The Cyrus Virus: Billy Ray Tapped To Host Nashville Star
- Billy Ray Cyrus announced he’ll be hosting the sixth-season of Nashville Star.
“This year it is all about the dream, about the music, about persistence and never giving up faith,” Billy Ray told Leno. “You know, I’ve been to the fair, and I’ve seen the bear, and I’m really excited.”
- Calvin Gilbert on the CMT blog: “At this point in the digital age, why isn’t every album ever released by a major label available either on CD or as a download? And why does it so often take a foreign record label to re-release classic music that’s sitting in a corporate vault?” I’d like to add a big, fat exclamation point.
- Twangville blogger Todd Mathis fronts the alt-country band American Gun and they recently released a new album, The Means & The Machine. Chip Frazier has a brief rundown of what the album offers and links to some samples.
- On March 28 the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy, “an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrait of a great American musical dynasty.”
“The Williams family story may seem familiar,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “However, this exhibit will take the visitor inside the family to revisit the life and impact of Hank Williams, examine the struggles and musical successes of his only son, Randall Hank Williams, and study the direct descendants, who are now striving within a new generation of artists, all measuring themselves by the example of Hank Williams.”
- SongwriterPro as a fairly old interview with Moot Davis, but if you scroll to the bottom there are a couple of pictures of his custom guitars. (via Little Dog Records blog)
- Next week more than 2,000 radio station personnel will descend upon Nashville for CRS-39, a three-day Country Radio Seminar. Attendees visit panels on topics like Hispanics and country music, texting, networking, promotion, charts and voice tracking as well as enjoy lunchtime and nightly showcases. The event benefits indie artists who aren’t able to travel from station to station because representatives of so many stations are all in one place. Check out the agenda with descriptions of each panel.
- On the subject of CRS, Trace Adkins will be making an appearance with a few of his Celebrity Apprentice cohorts. I wonder if there’s any particular reason that they’re all women — Tiffany Fallon, Nely Galàn, Marilu Henner and Omarosa Stallworth — considering most of his time on the show up to this point has been spent on the men’s team.
- PETA adopted Loretta Lynn’s “I Wanna Be Free” for a campaign to end the chaining of dogs during the winter. (via ggcolumn)
- Chet Flippo lists Taylor Swift’s debut album, Ashton Shepherd’s Sounds So Good, and Alan Jackson’s Good Time as strong contenders for the three most significant albums of the present country music era. Coincidentally, the songs on all three albums were written by the artists and are entrenched in personal experiences.
- Peter Cooper has an interesting article about Bob McDill, his smash hit “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” and McDill’s thoughts on Don Williams.
- Owen Temple posted his full album for free download on his Facebook profile. The free download will last for two weeks and requires that you add him as a friend. Better yet, he’s asking you to share his album with your friends.
All I ask is that, if you like the songs, you share them with your friends who may be interested in my new music. That means you can send them the mp3s yourself via email or, even better, recommend that they add me as a friend on Facebook so they can download the new songs too.
- Pat Grogan, Reverend Horton Heat, and Max Stalling are among the six musicians receiving stars on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame.
- According to Washington Post writer J. Freedom du Lac, Taylor Swift’s second album is halfway done and should be released sometime around December.
- Tom Russell has a song called “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” that stands opposite of Buddy Jewell’s controversial “This Ain’t Mexico.” The Pitch has a short interview with Russell where he shares his thoughts on politics and you can listen to “Who’s Gonna Build Your Wall” on his MySpace.
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …