Toby Keith Preparing Clothing Line, TK Steelman
- Toby Keith is launching his own clothing line, TK Steelman, on Febuary 18.
According to his publicist, “the look mixes the influences Keith brings to his own wardrobe – part rocker and part biker with a “country sexy” aesthetic punctuated by oilfield imagery in the brand’s logos and font selections.”
- Watch a video of Ray Benson and Willie Nelson explaining the origin of Willie and the Wheel.
- In the past, many researchers have believed that babies learn about music by listening to adult speech and lullabies and could tell one rhythm from another at 4 to 6 months, but new results suggest rhythm could be an innate ability, hard-wired into the human brain. (via CMT Blog)
- If you’re still looking to speed up your baby’s musical education, the recently released Hushabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Willie Nelson album and upcoming Hushabye Baby: Lullabye Renditions of Vince Gill probably wouldn’t hurt. And if you look really hard, you can find lullaby albums from Johnny Cash, Carrie Underwood and George Strait along with several compilations. (via press release)
- The 2009 lineup for Rodeo Austin has been announced. Randy Rogers Band will heat things up on March 14, followed by Jimmy Wayne, Josh Turner, Clay Walker, Kellie Pickler, Eli Young Band, Randy Travis, Jack Ingram, Craig Morgan, Kevin Fowler and a few acts from other genres thrown in for good measure.
- Jack White, Brendan Benson and Ashley Monroe talked about recording “Old Enough” in an interview with Craig Shelburne.
- Recommend an album with no throwaway tracks. I’m going with Guy Clark‘s Old No. 1.
- In an interview with Nashville City Paper‘s Ron Wynn, country music historian Rich Kienzle comments on what you can expect from the recently release Bob Wills boxed set, The Tiffany Transcriptions.
“Bob Wills had as much influence on the development of modern country music as any single bandleader,” Kienzle said. “Hank Williams (Sr.) was a Wills fan. When he was doing shows in Alabama before he came to Nashville he used to add, at times, to his band a pianist, a drummer, sometimes some horns. You can still hear the Wills influence today in so many artists. Certainly George Strait and Merle Haggard. But also in people like Tracy Byrd and Brad Paisley.”
- LeAnn Rimes has a new book, What I Cannot Change, with songwriter Darrell Brown on April 14: “It will include ‘stories from people who have experienced their own journeys of change’ along with a CD of the song and will be published by HarperStudio.”
- Nashville At Nite is planning a special episode to showcase a few of Nashville’s top undiscovered acts. If you’re a band playing in Nashville during the month of March, suggest yourself and then get all your friends, family and fans to suggest you. Three artists/bands will be selected and featured on the show.
- Marty Stuart has started taping the second season of The Marty Stuart Show for RFD-TV.
- On January 2nd, Kelleigh Bannen (MySpace) began a personal mission of playing 90 gigs in 90 days to raise awareness for addiction and recovery. The concept for the tour was inspired by her brother Grant, who she lost to substance abuse nearly a year ago. Visit her website to find out how you can help and revisit Jim Malec’s “20 Questions With Kelleigh Bannen” feature from June ’08. Kelleigh also made an appearance on Brady Vercher’s year-end list of overlooked albums.
- Silver Dollars, by Axton Kincaid (MySpace), is another 2008 album that qualifies for the “overlooked” moniker and in a recent PopMatters review, Christel Loar extolls its virtues.
Axton Kincaid switches things up several times across this album by incorporating California country-rock and Kentucky bluegrass while evoking Nashville new and old and never worrying about whether these elements are meant to mix. The band reveres tradition, not convention, and Silver Dollars shines because of it.
- A singer-songwriter by the name of Ben Kweller, who wasn’t previously country, is releasing a country album titled Changing Horses on February 3.
- Jamey Johnson played nearly every song on his album at the show at
Joe’s Bar in ChicagoThe Intersection in Michigan on Saturday night, and when he chose to cover someone else’s songs, he chose country songs (with the exception of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page”): “Angel Flying too Close to the Ground” by Willie Nelson; “Who’s Going to WearFill Their Shoes?” by George Jones; “Do You Believe me Now” by Vern Gosdin; and Merle Haggard’s “Are the Good Times Really Over for Good?” (via reader email)
- Adam Gregory‘s “Crazy Days” is the iTunes free Single of the Week. (iTunes)
- Deremy Jylan: I heard that Jim Lauderdale documentary is some super-duper great movie stuff. Makes Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ look like Wiseau's …
- Barry Mazor: I'll have to see if Dr. Green's ever read 3 Lives; it's a good book.
- Juli Thanki: Rose is a rose is a rose is a yellow rose of Texas. I smell a terrible concept album!
- Barry Mazor: Pigeons on the grass, alas.. Come-a kai-yai yippy, yippy ay.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Barry, thanks for the great sentimental look at Winchester. I will admit that he is an artist that was largely …
- Arlene: Thanks for this article, Barry. It's not often that an artist brings another performer to tears during a guitar pull. …
- Leeann: At any rate, I'll still look forward to his next album, because I'm a fan of his music.
- Leeann: Yes, if he had said that, I'd be with him, but e lumped all of country music, including the Grand …
- mrsandy: My understanding is Emmylou's concert was cancelled was because her 92-y.o. mother passed away.
- Erik North: I would have to say that, even though I agree that JTE does generalize about country music excessively, I also …