Shawn Camp Release to Lead to ‘Lost Tapes’ Series? Yes, Please; CMT Premieres Eight Videos; Bleakest Songs in Country History
- 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:
- Blake Shelton – “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking“
- Brad Paisley – “Alcohol (Live)“
- Christian Kane – “The House Rules“
- Jaron and the Long Road to Love – “That’s Beautiful to Me“
- Jason Aldean – “My Kind of Party“
- Jerrod Niemann – “What Do You Want“
- Keith Urban – “Put You In A Song“
- Sara Evans – “A Little Bit Stronger“
- 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.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …