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.
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 interviewedWanda Jackson, whose new album, Unfinished Business, drops next week.
Jason Aldean’s Relentless has been certified platinum.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.