Sugarland Founders to Reunite In Court; Buck Owens Revealed; Taylor Swift Single Released Early
- Come this fall, the original Sugarland trio will have a reunion of sorts, only it’ll be in the courtroom. Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will square off against Kristen Hall in a lawsuit that the latter filed claiming that she is owed more than $1.5 million. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Bill Rankin has more details, including a timeline of the band’s formation to its dissolution.
When asked during a pre-trial deposition to describe Hall’s positive contributions to Sugarland, Nettles called her “a decent songwriter.” When asked if there was anything else she could say about Hall, Nettles replied, “She had the wherewithal and smarts to call me.”
- Miranda Lambert, songwriters Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin, and a bunch of other people celebrated the success of “The House That Built Me” at the song’s No. 1 party on Tuesday. To GAC’s Tom Roland, and many others in the music community, it seems inevitable that the song will take Song of the Year at the CMA awards.
- Big Machine Records rushed Taylor Swift‘s single “Mine” to radio and iTunes yesterday after a low-quality version leaked on the internet. “Mine” is the the first single from Swift’s upcoming album, Speak Now. (iTunes)
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on the new Colin Gilmore album Goodnight Lane, his first long-player in six years:
Previously, Gilmore attempted to distance himself from his famous father, Jimmie Dale, but this set moves closer to Texas-bred country, thus embracing his heritage and producer Lloyd Maines’ influence. It’s just the sound he’s been looking for.
- On Sept. 16, ABC will air footage filmed at this year’s CMA Music Festival in a Tim McGraw-hosted special titled CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock.
- In an article for Chapter 16, Paul McCoy interviewed Eileen Sisk, the author of the recently-released book Buck Owens: The Biography, which provides a revealing look, good and bad, at Owens’ life.
Finally, he looked at me and said, “How would you approach the book if you were to write it?” I told him I would approach it as any journalist would, that is, I would talk to people who knew him, worked with him, were married to him, and that I would explore the circumstances of Don Rich’s death.
That is when I felt his energy shift. There was a long silence. Then he couldn’t look me in the eye anymore and began shifting his gaze, all the while wearing tinted shades a la Elvis and Ringo. He hemmed and hawed and then said, “Well, Eileen, it’s like this. You’re real pretty and you’re real smart, but I just don’t trust publishers.”
- Word has it the bluegrass label Pincastle Records, which shuttered its doors in February, has been sold.
- Trace Adkins‘ GIG-VID TV provides a behind-the-scenes look into his life and personality.
- Had Vern Gosdin not passed away last year, today would have been his 76th birthday. To mark the occasion, LimeWire Music Blog’s Chuck Dauphin briefly profiled his life and career.
- Jason Aldean shipped “My Kind of Party,” the first single from his upcoming album, to radio this week. Listen to the song on his website.
- Farce the Music provided snap judgments on a bunch of recent singles.
- The recently-formed bluegrass group The Boxcars signed a deal with Crossroads/Mountain Home yesterday and will release its self-titled debut on Oct. 19 . The band consists of Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon.
- The new Joey+Rory album, Album Number Two, is scheduled for a Sept. 14 release. Listen to the title track.
- The Boot’s Pat Gallagher played 20 questions with Toby Keith and Trace Adkins.
Who’s the most underrated singer in country music?
Trace: Other than me? [laughs] Everybody’s starting to catch on now, but I think Randy Houser is one of the best singers I’ve heard in a long time.
Toby: I always thought Mickey Gilley was underrated. You hear him sing those ballads. They look at Mickey as just a honky-tonk, bar-owning, piano player and singer. He can really croon. There’s another guy that I don’t think got his props … Mel Tillis. Mel Tillis is Bing Crosby smooth, you know?
- For today’s song of the day, Texas Music Matters excavated a 1991 Alison Krauss performance of the Beatles song “I Will” from the Cactus Cafe archives.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.