Two Best Cowboy Records; David Allan Coe Marries; Merle Haggard Wants to Regurgitate When He Hears ____
- Tom Russell on Marty Robbins‘ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs and Tex Ritters‘ Blood on the Saddle: “If God made two better cowboy records (to paraphrase W.S. Burroughs) he kept them to his glorious self.”
- Country California Fake News: Craig Wiseman Turns Shopping List Into Life-Affirming Anthem
- With the ever-increasing sales at outlets like iTunes, Amazon, QVC, and concert halls, Mike Severson asks if they should really be considered non-traditional.
- Bucky Covington is not what you’d call perceptive:
Who’s the coolest person you’ve met?
Billy Bob Thornton. I went to his house and hung out drinking lukewarm Coronas. This guy is the epitome of cool. We were talking movies and music, and he brings up the movie ‘Sling Blade,’ and I said, ‘Were you in ‘Sling Blade’? That was a great movie!’ And he thanked me. I asked who he was in ‘Sling Blade,’ and he said, ‘Carl.’ I said, ‘That’s the main character!’ I didn’t even know he was in it! But actually technically that’s a huge compliment to an actor, that I watched the movie, and I didn’t know it was [him]! And he wrote the dang movie as well!
Music Fog: Chatham County Line – “Crop Comes In”
- Outlaw David Allan Coe married his longtime girlfriend Kimberley Hastings on Saturday, making this his sixth marriage.
- Great American Taxi is offering a free download of “Appalachian Soul” from their debut album to raise awareness for a coal miners relief fund. Check out their website for the download and more details.
- Even Merle Haggard has songs he regrets, like “If We’re Not Back In Love by Monday:”
“I absolutely hate that song. I can’t stand to hear it,” Haggard says. “It makes me want to regurgitate.”
- In an interview with Peep’s Joe Guerra, Miranda Lambert declares “Dead Flowers” her favorite song that she’s ever written and says she was upset it never gained momentum at radio.
- Streaming concerts from NPR: Ray Wylie Hubbard on Mountain Stage and John Hiatt and Robert Earl Keen on World Cafe.
- The album recommendation of the month from Alt-512 Music Musings is James Keyes‘ Ruminations.
The first thing that strikes us is Keyes’ voice which immediately conjurs recollections of the rasp inherent to the likes of Otis Gibbs and Ryan Bingham coupled with the low wash of fellow New Englanders Slaid Cleaves and/or Rod Picott. The songs themselves fall somewhere in the Ray Wylie Hubbard and Gurf Morlix realm in terms of the sense of spiritualism and stripped down honesty. Sometimes, less is more. And that is definitely the case with Keyes’ Ruminations.
- The only currently scheduled Texas show on Dierks Bentley‘s “Up On the Ridge” bluegrass tour will take place at The Parish in Austin this Saturday. The Travelin McCourys and Hayes Carll are set to perform as well.
- CMT’s Chris Parton has good things to say about the film Provinces of Night, which stars Kris Kristofferson and Dwight Yoakam.
- Farce the Music thinks country radio needs more songs like Dierks Bentley‘s “Up On the Ridge.”
- 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 …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.