‘Urban Cowboy’ TV Series In Development; Bill Anderson Reunited with Guitar; Rest in Peace, Audrey Auld

Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld, who moved from East Nashville to Northern California after receiving a cancer diagnosis last year, passed away on Sunday. She was 51 years old. Jake Owen and his wife are also divorcing. If any other country singers are needing a divorce, now's the time to announce it without getting singled out for derision by self-righteous fans. The Guardian's Simon Hattenstone had a testy visit with Jerry Lee Lewis and his seventh wife. The Urban Cowboy TV series you've … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/09/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I was just about ready to tell him to go get f--d, but we got it. ● --- Merle Haggard on studio time with perfectionist Don Henley. It's still a thrill, still exciting, and still scary. It's physically demanding. And at my age, 78, I don't know if I can stand up there 90 minutes or not. I asked my manager, "When's the last time you tried to sing for an hour?" And he said, "Hell, I can't even watch an hour!" ● --- Merle Haggard (to … [Read more...]

Spiteful Jason Aldean Vows to Never Release Another Good Single

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Breaking the one-decent-single-per-album trend that has characterized his career thus far, country superstar Jason Aldean vowed on Thursday to never release a good song to radio again. "I'm sick and tired of these bloggers and old people and jealous haters deriving pleasure from any of my songs," Aldean told Country California. "If they're going to talk trash about all my other terrible - but focus group tested for maximum chart impact - singles, why should I give them a 'Flyover States' or … [Read more...]

Go Rest High, Billy Sherrill; Ratings Down for CMA Fest TV Special; Ashley Monroe Debuts at No. 2

Hugely influential countrypolitan producer, arranger, and songwriter Billy Sherrill passed away Tuesday at the age of 78. Sherrill had everything to do with the recording careers of Tammy Wynette and George Jones during the '70s and '80s. The Nashville Scene's post on his passing includes many embedded sound clips for your ears to hear. Ashley Monroe's The Blade sold 12,000 copies in its first week to debut at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, just behind Alan Jackson's Angels … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Lynn Anderson; Jennifer Nettles News; Clint Black Album Gets Title, Release Date

Lynn Anderson, perhaps best known for her massive 1970 hit on "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," died of a heart attack last Thursday in Nashville. She was 67 years old. Funeral services will be held tomorrow. Tandy Rice, a prominent talent agent and figure along Music Row, passed away at 76. Here's Juli Thanki's Tennessean obituary for steel guitar legend Buddy Emmons. Reba McEntire and Narvel Blackstock have ended their marriage of 26 years. Jewly Hight with a typically savvy take … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 08/02/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. There's really good pop music. I love Shania Twain. I love Come on Over. I listened to that a million times. It's not even that I mind pop. I'm just not sure what some of the stuff that's being played now, what category that fits in, except bad. So I hope it doesn't stay that way. [...] Radio is an interesting game and I know a lot about it. Maybe one of these days I'll speak more and tell a few secrets about how that works because the … [Read more...]

August 2015 Show Calendar

From our California Country Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. As you might have noticed, the listings were not updated and no email was sent for July. As you might also notice, an effort is underway to expand the listings to include more of California. These things are related: I'm hoping that by reaching more people, more people will be willing to help make these all-inclusive (mostly-inclusive?) updates sustainable through patronage. 08/02/15 - Paul Thorn Band - … [Read more...]