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.
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.