Stream New Willie & Dolly Duet; Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage Release EP; Peter Cooper Responds to Tom Petty’s Country Criticism

Juli Thanki | August 7th, 2013

  • Rolling Stone premiered a new Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton duet from Nelson’s forthcoming duets record. Listen to their version of “From the Moon and Back” (written for the not-so-good Parton/Queen Latifah movie Joyful Noise, it’s the song that Dolly sings while she dances with Ghost Kristofferson) here.
  • Hey, remember when Blake Shelton had singles like “Ol’ Red” and “Austin”? Deborah Evans Price takes a look at 10 Shelton Prime Hits for CMT.com.
  • Peter Cooper astutely responds to Tom Petty’s criticism of country music: I know what Petty is trying to say. He’s trying to say that much of what he hears on the country radio isn’t up to snuff with some of the geniuses who used to be on country radio. But his broad brush is making a mess of things. If I wrote that when I listen to rock radio, “I don’t really see a Chuck Berry or a Beatles or anything that fresh coming up,” I would be pilloried for my dunderheaded obviousness. Now, I’m not calling Petty a dunderhead – in part because the best bridge in rock history might be the one he wrote for “Refugee” – but judging country music by what’s played on terrestrial commercial country radio is like proclaiming, “I don’t like rock because of Nickelback,” or “I don’t like Tom Petty’s music because I don’t like One Direction.”…Defining country music by whatever’s playing on the radio at the moment is both maddening and ridiculous. 
  • Listen to “Never the Bride” from Linda Thompson’s first album in six years, Won’t Be Long Now (out October 15).
  • The August Blue Ridge Outdoors free Trail Mix includes songs from Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, The Greencards, and lots more.
  • Chris Thile was on PBS NewsHour talking about his new record of Bach sonatas and partitas and playing a selection from the album.
  • Court Yard Hounds played a few from Amelita for The 615.
  1. Rick
    August 7, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    That “Jimmy Jam” last night was a fantastic show! I hate to admit it but “Jon Weisberger and Friends” were one of the stand-outs due to the inclusion of Sierra Hull! That’s cheating Jon!(lol) After 3 hours I was getting a bit burned out, so when noodle-grass pioneer Sam Bush came on I was finally able to shut down my computer! Thanks Sam! (lol)

    It’s another Opry Vs. Muisc City Roots Showdown tonight!
    MCR will be featuring The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The Cleverlys, Trace Bundy, Ernie Hendrickson, and Sarah Potenza and the Tall Boys.
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/shows
    The Opry will be featuring Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury (both Jimmy Jam participants last night), Larry Gatlin, Keith Anderson, Chris Janson, Jana Kramer, and Opry Legends. Grade: B+
    I will definitely be tuning to the Opry for Rhonda and Del!

  2. bruce
    August 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

    I recently posted a comment about LeAnn Rimes and her tabloid continuous future and how the next piece of news would yet again be tabloid-related. Just read where her and her hubby will now have their own VH1 show. I guess this is one way to stay relevant. Let the tabloids roll.

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