The Statler Brothers and Tom T. Hall Enshrined In Hall of Fame
- The first song ever recorded by The Statler Brothers was a tune by the name of “The Ballad of Billy Christian,” written by Tom T. Hall. In that regard, it was only fitting that both were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the Ford Theater on Sunday night.
- Last week Rick drew our attention to the recently released album from The Wrights titled In the Summertime, an acoustic covers collection of their favorite folk, blues, country and rock songs that they recorded in their basement. Judging from the soundbites on their website, it’s going to be a doozie. (MySpace)
- Country Weekly’s Chris Neal says Jeremy McCombs debut album, My Side of Town, is one of the year’s most encouraging. (MySpace)
- Randy Lewis has an introduction to the family-band Jypsi. (MySpace)
…a brash young family bluegrass band with a punk-ish edge that’s shaking up the country music status quo. Sisters Lillie Mae, Amber-Dawn and Scarlett Rische and their brother, Frank, create a first impression as Dixie Chicks after a rampage through Hollywood’s thrift stores, their latter-day-hippie brother along for the ride. They both embrace and flaunt country convention with a sound strongly rooted in old-time bluegrass, country, gospel and folk music, something they learned from their staunchly religious parents while nomadically traveling through the South, stopping only long enough to play gigs in RV parks and wherever else they could earn a few dollars.
- Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert introduces her new dog, Hank.
- Joe Diffie plans to record his show at Billy Bob’s on August 8th and release it as a “Live at Billy Bob’s” album in early 2009.
- Country Universe is one spot away from naming the greatest woman in country music, but until that happens, read about CU’s No. 2 woman, Loretta Lynn.
She came from the humblest of beginnings, the daughter of a Kentucky coal miner who married when she was only thirteen years old. Before she turned eighteen, she was a mother of four. But she would emerge from her simple background to become one of the most successful and significant female artists in the history of recorded music, pushing the conventional lyrical boundaries of country music with her sharply written songs.
- In the doom and gloom world of the music industry Taylor Swift is a beacon of hope, illustrating the new benchmark of success, according to Tennessean staff writer Ryan Underwood.
- Here’s a few new tunes that were uploaded to MySpace over the weekend: Ashley Monroe – “Dear Time” (MySpace), Danielle Peck – “Sucks To Be You” (MySpace), and Kacey Musgraves – “His Long Gone (MySpace).
- Former members of Waylon Jennings‘ band have come together again to form a tribute band, Waymore’s Outlaws, with singer-songwriter Tommy Townsend singing lead.
- Taking a cue from Entertainment Weekly’s “22 Rock Heroes You Just Don’t Get” feature, Country Universe opens up the discussion for country legends that you just don’t get, naming Charley Pride as their pick.
- Vanguard Records was concerned that Chely Wright was writing too many “depressing” songs for her upcoming album, Notes to the Coroner, so label executives asked her to record “something positive and hopeful.” Here’s Chely’s reply, “Something Positive and Hopeful:”
- 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 …