Chuck Mead Does Hank (Senior, That Is)

Today is the last day to enter the Ryan Bingham giveaway, so do that if you haven't already. Stay tuned next week for a chance to win the new album from the delightful Chuck Mead, formerly of BR549. Here he is covering "Lost Highway" (penned by Leon Payne, popularized by Hank Williams) at a recent show. Pretty good stuff. … [Read more...]

Satan Seems Like Pretty Decent Guy in Malec Interview


Satan, the enemy of all that is good and right in the world, surprisingly came across as a pretty decent guy in a recent interview with Jim Malec, the managing editor of the popular country music website The 9513. The interview began dramatically with each being slowly reciting the other's name, like two giants finally facing off. Just as opening pleasantries had been exchanged and the tone seemed destined to turn confrontational, however, Malec confounded all expectations by taking more of a … [Read more...]

Rank a Discography: Trisha Yearwood


In the comments section of the last Rank a Discography, I mentioned in passing that I could not personally rank Trisha Yearwood's discography, but would be happy to let someone else give it a shot. My Kind of Country's J.R. Journey answered the call with this ranking of Yearwood's studio albums to date. Thanks, J.R.! Incidentally, the Keith Whitley spotlight at My Kind of Country last month was fantastic. They're putting the focus on Tanya Tucker this month, so be sure to check in throughout … [Read more...]

Ryan Bingham’s Roadhouse Sun Giveaway


6/7/09: Little late, but I pulled a winner out of the hat. Sam G., you've got mail. Thanks to all who entered, and stick around for more giveaways throughout June. We're having a prolonged celebration of Country California's first anniversary with a series of giveaways. Last week's winner, OTWG, is headed off to an Aaron Watson show. Thanks again to Watson's people for generously furnishing that prize, and here's hoping OTWG has a blast at the show. Unlike the first giveaway, the rest (not … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/31/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. As a Texan and a country music fan ... I didn't learn George Strait songs. I knew them the same way I know English. That's how it goes. When you get your first car at 16 or 17 years old, it comes standard with a George Strait Greatest Hits along with brakes and A/C. ‚óŹ - - Jack Ingram on the ubiquitous Strait influence in Texas. He's got so many killer, unbelievable songs. Listening to his albums over and over and over, it's … [Read more...]

A Hundred Thousand and Counting

Between the end of the month and the short holiday week, it's been pretty slow around here these last few days, but things will be picking back up again next week/month. Even without a whole lot of new content to speak of, traffic this week brought us to a milestone I've been eying for the past month or so: 100,000 hits. In terms of traffic, here's the breakdown of the site's growth: After one month: 1,000 hits After four months: 10,000 hits After eleven months: 100,000 hits I … [Read more...]

Aaron Watson’s California Stimulus Package


5/30: We have a (random) winner! OTWG, you've got mail. Here's something of interest to California readers: Texas favorite Aaron Watson, whose six albums (from 2000's A Texas Cafe to 2008's Angels & Outlaws) have made him one of the brightest young traditionalists in the Lone Star State and beyond, will make a rare swing through California next week and he wants you to be there. So much so that, for one lucky fan, he will even pay your way. Watson's people have been kind enough to set … [Read more...]