Bobby Bones Gets Fined; Whitey Morgan Gets Kudos; Lee Greenwood, Professional Patriot?

Country Universe wants your Top Five Title Tracks. Saving Country Music has provoked a hearty discussion (155 comments and counting) with an explanation of why Luke Bryan’s "Kick The Dust Up" is more than just a bad song. View a photo of Luke Bryan with his mom at the private opening of a new Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit to see where he gets his glistening white toothiness from. Farce the Music and Saving Country Music agree that Whitey Morgan's new Sonic Ranch is pretty … [Read more...]

Chris Stapleton’s Big First Week; Iris DeMent, Luke Bryan Set Release Dates; Celebrating Johnny Gimble

Chris Stapleton's Traveller moved 27,000 copies in its first week for the best sales start by a country artist's first full-length album in 2015. Rolling Stone Country rounded up some of B.B. King's greatest country music moments, but omitted this one. Iris DeMent's next album, The Trackless Woods, will be out August 7 on FlariElla Records. Also out August 7: Luke Bryan's next album, Kill the Lights. So if you're a big fan of Luke Bryan and Iris DeMent - hello? anyone? - you'll want to … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/17/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Somebody booked us together. And we couldn't figure out who was gonna open the show and who was gonna close it. We didn't really care, and he didn't care. He said, ‘If it doesn’t matter to you, I’ll go on first because I can catch a late flight home after the show.’ We thought we had snookered this guy and we were gonna be the headliners. He did about an hour and a-half of ‘The Thrill Is Gone,’ and we felt like the Partridge Family when … [Read more...]

A Few Notes on ‘ACM Presents: Superstar Duets’

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With his flat-brimmed cap, camo leggings, and visible/audible unease, Sam Hunt destroyed "Fast As You." Not in a good way. At all. Dwight's still got it. Someone should let Alan Jackson do fast songs other than "Chattahoochee" sometime. Cole Swindell is passable but unnecessary. He really likes that cap. "Swingin'" or any other way, John Anderson still sounds great. I wouldn't mind if Miranda and Patty Loveless recorded a duets album. Their two performances ("Blame It On Your Heart" and … [Read more...]

Underwood Leads CMT Noms; Monroe, Musgraves Get Release Dates; ‘Superstar Duets’ Airs Tomorrow

Carrie Underwood leads nominations for the CMT Music Awards. Kacey Musgraves' next album, Pageant Material, will be out June 23 on Mercury Nashville. Billboard has the album cover and full track listing with songwriter credits. Overachiever Brad Paisley personally animated the entire "Crushin' It" music video, including cartoon superhero versions of, uh, just about every other country star. Ashley Monroe's next album, The Blade, will be out July 24 on Warner Bros. Juli Thanki swung by … [Read more...]

No Depression Returns to Print; Country Universe Celebrates 1993; FGL Sits Down for ‘Big Interview’ with Dan Rather

I don't know that there's enough worthwhile news to justify daily roundups, but I'm gonna give twice-weekly ones (Tuesdays and Thursdays) a shot. We'll see how it goes. Sam Gazdziak spoke with Tamara Saviano to cover the wildly successful Guy Clark documentary fundraising campaign for Country Universe. Speaking of that campaign, it's currently sitting pretty at $164,628 with 8 days remaining. The original goal amount was $75,000. Country Universe previewed its Best of 1993 countdowns (one … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/11/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. My mom’s a saint. ● --- Thomas Rhett, probably the only country boy to feel this way about a mother. Ohwait. Many of the tunes on “The Gold Mine” sound written from either the bottom of a bottle or a bank account; they’re crushing songs, liable to coax out a few tears if you listen too closely. But even Brett Resnick’s aching pedal steel couldn’t sap the joy from Waldon’s face; she sang her saddest lyrics with an indefatigable smile. … [Read more...]