Tim Hensley Opry Audience Surprised by Kenny Chesney Visit
- Friday night’s Opry audience got a surprise when Kenny Chesney popped by to support his band member Tim Hensley, who has a new bluegrass album out. And the night before Clint Black made his own surprise appearance at Zanies Comedy Club in Nashville to rehearse for his part on Secret Talents of the Stars.
- If there’s one thing that Skip Ewing wants people to know about Skip Ewing, it’s:
I have made it my endeavor to be as good a person as I can become and that means to cultivate compassion in everything I do and that includes my writing. I enjoy and endeavor to keep that at the forefront of what we write and what we have to say because one of the things I believe is that when I have a listener care enough to listen, they should be able to trust what I have to say. It’s about hearts and not charts. Give me the opportunity to speak to people’s hearts. I can’t ask for any greater gift.
It’s about hearts and not charts. I like that. Read Jim Malec’s review of his recent duet with Reba McEntire, “Every Other Weekend.”
- Country Music Central kicked off a list of the “50 Greatest City, State, And Town Songs” with Brooks & Dunn’s “South of Santa Fe” and Elvis’ “Blue Hawaii.“
- Mesa, AZ will be the next site for Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar chain of country music-themed restaurants, which will feature an 80-foot guitar-shaped bar.
- Country Universe’s “100 Greatest Women” feature marches onward with Gretchen Wilson at No. 85.
- Geoffrey Chandler likes alt-country and he likes video games. In that spirit he’s combined the two and listed superpowers for several alt-country musicians and the setting you’d find them in during a video game like Mortal Kombat. For instance, you might find Steve Earle in the park on a beautiful sunny day in mid-April in NYC…right outside the clink and his powers would be: “Rainbows and puppies mode” where he and Allison Moorer ride in on a unicorn and make their opponent’s ears bleed telling you how much they love one another or “I just got out of jail mode” where he bludgeons opponents with a guitar covered in sharpened toothbrushes.
- Country Corner has the video premier for Josh Turner’s “Another Try,” and in other Josh Turner news, he’s been cast to play a friend of Billy Graham in a movie about the famous preacher’s younger years.
- Despite his affinity for the warmth in Josh Gracin’s voice, Jordan Stacey feels like Gracin is disconnected from most of the songs on We Weren’t Crazy with the exceptions of “Favorite State of Mind” and “Unbelievable (Ann Marie).”
- Austin American Statesman’s Dave Thomas has “The (almost) definitive chronology of Willie’s Fourth of July Picnics: From 1972 to 2008, here’s everything that was, wasn’t or might have been a true Picnic.”
- Brad Paisley and Gretchen Wilson share their thoughts on several aspects of the video-making process.
- April 22 marks the release of Hushabye Baby Lullaby Renditions of Country Music Favorites Volume 1–baby-friendly instrumental versions of songs made famous by country music singers. I guess you never can start too early.
- Test your Texas Country Artist knowledge with GAC’s Trivia Challenge.
- Kathy Mattea on her album Coal:
The idea for Coal took shape after the 2006 mining disaster in Sago, W. Va., in which a dozen miners died.
“That really affected me emotionally,” Mattea says. “When I was 9, there was another big (West Virginia) disaster where miners were killed,” the 1968 Farmington explosion that killed 78. “I think some part of me was reliving that, processing old emotions.”
- The Gobbler’s Knob is ecstatic about the new video for Kathleen Edward’s “Cheapest Key.”
- The Dixie Chicks and Toby Keith brought together by…Al Gore? They’re coming together for a commercial in an effort to prove that climate change is not a partisan issue.
- TravelTex.com has a pretty cool series of short Q&As with Texas artists about Texas. Some of them appear to be older questions, but interesting nonetheless, and you can find out what Jackson Taylor, Lee Ann Womack, Ray Benson, Drew Kennedy, and Charlie Robison’s favorite Texas albums are.
- Trent Tomlinson’s wedding woes: “There were thousands of dollars spent on flowers that didn’t make it to the church.”
- Humorous animated video with Hayes Carll going over Crystal Beach memories. The animated Carll looks a lot like Ryan Gosling.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.