Stream Christmas Tunes from Sunny Sweeney, Scott Lucas, Sierra Hull; LeAnn Rimes Discusses X Factor Criticism, New Single; Songs for Sandy Hook Benefit Compilation
Juli Thanki | December 21st, 2012
Sunny Sweeney’s “One More Christmas Beer” is available for $0.69 on her site.
Scott Lucas & The Married Men will stream their annual Hideout Holiday Music Hour (taped at The Hideout earlier this month) on their site starting at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Here they are playing “Christmas in a Chinese Restaurant.”
Peter Cooper asks,“How come the country music in a soap opera, sung by actors, is better than what I hear on mainstream country radio?”
Jesse and Noah are offering a download of their album, Driven Back, to anyone who signs up for their mailing list today.
No Depression posted an interview with Bobby Bare. Here’s an excerpt in which Bare discusses meeting Shel Silverstein: Harlan Howard had a big party at his house and all the great songwriters were there. I had been going around town to get all the great songwriters to write me an album that connected and made sense, but at the time they were all geared for single records because that’s what the music business was about in those days. Everybody had a song or two they thought would be a hit, but nobody had an album. I was becoming very frustrated. Then I ran into Shel at the party and told him my dilemma. That was on a Saturday night. Monday morning Shel called from Chicago and said he had me an album. I said, “Well, when can I hear it?” He said, “How bout today?” So he hopped on a plane and came to Nashville. Started singing the songs from Lullabys, Legends and Lies. I remember him sitting on the floor of my office singing “The Winner” and I had to make him quit because I was laughing so hard my head was hurting. He sang me all the songs. What he’d really done was he went to Chicago and wrote Lullabies Legends and Lies, just that song. Then he went into his list of songs and came up with songs that were either a lullabye, a legend, or a lie, and that’s how we did it. That’s how we first met.
A few social media posts offer hints as to The Civil Wars’ future: Joy Williams, one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo with John Paul White, said Thursday during a Twitter chat that she was in the studio listening to new Civil Wars songs. It’s a tantalizing clue to the future of the group, which appeared in doubt when a European tour unraveled last month due to “irreconcilable differences.” At the time, the duo said it hoped to release an album in 2013. It’s not clear if Williams was referring Thursday to music for a new album or for a documentary score they have composed with T Bone Burnett. Nate Yetton, the group’s manager and Williams’ husband, had no comment , though he has supplied a few hints of his own by posting pictures of recording sessions on his Instagram account recently. The duo announced last summer it would be working with Charlie Peacock, who produced its gold-selling debut “Barton Hollow.” The photos do not show Williams or White, but one includes violin player Odessa Rose. Rose says in an Instagram post: “Playing on the new Civil Wars record… Beautiful sounds.”
Angela Easterling is among the artists included on benefit compilation, Songs for Sandy Hook. All of the proceeds go to the Danbury Hospital, which is providing medical care and counseling for those affected by the Sandy Hook shooting.
Country singer Tate Stevens won reality show The X Factor.
LeAnn Rimes’ duet of “How Do I Live” with a young contestant on The X Factor raised a few eyebrows, as some viewers thought she looked drunk or otherwise out of it. Gossip site TMZ reports: LeAnn says she was in no way impaired, and any awkwardness was because “I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song.”
Rimes talked about her new single with Jay Leno: “I call myself pathetic in the song and I loved that word because it was the only way I knew how to describe myself,” Rimes told the host of the inspiration behind the song. “Because I was pretty pathetic.” Adding to her tell-all moment, she shared, “I actually still get embarrassed talking about it, even though I’ve written a whole album about the situation. I did go through a very public affair with Eddie, who’s now my wonderful husband. People who haven’t been in that situation, I guess, look into the darker moments of things. I think a lot of people think it’s done with complete abandonment and it wasn’t.”
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.