Song is available on vinyl. It comes with three discs — one is black, another white, and one that’s split down the middle. Here’s a video of the vinyl being pressed, with an overlay of the song “Lonely at the Top.” Also, some of the footage looks like it could explain where the swirly mass on the album cover came from.
- Gloriana’s Cheyenne Kimball recently became engaged to songwriter Casey Twist.
- Associated Press writer Chris Talbott says there are no clinkers on Randy Houser‘s new album They Call Me Cadillac, “just solid songwriting punctuated with an interesting take on the music.”
From upbeat rocker “Lowdown And Lonesome” to the melancholy “Addicted” (with a guest appearance by Lee Ann Womack) to a midlife meditation on love “Will I Always Be This Way,” Houser offers a textured look at something more than where the next cold one is coming from.
- For this week’s edition of Acoustic Motel, Jack Ingram performed the Guy Clark song “Stuff That Works.”
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.