Wynonna Involved In Collision; Dierks Bentley Expecting; Best Live Albums; Jimmy Webb Out In Front

Brody Vercher | July 23rd, 2010

  1. Dave D.
    July 23, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Nice to see Sunny cranking up her touring schedule.

  2. Jon
    July 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Earl’n’em sounded pretty good last night, and so did Sarah Jarosz, who opened solo and brought out a couple of new songs.

  3. ccdixon
    July 23, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Many thanks for the mention. Something that may be of interest to Canadian readers: Carolyn Dawn Johnson announced that her new album Love Rules will be released on August 10. Details and tracklisting are available on her official website.

  4. luckyoldsun
    July 23, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Wynonna seems to be following in the footsteps–or tire tracks–of one of the Mandrell Sisters.

  5. Felipe
    July 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    There will be a review for Michelle Branch’s EP?

  6. Rick
    July 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    An Austin band named “Mike and the Moonpies” huh? I feel “Cousin Mike and the Cowpies” would be far more appropriate!

    I forgot to mention I asked Sunny Sweeney to autograph my advance copy of her new album with: “Rick, you can kiss my ass!”, and she graciously accommodated my request! (lol) It fit right in with a song she sang about working men and women titled “Everyone Else Can Kiss My Ass!” Go Sunny!

    Gosh, Carolyn Dixon’s description of Michael & Becca’s new album could be applied directly to the 2007 release “Radio Country” by the Canadian husband and wife team “The Rizdales”. Hmm…

    Bill Kirchen’s best recording has to be the song “Semi-Truck” on the “Rig Rock Deluxe” trucking song extravaganza album. The chorus goes something like: “Here I sit, all alone with a broken heart, I took three bennies, and my semi-truck won’t start!” (lol)
    Bill’s live version of “Hot Rod Lincoln” is also a guitar spectacle to behold as he covers a wide variety of styles. Now about that voice though…

  7. Chris N.
    July 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm


  8. Rick
    July 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Today CMT.com posted a nice interview with Dierks Bentley about his latest bluegrass-country album “Up On The Ridge”.

    I’ve taken a couple of Dierks’ comments and have added my “what he was really thinking” takes in parentheses! Here we go:

    “You can define it however you want to define it – bluegrass, country (a bastard hybrid of the two, or just plain sh*tty music). I don’t care (what you call it as long as you buy it and request it at country radio),” Dierks Bentley says about his acoustic album, Up on the Ridge.

    “For me personally, it’s something I needed to do for myself (in order to regain a semblance of personal integrity and self respect) and for my hardcore fans that have been asking me to do this for a while,” he said during an interview at CMT’s offices in Nashville. (“And I really hope my long term fans that have heard my indie debut “Don’t Leave Me In Love”, and know what I’m really capable of, won’t be sorely disappointed”).

    “Am I going to be able to live with the possibility of not having my songs of the radio for over a year (although Brad Paisley proved that was unlikely with his “Play” album)? That’s the hardest question I asked myself because I live and die by country radio (airplay and chart position). In my soul, I just love hearing my songs on country radio (because that’s the only way I’m going to continue making big bucks to support my wife’s extravagant whims). That’s why I moved to Nashville (because you can’t become a big earning country music super star in Arizona. I wanted to be the next Garth Brooks, not the next Chris Gaines!).”

    Full Interview: http://www.cmt.com/news/country-music/1644331/dierks-bentley-takes-bold-step-with-acoustic-up-on-the-ridge.jhtml

  9. Noeller
    July 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    You are a disturbed man, Rick…

  10. Andrew
    July 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    See what happens when you put a link to one of Rick’s comments in the news posts? Now he thinks some of us actually pay attention to what he writes and take him seriously.

  11. Jon
    July 24, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Here’s an interesting piece with some country music content:

  12. Ken Morton Jr
    July 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Could it be that Alabama is reuniting for a live gig or two? http://www.reunionconcertevent.com/default.html

  13. Rick
    July 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    I just listened to the Leon Rausch’s (with AATW) version of “Its A Good Day” and I have to say The Belleville Outfit’s version kicks its ass. The Outfit’s Phoebe Hunt puts a lot more vocal pizzazz into the song than old Leon. I don’t mind honoring a lot of country music “legends” for their contributions, but I sure don’t have to listen to them when they are way past their prime (and this includes a good portion of each Grand Ole Opry show).

  14. Rick
    July 24, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Here’s a wacky deal! I just found out that Buxton-Hughes (ie Sarah Buxton & Jedd Hughes) opened a show tonight in Paso Robles, California for Sammy Hagar! Boy was that a perfect match or what?!!! (lol) And to add insult to injury they list the band as Baxton-Hughes! I sear this is not from the Twilight Zone! See for yourself:


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