Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard Among New Releases; ‘Crazy Heart’ on DVD; Brooks & Dunn Tribute Recap

Brody Vercher | April 20th, 2010

  • 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.

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  1. Drew
    April 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Ouch, Gloriana needs to shut their mouths.

    And new David Ball music! Can’t wait.

  2. Stewman
    April 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    We (I) systematically destroy these tired “paint by number redneck list songs” as they are just awful on so many levels. SO im going to actually give the Gloriana dude a little credit for telling it like it is.
    On the other hand,I cant stand up for them moving country “Forward”. that’s a bit too much.

  3. Kim
    April 20, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Wow, shocked at Gloriana being so vocal about losing. Not a way to convert fans, dude. Luke’s been around longer anyway. I think he deserved it of the 3 nominees, although I would have much rather seen Chris Young win earlier in the male category.

  4. Rick
    April 20, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Tom Gossin’s comments translated into “what he really meant” terms:

    “All of these newer country artists that have a style with traditional elements have got to go! Contemporary country radio can only move forward into a purely pop-rock format if we get rid of these hicks and hayseeds! When you have bands like Gloriana and Fast Ryde on the scene there is no need for the Luke Bryan’s, Chris Young’s, and Easton Corbin’s of this world mucking up the progressive nature of the Young Country marketplace! Its time to send these rubes back to the barn and then lock the door behind them…”

    That’s quite a list of new releases! So many new albums with so few interested potential buyers…

    I’m glad Willie recorded “Willie & The Wheel” when his voice was still in as good a shape as it was then. Its just too bad it wasn’t recorded 20 years ago!

  5. Noeller
    April 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    @Rick – you’re dead on the money, buddy. That’s EXACTLY what the kid meant. It’s almost hilarious to hear this guy talking about “moving country forward”, when it sounds like you’re trying to move it BACKWARD to 90s Pop. Dude, I didn’t mind Savage Garden in 1997, but it can stay there. Don’t need you dredging it up and putting it on Country radio.

    In other news, I can’t wait to pick up Crazy Heart on Bluray – still haven’t seen it.

  6. Sam G.
    April 20, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    On one hand, I agree completely that songs about tractors and farms are played out. On the other hand… Gloriana?! One Top 20 song shouldn’t put you in the running for any kind of an award.

  7. Stormy
    April 20, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Noeller: C’mon, they just want to fly you to the moon and back. Won’t you be their baby?

    Sam: For me its not a question of songs about farms and tractors, it s question of good songs or bad songs. Sarah Storer’s Beautiful Circle album was full of songs about farms that we could use more of.

  8. Cardsgal
    April 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    Granted, my experience with Luke Bryant begins and ends with his appearance on Sunday’s HILARIOUS episode of Celebrity Apprentice but, based on that, his music is generic, stereotype-filled junk: “Rain makes corn/corn makes whiskey/whiskey makes my baby feel a little frisky.” It’s the same soulless drivel that Aldean/Shelton/fill-in-the-blank are selling, and I’m not buying.

  9. Guy
    April 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Great post, Cardsgal! “I’m not buying” either ….

  10. Guy
    April 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Farms, tractors, dirt/gravel roads, cotton dresses, screen doors, skoal rings, beer on Friday nights, church on Sundays …

    Make YOUR list of the “list” songs which dominate these days.

  11. Noeller
    April 20, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    I’m actually a pretty big Luke Bryan fan. His first album had some great stuff (“Old Tacklebox” and “We Rode In Trucks” were well done) and the new one has solid cuts as well. Gotta learn to not judge an album (or an artist, for that matter) by their radio singles. Such a narrow-minded way of doing things. I’m IN radio, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that singles do NOT define an artist. They define the listeners, sadly.

  12. Steve Harvey
    April 20, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    That’s quite a list of new releases! So many new albums with so few interested potential buyers…
    Of course. Why would country music fans be interested in new releases from Wiley Nelston or Mick Jaggard?

  13. Jon
    April 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    The David Ball album is very nice stuff – he did some of the tunes on Music City Roots a few weeks ago when I was out there. But the real news here is Things That Fly! ;-)

  14. Steve Harvey
    April 20, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Wait – Willie Nelson’s new album came out on 4/20? Is that a gag?

  15. Guy
    April 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Steve – what is significant about 4/20 and Willie Nelson? Fill me in … I’m not “in the know” about this.

  16. Noeller
    April 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

    It’s a pot thing. Reeeeeeeeeally lame.

  17. Brian
    April 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    You gotta love any comment that is basically, “I only know one song by this artist but based on that they stink.”

    And saying Blake Shelton is a nameless identity kind of undercuts your point as well.

  18. Mayor JoBob
    April 21, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I’ve got to get my hands on that New David Ball album! Several of the songs on that album have actually been out since early 2007. He released a digital EP (not a six pack) a while ago.

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