The Bobby Bares Are Collaborating on Tribute To Shel Silverstein
- Bobby Bare Jr. says Shel Silverstein critiqued every song he wrote until he died and says he was his father’s best friend. In that respect, it’s only fitting that Bare Sr. and Jr. are collaborating on a tribute album to the late children’s author, artist, poet and songwriter. Scheduled for release sometime next year, the album is rumored to include guest appearances from “some of Dad’s peers (George Jones, Ray Price, Emmylou Harris) and, of course, some of Son’s cronies (My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses).”
- Chet Flippo says “Stars In Her Eyes” is one of the most sought-after songs in Hank Williams‘ catalog, but it may never be released. The song ran on an early morning radio show in 1951 as a 15-minute PSA warning about the dangers of venereal disease.
- Be sure to leave a comment over at Music Tomes by tomorrow for a chance to win a copy of Robert K. Oermann’s new book, Behind the Grand Ole Opry Curtain.
- For The Record‘s Mike Severson ponders the idea of a split country format targeting separate age demographics:
…if we can somehow make two country formats work, imagine the opportunity for new artists. It would theoretically open up the playing field to so many deserving and talented artists that aren’t getting the break they deserve. Some in radio will wonder if there are enough quality acts to wrap around Taylor Swift on a younger 18-34 Country format and I say absolutely yes! I’ve heard so many fresh new artists in Nashville that challenge anything currently on the radio including Taylor. Most have no idea the powder keg of singers and songwriters in Nashville.
- Hushabye Baby takes the music industry’s approach of targeting a younger demographic a step further by re-imagining country’s biggest hits as blanket-soft instrumental lullabies for babies. Talk about getting beat at your own game. Artists already featured in the series include Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and George Strait with Vince Gill, Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline set to join them in the near future.
- Rosanne Cash is among the artists gathering for a tribute to John Lennon in New York this Sunday.
- The 9th Annual KILT Ten Man Jam is scheduled to take place tomorrow in Houston, TX and features Roger Creager, Billy Currington, Pat Green, Jamey Johnson, Randy Owen, Randy Rogers, Darius Rucker, Jessica Simpson, Gretchen Wilson and Lee Ann Womack. (via reader email)
- Jack White and his band the Raconteurs enlisted the help of Ricky Skaggs to record a bluegrass-inspired version of their previously-released song “Old Enough.” The song, also featuring Ashley Monroe, is being released as a single today exclusively through Amazon.
- Although Taylor Swift‘s new album missed the eligibility window for the 2009 Grammys, Todd Martens believes it’s a forgone conclusion that it’ll be nominated in 2010. That leaves Sugarland and Carrie Underwood as his two safe bets for best country album nods at the upcoming awards show, but Swift
still has a prominent role in the broadcast with a coveted performance slot and co-host dutieswill co-host and perform at the prime- time nominee special.
- The Gobblers Knob reintroduces its “Down by The Ol’ Mainstream” feature for Joey+Rory‘s debut album, The Life of a Song, and says a couple of the honky tonk numbers have the same energy and spunk of some of Mary Chapin-Carpenter’s hits from the ’90s while the slower, softer tracks bring to mind the drama and strong, emotional resonance of Trisha Yearwood‘s more memorable ballads.
- Sugarland, Taylor Swift, Dierks Bentley, Glen Campbell, Lady Antebellum and The Zac Brown Band will join Keith Urban as supporting acts for his next tour, which will kick off in May.
- Popular marketing guru Seth Godin has been announced as the keynote speaker for next year’s Country Radio Seminar. (via press release)
- In 2009, the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas, and Smith Music Group will celebrate their 10th anniversary of releasing “Live at Billy Bob’s” recordings together. PopMatters‘ Preston Jones dives into the history of their partnership and success.
- Big Rock Candy Mountain kicked off its annual Christmas posts with holidays tunes from Hank Thomson, Asleep at the Wheel and Wanda Jackson.
- 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 …