Sony Nashville Gets New CEO; The Rise and Fall of Toby Keith; Luke Bryan and Karen Fairchild Duet

Scott Borchetta had an in-depth chat with Holly Gleason for Hits Daily Double. Randy Goodman, founder and former president of the defunct Lyric Street label, will reportedly be appointed CEO of Sony’s country and Christian division, filling the post previously held by Gary Overton. Goodman worked under Joe Galante at RCA Nashville in the '80s and '90s before leaving to start Lyric Street. So far, he has not suggested that any of us don't exist. Fake News, Canadian style: "Corb Lund … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 07/06/15 Edition

Excuse the tardiness after a long holiday weekend, and... wait for it... Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Some people want to talk about being patriotic but they don’t really know what the hell they’re talking about. They just say it like it’s a buzzword. Like a lot of these country guys do, but when it comes down to it they can’t really discuss deeply what it means to them. ● --- Whitey Morgan with a truth bomb. Go listen to Sonic Ranch if you haven't yet. Bryan’s … [Read more...]

Rest in Peace, Red Lane; Garth Makes Highest-Paid List; Hank Williams Biopic Gets Release Date

Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Red Lane ("'Til I Get It Right," "The Eagle," "My Own Kind of Hat," "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa") passed away Wednesday after a lengthy bout with cancer. Lane, who was also a friend and bandmate of Merle Haggard's, was 76. Forbes figures Garth Brooks has earned about $90 million in the past year, enough to put him ahead of author James Patterson on its list of "The World's Highest-Paid Celebrities." The Houston Press' William Michael Smith has a … [Read more...]

Carlene Carter Remembers June Carter Cash; Emi Sunshine with Holly Williams; Carrie Underwood Raps

Reba reportedly sold her Beverly Hills estate for a cool $22.5 million. Jewly Hight did a nice Chris Stapleton feature for NPR. Also listenable online from NPR: Dale Watson chatted with Scott Simon. Too late for another article on women in country? Grantland has a good one. Kip Moore wishes you'd stop asking him about bro country. 5 Signs You're Obsessed with Sam Hunt. Whew, looks like I'm in the clear. Carrie Underwood raps, kinda. When Dolly Parton's July 31 acoustic concert at … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/28/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. "Person who's drinking from small bottles, puking and falling on people." #scannerquawk #trifecta ● --- From Doug Schneider's police scanner tweets during the Chesney/Aldean show at Lambeau Field. Also, my experience at pretty much every arena/amphitheater show I've ever been to. I love to laugh and love idiots like me. ● --- Shall we take him at his word? Dustin Lynch to Glamour. I’m definitely filled with mixed emotions when I … [Read more...]

Gut-Wrenching Jason Isbell Songs; See Ray Wylie Hubbard Sing “Stone Blind Horses”; Kelsea Ballerini Hits #1

Grantland's Steven Hyden counted down his 10 most gut-wrenching Jason Isbell songs and solicited Isbell's own commentary on each of them. Kacey Musgraves modeled some of her facial expressions for BuzzFeed. I don't know why. Congratulations(?) to Kelsea Ballerini on hitting #1 with "Love Me Like You Mean It." If you want to work for country-rap king Mikel Knight, fill out this application and throw it at someone who doesn't care in a parking lot. Saving Country Music has a list of the 10 … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift Takes a Bite Out of Apple; Glen Campbell Update; Brooks & Dunn & McEntire Get Reviewed

Taylor Swift stood down Apple, winning one for artists who prefer to get paid. Patsy Cline is coming back... as a hologram. Country Universe's Leeann Ward wishes you'd name some of your favorite murder songs. Guy Clark collapsed at his Austin City Limits Hall of Fame induction last Thursday and had to be taken by ambulance to the hospital, missing tributes by Lyle Lovett and Jason Isbell. Clark, who is believed to have suffered a bad reaction to some medication, is now out of the … [Read more...]