Lettuce Reconsider Sexism; “Kick the Dust Up” Gets Rave Review; Harlan Howard Stories

We were all having a perfectly good time (actually, not so much those of us wanting to hear better songs on the radio) and then some dunderheaded data jockey said a thing about tomatoes (on Page 8, under the "This One's Not For The Girls" subhead)... ... and then the internet exploded, with enough social media outrage to wilt the entire planet's lettuce supply and Saving Country Music, The Tennessean, CMT, The Guardian, E! Online, and every other site weighing in. Much more on this in Sunday's … [Read more...]

Golf and Guitars 2015: Boys and Girls

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Were it not for radio-ready Southern rock(ish) ensemble A Thousand Horses' trio of sashaying background vocalists, you wouldn't have seen one female performer take the stage at last Tuesday night's Golf & Guitars Children's Charity Concert at Haggin Oaks in Sacramento. There were plenty of women in the audience, though, and plenty of men eager to sing to them from the stage. A Thousand Horses professed true, non-inebriated love with "(This Ain't No) Drunk Dial." The … [Read more...]

Story Behind the Song: Luke Bryan’s “Kick the Dust Up”

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Luke Bryan released his next #1 smash single, "Kick the Dust Up," last week and we at Country California were very curious about the story behind this complex and original work of art. Luckily, we were able to speak with all three writers of the song as they took a break from a grueling half-hour writing session this morning. "It's a funny story," starts Chris DeStefano. "Dallas showed up three hours late with a bottle of Southern Comfort Caramel in one hand and his iPad in the other and said … [Read more...]

Miranda’s Roots and Wings; Ben Dorcy Documentary in the Works; First Listen to ‘Django and Jimmie’

Hell of a weekend, huh? Prayers to our friends in Texas and Oklahoma right now. There's now an official Johnny Cash YouTube channel. It hasn't posted any videos yet. A Kickstarter campaign is under way to fund the completion of King of the Roadies, a feature-length documentary on 90-year-old Ben Dorcy - the world's oldest and, by most accounts, first roadie. Dorcy was on the road with John Wayne, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, etc., and continues to tour with Randy … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 05/24/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I'm relevant right now because I was just on last night, but I'm only relevant for a few more weeks, because people forget. I really think you have to move quickly. ● --- Meghan Linsey, second-place finisher on "The Voice." I like some of [the new music]. And I’m glad to see the other people involved. I remember when I started playing country music, I was the only cat in the whole place, the only young person, almost. And, back then, … [Read more...]