Special Guests Ray Benson and Redd Volkaert Joined Brad Paisley For Austin Concert
- Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker opened for Brad Paisley when he rolled through Austin last Thursday, but it was Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson that joined Paisley for a duet on “Miles And Miles of Texas” and Austin guitar legend Redd Volkaert who dueled with him during the encore performance of “Let The Good Times Roll.”
- Spencer Leigh, author of Everyday: Getting Closer to Buddy Holly which will be published in March, suggests that had Holly not died in a plane crash he might have transformed country music along the lines of Willie Nelson. In response to that article, forum member JHD shared a humorous childhood story that involved listening to Holly on his trusty transistor, and Matt C. posted his own commentary on the legacy of Buddy Holly and what might have become of him had he lived.
A mansion that belonged to Tammy Wynette in the early 1980s and was built for Roy Orbison in 1963 burned to the ground in Hendersonville, Tenn. last night.
Interesting trivia to note: “Orbison had three homes built for him, and all three homes have caught fire. In the first house fire two of Orbison’s sons died, and the second home that caught fire belonged to Johnny Cash at the time.”
- Pat Green talks about his songwriting process in an interview with The Tennessean‘s Peter Cooper.
What’s the first good song you wrote?
Well, I thought there was one on my first record. Then I went to see a Guy Clark show in Lubbock, where I was living, and wound up at a party after the show, swapping songs with him and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and four or five other guys. I played Guy what I thought was a good song, and then he played one called “The Randall Knife.” I was like, “Oh, well, mine’s not very good.”
- Miranda Lambert is headed into the studio in February to work on her third album.
- Husband-and-wife team Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson swept all five categories they were nominated in at the Country Music Awards of Australia on Saturday night.
- Country Universe‘s Blake Boldt on Pat Green‘s new album, What I’m For:
Green continues to plow this middle ground to seduce new fans while suiting his devout followers. Produced by Music Row maven Dan Huff, What I’m For scrapes the bottom of the trough for tired concepts and warmed-over heartland rock.
- Hazel Smith mentions that Ashton Shepherd has ten new songs.
- The video for Pete Rock’s remixed version of Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues” is scheduled to go into heavy rotation on CMT tomorrow, but for now you can watch it on the CMT blog.
- This week’s edition of “Quotable Country” highlights a new comedy series titled “Three Chords From the Truth,” which reportedly skewers country music. It’s about a fictional music station overrun by vapid fame junkies, shameless marketers and cutthroat record execs.
- Pam Gadd has performed in the New Coon Creek Girls and the all-female band Wild Rose; toured with Patty Loveless and Porter Wagoner; penned songs recorded by country artist Terri Clark, as well as bluegrass artists Carl Jackson and John Starling, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and The Rarely Herd; and recently released her third solo bluegrass album, Benefit Of Doubt. Read what she has to say about her career and new album on The Bluegrass Blog.
- Roy Blount Jr. recaps the DVD Shakespeare Was a Big George Jones Fan: Cowboy Jack Clement’s Home Movies in the Oxford American:
I thought this was probably something that circulated privately among Nashville insiders, the kind of thing that people tell you about but don’t ever get around to sending you a copy of. But when, at my urging, Chuck did send me one, I saw that it was available to the public. You can go on amazon.com and rent it, video-on-demand, for $2.99. And for $17.99, you can buy a copy, to pull out whenever you get to feeling low and want to see Johnny Cash portraying something that only pigs can do.
It’s a side of Johnny Cash that I, for one, haven’t seen anywhere else. He’s wearing a pig snout—simple plastic affair held on by a rubber band—and he says:
I think that’s what he says, “Snooky Larkins.” I’ve played it over and over.
- Country Music Is Love dug up several unreleased Luke Bryan songs.
- 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...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.