Sugarland Returns to Indiana; Chris Isaak on NPR; Toby Keith to Get Glee Treatment

Juli Thanki | October 28th, 2011

  • Sugarland returns to Indiana tonight. The show will benefit the Indiana State Fair Rescue Fund in honor of those injured or killed during the August stage collapse.
  • Chet Flippo’s newest Nashville Skyline column is all about Johnny Cash, recent compilation Bootleg Volume III: Live Around the World, and John Carter Cash’s new book House of Cash.
  • Alt-country act Honeyhoney played some tunes for American Songwriter, including “Lost Highway.” Doug Seymour from Paste also took some photos depicting a day in the life of the duo during a recent stop in Philadelphia.
  • Chris Isaak spoke with Melissa Block of All Things Considered about his new Sun Records tribute, Beyond the Sun: “You know, I knew those versions really by heart. I said, ‘I don’t want to do an Elvis impression. I don’t want to do a Carl Perkins impression on these things, so let’s just learn the songs really well and then let’s forget ‘em.’ And that’s what we did.” 
  • Here’s a story about how Keith Whitley’s guitar ended up in Chris Young’s hands.
  • Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice recently headlined a benefit concert for the Henry County Elementary Schools in Virginia.
  • The Washington Post published a feature on American Primitive guitarist Glenn Jones, who also co-produced a recent box set of John Fahey’s music.
  1. Rick
    October 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    What Clear Channel needs to do is cut the program directors and let the DJs actually pick the music they play to give each show some personality. Crikey mate.

    So is Dex Romweber considered and “American Primitive” guitarist, or is he just “Primitive”? Hmm…

    The Chris Isaak Sun Label tribute album sounds somewhat intriguing. Might have to give the song samples a listen at Amazon.

    I listened to most of Della Mae’s CD Release Party show last night but will admit I lost interest pretty early on. The gals are all very talented but the songs themselves just don’t do a whole lot for me. I call it the “Uncle Earl” syndrome. On the other hand 3 Fox Drive would have blown the roof off Club Passim if they had been there instead!

    Opry Alert! Daryle Singletary single handedly redeems tonight’s lackluster Opry line up. Other featured artists include Mark Wills, Diamond Rio, and Mandy “The Mangler” Barnett. Grade C+.
    The Saurday Night Opry is much improved with Gretchen Wilson, Clint Black, The Grascals, and The Charlie Daniels Band as they celebrate Charlie’s 75th birthday. Grade A! (In spite of Lee Greenwood’s presence.)
    Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. Rick
    October 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Sunny Sweeney Update! Sunny’s latest single, appropriately titled “Drink Myself Single”, has entered the Mediabase country chart at # 47! Yay! The weekly station add numbers have been pretty erratic thus far, so hopefully Clear Channel laid off all the DJs that weren’t spinning this song! (lol) Go Sunny!

    PS – When do we get something about The Damn Quails at Engine 145? They seem to be the current “buzz band” in and around Texas Red Dirt scene music circles. Personally I kinda like their sound, which means it thankfully has no residual traces of actual Red Dirt music in it! Whew…

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