Townes Van Zandt Shoebox Poems Set to Music; Rascal Flatts’ Future In Jeopardy … On ‘CSI’
- When Townes Van Zandt died in 1997 he left a shoebox of his poems to David Broza, who he had only performed with once before. Those poems set to music will be released Feb. 23 on a new, 12-track CD titled Night Dawn.
Israeli balladeer Broza had to wonder, ‘Why me?’
So did Van Zandt’s widow Jeanene, who asked Broza to not take the poems, but to let her present them to Townes’ fans like Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Lyle Lovett and others. Broza honored that request, but eight years later and nothing happening with Jeanene’s project, asked for them back. Thus started a four year process of writing music for 10 of the poems. One song on the album is a Broza instrumental tribute to Townes called “Too Old To Die Young,” while the other is a cover of a demo of the last song Van Zandt wrote.
- On the cusp of realizing fame, Love and Theft has found that temptations are stronger, but holding each accountable keeps the group grounded.
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- Watch the new video for Chris Young‘s song “The Man I Want to Be.”
- Kix Brooks talks about compromise:
“We definitely have to go back and forth with songs,” Brooks says. “That’s always a challenge where you’re having to compromise. There have always been hurt feelings. There have always been opinions.”
At a meeting about songs earlier this year, Dunn decided he no longer wanted to make those compromises.
“We both knew this was probably it,” Brooks says. “He called back the next day and said, ‘I don’t want to do this anymore.’ And I was in agreement. I really was. I was willing that day to try and work it out, but when he said, ‘This is it, I really think it is,’ I said, ‘I think it is, too.’
- For his new video, Gary Allan chose to release live footage of himself and his band performing “Today.”
- Galleywinter reviewed Doug Moreland‘s latest, Barnstormer.
This album, as with the past couple efforts from Doug, features a strong Bob Wills influence and is perfect for any Texas Music fan who enjoys a little traditional country and western in their mix. One notable difference from most music you hear these days is that there is a prominent steel guitar in the mix. Combined with Moreland’s own fiddle playing, this is what your grandad’s country would sound like if it was made today.
- The Garth Brooks six-CD box set The Limited Series is on sale for $9.72 and the five-disc music DVD set The Entertainer is $5.00. (via Chet Flippo)
- What would you get if you took Music City’s traditional sound and work ethic, added a bit of legacy and a handful of talented sidemen, and subtracted Music Row? Nashville Scene‘s D. Patrick Rodgers says you’d have Chelsea Crowell’s eponymous debut.
- Country California fake news: A new Vince Gill Backing Vocals iPhone app “allows users to sing any words they’d like and have Gill’s angelic harmonies added in real time through a sophisticated vowel recognition and repetition algorithm.”
- In non-fake country news, Rascal Flatts has signed on to appear in an episode of CSI next year:
In “Unshockable,” which exec producer Carol Mendelsohn points out is “a riff off [the group's] hit album, tour and song… [they'll] be playing themselves. One of the guys — and tear out my fingernails, but I won’t say who — will become the victim of a crime. The other two ‘Rascals’ will be suspects… thus, jeopardizing the future of the band.”
- The Gobblers Knob is excited about Joe Pug‘s new record, Messenger, due out in February.
- The Austin American-Stateman‘s Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Rosanne Cash:
You’ve said you regret not asking your father to expand the list. What do you suspect he would’ve added from 1973 until his death in 2003?
Yeah. I’ve thought a lot about that. The one that came to mind first was the George Jones song “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” But, you know, he probably would’ve put some Springsteen and maybe a little Neil Young or another Dylan song. I wish to God that I had asked him.
- Paste‘s Cristina Martin recommends Whiskey Gentry to fans of Allison Moorer, The Avett Brothers, and Old Crow Medicine Show. The band leans towards rock, but credits traditional country and bluegrass as it’s foundation. (MySpace)
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- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …