Taylor Swift Makes European Debut to Sold-Out Crowd
- Taylor Swift made her debut in London last night to a sold-out crowd and The 9513 forum member SamB was there to catch all the action.
She did most of the hits (no Tim McGraw, which was odd), and some stuff off the new album, including Change, which I loved, and Love Story, which she said will be the first single in the UK. Indeed, the implication is that the second album will be released here too.
- In an interview with Andrew Dansby, Jack Ingram reveals the contents of his iPod (every Willie song ever released‽) and says he’s five or six songs into his next album.
- Country, California has a brand new copy of Vern Gosdin‘s Super Hits compilation to give away. All you have to do for a chance to win is comment by 11:59 PM on Friday.
- The folks at NPR have another great recording from Mountain Stage, this time the performer is Elizabeth Cook and she sings “Awful Dreadful Snake,” “Mama’s Prayers,” the title track from her last album, “Sometimes It Takes Balls To Be a Woman” (apparently someone doesn’t like the word “balls” as almost every instance of the word is bleeped), and a cover of Velvet Underground’s “Sunday Morning.”
- Also from NPR are performances of “Gentle On My Mind,” “Grow Old With Me” and “Jesus” (another Velvet Underground cover) from Glen Campbell at World Cafe with host David Dye.
- Twang Nation unearthed a YouTube video of Rachel Brooke (MySpace) covering “Old Log Train” from Hank Williams that almost looks like it could have actually been shot during Hank’s day. Good stuff.
- Word has it that James ‘Slim’ Hand (MySpace) can be seen in an upcoming episode of one of my favorite TV shows, Friday Night Lights.
- In an article for CMT, Calvin Gilbert explores the musical influences of Billy Bob Thorton’s band The Boxmasters and Thorton himself reminisces on the time he got to be a Wagonmaster (a member of Porter Wagoner’s backing band) for a night with Marty Stuart and Dwight Yoakam.
- Last night’s Republican National Convention featured John Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Cowboy Troy performing the national anthem, but they’ll be relinquishing those duties to Trace Adkins for the closing night.
- Chris Willman, author of Rednecks & Bluenecks: The Politics of Country Music, wrote a great article discussing the use of Brooks & Dunn‘s “Only In America” to close Obama’s speech at the Democratic convention.
- Kelly, of The Gobblers Knob fame, believes it takes more than simply recording an album in Texas for it to become a “Texas Album.” “Honesty, simplicity, distinctive voices, and even more distinct writing,” he explains, “[are] the combination of components of what I consider to be real ‘Texas Records’.” Two semi-recent albums that he feels fit those parameters are Owen Temple‘s Two Thousand Miles and Susan Gibson‘s New Dog, Old Tricks.
- Riders In the Sky member Ranger Doug describes the band as Monty Python meets Sons of the Pioneers. (via ggcolumn)
- Brad from Galleywinter has a short recap of the Pickin’ for Preemies ’08 event that featured Charley Pride as a surprise guest.
Charley Pride was the surprise guest and he did all his hits…plus the old Clay Walker “My Name’s Joe” song. The consumate pro and entertainer…he was the one guy EVERYONE was excited to see. Highlights for me of the early sets were Bleu and Corb Lund. Corb is officially the next big thing in our scene and he’s someone people are starting to embrace more and more.
- The cover for Hal Ketchum‘s new Father Time album proves that even veteran artists are prone to catching the Bleeding Cowboys (the name of the font used) disease, yet I anxiously await its release next week.
- Check out the latest songs uploaded to Sarah Buxton‘s MySpace: “My Sweet By and By,” “There You Go” and “Just People.”
- Reviews praising Bruce Robison‘s just released album, The New World, are beginning to roll in.
- Congratulations to the winners of our Glen Campbell giveaway: Roger Wink and Jimi Jette.
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