Tommy Scott, Robert Earl Reed Pass Away; Keith Urban to Sell Guitars on Home Shopping Network; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 7th, 2013

  • On this week’s MediaBase country charts, Jason Aldean takes over the top spot with “Night Train” while Sara Evans and Randy Houser both enter the Top 50 with new singles.
  • Western film star and former Grand Ole Opry star Ramblin’ “Doc” Tommy Scott passed away at the age of 96.
  • Steve Azar raised $170,000 for his nonprofit organization with his 2nd Annual Delta Soul Celebrity Golf & Charity Event.
  • Adam Brand, one of Australia’s brightest country music stars, will release My Acoustic Diary on November 8. Stream the first single, “Freedom Rebels.”
  • Grand Ole Opry VP/GM Pete Fisher will be honored with the Inspiration Award at the Inspire Nashville Awards on October 22.
  • Self-described Alt Country/XXX musician Robert Earl Reed passed away this weekend at the age of 47.
  • Rural Rhythm Records will release two more albums on October 22 as part of their Heritage Collection Series: Hylo Brown’s Hylo Brown & the Timberliners (1967) and Lee Moore’s Sings Radio Favorites of Country Music, (1966). Rural Rhythm also recently announced that it has signed a long-term deal with Steve Gulley. Gulley’s next project, a gospel album, will be released in early 2014. (via press release)
  • Disney is prepping Disney Music Group Nashville for a 2014 launch. Actor Lucy Hale is one of DMG Nashville’s first artists; she’ll be releasing an album next year.
  • Neil Ferguson of The Horn interviewed Mike Devol from Greensky Bluegrass.
  • The first episode of Cassadee Pope’s new CMT series, Frame by Frame, is available for streaming.
  • Julie Andrews approves of Carrie Underwood taking on the role of Maria in The Sound of Music.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Jennifer Nettles“That Girl”

The Civil Wars“Dust to Dust”

Randy Travis“Tonight, I’m Playin’ Possum”

Tony Joe White “9 Foot Sack” 

  1. Dave D.
    October 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    I’m not sure how apt the “’90s country artist” description is for Tommy Roe; it’s akin to describing Paul McCartney as “bass player for Wings”.

  2. Rick
    October 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Are we talking about the “Sheila” and “Dizzy” Tommy Roe here? Crikey mate! (lol) (Yes Dave D., that’s for you! lol)

    I had the pleasure of seeing First Aid Kit do a full set on Santa Monica Pier yesterday as part of the “Way Over Yonder” Festival. I love the sisters voices and harmonies but most of their compositions don’t do a great deal for me apart from “Emmylou”. I’d love to hear them do a classic country/bluegrass covers album though. I also sat through half the set of Conor Oberst wondering the entire time why this guy is popular? His last name should be “Uberangst” instead.

    I also got to catch The Hot Club of Cowtown Saturday night at the Smothers Brothers Theater at Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus. The band was top flight as usual but the sound during the first half’s set was pretty pathetic. They need to get some students on the sound board that actually know what they are doing.

  3. Barry Mazor
    October 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    The same Tommy Roe. He was on WSM recently, no kidding, with Charlie Mattos I believe, talking about his more country work and also, of course, those pop hits. It could make ya Dizzy.

  4. BRUCE
    October 7, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I listened to Crow’s interview. A few thoughts on that and other ramblings:

    1. Nothing like a pop-turned country artist answering questions about the state of country music and offering opinions. God help someone like Tom Petty who uttered relevant opinions without “becoming country” to do so.
    2. Her answers were, for the most part, agreeable with me.
    3. We are constantly hearing & reading about the difficulty of female artists today. Regardless of my personal opinion on that, they are going to keep harping on that until there is some type of equal-ammendment quota for chart positions. Everything else is becoming, or already is, politically correct so why not palylists?
    4. I prefer her answer of what is a country song/music to the standard answer of “because the song tells a story” crap. Rap and rock tells some pretty poignant stories as well. At least she addressed the singer portion of it which I find refreshing.

    Other ramblings:

    1. Oh no. After reading of nasal-pop (oops – name calling) Bryan’s truck mishap, here comes another truck, boobs, and partying song about sunkin’ Friday night here ‘come the rednecks.
    2. Travis’ new video and song are excellent. Is Civil Wars still civil? Couldn’t care less about Nettles new song, nor any other previous one for that matter.
    4. Interesting read on Justin Moore.

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