Tim McGraw and Curb Return to Court; BR549 Reunites for One Show; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | July 30th, 2012

  • Bonnie Raitt will deliver the keynote address and participate in the opening artist interview at the Americana Music Conference in Nashville on 9/12. Tift Merritt, Jimbo Mathus, Paul Thorn, and John Fullbright are among the artists who will participate in panels and/or songwriter sessions.
  • Generally speaking, the new album from The Trishas, High, Wide and Handsome, is receiving tremendous critical acclaim. David Bowling from BlogCritics.org said, “The songs are country, the music is country (with fiddles playing a prominent part), but the soaring harmonies are the equal of many of the great pop groups and bands of the past. Their voices in unison can make you ache at the perfect combinations.”
  • The original BR549 lineup reunited for a gig, opening for Old Crow Medicine Show in Nashville.
  • Tim McGraw’s legal team and Curb Records were back in court last Friday: “A three-judge panel on Tennessee’s Court of Appeals on Friday closely questioned attorneys on both sides of the contract dispute between singer Tim McGraw and Curb Records, the Nashville label that discovered him nearly 20 years ago.”
  • Bill Conger interviewed Toby Keith for Songwriter Universe. An excerpt: “When we’re writing, we fight each other for words. I like to sit back and absorb life and when it comes time to write it all comes up, so that keeps me with fresh ideas that fit me really well. The toughest part of writing a song is the great idea. It’s not a matter anymore of hoping to write it -once you’ve had success and have had hits. Especially if you’re an artist, you know what the public expects, so you stay somewhere around your groove, and you know when you hear the great idea that you’re gonna nail it.”
  • New Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie McCoy recently released Lonesome Whistle: A Tribute To Hank Williams. He told Billboard all about it: “Number one, I do believe he’s the greatest country writer that has ever lived. When you consider that he only lived to be twenty-nine years old, and didn’t have a high school education, and the fact that the music he wrote fifty years ago is still as popular as it ever was — and it will be forever. Also, I was born in Oak Hill, VA, and the owners of the funeral home that took care of the body were friends of my mother. So, it’s a strange connection, but I’ve wanted to do this record for some time.”
  • Whitney Self profiled Mindy Smith and her most release for CMT.
  • Blake Shelton ticked off the turtle-lovers of the world.
  • Rita Lee, who co-founded Buddy Lee Attractions (a well-known concert promotions company) with her husband passed away at 73 in Hermitage, Tennessee.
  • It’s not too early to start those holiday gift wish lists. The Country Music Hall of Fame has made an exclusive Hatch Show Print for Studio B.
  • What instrument most epitomizes bluegrass music?
  • The duo Steel Magnolia unveiled a new Paul McCartney cover at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • A person was shot outside the Jason Aldean concert in Raleigh, North Carolina on Friday. Aldean tweeted, “There’s no excuse 4 things getting that heated in traffic leavin a show. I’m prayin 4 the fan who was injured and thanx to the Raleigh police for acting so quickly.”
  • Eagles’ singer/guitarist Joe Walsh is hopeful there will be a James Gang reunion.
  • Rick Rubin may have met his match with Crosby, Stills and Nash on the recording of their long-delayed covers project Songs We Wish We’d Written: “Nash insists the group will finish work on its long-delayed covers record, ‘Songs We Wish We’d Written.’ He blamed the slow-moving recording process on Rubin, who’s had tumultuous relationships with many of his acts. “First of all, he pissed off David Crosby. David said we wanted to do ‘Blackbird’ and another Beatles song. Rick said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song.’ Crosby said, ‘There will only be one Beatles song if we decide there will only be one Beatles song.’ You know, like, ‘Who the f–k are you to tell me?’”
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Shooter Jennings and Bucky Covington – “Drinking Side of Country”

Tori Darke – “Cut Me Loose”

LoCash Cowboys – “C.O.U.N.T.R.Y.” 

Colby Dee – “Rag Top Girl” 

Driftwood Fire — “Appalachian Hills”

Sonny and the Sunsets – “Pretend You Love Me”

Angela Martinez – “Best Fight”

Whiskey Myers – “Anna Marie”

Corey Wagar – “Take Ya Back”

Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson – “Adam and Eve” (live)

Uncle Lucius – “Pocket Full of Misery”

  1. Rick
    July 30, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I haven’t followed the link, but when I think of bluegrass the genre defining instruments that come to mind in descending order are banjo, mandolin, dobro, fiddle, guitar, and stand up bass. I did quite like it though when J.D Crowe included steel guitar in his early recordings.

    I can’t believe Bucky Covington would sink to the level of Shooter Jennings! What is this world coming to?…(lol)

    The duet of Barry Gibb and Ricky Skaggs on “When The Roses Bloom Again” (which sounded like a Civil War era song) was quite moving on last Friday night’s Opry. A couple more songs like that would have been much preferred to the BeeGees stuff. Oh well.

    That’s nice to read about the original line-up BR5-49 reunion. It would have been even nicer if Chuck Mead’s vocal chops from that early career period would have come back as well.

    Are any of these critics writing rave reviews about The Trisha’s not from Texas? Those Texans just can’t seem to be objective about artists based in the Lone Star State.

    Forget David Crosby, I’d love to see Rick Rubin, Jack White, and T-Bonehead Burnett get in a big scuffle! Hell, I’d do “pay per view” to see that! (lol)

  2. J.R. Journey
    July 30, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    “Forget David Crosby, I’d love to see Rick Rubin, Jack White, and T-Bonehead Burnett get in a big scuffle! Hell, I’d do “pay per view” to see that!

    If you’d throw Scott Borechetta and Dan Huff in there too, I’d order it.

  3. luckyoldsun
    July 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

    “Rick Rubin may have met his match with Crosby, Stills and Nash on the recording of their long-delayed covers project…”

    Well, if Rubin could work things out with Ray Stevens, I’m sure he’ll figure out how to work with David Crosby.


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