Stagecoach Festival Lands Reba, Paisley and Chesney
- Kid Rock, Reba McEntire, Brad Paisley and Kenny Chesney signed on to headline next year’s Stagecoach festival in California. Billboard has a list of other initial performers that includes Jerry Jeff Walker, Miranda Lambert and Dale Watson.
- In her appearance on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show yesterday morning, Taylor Swift revealed that she was, in fact, dating Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and that he broke up with her via a 27-second phone call. That’s not all, Taylor wrote a song about the incident, “Forever & Always,” which is included on her new album due out next Tuesday. That should net her a few thousand extra album sales.
- Patty Loveless revisits the recording process for Sleepless Nights in her interview with Roughstock’s Matt Bjorke.
- Shelton “Hank” Williams III is not shy when it comes to sharing the shortcomings of his newest album and the process behind its recording, nor does he hold back when Americana Roots’ John Walker asks about recording for Curb and his future plans.
- HoustonPress’s William Michael Smith published a brief Q&A with Rodney Crowell, who has a memoir due in early 2010 that deals with his Houston years, but not his music career.
- A tribute CD honoring Chris Gaffney–co-founder of the Hacienda Brothers who passed earlier this year from liver cancer–is scheduled for a March 2009 release and features Dave Alvin, Tom Russell and Joe Ely among its impressive lineup.
- People is giving away 11 songs from the likes of Lee Ann Womack, Little Big Town and Patty Loveless. (via NashvilleGab)
- The Dallas-based Tejas Brothers (MySpace) play a brand of country inspired by Hank, Cash and Merle and the Tex-Mex of the Texas Tornados, but they didn’t get their break until Eleven Hundred Springs pulled the fledgling band “out of obscurity pronto.” Vocalist and accordionist Dave Perez explains:
“(Bassist) Steve Berg found us surfing on MySpace and liked what we’re doing. He’s from San Antonio, so he understood the sound pretty quickly,” Perez said. “Those guys took us under their wing and exposed us to every fan they have around Dallas and Fort Worth. They doubled our fan base at every show.”
- Ninebullets.net posted a new Ben Nichols song titled “Hey Darling, Do You Gamble,” which he explains was inspired by a Townes Van Zandt quote, as relayed by his third wife, in the documentary Be Here to Love Me.
- Music Tomes’ week long celebration of Douglas B. Green’s new book Classic Country Singers continues today with a giveaway. You need only to leave a comment for a chance to win. The celebration will wrap up tomorrow (I think) with an interview with “Ranger Doug” himself.
- dottie: It was great & you all look wonderful. oxoxox Grandma
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …