Shawn Camp Release to Lead to ‘Lost Tapes’ Series? Yes, Please; CMT Premieres Eight Videos; Bleakest Songs in Country History

Brody Vercher | October 1st, 2010

  • Warner Music Nashville president John Esposito has been getting a lot of credit for releasing Shawn Camp‘s sophomore album, 1994, 16 years after it was recorded, but the discovery also got him to thinking about what else might be buried. As it turns out, there could be a lot. AP entertainment writer Chris Talbott notes that Esposito currently has records from Victoria Shaw, Mark Nesler, Iris Dement, Ilse DeLange and Bob DiPiero stacked on his desk.

    “If this works we may have a ‘lost tapes’ series. Why not?” Esposito asked. “It doesn’t have to all be about getting to platinum. Of course, we’d like a few of those to pay the bills but we love great music and people ought to hear great music.”

  • Joe Nichols donated his $125,000 winnings from his appearance on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader to Missouri’s Camp Barnabas.
  • CMT video premieres:

  • Country music’s ladies got snubbed in Nashville Lifestyle‘s 2010 list of Nashville’s most beautiful people, but the men held their own with showings by Billy Currington, Troy Gentry, and Rodney Atkins. (via Country Music Tattle Tale)
  • Randy Houser talked to American Songwriter‘s Evan Schlansky about his new record, They Call me Cadillac, co-writing, and Jamey Johnson.
  • In this week’s Nashville Skyline, Chet Flippo makes predictions about Shania Twain, Don Williams, Taylor Swift, and 2010 CMA Award winners.
  • Houston Press’ John Seaborn Gray: The Ten Bleakest Songs In Country Music History
  • Jerry Lee Lewis may be tempered by age, but Pop & Hiss’ Todd Martens says he still has some spark left:

    Lewis was asked to discuss the first song he learned on the piano (“Silent Night”), and what it was like watching “Million Dollar Quartet,” the Broadway musical inspired by the famed recording session that featured Lewis, Johnny Cash, Presley and Carl Perkins. Lewis spoke of performing at the musical, where the Tony Award-winning Levi Kreis, who plays the musician in the production, attempted to join him for “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.”

    “When he started to play a little bit,” Lewis recalled, “I said, ‘Don’t do that.’ “

  • Hear Ya published an interview with Ryan Bingham.
  • The flexibility of bluegrass was on full display during Wednesday night’s Music City Roots program with the Infamous Stringdusters, Barry Scott & Second Wind, NewFound Road, and the Grascals. Craig Havighurst has a recap of the show, which also included cowboy band Riders in the Sky.
  • Kenny Chesney is predicted to have the top album on Billboard‘s pop chart next week with Hemingway’s Whiskey. Sales are projected to be between 180,000 and 200,000 copies.
  • Billy Currington on the impact of “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” his fastest rising single to date:

    It went a little fast, not too fast. I’m not complaining. [laughs] But, I was making the album thinking it would take about 30, 40 weeks for this song to get up there, so I was taking my time. And, then eight weeks later it was in the Top 10 and I’m getting calls from the record label going ‘Man, we’ve got to have this album now.’ And, I’m like, ‘I just got started on it.’ You know how long it takes to make an album. And, I had to put a rush job on this thing in two or three weeks and I’ve never done that before. It was so fast. I was worried about how it would turn out being such a rush job, but it’s turned out really good. I’m really proud of it.

    He also talks about originally hating the concept to the video, and wanting to be exactly like Kenny Rogers.

  1. Rick
    October 1, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Dierks Bentley, Marty Stuart, Sam Bush and Neal McCoy along with the Opry regulars. Grade B+.

    Gee, will Warner’s Nashville release Lane Turner’s execellent “Right On Time” album that’s just sitting on a shelf collecting dust? Naw, I didn’t think so either…

    When women get snubbed in a “most beautiful” article, it means the writers are either women or gay men, or both.

  2. PaulaW
    October 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Speaking of Lane Turner … he’ll be at Douglas Corner (Nashville) tonight with Kent Blazy.

  3. Matt Bjorke
    October 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm


    Don’t be so sure. If the label does a series like this (why not, there are people out there willing to buy such projects) then Lane Turner may get a release. Given new digital worlds, why not release these?

  4. Fizz
    October 1, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Loved the bleakest-songs list, although I don’t necessarily agree with each pick. Nothing from Those Poor Bastards, for example.

  5. Kyle
    October 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I’m not sure how Johnny Cash’s version of Trent Reznor’s “Hurt” didn’t make it either. That’s a chilling video.

  6. Vicki
    October 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

    When I heard Sara Evans, I thought, boy I’ve missed her voice. Great singing on that song…perhaps she’ll get back her Female Vocalist of the year award from all the blondes out there.

  7. agent713
    October 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    I loved “Who are you when I’m not looking” on Joe Nichols’ record and I really like Blake’s version.

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