Quotable Country – 10/11/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. This song, and what we’ve finished of the new album so far, is all about passion. There’s a real sense of urgency and fire, almost like a spark has reignited us creatively in the studio. ● - - Dave Haywood talks about rekindling the fire that first brought Lady Antebellum together so many years ago, back in 2006. I don't know how they've kept going so long. Joe West and Dave Pahanish, who authored Jimmy Wayne’s 2008 hit “Do … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Darrell Scott

I've been on a Darrell Scott kick since seeing him on Sunday, but I don't have anything really smart to say, so I'll just post these two performance videos from FolkAlley.com and go "hey, look!" I'm pretty sure that "With a Memory Like Mine" and "Long Time Gone" are more interesting than whatever I'd write about them anyway. Website: http://www.darrellscott.com/ Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/darrellscottmusic … [Read more...]

Fake News Gets the Scoop on Keith Urban’s Stultifying New Single

Though he just sent the obligatory third single (which obligatorily features a performance video) from Defying Gravity to radio this past week, Fake News has received exclusive information about the first single from Keith Urban's forthcoming moderately anticipated seventh album. The mid-tempo pop-country anthem entitled "This Is a Pretty Good Song," cowritten by Urban and a songwriter whose name you'd recognize, showcases Keith's excellent, but getting less interesting, guitar skills and his … [Read more...]

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2009 Recap

Marshall Crenshaw (behind the fence)

This past weekend marked the ninth annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco, with about 80 roots-oriented acts appearing on six different stages over the course of three days. The festival is notable for its size (at an estimated 750,000 attendees this year, it dwarfs most other festivals), the caliber of talent it attracts, and its price tag: free to all who show up, thanks to the generosity of one man who foots the bill, billionaire investment banker and banjo-picking roots … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 10/06/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. I don’t always wear my sunblock. But you know what? My dad didn’t wear sunblock and his dad didn’t wear sunblock. And like my song ‘American Ride’ says, ‘Look ma, no hands.’ The world’s gonna keep spinning. You’ve gotta die from something, don’t you? ● - - No sunblock? Wow, that's wild. Toby Keith isn't joking about this outlaw thing. It's been a longtime dream of mine to play the Station Inn, and tonight I feel one step … [Read more...]

Win a Copy of Toby Keith’s American Ride

american ride

I'm back from a busy musical weekend, which you'll be reading about in short order. Just give me a day or so to gather my thoughts and nurse my sunburn. For now, though, the good people at Show Dog Nashville and UMGD have set us up with TWO (2) copies of Toby Keith's fourteenth studio album, American Ride, which hits stores tomorrow. We want to give one of them to you. You probably have a pretty good idea of what to expect from a Toby Keith album, so I won't spend much time trying to … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Newfound Road

You've gotta see this. Newfound Road, whose Same Old Place (Amazon) is among my favorite bluegrass(ish) releases of 2009, covers Bill Withers' breakthrough 1971 pop and R&B hit, "Ain't No Sunshine." Impressive. The quality of the sound and video on the clip is excellent, so it's very much worth 3:45 of your time. Just hit 'Play' and thank me later. Website: http://www.newfoundroad.com/ Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/newfoundroad … [Read more...]