Six-Part Johnny Cash TV Series to Debut Sunday; Garth Brooks to End Vegas Shows; Lori McKenna Announces EP Release;

Juli Thanki | October 4th, 2012

  • Keith Urban, Catherine Britt, and The McClymonts are among the 2012 ARIA Awards nominees.
  • The CRS announced the 2013 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees: Gaylon Christie, Dr. Don Carpenter, Crook & Chase, Eddie Edwards, and Bill “Dex” Poindexter. They’ll be officially inducted in February.
  • In this excerpt from his new memoir, Kenny Rogers shares the story behind “Every Time Two Fools Collide.”
  • Garth Brooks will wrap up his Vegas shows next month.
  • Nashville mayor Karl Dean is expected to announce that the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame will have a home at the Music City Center when it opens in 2013. From Peter Cooper’s article: The Hall of Fame — which includes Music City greats such as Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson, The Everly Brothers, Johnny Cash, Cindy Walker, Roger Miller and Harlan Howard — was founded in October 1970, but it exists as a virtual entity. “One of the questions people who aren’t in the music business have asked me is, ‘Where is the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame?’ ” says Pat Alger, vice chairman of the Songwriters Hall board and a member of the hall (on the strength of hits including Garth Brooks’ “Unanswered Prayers” and “The Thunder Rolls”). “I’ve been telling them, ‘Well, it’s kind of in your heart,’ because there was no physical presence in town.”
  • Brad Paisley talked with Rolling Stone about his next album: “My goal is that, every time, your head does what my dog’s head does when he’s heard a word he’s never heard before. We should do that with every song, whether that’s lyrically or production or subject matter. You like it, but it’s like, ‘I didn’t see that coming.’ And I think there’s plenty of room in country music for that.”
  • Free tracks from Black Prairie and Lindi Ortega can be downloaded at Amazon this month.
  • Stream With Kerosene Instead, a new live album from roots rockers Sons of Bill, at Paste’s website.
  • Lori McKenna is releasing a six-song EP called Heart Shaped Bullet Hole next week.
  • Jessi Colter was on NPR recently talking about Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings of Waylon Jennings. 
  • Lady Antebellum will release concert film Own the Night on December 4.
  • Adam Gold of the Nashville Scene wrote a lengthy feature on the new ABC drama, Nashville.  ABC Studios has teamed up with Big Machine to release original music from the show each week on iTunes starting October 9.
  • Here’s a recently posted Jonny Fritz video that was recorded at the Newport Folk Festival.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus revealed the track listing for his next album, Change My Mind (out 10/23).
  • Marc Myers of The Wall Street Journal interviewed Wanda Jackson, whose new album, Unfinished Business, drops next week.
  • Jason Aldean’s Relentless has been certified platinum.
  1. Ben Foster
    October 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Pretty stoked about that new Wanda Jackson album.

  2. bll
    October 4, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I hope Garth leaving Wynn means a tour/album is on the horizon.

  3. Rick
    October 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    “Classic Country” Opry Alert! Yes, the short fall season of the best Opry shows kicks off tonight. Tonight’s show will feature Jim Glaser (hey where’s Tompall?), John Conlee, Mandy “the Mangler” Barnett, T.G. Sheppard, Rhonda Vincent, and the spotlight artist Crystal Gayle. Imagine that, an Opry show devoid of “Opry Legends”! WooHoo! (lol)
    Grade: A
    Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    So the Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame wasn’t a section of the CMHOF? That’s just ridiculous! Without the songwriters there would be no CMHOF! Crikey mate.

    That Big Machine label tie in to ABC’s new Nashville series makes me a bit apprehensive. I wonder if Big Machine artists will get cameo’s on the program? Hmm..

    So now there are Americana bands named Della Mae (on next week’s MCR) and Delta Rae? I think they should tour together just for the confusion factor alone.

  4. Adam Sheets
    October 5, 2012 at 12:09 am

    I’ll still be checking the first episode out, but the more I hear about ABC’s “Nashville” show the less hope I have for it. I really hope I’m wrong because Connie Britton and Powers Boothe are both great actors.

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