Toby Keith is Country Music’s Highest Paid Entertainer; Stream Kenny Vaughan and Wilco Albums; Sneak Peek of New Bearfoot Record

Juli Thanki | September 21st, 2011

  • The Roys created a theme song for RFD-TV program Campfire Café; they’ll also appear on the first episode of the new season (airing September 26).
  • Or stream the upcoming Wilco album at NPR.
  • Toby Keith, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley are country music’s top three highest paid entertainers, according to Forbes.
  • Jake Schepps interviewed Bela Fleck about his Concerto for Banjo. If you can’t make it to Nashville to attend Fleck’s performances with the Nashville Symphony, have no fear: the September 22 performance will be recorded for release on DVD as well as an album.
  • Restless Heart, joined by Lee Roy Parnell, Ricky Skaggs, the Nashville Symphony, and more, are hosting a benefit show for the Nashville Rescue Mission on October 16.
  • The late John Jarrad, who penned George Strait’s “Blue Clear Sky” and others, will be remembered on Friday at the 10th Annual John Jarrad & Friends Benefit Concert in Gainesville, Georgia. The lineup includes Zac Brown Band’s John Driscoll Hopkins and Blackberry Smoke.
  • Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are taking over some of Gary LeVox’s lead vocals on Rascal Flatts’ tour to give LeVox’s voice a break.
  • Emmylou Harris, Rhonda Vincent, Vince Gill, and more appear on a super-cool project that was released today: Mark Twain: Words and Music, produced by Carl Jackson and Cindy Lovell. It was made as a benefit for the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.
  • Check out a track from Bearfoot’s upcoming album, American Story. This is part of their “Eight Days of Bearfoot” lead-up to the album release on September 27.

  1. Rick
    September 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    The teenage whirlwind from Texas named Ruby Jane played a solo acoustic gig at The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA last night to a small but appreciative audience. Ruby brought along her twelve string acoustic guitar, her fiddle, and a digital recorder/loop playback machine. On most slef-penned songs Ruby would start by playing an acoustic rhythm track on her guitar which she would record and then start looping back, then she would grab her fiddle and play some mean gypsy jazz style licks as well as some string plucking. Besides her own songs Ruby tossed in a couple of covers of a Willie Nelson song “Valentine” and a Townes Van Zandt song I wasn’t familiar with. Ruby told me she normally plays with her “rock style band” in Texas, such as at the recent ACL Music Festival, but the acoustic approach suited me just fine. I was hoping for a little western swing in the mix but Ruby is infatuated with gypsy/swing/jazz style violin licks these days and has a real gift in that realm. Ruby and her Mom have a lot of friends in LA and she comes out to pitch her music to TV and film types, but this was her first venue performance here. I really hope its not her last since she says her musical tastes and styles are always evolving, not unexpected from a 16 year old who’s been playing fiddle since age 2! (lol) Go Ruby Jane!

    Its great to see that video of Nora Jane Struthers singing with Bearfoot. The NJS factor has increased my interest in the new album at least tenfold! Now all we need is a freebie give away contest. (lol)

    Man I wish Time Warner offered RFD-TV out here in SoCal! That is the one country music related cable channel I’d probably actually watch once in awhile. Oh well…

  2. Rick
    September 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Hey everybody, don’t forget about tonight’s Music City Roots webcast that will feature Will Hoge, Yarn, Sara Hickman, Hymn For Her, Spirit Family Reunion, and Jubal’s Kin. I don’t know about the music but some of those band names have me intrigued! (lol)


  3. Rick
    September 21, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    You know this website is pretty much everything The 9513 was yet there is so little participation here! What’s going on? We all need to spread the word as I want more Texas Red Dirt music fans here to piss off on a regular basis now that I can’t mention Obamavoters! (lol)

    Ashley Monroe’s public profile sure has been raised by her participation in The Pistol Annies. An advance CD of Ashley’s “Satisfied” album just sold on FleaBay for $ 130!!!! Crikey mate, might have to find mine, dust it off, and think about doing the same thing although I expect other owners to get the same idea at that price!

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