Trace Adkins To Honor United 93 Passengers; Exclusive Miranda Lambert EP; Tribute to Silverstein
- Trace Adkins is scheduled to perform the national anthem at this year’s ceremony honoring the passengers who died on United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.
- Best Buy has an exclusive EP from Miranda Lambert today that includes “Dead Flowers” and three bonus tracks from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend that were offered by different retailers. If you don’t want to pony up the $1.99 for the EP, you can pre-order Revolution and get the EP free. (via My Kind of Country)
New releases for the week of September 8, 2009 include:
- Rosanne Cash created a tumblelog to share things, aside from music, that her family passed down to her. She even posted a pretty sweet version of “Long Black Veil” featuring Jeff Tweedy that will appear on her forthcoming album, The List.
- Meet Paul Mawhinney, the owner of the world’s largest music collection.
- Listen to “Something That I Do” from Robert Earl Keen‘s forthcoming album, The Rose Hotel.
- Roger Miller, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams all placed songs in American Songwriter’s list of top 10 drinking songs: Pt. 1, Pt. 2, Pt. 3, #1.
- ASCAP will present J.D. Souther with the Golden Note Award on October 19.
- Jerrod Niemann posted eight tracks to MySpace from his forthcoming album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury.
- In an interview with The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri, Radney Foster comments on the possibility of doing more shows with Bill Lloyd.
We’ve been writing consistently for the first time in 20 years. We’ve written about five or six new songs. We’re both on the road for a while now, but I’m sure we’ll write some more this fall and see what happens.
- Four years after Jimmy Martin‘s passing, his children are still arguing over the terms of his will despite his request that they not. And in other Jimmy Martin news, the Tom Piazza biography True Adventures with the King of Bluegrass: Jimmy Martin will be released in paperback on Sept. 18.
- Listen to the new bombastic One Flew South song “2 Drunk 2 Say Goodbye” on the group’s MySpace. (via That Nashville Sound)
- Elvis Costello and his band of Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton, Jim Lauderdale, Dennis Crouch, and Jeff Taylor played nearly three hours of all country, blues, and bluegrass last Tuesday at Bass Concert Hall in Austin.
- If you’re a fan of Hank III‘s classic country sound, ninebullets.net says you should check out Joey Allcorn.
- Country Haiku:
On the road again
Just can’t wait to get out there
My weed’s on the bus
- Download Miss Leslie‘s new single, “Turn Around,” for free on her website.
- Joe Nichols forthcoming album, Old Things New, was pushed back by four weeks to Oct. 27.
- Who is country’s sexiest man? What about its most beautiful woman?
- The Music Fog crew filmed Mac McAnally performing “Blame It On New Orleans” before his show in Falls Church, VA last week.
- Music Fog also has video of Bonnie Bishop performing “Brent Rollins,” a song based on a guy who gave her money and advice when she needed it most.
- Dixie Whiskey band member Jon Decious explained how he got Dean Dillon to sing on the band’s self-titled debut.
I’m actually a farmhand at Tenorado Ranch, which is Dean’s farm. Crazy story, if you can indulge me. The day I started working for Dean, cleaning out the barn, when I stumbled across this demo tape. I begrudgingly put it back because I know how some folks get about worktape demos. Well, ’bout 2 weeks later, curiosity killed my cat, and I took it home and listened to it. Fell in love with this tune called, “Some Days It Takes All Night”. A week later I asked if we could cut it as a duet and he said, “Hell yeah! Let’s fire it up!”. That’s the short story of how it went down.
- In light of yesterday’s holiday, Twang Nation listed ten working songs.
- Patsi Bale Cox answered questions about her new book, The Garth Factor: The Career Behind Country’s Big Boom, for The Boot.
- Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran says the new Cross Canadian Ragweed album, Happiness and All The Other Things, is the band’s best since its self-titled major label debut.
- The Del McCoury Band will release its new album, Family Circle, on Oct. 27.
- Jesse Dayton commented on his collaborations with Rob Zombie.
- In the latest batch of Country Weekly album reviews to make their way online, Chris Neal calls Twang one of the most diverse and satisfying albums of George Strait’s career
- Todd Snider, My Morning Jacket, and Kris Kristofferson are a few of the artists who pay tribute to Shel Silverstein on the new Bobby Bare-produced album Turnable, Twistable Man.
“I know he would have loved the album. Shel didn’t like modern country, new country at all. His favorite singer was Ernest Tubb, if that gives you any indication, so we kept asking ourselves if Shel would like what we were doing. I think he would.”
- Watch the new video for Dierks Bentley‘s song “I Wanna Make You Close Your Eyes.”
- Barry Mazor on the new Ralph Stanley book, Man of Constant Sorrow: The Life and Times of a Music Legend:
This late-in-life memoir is a classic— remarkably frank, detailed, revealing, and from time to time it rises to the level of plainspoken poetry. The master of old time singing and clawhammer banjo pulls no punches [...] He settles a few scores, shares his inner thoughts on matters social, political and spiritual, and tells his tale in a flowing, engaging style that’s no doubt also a credit to Virginia journalist Dean.
- Watch Reba McEntire perform four songs from her recent album on AOL Music Sessions.
- In an interview with Country Music Pride, Dan Tyminski tells Lindsay Eanet the main thing on his plate at the moment is a new record with Alison Krauss and Union Station and although he doesn’t seek out a lot of new music, Tyminski sends props to the The SteelDrivers‘ Chris Stapelton.
- Preston Jones on Too Much Living, the recent solo debut from Danny Balis:
… Living is rich with the tear-in-your-beer, late-night-drunk and heartsick-bad-decision that country music aficionados lament has all but disappeared from view in Nashville. Produced by Paul Williams and Balis at Dallas’ Tomcast Studios, Too Much Living is 11 exquisite pieces of trad-country that cut to the bone.
- A.B.: I think I understand why the eating disorder facility wants to be located there besides it being the former Cash …
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.