Teddy Thompson Takes On George Jones

Brody Vercher | July 19th, 2007

  • On Saturday, the Country Music Hall of Fame will have a program with Fred Foster titled “Mr. Record Man: A Conversation with Fred Foster,” to celebrate RCA Studio B. The Tennessean has a primer for the program and a story of Foster signing Kris Kristofferson:

    “I asked him to sing me four songs,” Foster said. “By the second one, I thought, ‘My God, I must be hallucinating. There’s no way anyone can write songs like this.’ After the fourth song, I said, ‘I’ll agree to this on one condition: You have to make an album for Monument.’”

    Kristofferson bashfully replied that he couldn’t make an album, primarily because, as he put it, “I sing like a frog.” Foster’s response: “Yeah, but a frog that can communicate.”

  • During Roger Creager’s sixth annual Party South of the Border in Playa del Carmen, Mexico he ran into a lot of of Europeans. Creager said “They all wanted to know if I knew Dale Watson and Joe Ely–not Kenny Chesney. I was pretty proud they didn’t ask about the Top 40 country guys.”
  • Brad Paisley is holding a contest for fans to create their own video set to the music of his newest single, “Online”. Five runner-ups will receive an autographed copy of 5th Gear and one lucky winner will be flown to one of the dates on Paisley’s tour to air their video in front of the audience.
  • Billy Joe Shaver still isn’t allowed to talk about the shooting incident that occurred back in April, but he does give this quote to NOW Magazine:

    “I wish I could talk about it, but I can’t,” says Shaver from his Waco home. “It was a do-or-die deal, or else I wouldn’t have done it. I’m just lucky to still be around — and he is, too.”

    The remainder of the article discusses Shaver’s upcoming gospel album, Everybody’s Brother, and a duet that Shaver sang with Johnny Cash. Listen to the audio at the end of the article, Billy Joe tells his own Kris Kristofferson/Fred Foster story. (via Take Country Back)

  • Check out NPR‘s audio review of Teddy Thompson’s country album Upfront & Down Low. Thompson sings a “collection of classic tunes and lesser-known gems from country greats” as well as one original. After listening to the samples I think Ken Tucker hit the nail on the head with his description–”Thompson infuses his music with an extraordinary soulfulness.”
  • Nashville Scene says Kim Richey “had trouble satisfying country radio’s demands for ‘up-tempo positive’ songs,” and she admits that’s because she likes up-tempo negative songs. Overall, the article gives you a better sense of who Kim Richey is if you’ve never heard her name before.
  • Pat Green takes his job opening for Kenny Chesney very seriously. Green never struck me as the serious kind of guy, but I hope he’s getting the type of exposure he deserves.
  • And, we’ve got two more reviews for the new Jason Isbell album, one from The Austin Chronicle and the other from HickoryWind.org. Both praise his efforts.

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