Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Among New Releases; ‘Crazy Heart’ on DVD; Brooks & Dunn Tribute Recap
New releases for the week of April 20, 2010 include:
- On top of all the new music releases the Crazy Heart DVD was released as well.
- Producer Dann Huff and publisher Darrell Franklin partnered with BMG Rights Management to form BMG Rights Management Nashville, a full-service publishing company.
- Gloriana‘s Tom Gossin took to Twitter to vent his frustration over not winning the new artist category:
We need to keep country music progressing, not regressing. You can only say stuff about farms and tractors so many times before its lame.
We are artist trying to make art. If we were to just copy something someone already said, would that be art? We want to say something new!
- Alan Jackson received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last week and celebrated with a small-scale, 21-song set for several dozen fans.
- The New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica parallels the career arches of Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard and describes both new records as “carefully calibrated responses to years of style dilution.” Of the two, he cites Willie’s project as being more successful.
- Chris Talbott recapped last night’s “ACM Presents: Brooks & Dunn — The Last Rodeo” concert at the MGM Grand, which included performances from Faith Hill, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and more.
[Taylor] Swift surprised Dunn with a video that showed him doing an imitation of the 20-year-old sensation’s trademark head shake.
“You had no idea how important that moment is because in 20 years that’s the first time I’ve ever seen him mess his hair up,” Brooks told Swift.
- CMT has new videos for Brad Paisley‘s “Water” and Jerrod Niemann‘s “Lover, Lover.”
- The 13.1 million viewers for this year’s ACM Awards show was down from last year’s 14.8 million.
- Kenny Chesney talked to The Boston Globe‘s Sarah Rodman about his new 3D concert film.
- There are terrific moments on Willie Nelson‘s new album Country Music, but Austin Music Source’s Michael Corcoran calls it “a record without a spiritual core.”
The problem is that Willie Nelson’s voice thinks it’s enough to belong to Willie Nelson. In concert, where Nelson (who turns 77 next week) talks his lyrics as much as he sings them these days, he’s earned such a pass. When he sings all over the beat onstage with his exaggerated nasal twang, that’s cool because, c’mon people, that’s Willie Freakin’ Nelson!
But on record, especially a high-profile one like this, “One Take” Willie’s vocal imperfections stick out.
This album took four days to record, but it sounds like it could’ve used another week.
- The new Jamie Wilson EP Dirty Blonde Hair is now available on iTunes. (via Twitter)
Speaking of Jamie Wilson, here she is in a new Music Fog video performing the Kevin Welch song “Too Old To Die Young” with her bandmates in The Trishas.
- 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 …