Zac Brown Band Partners with Jack Daniel’s; Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice Adds New Member; New Sara Evans Video

Juli Thanki | August 24th, 2011

  • Elizabeth Cook was charming and hilarious on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday night (fast-forward to the 29 minute mark if you don’t want to sit through the whole episode).
  • James “Glen” Croker, lead vocalist for Cajun band the Hackberry Ramblers, passed away yesterday at the age of 77.
  • Zac Brown Band has partnered with Jack Daniel’s. This is the distillery’s first partnership with a band in over a decade. In other ZBB news, the New York Times ran a cool feature on the band’s executive chef, Rusty Hamlin, whose duties include cooking upscale Southern food using local ingredients and something called, uh, “Zac’s love sauce” for fan “eat and greets.”
  • Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice added Chris Davis (who spent the last three years as part of Marty Raybon’s band) to the group.
  • Speaking of CMT, there’s a new Senior Vice President of Development and Programming. Eliot Goldberg, formerly of Ryan Seacrest Productions, is responsible for reality shows Texas Women and Sweet Home Alabama.
  • Fiddlin’ mad scientist Casey Driessen will debut a series of instructional videos on September 22. Here’s the trailer.
  • Set your DVRs: Miranda Lambert will be on a special edition of Dateline on Monday, August 29 at 10pm Eastern.
  • Chesney’s August 28 show in Foxboro, Massachusetts has been rescheduled to August 26 due to the predicted inclement weather courtesy of Hurricane Irene.
  • Sara Evans has a new video for “My Heart Can’t Tell You No.”
  • The Boston Bluegrass Union is holding a graphic design competition. If you come up with the winning logo for the next Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (held in February 2012), you’ll get $150 and a complimentary ticket to the fest.
  • The Opry is holding a dessert recipe contest: the top three recipes will be made by a chef and judged by George Jones on the night of his Opry birthday celebration on September 13.

 

  1. Sam G.
    August 24, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    I got to see the Hackberry Ramblers a couple times in the ’90s, when they came up to the Chicago area to play the Fitzgerald’s Americana Fest. Glen Croker was a force of nature as a frontman, and those guys played harder that most musicians a third their age. It’s sad to think that they’ve all passed on except for Ben (who was probably in his mid-30s when I saw them, making him the youngest by about 40 years).

  2. Ken Morton, Jr.
    August 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    That Elizabeth Cook interview could be the funniest thing I’ve seen all year. She’s a genius.

  3. Ben Foster
    August 24, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I think I liked the new Sara Evans video a bit better than the last one. The acting seemed to come a little more naturally, whereas the “Stronger” video had a bit of a cheese factor. I like how it allows us to sympathize with the ‘other woman’ as well as with Sara’s character.

  4. timeo
    August 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    “formerly of Ryan Seacrest Productions”. That can’t be good…

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