Steve Martin’s Leaked Tour Rider; Dale Watson, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, & Sugarland Schedule New Albums
- Wardrobe: Nothing constricting or scratchy, except for Steve’s thong.
- Venue must have Bela Fleck on speed dial, in case Steve’s feeling lazy.
- Golf cart(s) must be available to transport Steve and the Steep Canyon Rangers from dressing room area to the stage. If distance is less than thirty (30) feet, Steve and the Steep Canyon Rangers will do a couple laps around the venue prior to show, so it doesn’t go to waste.
- Austin honky tonker Dale Watson is scheduled to release a new album, Carryin’ On, Aug. 24 with several members of the Nashville A-Team backing him, including Lloyd Green, Pete Wade, and Hargus Robbins.
- Speaking of honky tonkers, The Boston Globe’s June Wuff recommends Girl Howdy and its new release Honky Tonk Hair. (MySpace)
- Sunny Sweeney‘s brand new single, “From A Table Away,” is available for purchase. (Amazon | iTunes)
- Del McCoury and Jim “Texas Shorty” Chancellor have been chosen by the National Endowment for the Arts to receive National Heritage Fellowships for their artistic excellence and efforts to conserve America’s cultures for future generations. (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- Country California: Quotable Country – 06/27/10 Edition
- Trace Adkins‘ new release, Cowboy’s Back In Town, is due on Aug. 17.
- Little Big Town‘s The Reason Why is scheduled for an Aug. 24 release.
- The fourth release from Sugarland, titled The Incredible Machine, is due out Oct. 19.
- His audience may be smaller, but Vince Gill says his music is only getting better:
“What’s interesting in a life like this is that it has waves of popularity and not so much popularity and this is one of those waves of (unpopularity on the country music charts),” he said. “You are not being noticed as much, but maybe some of your best work is being done. You feel like it’s not like the days where you had the big run, but it’s really OK. I wish that I was still having hits and all that, but I’m trying to. I do know the records are better and the songs are better, and I take a lot of pride and comfort in that.”
- Big Kenny has a weekly gig at 12th and Porter in Nashville.
- Stream “Up On The Ridge,” “Pride,” and “Bad Angel” from Dierks Bentley‘s new album on NPR.
- Out of all the articles written about Larry Jon Wilson‘s passing, this one by his friend Don Rhodes in The Augusta Chronicle is by far the best.
- The memorial service for Larry Jon Wilson was held on Sunday.
[...] Tyler Wilson recalled asking his father what he needed as he lay sick in the hospital.
“Dr. Kevorkian,” said the singer, songwriter and storyteller, who made the Augusta area his home.
It was typical Larry Jon, always using humor to lighten things up, his son said.
- Watch new videos from Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney and Steve Miller Band, Montgomery Gentry, Rodney Atkins, Steve Azar, and Troy Olsen over at the CMT blog.
- American Songwriter is sponsoring a contest for one songwriter to join the Zac Brown Band on its Sailing Southern Ground cruise and perform his/her music.
- Vintage Books plans to reissue Loretta Lynn‘s memoir, Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter, on Sept. 21.
- In the extras from an interview with Parade magazine, Willie Nelson commented on Nashville’s bias toward people who were different:
“The executives in music were a little prejudiced and biased about someone’s appearance. They never stopped to think that maybe that long-haired hippie out there might have a little talent. There are a lot of people that hate change and want to keep things the way they’ve always been. Nashville was one of the last places to be lenient toward the hippies and the long hairs. That’s one of the things that held it back.”
And don’t miss Dotson Radar’s profile on Willie in the same publication.
- The band I See Hawks In L.A. are offering a free download of its song “Byrd From West Virginia,” which is about the recently deceased Senator Robert C. Byrd.
- The newest Kevin Welch record, A Patch of Blue Sky, earned high marks from Jim Caligiuri in The Austin Chronicle.
- Roy Rogers‘ horse Trigger is expected to fetch between $100,000 and $200,000 in an upcoming auction.
- Listen to Griffin House perform “River City Lights” with backing vocals from Alison Krauss.
- bob: Portland West was almost Boston West. From Names on the Land by George Stewart: "When more people arrived in Oregon, Amos …
- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …
- bob: Agree on King of the Road. There's another song that mentions Maine, "A Tombstone Every Mile" recorded by Dick Curless …
- Barry Mazor: I'm sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so …
- Stuart Munro: I'm not sure that there hasn't been a shift in the meaning of the term "Americana" as originally used and …
- luckyoldsun: Given that the word "Americana" is a fairly common word that has been in use for decades--generally used to describe …
- Jack Williams: Fair enough, Stuart. My own purely personal view is that the term Americana is the successor term to Alt.Country …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack's voice. It's too bad that he didn't record more of his own …