Tim McGraw and Curb Head to Court; Bob Dylan Tribute Album to Feature Kristofferson and Sugarland; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 28th, 2011

  • A new three million dollar film project called The Identical is in early development in Nashville and will look at the influence that gospel music had on Elvis Presley.
  • The Tennessean had a front page story on Tim McGraw’s legal battles with Curb Records that will be heard in the courts this week.
  • Former One Flew South singer/songwriter Eddie Bush has just released a holiday EP called Eddie & the Icicles: Holiday Harmonies.
  • Julie Roberts unveiled a new acoustic John Prine cover to fans over the weekend called “Christmas in Prison.” Roberts does extensive volunteer work with female prison inmates so the song holds special meaning.
  • Sugarland, Kris Kristofferson and Lucinda Williams will among artists contributing to a new Bob Dylan tribute album called Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International. The four CD project will be available towards the end of January.
  • Emily West released a couple new songs via SoundCloud last week and shared them with her fans via Facebook.
  • The Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame announced their inductees and they include “Snuffy” Jenkins, in the Regional Musician and Sideman category; Cindy Baucom, Promoter, Organizer and Special Contributor; Robert “Tut” Taylor, Master Musician and Tradition Bearer;  David Holt, Recording Industry; The Chuckwagon Gang, Gospel Music; Charlie Poole, Pioneer Artist; and George Hamilton IV, Nationally Known Artist from the Region. The BRHOF Dinner and Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, 2012, at the Stone Center for Performing Arts.
  • Billboard did a feature on the Aussie trio The McClymonts.
  • The JaneDear Girls will be making their television acting debut with a musical performance on Hart of Dixie tonight.
  • If you missed the terrific CMT Crossroads episode featuring Vince Gill and Sting, they have four videos on the CMT website.
  • American Idol winner Scotty McCreery had a little trouble timing his lip-syncing on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade performance.
  • Hopefully Jimmy Wayne will have a little more luck with the song tonight as he performs the national anthem before tonight’s Monday Night Football match-up between the New Orleans Saints and the New York Giants on ESPN.
  • David Nail tweeted that Arkansas head coach was classless after he refused to shake the LSU head coach in Friday’s big college football match-up. Several Arkansas fans didn’t take that too well and flooded Nail with demeaning tweets.
  • And speaking of David Nail, Country Standard Time thinks that his latest album is a good one.
  • Rascal Flatts visited the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt this last week and added to their donations, which now exceed over 2.5 million dollars.
  • Music videos from the past week:

Red Roots – “Double Wide Church”

Clay Wilson Band – “Not OK”

Joey + Rory – “If We Make It Through December”

Joey + Rory – “It’s Christmas Time”

Joey + Rory – Come Sit on Santa Claus’ Lap”

Lee Brice – “A Woman Like You”

Uncle Kracker – “My Hometown”

Kid Rock – “Care”

Honeyhoney — “Turn That Finger Around”

Lady Antebellum – “Need You Now” (Live on Dancing with the Stars)

Lady Antebellum – “Dancing Away With My Heart” (Live on Dancing with the Stars)

Katie Armiger – “Scream”

Taylor Swift & James Taylor – “Fire and Rain”

Lauren Alaina & Dierks Bentley – “Always on My Mind”

Craig Campbell – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Gina Horswood – “Ordinary Girl”

Vanessa Lea & Road Train – “Red Stiletto”

Dallas Smith – “Somebody, Somewhere”

  1. Jon
    November 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Boy, I can think of about 20 people who need to have that Peter Cooper piece stapled to their forehead…well, actually, more like 200. Awesome!

  2. luckyoldsun
    November 29, 2011 at 1:39 am

    Is anybody taking bets on McGraw vs. Curb?

    I’ve never bought a Tim McGraw album in my life and probably never will, so I have no dog in the fight.

    But Curb just strikes me as some sort of legal bully/extortionist, using the most ridiculous and transparent tricks to bind an artist to him in perpetuity.

    I’ve got to think McGraw will finally take him down.

  3. SamB
    November 29, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I remember seeing the McClymonts perform at CMA Fest in 2010 – they’re right when they say that one of their strengths!

    They thoroughly deserved that Global Country Artist award. Does the award have nominees, or is one act just announced as the winner?

  4. nm
    November 29, 2011 at 10:26 am

    It’s a wonder to me that anyone signs with Curb any more. Artist after artist leaves (or tries to, in McGraw’s case) and badmouths them to the sky. You never hear a good word about them. Yet acts do still sign up.

  5. Rick
    December 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    Gosh Emily West not only looks like Taylor Swift in that photo but she is also doing her best to sound like her too! Yikes! (lol) Its nice to hear that Emily has learned she doesn’t need to belt out songs like a Broadway performer. The new songs aren’t country, but it is top notch pop music. Come to think of it none of the songs on her advance debut album were country either. Its nice to hear what Emily can sound like apart from the Nashville Music Machine apparatus.

    I noticed the JaneDear Girls on the gazebo stage during “Hart of Dixie”. Normally the show features better pop-country music than that! Oh well…

    Nice article on The McClymonts. If the gals never get a hit on Top 40 AirHead Country Radio here in the States, the chance of any kind of financial success here is slim to none. Its nice their music sales down under will at least allow them to buy return flight tickets to Australia if and when the time comes.

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