Trisha, Martina Cancel SeaWorld Performances; Steve Earle to Host Songwriting Camp; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 16th, 2013

  • Yesterday afternoon, Ray Price’s son, Cliff, posted to Facebook that his father had passed. However, Ray’s wife, Janie, refuted that statement, posting that while her husband was faltering, he was still alive.  The Texas Music Scene with Ray Benson did a nice little video profile of Price.
  • John Mellencamp has written 85 songs to choose from for his next project and will go into the studio with T Bone Burnett in late January.
  • The Zac Brown Band released a combination music video/behind the scenes video of the making of “Let It Rain” with Dave Grohl.
  • Danielle Bradbery’s new song, “My Day,” will be featured in NBC’s 30-second and 60-second commercials for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games.
  • The Tennessean’s Peter Cooper looks at the popularity boost that The Bluebird Café has experienced since the start of ABC’s Nashville.
  • Hayden Panettiere and Taylor Swift each received Golden Globe nominations.
  • Just in case your Christmas card from Kelly Clarkson got lost in the mail…
  • The Grand Ole Opry put together a video telling the story behind Brandy Clark’s “Stripes.”
  • The Court Yard Hounds have a new holiday song called “Bom Bom Bom.” You can hear it here.
  • The great team over at My Kind of Country is reviewing Heather Myles’ entire discography this month.
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin interviewed Sarah Darling about her new EP, Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling.
  • Nashville singer-songwriter Angel Snow, the pen behind Alison Krauss and Union Station’s “Lie Awake,” has a new solo album out due in spring. American Songwriter premiered “In My Head,” a song she wrote with Darrell Scott.
  • In a very strange story, Ashley Judd seems to want custody over Wynonna’s daughter and Wynonna put a tracking device on a car belonging to Ashley.
  • New music videos and a couple of live performances from the past week or so:

The Bostocks“Hook, Line and Sinker”

Truth & Salvage Co. – “Appalachian Hilltop”

Florida Georgia Line“It’z Just What We Do”

Thomas Rhett“Get Me Some of That”

Parmalee “Day Drinkin’”

Austin Webb“Slip On By”

Noah Gunderson “Ledges”

Grace & Tony “Let You Down”

Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood and Reba McEntire “Silent Night”

Frankie Ballard “Helluva Life”

Holly Williams“The Highway”

Kenny Chesney and The Wailers “Spread the Love”

Lady Antebellum “Compass”

Lily & Madeleine“In the Bleak Midwinter”

  1. bob
    December 16, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Re Cooper’s article on the Bluebird Cafe, it is harder now to get reservations for shows since the Bluebird is more widely known because of the Nashville TV show. In the first 6 years we lived in Nashville, I think my wife and I got shut out twice. This past year, we’ve been shut out 5 times. The shows generally do sell out in 5 minutes. We feel lucky that we’ve been able to see about a dozen shows a year.

  2. Arlene
    December 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Speaking of Angel Snow, I love her version of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again” from Divided and United: The Songs of the Civil War, an album which turned out to be one of my very favorites this year; it also contains great versions of “Rebel Soldier” by Jamey Johnson; “Pretty Saro” by Ashley Monroe; “Lorena” by Del McCourey, and “Marching Through Georgis” by Old Crow Medicine Show, as well as songs sung and played by Lee Ann Womack, Ralph Stanley, Dolly Parton, and Bryan Sutton, among others.

    Angel Snow:

    Jamey Johnson:

  3. Rick
    December 16, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    On Saturday night I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Aoife O’Donovan perform a live solo acoustic show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. It was the last show on a 10 day “girl and guitar in a rental car” tour which started in Vancouver British Columbia. Aoife performed mostly songs off her new Fossils CD but mixed in some tasty covers as well, such as the Blaze Foley song “Clay Pigeons”. She shared that one thing LA has over New York City is all of the great Mexican food here in town! (lol) Go Aoife!

    Austin Webb was on the Opry recently and sang a Kris Kristofferson song and knocked it out of the ballpark! The guy does have real talent. Then he proceeded to perform his latest Top 40 AirHead Country radio single (see the video link above) and dang near lost all his credibility! (lol)

    If any one wants to see what Aussie John Williamson was talking about as to the direction of Aussie country music, just watch the Bostocks music video at the top of today’s list. From the early days of bush balladeers like Slim Dusty nowadays it’s Heart wannabees on the Aussie country music video channel. Crikey mate!

    Hey, can I compile a list of “14 amazing country songs for people who hate Salon”? I’m guessing a fair number of Hank Jr. and Charlie Daniels’ songs are going to make the list…

  4. Paul W Dennis
    December 17, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Lost some respect for Willie, Martina and Trisha for pulling out of their contractual obligations and letting down fans who had already purchased tickets. If you have a problem with Sea World, then don’t book any additional shows but at least pretend like you have some integrity and play the shows you’ve already scheduled

  5. Thomas
    December 17, 2013 at 5:46 am

    …what’s the latest on ray price – is he or is he not…?

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