- More free stuff: You can get a 6 song sampler featuring tracks by Eilen Jewell, Zoe Muth, the Sweetback Sisters, and others by ‘liking’ Signature Sounds Recordings on Facebook.
- Blake Shelton tweeted revised joke lyrics for Shania’s “Any Man of Mine,” was accused of being homophobic by fans (and then Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation activists) who took the words to be from the singer himself rather than a rewritten female protagonist, then went into damage control mode by apologizing to GLAAD. All pretty silly given the relative innocence of his original tweet:
Re-writing my fav Shania Twain song.. Any man that tries Touching my behind He’s gonna be a beaten, bleedin’, heaving kind of guy…
I guess it could go either way, but wouldn’t you take the threat to be from the Shania character before rushing to assume the worst of Shelton?
- Surprise surprise: Lee Greenwood is capitalizing on the swelling of national pride following the Osama capture/kill. From an email press release:
In response to the hundreds of tweets Greenwood received following this event, he has made available to his loyal fans a new version of the prideful song [“God Bless the USA”]. The free digital download is offered for a limited time with all pre-sale orders of his upcoming book from Tate Publishing, DOES GOD STILL BLESS THE USA?
The book will be delivered in stores nationally on July 4th. Along with the new version of “God Bless The USA” the Greenwood book will contain a music disc of the loyal patriot’s new inspirational single “Show Me the Way.”
Uhh, I’m feeling a little queasy.
- Enter to win one of three copies of Shania Twain’s new memoir from My Kind of Country. In other My Kind of Country news, they’re spotlighting Diamond Rio all this month.
- And speaking of that Shania Twain memoir, it’s the subject of Chet Flippo’s Nashville Skyline column this week. He calls her childhood “a bleak and stark horrorshow of deprivation and the seamy side of life” and offers a startling, if short, excerpt that describes an experience with her dad when she was 7.
- Fake News co-conspirator Trailer has a thorough recap of his Beale Street Music Festival experience, including seeing Paul Thorn, Jerry Lee Lewis, Mumford & Sons, Lucinda Williams, and John Mellencamp all in the course of a day. Bastard.
- Taylor Swift is opening the final dress rehearsal for her “Speak Now” tour up to fans, making 13,000 tickets available for a May 21 show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. All proceeds will go towards helping those affected by the deadly tornadoes that hit the South last week.
- Ashton Shepherd shares a song for Mother’s Day: