Trailer Choir Downgrades; Carrie Rodriguez Releases Country Duets Project; Amos Lee Tops Album Chart
- From trio to duo: Crystal Hoyt is leaving Trailer Choir to pursue other interests.
- In my haste yesterday, I forgot to mention the release of Carrie Rodriguez‘ country duet record with Ben Kyle, We Still Love Our Country. Stream the songs on her website and if you like what you hear, choose a download price between five and 15 dollars.
- Country musician Doc Williams, who Bill Anderson described as “kind of the Roy Acuff of the Wheeling show [WWVA Jamboree],” passed away Monday at the age of 96.
- Texas Music Scene posted video of The Trishas performing “Must Be Time.”
- With 40,000 copies sold, Amos Lee earned his first Billboard 200 chart topper for Mission Bell. But it also marks a record low for the top selling album, which has become a recent trend. Back to the record though, the Associated Press’ Nekesa Mumbi Moody has good things to say:
Heartache provides an endless wealth of songwriting material for most artists, and it does for Lee as well. It has given him greater depth in his songwriting, with imagery more vivid, lyrics more intricate.
“Mission Bell,” which features collaborations with Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson, is a darker turn for Lee, and shows that his artistic arc is still peaking.
- C.M Wilcox highlighted several album cuts he thinks you should check out from folks like Sunny Sweeney, Cumberland Gap Connection, and Lori McKenna over at Country California.
- If taken literally, “Cold Cold World” would be a very weather-appropriate title today. Check out Gurf Morlix‘s performance for Music Fog.
- Kenny Chesney was named Tennessean of Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.
- Ray Benson was named Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference.
- Was Rascal Flatts snubbed?
- Bloodshot Records made an 11-song Valentine’s Day sampler available for free on Amazon MP3. It includes songs from the like of Robbie Fulks, Bobby Bare Jr., Scott H. Biram, Wayne Hancock and more.
- The Tennessean‘s Dave Paulson has a good introduction to The Civil Wars.
Here’s a pretty cool performance of Springsteen’s “Racing in the Street” from Justin Townes Earle.
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