Willie Nelson’s Band Bus Crashes; Wayne Mills Shot and Killed; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | November 25th, 2013

  • Four hours and 40 songs of music by country music’s biggest and brightest stars honored George Jones at Bridgestone Arena on Friday night. Saving Country Music live-blogged the event if you’d like to relive the evening, and Twang Nation has some videos if you weren’t lucky enough to be in the audience.
  • Jerald Wayne Mills, 44, of the Wayne Mills Band was shot in the head by the owner of the Pit and Barrel Bar in Nashville early Saturday morning and succumbed to his injuries later that afternoon. Nashville police are investigating the shooting and the shooter’s claim of self-defense.
  • A tour bus carrying Willie Nelson’s band crashed outside of Sulphur Springs, Texas early Saturday morning. Three band members were injured: Paul English (ankle injury), Billy English (hip injury) and Tom Hawkins (cracked rib).  Nelson postponed all remaining November dates and will resume his tour next month.
  • The American Music Awards were held last night. Taylor Swift (Artist of the Year, Favorite Female Artist of the Year: Pop/Rock, Favorite Female Artist of the Year: Country, Favorite Country Album), Luke Bryan (Favorite Male Artist of the Year: Country), Lady Antebellum (Favorite Band, Duo, or Group: Country), and Florida Georgia Line (Single of the Year: “Cruise”) all took home trophies.
  • In other Kacey Musgraves news, a “fan” stole her harmonica after a show in Nacogdoches, TX on Friday night and then she tweeted a picture of herself with the evidence to Musgraves. After being shamed by Kacey’s fans on the social media site, the harmonica is supposedly en route to its rightful owner.
  • Musgraves and Dale Watson’s Austin City Limits taping is being live-streamed tonight beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern.
  • The Grand Ole Opry will raise ticket prices at the Opry House beginning in February. They’ve added a Premium Main Floor section; a ticket there will cost $69.50. Other sections are more moderate in their increases.
  • Chris Parton of CMT Edge interviewed Jason Eady about his upcoming album, Daylight & Dark. An excerpt: “The temptation when you sit down to write is to say, ‘Am I going to write a happy song or sad song?’ … I kinda got into vinyl [records] this last year and a-half. So as I started listening to all these songs that I had loved forever with the album cuts on there, I felt that was something they didn’t really used to do. It didn’t really walk either line. It just kind of told what the story was, and whether it’s happy or sad is up to you as the listener. So I really wanted to try and get into that, and I wrote the title track “Daylight & Dark.” Once we wrote that song, I kind of knew where I wanted to go with the rest of the record as far as writing. It really took that direction.” 
  • Dolly Parton is a singing, wisecracking hologram Ghost of Christmas Past in Dollywood’s theater production of A Christmas Carol.
  • Chuck Dauphin of Billboard interviewed Bill Anderson about his new album, Life!
  • Our friend Kelly Dearmore interviewed Rosehill about how they turned tragedy into something positive: the Save a Life Tonight campaign, which aims to raise awareness about suicide prevention. All proceeds from the duo’s song “The Bible and The Gun” will be donated to suicide prevention organizations.
  • The resplendent C.M. Wilcox posted a new Quotable Country over at Country California.
  • North Carolina native Harper Van Hoy, longtime fiddle player and founder of the Ole Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival at Fiddler’s Grove, passed away last week at the age of 92.
  • Bart Crow and wife Brooke welcomed twin boys last week.
  • A 120-year-old wax-covered cylinder containing the earliest known recording of a black vocal group named the Unique Quartet (aka The Unique Quartette)  — one of only two copies known to exist — was auctioned on Saturday; the winning bid was $1,110. The other known copy is at the Library of Congress.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Green River Ordinance “Flying”

Star Anna“For Anyone”

Ronnie Dunn“Kiss You There”

SHEL – “Lost At Sea”

Ronnie Fauss “Good Enough”

Whitney Wolanin“Run, Run Rudolph”

The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy“My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light ‘Em Up)” (from CMT Crossroads)

Mindy Smith “Tomorrow is Christmas Day”

Bottle Rockets“Every Kinda Everything”

Paul Metsa“Jack Ruby”

Leah Turner“Take the Keys”

Niall Toner“Burren Backstep”

Brian Wright“Rosalee”

  1. Kelly D.
    November 25, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    The idea that a CD must only be reviewed after listening to the physical CD, and then taking artwork and liner notes into consideration is idiotic and seems to be a joke the writer is playing as it’s so out of touch with reality. I, like many other freelancers, get a great deal of CDs that look far better than they sound. That doesn’t help the songs out. Plus, the term “CD” is now as flexible and non-specific as “album” or “record” are.

  2. Both Kinds of Music
    November 25, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    It’s an awfully longwinded response. Want to hear mine? Yes.

  3. Bruce
    November 25, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Swift & Bryan win at AMA’s. Another embarrassing night for country music.

  4. Rick
    November 27, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    The question posed: “Can you ethically review an album without a physical copy of the CD?” My answer is “Hell NO”! If everyone felt as I do then the music labels would start issuing advance physical copy CDs once again which I could purchase off of Ebay for a pittance eventually! Oh how I miss the good old days…(lol)

    Seventy Bucks for decent seats at the Opry House? I thought the current prices were already too high. The Opry doesn’t pay the artists squat, so this must be to increase the return to the investors/stockholders behind the spun-off Opry Group. I guess they figure the tourists will pay it as Opry management obviously sees them the way P.T Barnum did his circus customers back in the day…

  5. Luckyoldsun
    November 27, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    Actually, record companies have been known occasionally to send out “Advance Copy”–stamped CD’s to reviewers–that are missing the booklet or whatever accoutrements are going to go with the commercial product.

    So I guess a reviewer cannot ethically review a review copy! (And btw, I don’t think a movie critic can ethically review a movie unless he watched it in an actual theater that was selling tubs of popcorn big enough to stuff your entire head in for $6.00.)

    This whole subject is a parody of something serious. LOL I salute whoever dreamed it up!

  6. Paul W Dennis
    November 28, 2013 at 1:44 am

    One of the problems with music retailing having been hijacked by the big box chains such as Walmart and Target (which only carry top-of-the-charts mainstream CDs) is that you can’t always obtain a copy of a physical CD on a timely basis, if at all. While I strongly prefer to purchase the physical CD, if only for the superior sound fidelity, I have on occasion been known to review an album based on an mp3 download I’ve purchased along with such other research as I’ve been able to conduct.

    I don’t like not having the physical album for review purposes, but them’s the facts of life

  7. Barry Mazor
    November 28, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Apparently the person allegedly shocked to learn that reviewers now, as often as not, or more, “work from” digital review copies failed to “learn” such interesting tidbits as the fact that advance review copies sent out for years and years generally did not feature any art and that reviewers may or may not have been sent the “release” version later–when it’s too late to review the release in a timely way and spend any time with it– that advance copies of, say, books, didn’t have final art either (and how dare people review those without the actual cover art or a feel for the strength of the cover material, right?), that many of the providers of digital review copies DO in fact provide copies of the art in the form of pdfs or other downloadable art and liner note copy, if you’re a “reviewer” of any note you may receive dozens upon dozens of review copies –physical or not–plus dozens of more requests to please please please ask for other oncoming releases on any given week and that wise which does not much sound like publicists (or the manufacturers and seller of the recordings) see said reviewers as working for them, that it would be to nobody’s benefit, including readers’, to have professional reviewers have to buy everything they review–which is implied in raising this supposed “problem,” that some bloggers have to much time on their hands and that, self-evidently, these days you do not have to know ships from shinola to write commentary. Happy Thanksgiving.

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