The Ryman to Get a New Stage; Deana Carter Heads Back to the Studio; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 30th, 2012

  • Deana Carter launched a brand new website and gave a glimpse of her upcoming album: I have been writing SO much that it’s been hard to carve out time to get back in the studio for my own record, much less decide which songs to do! What a wonderful dilemma. So, I blocked out some time & set up shop at Hollywood Sound and voila! A record is coming soon. My favorite things about Hollywood Sound? Joel Shearer & Chris Steffen, as well as the amazing history there. It reminds me of the studio I grew in on a smaller scale. Very retro, creative, & yummy. I am hoping to finish up in early February for a late summer release. Yay!
  • Fellow American Idol alum Brooke White released her second folk-ish EP with her new duo of Jack and White.
  • Crystal Shawanda covered the late Etta James’ “I’d Rather Go Blind.”
  • Matt Stillwell has released the first single from his next Average Joe project; it’s called “Ignition.” 
  • After losing her father-in-law last week, Miranda Lambert is mourning again after the death of a longtime friend.
  • Rita Ballou uncovered a yet-to-be-released tune from Stoney LaRue.
  • Chris Young donated a bunch of music equipment to Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Longtime Peter, Paul and Mary bassist Dick Kniss (who also co-wrote John Denver’s “Sunshine on My Shoulders”) passed away at the age of 74.
  • New music videos and a couple sweet live performances from the past week or so:

Elizabeth Cook – “Rock N Roll Man”

Ty Stone – “Anywhere’s Better”

Jason Cassidy – “What If”

Kathleen Edwards – “Change the Sheets”

Emily West – “Boys in the Morning”

Kellie Pickler – “Where’s Tammy Wynette” (on The Ellen DeGeneres Show)

Canaan Smith – “We Got Us”

Wilco – “Dawned On Me”

BadHorse – “It’s All Good”

Candice and Nadinne – “Anybody Out There?”

Josh Macumber – “Tomorrow”

Kyle Park – “Leavin’ Stephenville”

Jugtown Pirates – “Love Stains”

North of Mason-Dixon – “American Boy”

Robbie Walden – “Baby Girl”

Ricky Kendall – “Ozark Country Blues”

 

 

  1. Rick
    January 30, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    So the oak boards that aren’t re-used in re-constructing the Ryman stage are likely to be sold in creative forms huh? It will be interesting to see what turns up in the Ryman’s Opry Gift Shop over the next few years.

    That Kelly Clarkson “countrified” version of “Mr. Know It All” is about as country as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Rascal Flatts. Come on over to the commercial world of AirHead Country Radio Kelly. I have to admit I like her voice a whole lot more than Carrie Underwood’s histrionics.

    It was nice to see that the particular Jack in “Jack and White” wasn’t Jack White! (lol)

    I like Crystal Shawanda’s version of that Etta James song, but the vocal acoustics weren’t very good. A different microphone (and a better room) sure might have helped.

    Gosh, the Aussie Country Music establishment seems to have fallen into a bit of a rut, well except for Shane Nicholson anyway. Nonetheless I still would like to congratulate the winners! I’ve been enjoying Adam’s and Beccy’s music for well over 10 years now and they were successful long before I ever heard of them.

  2. Barry Mazor
    January 30, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I was just at the Opry at the Ryman Saturday night, and they still have on sale those guitars made from the earlier Ryman floor. Don’t know if anybody’s ever bought them..

  3. luckyoldsun
    January 31, 2012 at 1:16 am

    “There may not be any other stages in the world that are as revered as this one…” [Ryman General Manager Sally] Williams said. “We no how important the heritage of this stage is.”

    Do me a favor and nobody go and tell ol’ Sally about the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Hungarian State Opera House, Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, or Carnegie Hall.

  4. Jon
    January 31, 2012 at 9:08 am

    …the Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, the Hungarian State Opera House, Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, or Carnegie Hall.

    There’s someone who didn’t understand what he was reading. Here’s a clue: Sally was talking about the subject of the article, which is to say, the stage. Not the venue, the stage.

  5. luckyoldsun
    January 31, 2012 at 8:56 pm

    Tank you for setting me straight.

    Oh,–Apparently, you think it goes without saying that admirers of Caruso, Lanza,Pavarotti, Callas, Sutherland, Heifetz, Oistrakh–to pick a few names–don’t have anything near the reverence for any of the stages on which those artists gave their greatest performances that country music fans have for the stage where Roy Acuff and Hank Williams played.
    (I mean, “There may not be any other stages in the world that are as revered as” the Ryman floor.)

    I don’t know how you came to that conclusion, but I’m not prepared to make such an assumption.

  6. luckyoldsun
    January 31, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    That should have been “Thank you”

  7. Jon
    February 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

    Apparently, you think it goes without saying that admirers of Caruso, Lanza,Pavarotti, Callas, Sutherland, Heifetz, Oistrakh–to pick a few names–don’t have anything near the reverence for any of the stages on which those artists gave their greatest performances…

    Apparently, you fail to grasp the difference between a stage – boards forming a floor for performance – and a venue – the hall in which a STAGE may be found. Which one of those STAGES still exists? STAGES, not venues. It took me all of 1 minute on the internet to learn that the STAGE of the main room at the venue called Carnegie Hall dates all the way back to 1986. Are you under the impression that Caruso gave a post-1986 performance there? Can you say with any certainly whatsoever that the STAGES at any of the other venues you mentioned are actually older than the STAGE at the Ryman? STAGES, not venues; they aren’t synonyms, and Sally’s comment – like the whole article in which it appeared – referred to the former (STAGES), not the latter (venues).

  8. luckyoldsun
    February 1, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    I know that the great cities of Europe have many great opera and symphony halls, some of which date back well over 100 years and are still in use. I’d venture to guess that most of them have replaced their stages over the years, but that some have not.

    Yes, I admit that I picked names of classical music venues at random without researching and ascertaining whether they had, in fact, replaced their stages in recent decades. (And the replacement of the stage at Carnegie was actually quite well publicized–especially when they found a layer of concrete under it that some claimed was deadening the acoustics of the hall.)

    What prompted my comment was the quote from the Ryman manager that stated that “there may not be ANY” other venues in the WORLD with such a revered stage. My general sense tells me that there probably are a few. But no, I did not research it and do not know which ones they may be.

    I deeply apologize to all who were injured by this failure. [In my defense, I'll point out--and this may be totally foreign, and incomprehensible to you--that my comment was "light hearted" and intended for people who possess a "sense of humor." Maybe it's a conceit, but I think some of them may have "chuckled" when they read it.]
    Maybe

  9. Jon
    February 2, 2012 at 9:49 am

    What prompted my comment was the quote from the Ryman manager that stated that “there may not be ANY” other venues in the WORLD…

    I see you’re still confused on what distinguishes a STAGE from a VENUE; the fabulous Ms. Williams, however, is not, and did not say what you dishonestly imply. Have you no sense of decency?

  10. luckyoldsun
    February 3, 2012 at 12:20 am

    “Have you no sense of decency?”

    And here I thought I was just making a fun, throwaway quip.

    Little did I know that I’m actually Senator Joseph McCarthy reincarnate and you’re Joseph Nye Welch, heroically exposing my nefariousness to the world.

  11. Jon
    February 3, 2012 at 9:04 am

    And here I thought I was just making a fun, throwaway quip.

    Right – well, right that it was throwaway, wrong that it was fun. And yes, trying to make it appear as though your ignorance is someone else’s is dishonest, while doing it repeatedly isn’t just dishonest, but – especially when you’re too cowardly to put your name to it – also lacking in common decency.

  12. luckyoldsun
    February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I guess that as the self-appointed protector of every person and institution in the Nashville “industry” against every person from outside the industry, your utter inability to modulate–to recognize the difference between the truly hostile and the benign–keeps you in good shape and form.

  13. Jon
    February 3, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Dude, why not see if you can’t summon up the honesty to just admit that you based what was, in the first place, an utterly gratuitous and mean-spirited slap at someone on a laughably ignorant misunderstanding of what she said? You’ll probably feel better for getting it off your chest.

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