Shooting at Tom T. Hall’s Home; Ronnie Dunn Splits with Label; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | June 11th, 2012

  • The fantastic, four-part BBC country music documentary Lost Highway is now available on YouTube. Here’s Part I.
  • Jewel unveiled her transformation into June Carter Cash for an upcoming Lifetime biopic.
  • Late last night, there was a shooting at Tom T. Hall’s home. Hall was not home and not involved with the shooting, which involved renters and their guest.
  • John Fogerty recorded a duet of “Proud Mary” with Jennifer Hudson last week. The song will be on Fogerty’s Wrote a Song for Everyone, out this fall. (via press release)
  • Lucas Hoge is over in Afghanistan entertaining the troops and meeting with sick and injured soldiers.
  • For those waiting on the new Dwight Yoakam album scheduled for this fall, some new details came out in this column at The yet-to-be-named album will feature a collaboration with Beck“We got to his home studio and we came up with an idea. He ran in, and put a drum beat down on it,” says the singer of the Beck sessions, who compared some of the cuts to a swampier Creedence Clearwater Revival sound. 
  • New music videos from the last week or so:

Willie Nelson – “Just Breathe”

Kenny Chesney – “Come Over”

Eden’s Edge – “Too Good To Be True”

Jack Ingram – “Biloxi”

Steep Canyon Rangers – “Long Shot”

The Band Perry – “Postcards from Paris”

Beau Davidson – “Blessed”

Bill Evans – “The Distance Between Two Points”

Sean McConnell – “Closing Time”

Tasha – “Time to Waste” 

  1. SamB
    June 11, 2012 at 7:46 am

    I’m never surprised that people get heatstroke at CMA Fest – they advise people to drink plenty of water and then sell it at $4 for a small bottle inside the Riverfront Park.

  2. Jack Williams
    June 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    I thought I had read previously that Kid Rock might make an appearance on Dwight’s new album. Nothing about that in the Billboard article. Encouraging.

  3. bob
    June 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Besides being a good guy for visiting the troops in Afghanistan, Lucas Hoge sure can sing. Saw him about a month ago with David Bradley and James Otto at the Bluebird Cafe.

  4. Jon
    June 11, 2012 at 10:43 am

    “Renters?” I don’t think so.

  5. Ken Morton, Jr.
    June 11, 2012 at 10:47 am

    Jon, the article in the link calls them “renters.” Do you have more details that you can share?

  6. timeo
    June 11, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Re Jewel as June Carter: It reminds me of “I Love Lucy” where Lucy would put on a wig and black out a tooth and you couldn’t figure out why no one recognized her. It looks like Jewel wearing a brunette wig. It doesn’t look like June Carter. Which doesn’t mean Jewel won’t do a good job in the film. It’s just that, in that photo, she doesn’t particularly look any different than she usually does.

  7. Jon
    June 11, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Jon, the article in the link calls them “renters.”

    The “article” in the link appeared on what seemss to be, in essence, a blogging website; it was written by a very nice young lady who’s a country and bluegrass music enthusiast up around Lexington, KY. If you follow the link to the Nashville TV station’s website on which it is based – – you’ll see that there’s nothing about rent or renters therein. Which makes sense; Tom T. and Miss Dixie don’t need to rent anything to anyone.

    With all due respect to the lovely and talented editor of Engine 145, Ms. Blankenship’s piece isn’t really the best source for information on this particular bit of news. Aside from the WSMV story, there’s a bit more background here: .

  8. luckyoldsun
    June 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Well, whether they were renters, grifters or just guests–and I have to agree with Jon’s method and logic on this one–it does, at least, sound like it should be the inspiration for some new material from Tom T. Hall.

    As Waylon and Willie sang: “Even when you lose you’re still a winner./ At least you’ve got the makin’s of a song.”

  9. Jon
    June 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    “We have learned from the Halls that some of the initial information available just after a shooting was reported on their property last night was incorrect.

    The shooting took place not in the Halls’ guest house, but outside a small cabin occupied by a farm hand. The people involved in this incident were not members of the bluegrass community.

    Tom T. [and Miss] Dixie were not aware of the presence of these people on the property.”

  10. Rick
    June 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    A good batch of “Pretty Girl Videos” today! (I’m still waiting for an asterisk to denote such videos.) Yay! I didn’t grasp the point of the Eden’s Edge video, but Hannah and Cheryl both look great, so who cares! (lol) I like the jewel thief twist in the Band Perry video, but the guy stalking her with the camera should have been Jean Valjean! And its a shame Tasha’s voice isn’t as nice as her skin, and who did her make-up anyway? That gal needs a little color on that face. She gives new meaning to that old Indian term “pale face”.

    It should read “Ray Charles Version of the Don Gibson Song “I Can’t Stop Loving You” Turned 50 Years Old”. Gosh, being like Jon just isn’t that satisfying…

    The Fan Fair sell-outs prove that AirHead Country has a large following of folks with mediocre taste in music! Was P.T. Barnum thinking about the typical Fan Fair attendee when he uttered that line about a fool being born every minute? Hmm…

    • Juli Thanki
      June 12, 2012 at 7:26 am

      (I’m still waiting for an asterisk to denote such videos.)

      We’ll be debuting that feature on the twelfth of Never. Sorry, pal.

  11. Barry Mazor
    June 12, 2012 at 9:16 am

    We could simply award you a year’s supply of cold showers..

    Well; its a thought.

  12. Leeann Ward
    June 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Juli, did you ever know that you’re my hero?!:)

  13. Andrew
    June 12, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Rick never fails to come off as supremely creepy when talking about the appearance of female singers.

  14. nm
    June 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Well, in fairness, anyone would.

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