Quotable Country – 07/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Don’t be a difficult person to be around, whether you’re a songwriter or a business person. There’s just too much going on. There are too many people here that you don’t wanna rub the wrong way. It’s a small town in a lot of ways. You don’t have to hang out with everybody, or be friends with everybody, but people like to work with people they can get along with. ● --- Jim Lauderdale on survival in Nashville. Q: You typically write … [Read more...]

Album Review: Ashley Ray – Ashley Ray EP

Ashley Ray

Originally published at The 9513 in May 2010. As best I can tell, Ray is now without a record deal but still playing around town. She has yet to release a full album. Someday, someone will let Ashley Ray release a full album. The Kansas-bred singer-songwriter first appeared with a four-song digital EP on Capitol Nashville in 2007. At some point, she moved over to Universal South, then survived the merger with Show Dog to release this new five-song EP on Show Dog Universal. Soundwise, it's … [Read more...]

Album Review: Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash – New Old Story

Bastard Sons New Old Story

Mark Stuart and his Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash cannot be accused of false advertising. New Old Story abounds with likable new approaches to well-trod subject matter. The main 'story' here seems to be the allure and excitement of the rambling musical life on one hand and its costs back at home on the other. If you're not familiar with the band (formed in 1995) yet, their name might deceive you. They don't sound much like Cash, nor do they have the punk or Americana leanings suggested by the … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/13/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. [It's] very naked. You're just out there with you and your guitar and you depend on the people to kind of take care of you and they have my whole career and so Vegas was just a love-fest. ● --- Garth Brooks describes his Vegas residency as a naked love-fest, which wasn't necessarily an image I desired to have implanted in my head. Thanks for nothing, Garth. Our job is to whether you agree with bro country or hick hop or whatever, our … [Read more...]

New Old Crow Medicine Show Songs Live at the Opry

Old Crow Remedy

A couple swell videos of Old Crow Medicine Show performing songs from the new album Remedy live on- and offstage at the Grand Ole Opry. These just went up on the Opry's YouTube channel. Looks like you can currently enter to win some OCMS music and swag on the Opry website, too. "Sweet Amarillo" (the Bob Dylan co-write) http://youtu.be/AqK6LXOsKmI "Tennessee Bound" http://youtu.be/tw6I5dhtlrc Just in case you haven't seen the official "Sweet Amarillo" music video yet, here's … [Read more...]

Album Review: Kelsey Waldon – The Goldmine

Kelsey Waldon Goldmine

The first full-length collection from Kelsey Waldon (who hails from Monkey's Eyebrow, Kentucky) blisters with the realities of working-class twentysomething life: Full of lessons in heartbreak and resilience learned in the oppressive glare of small-town gossips and fellow barflies. This is the sort of hard country album where Mama appears as a touchstone of strength and good sense on at least five tracks; Daddy's either kind of a jerk or - more likely, in Waldon's gray-shaded world - simply too … [Read more...]

Brandy Clark Does Songs Not on Her Album

Brandy Clark

Recent performances of songs not on 12 Stories, compiled in one spot for your fanboy/fangirl needs. "Two Rings Shy" (on Miranda Lambert's Platinum) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qApiO0yVGzo "Better Dig Two" (on The Band Perry's Pioneer) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nptXm64H5QE "Mama's Broken Heart" (on Miranda Lambert's Four the Record) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjmIc2rdUvk "Two More Bottles of Wine" (Emmylou Harris … [Read more...]