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.
- 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.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.