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. ● - - 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

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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...]

Quotable Country – 05/25/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. Years ago, the wonderful Keith Urban sat cross-legged on the floor in front of me and said, "Everybody tells me I need to know you." "And they are correct," I replied. ● - - Stop me if you've heard this one: Keith Urban met Hazel Smith at the crossroads... It's a humbling thing. I don't get that way much. But when you see it and you see the people, and they tell you the story of why they did it, I mean, that's there for … [Read more...]

The Country Questionnaire, Part III

Here we go again. Copy and paste the list into the comment box and fill in your responses to as many questions as you care to answer. I'll post my answers as the first reply, but then it's all you guys, so give us your best. Thanks to all of my cowriters on this questionnaire: David Jones, J.R. Journey, Mike K., Mike M., OTWG, and Rick. I actually received too many good suggestions, so don't be offended if some of yours didn't make it. They might still show up in future editions. In fact, … [Read more...]

Album Review: Diana Jones – Better Times Will Come

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Carolyn Dixon is author of the indie-friendly blog Melodic Sunburst. Since I've been a fan of her work for some time now, I approached her about writing something here. To my surprise, she kindly agreed. Her Country California debut is a review of the new album from folkie Diana Jones, which is officially released here in the States today. If you enjoy the piece, check out Melodic Sunburst and show Carolyn some love in the comments... maybe we can get her to write for us again! The beauty of … [Read more...]

Jamey Johnson Gets Lucrative Snuggie Sponsorship

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The life of an up-and-coming touring musician is notoriously difficult, but Jamey Johnson's just got a little easier with news that the man many call the head of the new outlaw movement has scored an exclusive sponsorship deal with the Fosdick Corporation, makers of the trendy sleeved blanket known as the Snuggie. "The Snuggie has made a big name for itself in a short time in the comfort, fashion and tacky gag gift industries, and I'm trying to do the same thing in country music, so I think … [Read more...]