Steve Martin’s Leaked Tour Rider; Dale Watson, Trace Adkins, Little Big Town, & Sugarland Schedule New Albums

Brody Vercher | June 29th, 2010

  1. Leeann Ward
    June 29, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Okay, Vince, so where is that new music then?:)

  2. Nicolas
    June 29, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I’m very excited for Little Big Town’s new album!

  3. Jon
    June 29, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Hmm, Kevin Welch moves from Nashville to Texas, and Smilin’ Jim decides that his music’s reached a new level. There’s a stunning surprise.

    By the way, a sharp-eyed reader of the first page’s worth of the NEA’s announcement of the National Heritage Fellowships will notice that it refers to nine winners but lists only eight artists. You have to scroll down a bit further to find that the ninth recipient – of the specially denominated Bess Lomax Hawes fellowship – is the fabulous Judy McCulloh, recently retired from the University of Illinois Press. It is impossible to overstate her contribution, and the contribution of the Music In American Life series she started and oversaw, to the study of American roots music – country, bluegrass, blues, folk and more. The IBMA gave her its Distinguished Achievement award years ago, and it’s nice to see the NEA catch up.

  4. luckyoldsun
    June 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Those “A Team” musicians backing Dale Watson on his new CD–What’s their average age?–75??

  5. Rick
    June 29, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Steve Martin’s supposed “Tour Rider” is a hoot! Are you sure Steve didn’t lift this from “Farce The Music” or “Country California”?

    “Girl Howdy” sounds like an amateurish bar band, but considering they are based in Massachusetts I give them kudos for even trying to be real honky tonkers. If June Wuff was to hear a song like “Honky Tonk Hangover” from Miss Leslie she might consider it akin to a religious experience…

    Thanks for the NPR links to the new Dierks Bentley songs! Any token interest I might have had in hearing the entire album has evaporated! Is this what one might call “Half-Assed Grass”? Hmm…

    Shouldn’t that I See Hawks in LA song be rewritten and recorded as “Dead Byrd Brain From West Virginia”? I really think US Senators should be limited to two terms to prevent political dynasties from being established, well at least for democrats anyway. Oh well…

  6. Jon
    June 29, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Shouldn’t that I See Hawks in LA song be rewritten and recorded as “Dead Byrd Brain From West Virginia”?

    In the eloquent words of Chris N.: bite me.

  7. Gary Zarda
    June 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    You might give it a week before you hammer on a dead man.

  8. Noeller
    June 29, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Love the quotes from Vinnie and Willie!! Great wisdom from true superstars.

    Pretty funny and cool that there’s a group called “Girl Howdy” :) ……Now, if only Jeff Steele was involved somehow!! :)

  9. Stormy
    June 29, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    Have we ever had any other Senators appear on the Opry?

  10. Razor X
    June 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Yes, Lamar Alexander has appeared on the Opry.

  11. Barry Mazor
    June 30, 2010 at 4:24 am

    Yeah; Alexander and, I believe, a number of Tennessee senators ovcer the years.

  12. Brocephus
    June 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    lol Girl Howdy.

    Is that Jeff Steele’s sister’s new band?

  13. Jon
    June 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    There’s a couple of recognizable names in Girl Howdy – Paula Bradley from Uncle Earl and Rose Sinclair, who’s played accordion, keyboard, etc. on a lot of regional recordings.

  14. silvio
    July 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Rick – you’re probably correct, Steve Martin would need to steal jokes from a country music blog. As for your comments on the recently deceased Senator…you definitely remind me of school on Saturday. But I congratulate you for writing eight sentences without using “Odumbo” — guess that’s progress.

  15. Not Dead Yet
    August 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Dale Watson has a great voice & a jam up band backing him up, but he needs a song writer to really get back to the flavor of old country. Lord, Please let Harland Howard come back long enough to write Dale some hit material.

  16. SwedishMattias
    August 27, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Texas Honky-Tonker Dale Watsons voice is deep, cool and warm at the same time. He can sound soft when he wants, he can sound rough when he needs it. Hes voice is all-round!
    Of course Dale can write. It could still be a good song even if its not a hit.
    Im goin to buy hes forthcoming album, ah yes!

  17. Don Rhodes
    October 28, 2010 at 6:27 am

    Hey, thanks for the nice mention and linking my LJW column. I have been thinking about him almost every week. What a great loss! At least we still have his music and videos.


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