Haggard’s Childhood Boxcar Moved to Museum; Rest in Peace, Buddy Emmons; Bill Murray Enjoys Chris Stapleton

Steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Starting out with Little Jimmy Dickens in 1955, Emmons also played in the bands of Ernest Tubb, Ray Price, Roger Miller, and the Everly Brothers. He was featured on countless studio recordings and founded the Sho-Bud Guitar Company. Emmons was the subject of a tribute album (and a Peter Cooper column) in 2013. The childhood home of Merle Haggard - a boxcar - was moved from Oildale, California, to the Kern County Museum … [Read more...]

Jason Isbell, Alan Jackson Star in Buddy Comedy; Best Country Singles of 1993; Ashley Monroe on Fallon

Okay, not really. Jason Isbell's Something More Than Free edged out Alan Jackson's Angels and Alcohol by a few hundred copies to debut atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. Both albums sold in the neighborhood of 46,000 units without much in the way of radio support. It is Isbell's first appearance on the chart. Biggest winner: Fans of good music. You can listen to Isbell's entire hour-long Newport Folk Festival set to celebrate. The Guardian's Grady Smith says that big album sales by … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/26/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. We used to be the genre that didn't place enough emphasis on star power, and that bothered me. In the last decade, we've swung too far in the other direction and now expect every artist to be perfect-looking and ready to play the big stage right out of the box. ● --- Universal Music Group Nashville CEO Mike Dungan. At some point, me singing about frat party themes is just not going to be realistic. But if I look like a weird old dude … [Read more...]

Seven years later.

Many of the people who started reading this site seven years ago are still reading it today. When I really stop to let that sink in, it amazes me. Seven years is a long time. I don't get out much. I don't travel. I've met exactly one of you in person, and that's the guy who lives ten minutes from my house and went out of his way to make it happen. But I've been a part of your life, and you a part of mine, for a while. Up to seven years. Since seven years have passed, I'm seven years … [Read more...]

Clint Black Signs with Thirty Tigers; Nashville’s Top Power Players; Buddy Cannon’s Mom Goes Viral

Billboard published its first-ever ranking of Nashville's Top 50 Power Players. Guess who topped the list? Underground country artist Owen Mays passed away at 32. Clint Black signed with Thirty Tigers and is readying his first full album of new material since Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic came out in 2005. Chris Jones has a list of bluegrass radio show theme ideas you're free to use, like "Drinking songs about different temperatures of corn" and "Live recordings with unrealistic applause … [Read more...]

Shelton and Lambert Part Ways; Rest in Peace, Wayne Carson; Boom Times for Sturgill Simpson

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Wayne Carson, who penned "Always on My Mind" and "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)" among many other classics, passed away yesterday (July 20) at the age of 72. He had been suffering from congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, and gallstone issues, and had been in hospice care for the past month. Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. Red Dirt artist Stoney LaRue was reportedly arrested on a … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/20/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Some people who take life too seriously may not enjoy it as much as they should, but whatever happened to a song that feels good? ● --- Jerrod Niemann on Jake Owen's "Real Life." It’s funny, because music is constantly evolving, so whatever someone calls country now, that wasn’t what country was even 20 or 30 years ago. For example, we look to George Strait as pretty traditional country, but I guarantee you that if Hank Williams had … [Read more...]