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...]

Brody and Bamford Lead CCMA Nods; Rhiannon Giddens Releases Charleston Song; Bros on the Defensive

Rhiannon Giddens released a new song and video in response to the Charleston shooting. Ashley Monroe sang "The Blade" on the Opry. The album named after it arrives next week. Goodnight Hestia considered a Chris King quote about if and how the idea of 'the consumer' should factor into the creation of a work of music or art. Trisha Yearwood's Rarities and Unreleased Tracks: 1992-2012 is not an album anywhere but in the imagination of Country Universe's Kevin John Coyne, but would that it … [Read more...]

Little Big Town Breaks a Record; Luke Bryan Apologizes to Jessi Colter; Rest in Peace, Tom Skinner

Video of young actress Alyvia Lind receiving the news that she got the part of young Dolly Parton in a made-for-TV movie... via a surprise visit from Parton herself. Via Gretchen Peters: "Culture Isn't Free: Expecting artists to work for free hands the reins of cultural production to ruling elites" by Miranda Campbell (Jacobin magazine) Via Carolyn Dixon: "Is it even still possible to 'sell out'?" by Chris Richards (Washington Post) If you've been dying to see Scotty McCreery sing "The … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/12/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. But Reba is also a realist. It was her choice to say, three years ago, “You know what? I don’t think I should make another record. They’re not going to play me.” That is what crushed me. We’re such a blockbuster world, we’re such an 18-44-female world. Well, I call bullshit on that. There’s a helluva lot more life and a helluva lot more fun than just that demographic. ● --- Scott Borchetta to Holly Gleason. When I began writing songs … [Read more...]