Sturgill Simpson to Make Opry Debut Friday; Drunk History Tackles Dolly and Porter; Crash My Party Tops Billboard 200

Juli Thanki | August 22nd, 2013

  • 528,000 people bought Luke Bryan’s new album. Or maybe one eccentric billionaire bought half a million copies. Either way, it’s the biggest debut sales week for a male country artist since 2004, when Tim McGraw released Live Like You Were Dying.
  • Bryan on women in mainstream country: It’s disappointing that it’s so tough for a female artist to break. I don’t know really the demographics of why that is and what makes that so tough on women. I don’t know. I don’t know why that’s so tough. I do think it sucks, but I don’t know what I can do. I mean, it’s a weird phenomenon. What’s funny is that the majority of listeners are females, but then you’d feel like they would want to hear women too. I guess I didn’t give you at all an answer, but I just feel like I don’t know what can be done to solve it. I think historically it’s always been that way a little bit. It feels like now is the toughest time ever for women, but I would imagine it’s always been pretty damn crummy…In my opinion, the girls that make it, man, they can wake up early at 5 a.m., throw a hat on, roll into a radio station, hang with the guys. They kind of have to be able to hang with the guys but also be feminine and pretty, and it’s just a tough dynamic when you talk about that aspect. It’s nothing that—there’s probably not even any merit to what I’m saying, but it’s just stuff I’ve thought about through the years. I remember waking up, and you know, hell, I’d hop in the shower quickly. Some girls on radio tours, it will take them two hours to get all dolled up to do three songs for a radio guy. They do two hours worth of glam. I mean, It’s tough, you know? 
  • Adam Gold of Rolling Stone goes “Inside Glen Campbell’s Final Album,” interviewing producers Dave Kaplan and Dave Darling.
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, scheduled for October 4-6 in San Francisco, has begun posting medleys of the artists scheduled to perform at the festival. Give a listen and make your guesses here.
  • Sturgill Simpson will make his Opry debut Friday. (via press release)
  • Jennifer Nettles performed her new single on Good Morning America (warning: autoplay).
  • Stream Robbie Fulks’ new album, Gone Away Backward.
  • Comedy Central’s Drunk History tackled the Dolly and Porter saga. (NSFW)
  • Neko Case filmed a PSA to help save shelter animals.
  • After listening to the cowboy singer’s recording of “The Death of Mother Jones,” Peter Dreier asks, “Was Gene Autry a radical?”
  • Here’s Jason Isbell’s new video for “Traveling Alone.” (If you missed the online stream of Isbell’s Austin City Limits taping, read Jim Caligiuri’s recap of the show.)

  1. bob
    August 22, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Enjoyed the Autry article. thanks.

    RIP Big Bopper Jr.

  2. CraigR.
    August 22, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Luke Bryan should just say “I don’t know” to every question asked of him. That way he can give his foot a rest from being in his mouth.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    August 22, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Actually, Luke Bryan’s answer above was perfectly reasonable.
    It seems that the magazine that interviewed him ran a tape recorder during the interview and decided to transcribe every “Um” and “I don’t know”–just to try to make him look inarticulate. You could do that with almost any extemporaneous speaker. In the past, magazines and newspapers typically edited out conversatinal filler of that sort.

  4. Rick
    August 22, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Lilly Drumeva interview! I have, umm “shared” her excellent “Swings and Heartaches” CD with many acquaintances and they all have had a very favorable response. That album is by far my favorite CD purchase of the last year and a half or so. I’m guessing the “Fullbright Scholar” part has a bit to do with her excellent English skills! (lol)

    I think Luke Bryan’s heart is in the right place even if he has a bit of trouble clearly articulating what he means to say. I’m sure not going to toss any stones his way in that regard…

    So Bopper Jr. was born two months after his dad died in that fateful plane crash? Crikey, that’s rough. That article said he had his father’s body exhumed to verify the cause of death! Sounds like Bopper Jr. may have been watching too many of those TV murder mystery shows…

    So who really cares about Sturgill Simpson making his Opry debut Friday night (besides Trigger) when Scarlett (Clare Bowen) will be on the same show!!!!!…(lol)

  5. Leeann Ward
    August 22, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t recall ever hearing of Lilly Drumeva before, but after listening to clips of Lovin’ You, I’m in. Rick, it doesn’t seem that the album that you mention is available digitally. I’ll have to find a physical copy.

  6. Leeann Ward
    August 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Oops. I hadn’t read the interview before checking out the clips under her name and didn’t realize that I should’ve also been looking under Lilly of the West.

  7. TX Music Jim
    August 23, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Excited for Sturghill Simpson debuting on the Opry. He is the real deal and will knock ‘em dead. My favorite new artist in quite awile.
    I hope at some point The Dirty River Boys get to guest on the opry they would kill it to another newer group I’ve really come to appreciate.

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