The Winding Stream to Premiere at SXSW; “Stripes” Gets Super Bowl Ad Placement; Zac Brown Band, The Band Perry Cover Elton John

Juli Thanki | January 31st, 2014

  • Song publisher, talent agent, and manager Larry Moeller passed away on January 21. He was 75. Over the course of his career, Moeller handled artists like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings.
  • Peter Cooper wrote a column about the role music played in the integration of the South. The class on this topic that he mentions in the article sounds neat; you might want to check it out if you’re near Nashville.
  • The seventh annual Golf & Guitars tournament and benefit concert will be held May 19-20, 2014 at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento, California. (via G&G head honcho Ken Morton) We’ll keep you posted on the lineup.
  • A deluxe reissue of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, scheduled for release on March 25, will contain a bonus disc featuring songs performed by Zac Brown Band (“Harmony”) The Band Perry (“Grey Seal”), and Hunter Hayes (“Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”). (via press release)
  • CMT Edge posted a couple bluegrass interviews: one with Blue Highway’s Shawn Lane and one with Rhonda Vincent.
  • Hard Working Americans played Hayes Carll’s “Stomp & Holler” on Conan the other night. Watch here. (warning: autoplay)
  • Stream Cahalen Morrison & Eli West’s new record, I’ll Swing My Hammer with Both My Hands, before its February 4 release.
  • An online petition to name the new Tappan Zee Bridge after Pete Seeger has more than 1,000 signatures. Seeger spent years helping to clean and protect the Hudson River. Seeger was going to receive the Woody Guthrie Prize in New York next month; the event, now called “How Can I Keep From Singing,” will celebrate Seeger’s musical legacy.
  • Miranda Lambert will join Jason Aldean for a few of his stadium shows this summer.
  • Curb Records has purchased a warehouse in Nashville, probably as part of their plan to kidnap and imprison Tim McGraw while they release and re-release his old hits for the rest of eternity.
  • Muddy Waters’ Chicago home may be purchased by a buyer who wants to turn it into a museum.
  • Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album has spent four months atop the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart.
  • Brandy Clark’s “Stripes” will be featured in a Beats Music Super Bowl commercial starring Ellen DeGeneres. You can watch the ad here so that you can use one of Sunday’s commercial breaks for restroom trips and nacho refills, as the television gods originally intended.
  • Saving Country Music praised Charlie Parr’s new “instrumental masterwork,” Hollandale.
  • Carrie Underwood on women in country: “There is certainly not a shortage of talented ladies out there that want so badly to get their fair shot in this business. But there seems to be only room for only a few….there seem to be so many male singers out there who can be viewed as similar, and there seems to be plenty of room for all of them.”
  • American Songwriter premiered a new video from singer-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan.
  • The Wall Street Journal debuted Dawn Landes’ new “Bluebird” video.
  • Rodney Atkins teamed up with Southern rapper Bubba Sparxxx for a new single. Sparxxx talks about the collaboration in this article posted on The 615.
  1. Rick
    January 31, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    Last Minute Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features The Gibson Brothers, Elizabeth Cook, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Black Lillies, Kree Harrison, Larry Gatlin and too many Opry Legends (as usual). Grade: A (For the Gibson Brothers factor alone! lol)
    Link: http://www.opry.com/calendar

    I agree with Carrie Underwood about the limited number of slots on country radio for female artists. I think Carrie should do us all a favor and make room for someone else by ending her singing career immediately!

    It would be nice if that deluxe Elton album Bonus Disc included his duet song “Where We Both Say Goodbye” with Catherine Britt as an unrelated hidden bonus track since it was never released to the public. Oh well…

    When is Peter Cooper going to write an article on the societal disintegration brought about by degrading music genres such as rap and urban hip-hop? What, that wouldn’t be politically correct? Hmm…

  2. BRUCE
    February 1, 2014 at 12:24 pm

    There has been a lot of published talk about the exposure of women on country radio. I do not disagree; however are we going to face quotas in the future? That seems to be the national speak on everything else.

    The best way to combat this is for female country artists to continue to put out good relevant music. It is what it is and no broad brush “country legislation” can really solve it.

    Once the truck, taillight, dirt-road, beer-drinking, hip-shaking, butt-cheek short shorts skoal-ring music has run its course (hopefully), then maybe the stage will be set for meaningful non-mind-numbing music to surface again and that could lift the efforts of female artists. I don’t know that for sure, but it could.

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