Tribute To Shel Silverstein Slated For June 8; Mark Chesnutt Covers Outlaws; Hooked On Sarah Petite
- On June 8, Sugar Hill will release Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein with performances by both Bobby Bares, John Prine, Kris Kirstofferson, Sarah Jarosz, Ray Price and more.
- Do yourself a favor and check out Jamie Wilson. (MySpace)
- Mark Chesnutt‘s upcoming album consists entirely of outlaw classics like “Black Rose” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down.” Country California has the full list and asks: “If Chesnutt were to record a second installment, what other outlaw classics would you hope to see included?”
- Sarah Petite has at least one of the writers at Alt-512 Music Musings hooked:
Sara Petite’s voice is classic country. The songs themselves, all written by Petite except for one co-write and a Harlan Howard cover, remind us of the best of the best stuff that Chip Taylor wrote for his collaborations with Carrie Rodriguez a few years back. But it’s more than that. The songs themselves run the gamut from bluegrass (“Bootleggers”) to singer/songwriter (“Souvenirs”, not the Prine/Goodman song) to straight country/honky-tonk (“Doghouse Rose”, “Baby Let Me In”) and even a little pop.
- If the Ryman Auditorium is country music’s church, CMT’s Chris Parton says Gruene Hall is its dinner table — “casual, accommodating and authentic.”
- Jimmy Wayne is nearing the halfway mark on his walk from Nashville to Phoenix.
- Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran on the new Alan Jackson record, Freight Train:
Twenty years after he advocated not rocking the jukebox, Jackson makes albums that sound like his others. But that’s not a bad thing, as Jackson and his producer Keith Stegall have perfected a formula to make records that sound like Bakersfield 1973 because everything else on the radio sounds like Nashville 2000. This is authentic country music by default.
- Mindy McCready is denying any involvement in the release of an alleged sex tape.
- Farce the Music highlighted the fake Twitter accounts of several country stars and let readers know which are worth a follow.
- My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope reviewed It’s All Happening from James Dupre who used YouTube to gain exposure before recording his new album in Nashville.
Shelby Lynne performing “Alibis” at SXSW. (via email)
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- 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 …