Wear Black For Johnny Cash; Fan Voting Open For ACM Awards; Kristofferson Demos Scheduled For May
- Wear black today for Johnny Cash, who was born this day 78 years ago. Also up on today’s birthday list are Trailer from Farce the Music and The 9513 favorite, Rodney Hayden. Happy birthday, guys.
- Fan voting for the ACM’s new artist awards is now open.
- iTunes sold its 10 billionth song, which happened to be “Guess Things Happen That Way” by Johnny Cash. The downloader, 71-year-old retired real estate broker Louie Sulcer, received a phone call from Steve Jobs and Rosanne Cash thanking him. In addition to the phone calls, Mr. Sulcer will receive a $10,000 iTunes gift card.
- OMG, Ashley Monroe
- A new Kris Kristofferson album is scheduled for May 11, only this one isn’t full of new material. The record, Kris Kristofferson: Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends: The Publishing Demos 1968-1972, is exactly what its title suggests, a collection of demos recorded by Kristofferson early in his career. Chet Flippo has the details.
- Michael Martin Murphey may have taken his bluegrass idea as far as it can go with his second edition of Buckaroo Bluegrass, but The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri says the album remains a winning ride.
- Tom T. Hall has no resentment for the current crop of country entertainers:
“Music is an art form,” he told a passel of programmers Thursday at the Country Radio Seminar. “It should not be done the way it used to be done. If we do it the way they used to do it, that’s copying.”
Not that T. is above getting crabby.
“I do resent,” he allowed, “the fact that they’re makin’ so much money!”
- The final date of Brooks & Dunn‘s current tour will actually be a “Brooks & Dunn and friends” concert in Nashville with proceeds going to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
- CMA research found that the size of the lucrative CountryPhile and MusicPhile segments dropped from 70 percent in 2008 to 55 percent in 2009, which contributed to a 28 percent decline in total country fan spending on CDs, legal music downloads, and concerts. Tons of other results from the study are available on MusicRow.
- Alison Krauss and her manager of 23 years, Denise Stiff, decided to part ways.
- Apparently John Rich‘s house emits enough light to annoy neighbors, so a few organized people decided it was time to make a statement by shining flashlights in his windows.
- That Nashville Sounds listed 10 acts that deserve to be the next Country Music Hall of Fame inductees.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Margaret Moser tackled the Jan Reid book Texas Tornado: The Times & Music of Doug Sahm:
Quibbles aside, Texas Tornado cuts a wide swath through Doug Sahm’s myth and mythos, leaving not destruction in its wake but the deep sense of loss for arguably the most versatile musician in the state’s history.
- Listen to the song “How Did I Get So Sloppy Drunk When I Was Drinking Neat” from The Texas Sapphires latest album, As He Wanders….
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- 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 …