The Grand Ole Opry Invites Shooter Jennings To Make His Debut
- Bobby Bare talks about going back to Ohio and talking to people whose aunts and uncles he went to school with, but they’ve all died. He says it’s the sad part about the business he’s in.
“All of my friends abused themselves too terribly. But then there’s Shel. He was never heavy into drugs and drinking. He did yoga. He was the guy I figured would last forever. Chet, Waylon, you knew it was coming and had time to get ready for it. (In 1999) Shel got up in the middle of the night, and his head burst.
“That’s the one that knocked me down. It took me a long time to deal with that one.”
The Houston Chronicle also has a couple of sentences from Bobby Bare on Shel Silverstein, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Billy Joe Shaver, Tom T. Hall, and Skeeter Davis. These are the kinds of things I could read all day long.
- After a long hiatus the ladies of Search for the Last of the Hard-core Troubadours have returned with an amusing tirade about the state of country radio, and in the process end up linking to a Tim McGraw video done in the world of The Sims.
- The Songwriters Hall of Fame is no longer just a virtual entity.
- Jonathan Keefe from Slant Magazine dubs Jim Lauderdale’s recently released The Bluegrass Diaries “one of his finest albums, easily ranking among the standout releases in a very strong year for country music.” He gives Lauderdale 4/5 stars, while Alan Brown at PopMatters only had good things to say as well:
You’d really think that with such a prodigious output the occassional “grassed-up” rock classic or traditional number would be slipped in as filler but instead he brings a progressive country mind-set to the proceedings, which produces refreshing songs with a contemporary cross-over appeal. That they’re sung in his whisky-soaked, country tenor instead of trying to hit the high notes like Bill Monroe or slip in a Jimmie Rodgers-style yodel on occassion most likely goes towards keeping the eleven cuts here real.
- Trent Summar, arguably the world’s first Farm Rockstar.
- William Michael Smith writes, “Corb Lund and his crew sound like a jazz band that accidentally grazed in the loco-weed patch and tried to overcome the effects by drinking a bucket of coffee.” MySpace: Corb Lund
- After writing “Murder on Music Row” back in 1999 “Larry Cordle celebrated the release of his new album, Took Down and Put Up by having a party on — you guessed it — Music Row!”
- Robert Morast doesn’t think Willie Nelson’s Red Headed Stranger gets the respect that it deserves. (via Still is Still Moving)
- I don’t have a membership to read the full thing (because you have to pay for it), but Texas Monthly has a feature on Miranda Lambert.
- In his latest edition of “Nashville Skyline” Chet Flippo introduces a “compelling new boxed set” chock full of event songs. Titled People Take Warning! Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs 1913-1938, the album has 70 of the best songs written about true events.
- Shooter Jennings has been invited to make his Grand Ole Opry debut next week and says that he hopes it kicks off a smoother relationship than what his father had with the Opry.
“I’m really excited,” said Jennings, who will release a new album, The Wolf, on Oct. 23. “I think the biggest wall I’m up against is the traditionalists understanding that my heart is in it.”
“I’d like to put together something special for the occasion, maybe pull out a cover, an old Jimmy Dickens song or something,” he said.
From what he has to say, his new album sounds exciting as well.
- Brian T. Atkinson from Austin360 likes the new Steve Earle album, Washington Square Serenade, giving it 4 stars.
- Country Universe has a YouTube video of Sugarland covering Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” in concert. Check out the guys singing along between the 2:08 and 2:18 marks for some unintentional comedy.
- 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 …