Trisha Yearwood Teams Up With Big Machine Records And Austin City Limits Lineup Released

Brody Vercher | May 11th, 2007

  • The Big Rock Candy Mountain Top 100 Drinking Songs is down to the top ten drinking songs of any genre. George Jones and Loretta Lynn made the cut. They’ll be moving the full list over to Barstool Mountain on Monday as they start writing about each individual song. I personally haven’t heard of more than half the songs since I don’t dabble in other genres all that much, so it’ll be interesting to learn more about each one.
  • The Austin City Limits lineup is live for your viewing pleasure. Is anyone planning on attending this year? I’ve never been, but more than a few of the acts are enticing.
  • The Tennessean reports that Music Row threw four parties to celebrate the No. 1s of three artists and six songwriters.

    Country stars Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins and songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Marv Green, Troy Verges, Rivers Rutherford, George Teren and Jamey Johnson were all honored by their performing rights organizations for their recent chart-topping successes.

  • The Houston Chronicle has an article from Associated Press writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody discussing the decline in album sales and the booming singles market. There’s quite a few opinions given from different people, but it’s a quality read for those who are interested in this kind of stuff.

    Consumers no longer need to buy an album if they want that cool jam they heard on the radio — and in growing numbers, they’re choosing 99-cent downloads over $15 CDs.

    Some worry this trend is worsening the quality of albums as a cohesive musical work, and that label executives are more and more interested in quick hits than lasting music or artists.

  • Yesterday Trisha Yearwood announced that she’s reuniting with Scott Borchetta, the man that brought her 10 No. 1s, by joining Big Machine Records.

    “We’re little dragon fighters powered by Red Bull,” Borchetta said of his company.

  • Reba Duets received a release date for September 18th and the first single, “Because of You” with Kelly Clarkson, hits radio next Tuesday. Other artists to be included on the album are: Kenny Chesney, Kelly Clarkson, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Don Henley, Faith Hill, Carole King, Rascal Flatts, LeAnn Rimes, Justin Timberlake and Trisha Yearwood.
  • Country Mike chimes in with his opinion on our article, Who Will the Opry Induct Next? He says the answer is a no brainer, it should be Josh Turner.

    Turner is an artist with serious credibility among traditional country, new country, bluegrass and gospel audiences. He has the ability and charm to become, if he wants to, the Roy Acuff or Vince Gill of his generation – An ambassador of country music, the keeper of the flame and a true gentleman. Someone who would be a great representative of the genre’s most important establishment.

    I happen to agree.

  • John Goodspeed delivers the goods about the upcoming release from Kevin Fowler.

    Fowler will pull out new tunes from an upcoming album that will feature a duet with George Jones, who covered Fowler’s redneck anthem “Beer, Bait and Ammo.”

    “I can’t believe we got him,” Fowler said. “We just called up and asked him to do it. He didn’t have the time, though.

    “After we’d already cut all 12 songs for the record, he called and said wanted to be on it. So I said if George is ready, then we want to do it … today, anytime he wants.”

    Co-written by Fowler, it’s called “Me and the Boys.”

    “It’s a drinking song, oddly enough,” Fowler said. “Imagine me doing a drinking song — or George, for that matter.”

    Lately I’ve been finding myself a little bit jealous of all the high quality shows that San Antonio has been having.

  • D.M. Edwards gave The Essential Charlie Rich a 7 out of 10 rating and closed his review with: “No matter which style he played, as Tom Waits once sang, “The radio’s spitting out Charlie Rich…He sure can sing, that son of a b**ch”.
  • Chet Flippo describes the Country Music Hall of Fame medallion ceremony as heartfelt and awe-inspiring. He also discusses the Stagecoach festival and says it’s time to tear down the genre walls.
  1. patrick
    May 11, 2007 at 8:16 am

    I’ve been to ACL Fest the last 3 years and had sworn off this year until seeing the lineup. I’m not a big fan of huge, teeming masses of humanity. And last year’s lineup was a pretty big letdown. But when the music is great, all the hassles seem to fade away. So now I’m back to being undecided.

  2. Brady Vercher
    May 11, 2007 at 8:30 am

    I listened to Jamey Johnson a few months ago and I’m sure I made a mental note at the time to remember that he was good. When I came across his name again a couple of days ago and didn’t remember anything about him, I went and listened to his album again. That guy is awesome! Somebody needs to get their act together and start promoting him.

  3. Baron Lane
    May 11, 2007 at 9:57 am

    I might have to head down for the ACL show this year.

    Amaré Stoudemire is a WHINER!!!

  4. Brody Vercher
    May 11, 2007 at 1:53 pm

    Patrick – I’ve never been, but I like enough of the people on this year’s lineup to attend. The only problem is I hate planning stuff that far in advance, you never know what’s going to come up, so I’m still undecided as well.

    Baron – Do it! And yea, he’s a titty baby. I hope the Spurs whoop up on the Suns on Saturday.

  5. Matt C
    May 11, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve really enjoyed Mike’s early articles, and I agree that Josh is the best Opry candidate among current artists, but it’s kind of ridiculous to suggest that someone with two albums of mostly filler material and 3-4 recognizable singles ought to be inducted immediately. Plus, I’m never sold on an artist after listening to them sing “He Stopped Loving Her Today” because no one can even approach the Jones recording. Turner does do mean renditions of many John Anderson cuts.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    May 12, 2007 at 6:53 am

    Charlie Rich is one of the most puzzling, yet rewarding artists to listen to. Citing Stan Kenton as his primary influence, Rich probably was the “Renaissance Man” of popular music, and all phases of his career yield nuggets of pure magic. The essential Charlie Rich is a good starting point, but that all it is. The are (or have been available) good collections from his Sun, Smash/Mercury, and Epic years (I haven’t seen a good RCA collection)

  7. Kevin
    May 12, 2007 at 7:10 pm

    That Trisha news is huge. I can’t quite get my head around it enough to blog about it yet, but wow.

  8. Ron W.
    May 13, 2007 at 2:18 am

    I dare just about anyone to listen to “Life’s Little Ups and Downs” without choking up.

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