Taylor Swift Wins Trademark Case; Kenny Chesney Debuts at No. 1; Guy Clark Tribute in the Works
- By default judgement, Taylor Swift won a trademark case last week against 16 of 24 individuals who were selling counterfeit merchandise during her tour. The original case was filed in May of 2009.
- Nashville Scene’s 2010 Best of Nashville lists are out. The writer’s picks from the music section include Elizabeth Cook, Chely Wright, Jamey Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Dailey & Vincent, and more.
BEST COUNTRY SINGER-SONGWRITER: ELIZABETH COOK
In this town, aborted major-label deals are more common than seasonal colds. But rare is the turned-out artist who comes into her own like Cook has. There are songs on Welder, her latest, that couldn’t be more high-quality, down-to-earth country. And right alongside them is some knowing, fantastically detailed straight-talk on subjects such as shady hookups, sober sex and dating bar musicians. She gives them a sly delivery with her stone-cold country soprano. It’s all her, and it’s all good. JEWLY HIGHT
- Kenny Chesney sold enough copies (183,000) of Hemingway’s Whiskey in its first week to earn his sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (and tenth on the country album chart), which puts him in second place among country acts with the most No. 1s: Garth Brooks has eight.
- On the topic of “Hemingway’s Whiskey,” Kris Kristofferson will record a version of the song for an upcoming Guy Clark tribute album. Austin Music Source notes that Ryan Bingham, Rodney Crowell, Jack Ingram, The Trishas, Terry Allen, Hayes Carll, Joe Ely, and Robert Earl Keen are all slated to make appearances as well. The album is scheduled for a Nov. 2011 release to coincide with Clark’s 70th birthday.
- The most “gangster” country lyrics of all time. (via Country Music Is Love)
- In case you missed the announcement (we did), Saving Country Music reports that Roger Alan Wade released a new album, titled Deguello Motel, on Sept. 27.
- CMT’s Chris Parton wrote an in-depth recap of Tuesday’s All for the Hall benefit concert.
- Johnny Cash‘s “Folsom Prison Blues” and Townes Van Zandt‘s “White Freightliner Blues” made Paste’s list of 10 live recordings that trump their studio counterparts. Do you know of any others?
- Trace Adkins is returning to the Middle East for his third USO tour.
- Listen to a new song from bluegrass band Hot Rize titled “Diamond Joe” and a cover of Jimmy Webb‘s “Wichita Lineman.” (via The Bluegrass Blog)
- The Country Music Association is donating a record $2.9 million to Nashville-area flood relief and music education programs. In other charitable news, the Academy of Country Music gave another $190,000 to various causes through its ACM Lifting Lives program.
- BMI honored Bobby Braddock on Tuesday with numerous Million Air certificates. He’s had nine songs played on the radio more than a million times, and two that have been played more than three million.
- Sugarland is providing a new download each week leading up to its release of The Incredible Machine on Oct. 19. The first two songs, “The Incredible Machine” (iTunes) and “Wide Open” (iTunes), are already available.
- Watch the theatrical trailer for True Grit. If you need an excuse for its inclusion here, it features Johnny Cash‘s “God’s Gonna Cut You Down,” plus Jeff Bridges is Bad Blake.
- Lady Antebellum celebrated the success of “Our Kind of Love” at the song’s No. 1 party in Nashville last night, and was surprised with a triple-platinum album for Need You Now.
- Merle Haggard‘s latest album, I Am What I Am, is $2.99 on Amazon. (via @TwangNation)
Here’s Jamey Johnson performing an empathetic version of “Can’t Cash My Checks,” one of the standout tracks from The Guitar Song, at last weekend’s Farm Aid concert. Visit the Farm Aid YouTube channel for more videos like this.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …