Trace Adkins Wants Him Some Real Joy; Nashville Paves Way For Patsy Cline Boulevard; ‘Ain’t No Grave’ for Johnny Cash
- Yesterday afternoon Toby Keith announced Trace Adkins as the first artist signed to Show Dog-Universal Music. All it took to lure the big man from Capitol Records, his home for 15 years, was a smile:
Adkins said he watched Keith on stage when the two toured together last year and saw something he “longed for.”
“I saw Toby Keith with this grin from ear to ear, and he would come bounding off the stage and he would be so fired up. … And it’s real. That joy I’ve seen from him is real. … I said, ‘I want me some of that.'”
- On January 29, Roy Orbison will receive a star on the Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
- And pretty soon the Music Row street Music Square East could become Patsy Cline Boulevard. Crazy.
- DC9 at Night posted a video interview with Eleven Hundred Springs.
- The sixth and final version of Johnny Cash‘s American recordings, titled Ain’t No Grave, is due out Feb. 26, which would have been Cash’s 78th birthday.
The songs on American VI are drawn from all over the musical landscape and from various eras, and include Sheryl Crow’s moving “Redemption Day,” close Cash friend Kris Kristofferson’s “For The Good Times,” “Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound” by Tom Paxton, Bob Nolan’s “Cool Water,” the hopeful “Last Night I had the Strangest Dream” by Ed McCurdy, J.H. Red Hayes and Jack Rhodes’s “Satisfied Mind,” Queen Lili’uokalani’s song of farewell, “Aloha Oe,” and the never before heard Cash original, “I Corinthians: 15:55,” written over the last three years of his life.
- Alan Jackson‘s new album Freight Train is slated for a March 30 release. He wrote or co-wrote eight of the 12 songs and as a tribute to the late Vern Gosdin, he’ll include a duet with Lee Ann Womack on “Till the End.”
- In other new release news, Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s next album, The Age of Miracles, is due out April 27 and Lifted Off the Ground, Chely Wright‘s first record since 2005, is scheduled for May 4, as is her memoir.
- Preview “Move Up” from Patty Griffin‘s upcoming gospel album, Downtown Church. (via No Depression)
- The Gobblers Knob invites you to check out Somebody’s Darling and John Arthur Martinez.
- Fill out Country’s California’s fifth Country Questionnaire. Here’s an example of the questions:
1. Poor choice to play Merle in Haggard biopic:
2. Age at which Cash Rich will come to hate his name:
3. Gloriana’s shelf life:
4. Songwriter whose name guarantees quality:
5. Not on Jimmy Wayne’s iPod:
- With help and input from country bloggers, My Kind of Country’s J.R. Journey rounded up the best country blog posts of 2009.
- Ricky Skaggs feels confident about the future of bluegrass. Country, not so much:
Bluegrass, I think, is really doing well. There’s a lot of new, young horses out there running… I’m much more hopeful for bluegrass music than I am for country music. Listening to country on the radio? Phew! Wow.
[...] I think bluegrass is the best friend country music has because it’s the only part of country music that has a semblance of tradition and roots… There are probably some Texas groups, and I know there are some groups around Nashville… they don’t care if they sell 10 records or a thousand. They’re gonna stay traditional. They’re gonna stay country. Unfortunately, the gatekeepers at radio and the gatekeepers at the labels here in Nashville close those people out because they don’t have the image that some of the girls or guys have. They don’t look as well on CMT or VH1 or GAC… It’s really sad. It never should have been about that and it didn’t used to be about that until country music went to television.
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …