Trace Adkins Wins Over Colleagues, But Loses Celebrity Apprentice
- Despite what the title of The Tennessean’s article about Celebrity Apprentice might lead you to believe, I don’t think Trump directly told Trace Adkins he was fired, but he wasn’t named the celebrity apprentice, either.
- Former NBA power forward Wayman Tisdale has an album set for release on June 3rd, but the interesting part is he’ll be teaming up with Toby Keith for a duet on a cover of Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
- In her MySpace blog Mindy McCready says she’s working on a reality show called Mending Mindy.
- The Gobblers Knob and The Fine Line will be at the Granada Theater in Dallas tonight to bring you a live video webcast of Bleu Edmondson and Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward. Festivities are set to kick off at 7pm. Pretty cool deal.
- Miranda Lambert landed at number 90 on Country Universe’s list of 100 Greatest Women of Country Music.
- Chet Flippo raises questions that are worth exploring about talent shows and whether they can truly produce the next generation of country artists.
Talent shows, contests and competitions are re-emerging as the primary path of advancement for fledgling country singers. Talent shows flourished in the early years of popular music, and fiddle contests, especially, have long been a staple of country music. State and county fairs have held country music competitions for years. Patsy Cline rose to national stardom on the early television show, Talent Scouts. The Original Amateur Hour began on radio in 1934 and moved to TV in 1948. Star Search gave a start to such country artists as Sawyer Brown.
- After 35 years of publication, Dutch country and bluegrass periodical Country Gazette has announced that next month’s issue will be their last. The publishers are retiring and have not found anybody to take over.
- And the 25 year-old Music Row magazine was acquired by SouthComm Communications, Inc., who also owns Nashville Post.
- Kenny Chesney’s private 40th birthday bash proved to be a star-studded affair.
- Big Rock Candy Mountain dubs Dick Curless as one of the “Grand Dukes of The Truck Driving Song,” and even provides some mp3s.
- The Old Settler’s Music Festival has a killer lineup that includes Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Delbert McClinton, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, and JD Crowe and The New South. The festival takes place right outside of Austin from April 17-20.
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …
- Jack Williams: Um, roots music, that is.
- Jack Williams: Well, Americana is a pretty big tent. Classic southern soul falls under my personal definition of root music.
- Stuart Munro: Is it just me...or does the idea of St. Paul and the Broken Bones being an Americana act really strain …
- Sam G.: Loki Is playing Hank Williams in a new movie, and Thor bought the rights to a book about him. I …
- Roger: Fabulous interview and fantastic new music that I will listen to over and over again.
- Applejack: It's not just you, Andrew L. I just listened to the clips on Amazon, and the autotune effect is terrible.