Small Texas Town Catches Gabe Fever; John Rich Salivates
- Nashville Star‘s Gabe Garcia scored a couple of articles in San Antonio’s Express News, which reports that his hometown of Lytle, TX has Gabe fever. Tonight’s show is devoted to love songs and Gabe will be singing Billy Currington’s “Must Be Doing Something Right.”
- Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban bought an 1878 two-story Georgian mansion in New South Wales without ever having visited the property themselves. Nice looking place, too.
- Hayes Carll weighs in on his success thus far, the pros and cons of signing with a major label, and picking a producer. He insists that he’s pretty much the same guy he’s always been, except he bought his first Playgirl magazine the other day.
“It was at a Barnes & Noble in Philadelphia or somewhere. They told me I had a write-up in the magazine, so I had to go buy it.”
Asked about his technique for making the purchase, Carll says, “Well, I bought a bunch of books on war and put the Playgirl on the bottom. I just wanted to let them know I was a balanced guy. But when I got it, it was the country issue, so there were, like, Keith Urban, Darryl Worley. All these guys were basically naked in this magazine, and I was like, ‘Wow! They just reviewed my record and didn’t ask me to take off my clothes.”
- Jewel welcomes Jessica Simpson to country music: “I really like Jessica. She’s always been such a sweet, sweet person. If I were going to give her any advice, I would say work hard and be authentic. Be true to who you are.” Does anyone else find it ironic that one crossover artist, who’s made one country album, is welcoming another?
- Taylor Swift added a song sample, “I Heart Question Mark,” to her MySpace from her pending Wal-Mart exclusive album.
- Dolly Parton‘s “9 to 5″ got
- On the topic of remixes, the Johnny Cash Remixed project has been getting a lot of attention lately. The project features Snoop Dogg and some of the top dance mixers and producers offering bold interpretations on Cash’s music.
“My father made his stead by defying the expected and accepted way of things,” said John Carter Cash, who serves as an executive producer of Remixed. “He set the standard at the same time. He would have loved this remix record. While it stays true to the original recordings, this CD touches on undiscovered ground. This is what my father was about: staying true to tradition while creating groundbreaking new music.”
- The readers of stillisstillmoving.com submitted questions for Joe Nick Patoski, the author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life, and the answers were posted yesterday. One reader asked whether Willie and Waylon were estranged towards the end of Waylon’s life, to which Patoski responded, “he kind of off-handedly dodged weighing in, beyond saying Waylon was his friend.” It was also interesting to discover that Willie’s wife, Annie, doesn’t like the book.
- In the first of a trio of articles, Ken Tucker dishes on the new Sugarland album, Love on the Inside. Jennifer Nettles calls it the purest Sugarland album yet, opting to scale things down and avoid the super-slick in favor of the raw.
- After independently releasing That Lonesome Song, Jamey Johnson drew the attention of Mercury. Before signing, Johnson remained skeptical, but was pleasantly surprised to find out that Universal Music Group Nashville chairman Luke Lewis promised not to interfere with the creative process.
“He looked at me and said, ‘I don’t know what y’all are doing in that studio and I don’t even care, (but) don’t mess with that sound,”‘ Johnson recalls. “I was shocked.”
Ex-Marine Johnson had a reputation for hard drinking and getting into trouble, but “all the bad stuff was actually attractive to me,” Lewis, a Waylon Jennings fan, says with a laugh. “One of the reasons I wanted to sign him was because he did have that bad-ass reputation. I’m tired of that soccer mom sh-t.”
- Following in the Jamey Johnson vein, Craig Shelburne relays a story about Johnson’s recent trip back to Mongtomery, Alabama where fans and TV crews flocked to him at the Hank Williams museum despite looking like a “bag of death.”
- And in the last of the trio of articles, Ken Tucker introduces aspiring country artist Crystal Shawanda, who you might remember from Jim’s Artists to Watch series at the beginning of the year.
- Watch Emily West‘s stellar performance of “Blue Sky” on Opry Live a couple of months ago.
- luckyoldsun: Jim Z-- I get the feeling Barry was this close to calling you what Kinky Friedman called his guy from El …
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...