TG Sheppard Hospitalized; Sam Phillips, Jerry Lee Lewis Among Memphis Music HoF Inductees; Underwood Goes Platinum

Juli Thanki | October 18th, 2012

  • T.G. Sheppard is in critical condition after being hospitalized on Sunday with a bladder infection that spread through his bloodstream.
  • Julie King of the News Guardian reviewed a recent Mary Chapin Carpenter/Shawn Colvin concert.
  • Willie Nelson was one of the guests at Jamey Johnson’s show at the Ryman last night. Here’s a video of them doing “A Way to Survive.”
  • Johnson’s 70-minute show at the Ryman last night disappointed fans who were expecting a longer set, writes Rolling Stone’s Adam Gold. Craig Shelburne reviewed the show for; here’s an excerpt: With that classic country sound ringing in the Ryman rafters, it was almost like a very special segment at the Grand Ole Opry. It helped that the knowledgeable emcee Eddie Stubbs offered insight into Cochran’s career throughout the night.
  • Glen Campbell’s daughter, Ashley, speaks with USA Today about her father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis and his farewell tour. (warning: autoplay)
  • Sam Phillips, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and BB King are among the first 25 inductees into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
  • Listen to clips from Holidays Rule, a Christmas compilation featuring Punch Brothers, Black Prairie, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Holly Golightly, and others.
  • Two teens were assaulted by a man claiming to be an undercover police officer after Brad Paisley’s Atlanta show last month; a sketch of the man has just been released, writes Alexis Stevens of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  • Brian Mansfield of USA Today talks with Taylor Swift about her new album, Red. An excerpt about “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”: the song is “a definitive portrait of how I felt when I finally stopped caring what my ex thought of me.” But Swift still had to exact vengeance on the guy who “made me feel like I wasn’t as good or as relevant as these hipster bands he listened to. So I made a song that I knew would absolutely drive him crazy when he heard it on the radio. Not only would it hopefully be played a lot, so that he’d have to hear it, but it’s the opposite of the kind of music that he was trying to make me feel inferior to.” And why would Swift want to create a single specifically designed to torment someone? “Because that’s fun.”
  • Singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs, song “Undermine” (co-written with Kacey Musgraves) was featured on last night’s episode of Nashville, is one of the Nashville-area artists who “stands to have his profile raised” by the show.
  • Randy Fox of the Nashville Scene takes a look at Leon Payne’s “Psycho,” which has been recorded by artists like Jack Kittel and Elvis Costello.
  • CMT Edge’s Lauren Cordova interviewed singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega.
  • Stream Rayna Gellert’s new record, Old Light: Songs from My Childhood and Other Gone Worlds, at Folk Alley.
  • Here’s a new video of Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys playing “Train 45.”
  • Stream Gary Clark, Jr.’s new record, Blak and Blu, on iTunes.
  • Taylor Swift taped an episode of VH1 Storytellers at Pomona College. It will premiere on November 11.
  • CMT Edge posted video of “Morning Time,” a collaboration between The Brothers Comatose and Nicki Bluhm.
  • Mindy Smith released a pink version of her newest album to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as her upcoming performance on the “Opry Goes Pink” show October 30.
  • On November 13, The Civil Wars will release a seven song EP called Unplugged: The Civil Wars. It’ll be available on iTunes in both audio and video formats.
  • Last week, Lady Antebellum premiered their concert film, Own the Night World Tour. Watch the trailer here.
  • Joe Diffie spoke with Alison Bonaguro about the Diffie-centric tune, “1994,” that’s on Jason Aldean’s new album.
  • Reba’s new sitcom, Malibu Country, will feature two songs in the pilot; Reba says she hopes the show will feature “a lot” of music in future episodes.
  • Speaking of Reba, she, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift are a few of the artists who will appear on “All Access Nashville with Katie Couric,” a special episode of 20/20 which is scheduled to air October 26 on ABC.


  1. Rick
    October 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    Hmmm, what can I say that will stir things up today?…(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s “Classic Country Opry” will feature Marty Stuart as the spotlight performer (reason enough to tune in). Other artists featured include Lynn Anderson, Jimmy Fortune, Riders In The Sky, Jim Lauderdale, the Top 40 country radio “always a bridesmaid” Katie Armiger, and NO Opry Legends! I hope this is the start of a trend! (lol) Grade: A!

    Thanks for the link to the CMT Edge segment featuring Nicki Bluhm. I’m trying to get McCabe’s Guitar shop to book a show featuring Nicki and her husband Tim and/or their “Brokedown in Bakersfield” band ensemble. Go Nicki!

    Gosh, most of the songs Trent Dabbs recorded with Ashley Monroe were utterly boring. The one song on “Nashville” I didn’t like last night was sung by the edgy “alt. country guy”, so I’m assuming that was Trent’s contribution.

    Reading about Jamey’s concert sure doesn’t make me feel any better about the cancellation of the “Railroad Revival Tour”. Darn.

  2. bll
    October 18, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Good article from Barry Mazor; I really like his interviewing style.

  3. Jon
    October 18, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    “The one song on “Nashville” I didn’t like last night was sung by the edgy “alt. country guy”, so I’m assuming that was Trent’s contribution.”


    Barry’s piece is really, really good. As usual.

    The Ralph Stanley video was done by the great photographer Michael Wilson.

  4. J.R. Journey
    October 18, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Mazor’s piece of course a great read, but in the article he’s confused Brooks’ songs “Wolves” and “Face To Face”. Or rather, incorrectly lumped them together. “Face” deals with both issues of schoolyard bullies and date rape. “Wolves” is simply a passionate plea to never forget the underdog.

  5. Barry Mazor
    October 18, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    A fair point, JR; that sentence got a little over-compressed, which is on me.

  6. Gator
    October 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    Am I the only one who thinks that Taylor saying stuff like that is making her a heck of a lot less likable? It seems almost as immature as the songs she’s released as of late, more a regression than growth

  7. Leeann Ward
    October 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Yes, those quotes did make Taylor Swift seem a little immature, but her donation to the School for the Deaf was classy, so I’ll give her a pass this month.:)

    Also, great interview with Garth Brooks, Barry.

  8. Jon
    October 19, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Went and listened to a bunch of Rayna’s album. Not much in the way of up-tempo material ;-), but it’s got a lot of really cool stuff. She’ll be on Music City Roots next week with Scott Miller.

  9. nm
    October 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    Oh well, one day the guy Taylor Swift wrote that song about will be living in a big city, but all she’ll ever be is mean.

    Or something like that. :-)

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