Trisha Yearwood Teams Up With Big Machine Records And Austin City Limits Lineup Released
- 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.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.