Top 12 Nashville Star Contestants Revealed
- NBC revealed the top 12 acts vying to become the next Nashville Star, and it seems they all have
somewhat of a sob storyovercome many adversities to get where they are. (via ggcolumn)
- In an open letter to her fans, Shania Twain expressed her gratitude for their words of encouragement during her rough time.
I have so much to say but I know the best way for me to speak is through my music. This is my therapy, my passion, and my love. I look forward to sharing it with all of you as I begin this new journey.
- Dwight Yoakam plays the Opry on Saturday night
- Mindy McCready likes shouting the word “ass” from stage during her shows, judging from the write-up on her CMA Music Festival appearance, and if you’re a man and you don’t like her song “Guys Do It All The Time,” you can kiss her ass.
- For Hayes Carll, stories seem to flow like the word “ass” from Mindy McCready’s mouth; The Austin Chronicle’s Doug Freeman shares a few.
- The big voiced Martina McBride comes in at No. 26 on Country Universe’s list of “100 Greatest Women.”
- Gibson posted “The Ballad of Sneaky Pete: A Guide to Country Rock’s Greatest Pedal Steel Player,” an article about Pete Kleinow who played pedal steel for Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothers and later Wilco and Uncle Tupelo. It’s mostly a few YouTube videos, but there is enough background information to pique interest. (via Lonesome Music)
- By the time Ashton Shepherd started performing seriously, she had close to 120 songs written. Nick Hilbourn relays the story of how she got started:
Shepherd got her start in a local country band that was familiar to her brother. Consequently, the band was how she met her husband.
“My brother had known my husband,” she said, and he had “overheard my husband and his brother say they needed a lead singer, and my brother said, ‘You should hear my sister sing.'”
- Big Rock Candy Mountain posted a big mix of nothin’ but venerable train songs, so choo choo on over there and check it out.
- The inaugural Porter Wagoner Memorial Artists & Anglers Memorial Fishing Tournament on June 3rd was won by Emerson Drive keyboard player Dale Wallace and fishing pro Ramey Colson. Together they caught 21.8 pounds of bass, while his bandmate, Brad Mates, came in second.
- Fox 17 News in Nashville has a great feature, “A Day in the Life of Eddie Stubbs,” the legendary Grand Ole Opry announcer and WSM DJ:
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.