Tune In To GAC and Celebrate Opry Month
- Another day, another Ashton Shepherd story. Music Remedy received a unique preview of her debut album:
Blink and you might miss tiny Leroy, Alabama, but if your ears are open, you just might hear it. The pure, clear, country voice of Ashton Shepherd lilts through the evening air in Leroy from a place called The Pickin’ Shed. It’s a cabin behind her house situated on seven acres of cropland. After the day’s chores are over, she and her husband and her brother-in-law break out their guitars and fill the Shed with songs. And what songs they are. Ashton Shepherd writes in a style that is as refreshing and direct as her personality.
The article also features a track-by-track description of the album in Ashton’s own words.
- After completing a 5K race sans iPod, Country Mike wants some suggestions for country songs to add to his playlist for when he takes a run. Finding good running songs has been something I’ve struggled with as well and I can tell you from personal experience that “Cold, Cold Heart” doesn’t exactly get the adrenaline flowing. If you’re racing against your own time then I’d suggest “Try and Try Again” from Billy Joe Shaver. Good Stuff.
- Speaking of running, Joe Dee Messina completed the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 5:45:48.
- Last week one of my friends had his first baby. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about these Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash onesies until today. I guess there’s always time to get him the retro Cash toddler shirt. (via the ever-delightful Still is Still Moving)
- On October 23rd Tracy Lawrence will release his first Christmas album. Mixing country, jazz, and classic pop elements the album will contain some classics along with three new songs. Fans of Christmas music will certainly have a large selection of albums to choose from this year.
- October is Opry Month.
Some of country music’s most popular artists and biggest fans will be part of the excitement as the Grand Ole Opry presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store celebrates “Opry Month” with star-studded shows and special events throughout October plus four consecutive October weekends of first-run versions of “Opry Live” on GAC: Great American Country.
- Trick Pony can’t seem to hold down a lead singer as Heidi Newfield’s replacement, Aubrey Collins, announced she’s leaving to pursue her own solo career as well.
- LeAnn Rimes “breaks down three pivotal moments in her musical growth.” She starts off with her album Twisted Angel–her pop record, then moving onto her reintroduction into country with This Woman, and ending with the album Family where she says she thinks she has finally found where she fits.
- CMT’s 20 Questions with Merle Haggard is worthy of a few chuckles and another one of those “refreshingly candid” and mostly original interviews that I like so much.
In the song “Pancho and Lefty,” what is your interpretation of the lyric “the dirt that Pancho bit down south ended up in Lefty’s mouth”?
You know, I don’t really know what that meant. A lot of that song I don’t know what it meant. It sounded like the overall message was that Pancho Villa and the federale Lefty were actually friends and the truth about the matter was never known. That’s the basic message I think.
- Ryan Bingham’s Mescalito gets the coveted five mud-flap ladies treatment from Twang Nation.
West Texas Native Ryan Bingham is a little slice of Texas, real Texas, for this Lone-Star-expat-in-New-York-City’s ears. The searing asphalt on an empty highway stretching ahead, throat-parching dust, Mexico at the margins, it’s all there if you close your eyes and listen.
Another interesting note, you can purchase the album on iTunes for $7.99 and it comes with an added alternate version of “Bread & Water”.
- Jack Williams: Fair enough, Stuart. My own purely personal view is that the term Americana is the successor term to Alt.Country …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack's voice. It's too bad that he didn't record more of his own …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, Juli, I agree! "King of the Road" is superior to "Portland, Maine." I also like Waylon Jennings' "Mental Revenge", …
- Paul W Dennis: I finally picked up a copy of Jack Clement's last album and while I enjoyed it, it felt as if …
- dottie: It was great & you all look wonderful. oxoxox Grandma
- Stuart Munro: I think this just moves the location of the discussion, Jack. If I named a bunch of rock artists who …
- Leeann Ward: Um, that's too much geekery for me to follow, Sam! My husband would understand you though.:)
- Jack Williams: Alabama Shakes won the AMA Emerging artist award couple of years ago. Also, classic soul influenced artists like Bettye Lavette, …
- Applejack: It certainly seems to me like the inclusion of St. Paul and the Broken Bones stretches the limits of how …
- Stuart Munro: Yes, that's the issue: is the tent so big as to have no boundaries? What *isn't* Americana? Is jazz? Is …