Willie Nelson to Appear on Next Snoop Dogg Album; The Civil Wars Perform for Paste; Grammy Performances Boost Sales
- Snoop Dogg‘s next album finds him collaborating with Willie Nelson:
The album’s most left-of-center track is the playful “Superman.” Accompanied by guitar and harmonica, Snoop and Willie Nelson trade riffs on living life with the hands they’ve been dealt and realizing, “I’m not Superman.” The idea to work together took shape when the two artists found themselves in Amsterdam doing shows there. “We got some studio time and wrote this song,” said Snoop. “It’s some cold, classic shit.”
Here’s video of the two performing the song a couple of years ago.
- The Civil Wars visit to the new Paste studio resulted in four new live videos.
- C.M., Brady, and My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope agree: Cumberland Gap Connection is pretty rad.
- The Austin Chronicle‘s Jim Caligiuri on the new Jesse Dayton record One for the Dance Halls:
Sprinkled among the highly polished honky-tonk, there’s a tasty Nick Lowe cover and a sparkling duet with Brennen Leigh. These are Dayton’s strongest vocals to date, bringing to mind compadre Johnny Bush, and Warren Hood’s fiddle seals the deal.
- Mr. Caligiuri also calls the new Johnny Cash release, Memphis to Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. II, a must have.
- Grammy performers, which included folks like Lady Antebellum and Mumford & Sons, got big sales boosts from their appearances.
- Hayes Carll has a bone to pick with Todd Snider:
To hear Carll tell it, one of the stories Snider tells is actually his — a quip based around a bill the two shared once upon a time in a hoity-toity venue that provided the performers with an abundance of vegetables to munch on. Recalls Carll, upon seeing the buffet of carrots and the like, he turned to Snider and said, “I guess, once you become a rockstar, you get all the vegetables you want.” Amusing stuff, sure, but certainly Carll’s bit — which is why he was so miffed to hear that Snider used the same line on his album.
- Listen to Dave Alvin‘s new song, “Harlan County Line,” for the FX series Justified.
- Country California Fake News: Buddy Jewell Finds Employment in Mexico
- In Galleywinter’s latest 20 Questions feature, Zach Jennings, owner of Lone Star Music, says you should check out Catie Offerman (MySpace).
I believe she’s 17 years old and a sophomore or junior in college already. Along the lines of the Ruby Jane or Sarah Jarosz prodigal talents. She played an in-store will Bill Whitbeck and floored us with her poise and ability to control a room. Sky’s the limit for her. She could be the next Marnie Stern or Gillian Welch or she could be the next Mandy Moore or Natalie Portman. She’s got the talent, looks & intelligence, but most importantly she has a presence that exudes personality and likeability. She just has that “it” trait that is extremely hard to define.
- CMT’s Stephanie Pendergrass as an interview with American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox, who hopes to be embraced by the country audience.
Here’s Tommy Alverson performing “Texas One More Time” for Mount Vernon Sessions.
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.