Shania Twain Records Racy “Party for Four” with Love & Theft


Well-positioned sources in Shania Twain's camp have given us the inside track on the mysterious announcement due Friday, August 28. Word of the announcement began circulating last week, and some suspected that it might concern a video diary of Twain's life since her split from husband and producer Mutt Lange in 2008. Not so, say our sources. In fact, the truth is much stranger: In an apparent attempt to recapture the magic of her last big hit, Twain will repeat the formula of pairing up … [Read more...]

On the Spot #5

Just when you thought you were in the clear, you are once again... on the spot! If you're reading this, you've stumbled right into my trap. I'll only let you go after you've honestly answered the following question: What's the last song you heard? Surprisingly, I've heard no music at all today, so my last song was David Ball's "When the Devil Wants to Wrestle." I had the Amigo album playing in the kitchen while I was burning my dinner on the stove last night. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/23/09 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the original source. And you say that real brick-and-mortar stores care more about music than any big box ever will... I think what you're really mad at is progress and growth, both on the retail and music level. Small-town record shops had their heyday, but sometimes bands outgrow their local music scene and that's OK. You say your customers want to buy local. Well, guess what. Lucky for them, there's a Wal-Mart right in Decatur, Ga., at 3580 … [Read more...]

This Week in Country Music History

2009 - Country California publishes another gripping edition of This Week in Country Music History. 2006 - Former Alabama lead singer Randy Owen attends his first concert as a ticket-holder: Kenny Chesney at BJCC Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Owen is ejected after screaming for "Free Bird" one too many times. 1992 - Warner Bros. releases Travis Tritt's third album, T-R-O-U-B-L-E. Two-year-old Taylor Swift has her first boy t-r-o-u-b-l-e when a daycare friend accuses her of having a big … [Read more...]

Youtube Friday: Lane Turner

Could someone please let this man put out a full album... that actually stays on the market? His 2004 album Right On Time suffered an Ashley Monroe-like fate, with a digital release that eventually got pulled (but no digital rerelease so far). Then, to add insult to injury, he finished second to One Night Rodeo on The Next GAC Star. There have been some encouraging signs this year, with Original Signal Recordings issuing a five-song digital EP* on him and the music video for "Where's a … [Read more...]

Country California Wants You

your help

Country California is looking to add one or two contributors to its team. Typically, joining a music blog means writing reviews. If you want to write reviews, there's always stuff to review; I usually only get to a fraction of the material that comes in, so I won't turn up my nose at a little help in that department. But since reviewing isn't as much a focus here as it is on many other blogs, I'm just as interested in finding people with fresh new ideas and a willingness to collaborate on our … [Read more...]

The Stellas Are Indie-Cool, Mainstream-Friendly


The best thing that happened to The Stellas was not winning the recently-completed second season of CMT's Can You Duet. As fourth place finishers, Canadian couple Marylynne and Brad Stella stand to reap the benefits of major national exposure without being locked into a deal with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records, an association which would likely not be in their best artistic interest anyway. As evinced by the self-titled digital EP they released about a month before their Can You Duet … [Read more...]