Wynonna Involved In Collision; Dierks Bentley Expecting; Best Live Albums; Jimmy Webb Out In Front
- Wynonna Judd, her daughter, and tour manager were involved in a “major head-on collision” on Wednesday. Fortunately, everyone turned out to be okay.
- On Aug. 20, the Country Music Hall of Fame will debut the new exhibit Tammy Wynette: First Lady Of Country Music, Presented By Great American Country Television Network.
- Country California’s C.M. Wilcox kicked off part one of a new list: The 20 Best Country Live Albums of All Time.
- Chris Neal’s affective description of Hank Cochran‘s songs:
His songs in those early days had in common a dreamy melancholy, a piercing sadness enveloped in such loveliness and grace that it seemed an enviable state of mind. Cochran constructed two-minute universes of hurt, built from floating melodies and effortlessly economical turns of phrase. These were songs made to be sung; they gave vocalists room to move, to slide in or out of a syllable with ease.
- The New York Times‘ Stephen Holden published an excellent profile on Jimmy Webb, who just released Just Across The River, an album that finds him collaborating with Willie Nelson, Vince Gill, Jerry Douglas, and more on some of his famous, and not so famous, songs.
- Austin band Mike and the Moonpies released it’s first full-length album yesterday titled The Real Country. (Preview: Amazon | MySpace)
- Dierks Bentley and his wife Cassidy are expecting their second child in December.
- Earl Scruggs‘ performance at the Ryman last night commemorated Dec. 8, 1945 — the 65th anniversary of his first performance with Bill Monroe at the Ryman Auditorium, and the evening some say bluegrass was born.
- Watch Jesse Dayton‘s video for “I’m Comin’ Home,” a song about the troops and their families.
- For his previous album, titled To Willie, Matthew Houck, working under the name Phosphorescent, recorded a collection of Willie Nelson cover songs that was inspired by Nelson’s own tribute album to Lefty Frizzell, To Lefty From Willie. For his new album, Houck was influenced enough from his previous record to cut a midtempo country number “Heaven, Sittin’ Down,” which Austin Music Source’s Peter Mongillo calls a direct homage to Nelson’s music. (Preview: Amazon | MySpace)
- The 9513 reader Rick reported on a recent Sunny Sweeney show at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace.
- Toby Keith‘s new album, Bullets in the Gun, is scheduled for an Oct. 5 release.
- I’ve mentioned Charlie Hopper here before. He’s an advertising guy and an aspiring songwriter trying to sell a song in Nashville. His dispatches about his adventures make for an entertaining read.
“This line here, with the ‘ten thousand crickets,'” said the very powerful publisher, the well-regarded son of a man who managed one of Nashville’s most successful artists ever. “It… It’s… It’s, um…”
He spoke softly. A little too softly for such a big room.
I leaned way forward.
I tried to cup my ear in a casual way that didn’t look like someone imitating an old, old man.
“It’s…” he said, in no rush to continue.
This powerful person is sort of famous for his quirky mannerisms. Other writers had mentioned his quirks to me before I signed up to take his classes.
- Listen to the Asleep at the Wheel & Leon Rausch song “It’s A Good Day” on Texas Music Matters.
- Carolyn Dixon’s review of the Michael & Becca album Lovesick (released earlier this month) serves as an apt introduction to the Nashville-based duo.
Undeniably country, yet not quite fitting squarely in any one subgenre, Michael and Becca shun trends, relying on solid songcraft and a great supporting cast of musicians to deliver an examination of the consuming quality of love.
- NPR has a couple of articles on the Titan of the Telecaster, Bill Kirchen, who recently release a new album titled Word to the Wise with several featured guests. The first is Kirchen’s performance on Mountain Stage, and the second is a piece on All Things Considered that includes audio to five of his songs, including the title track.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.