Willie and Merle Start Strong; The Dixie Chicks Return; Remembering Jim Ed Brown

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard's Django and Jimmie soldĀ 30,000 copies in its first week to debut atop Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. The Dixie Chicks are (almost) back with some European shows set for next April and May. Tim McGraw has a role in faith-based drama The Shack, which hopefully won't have anything to do with The B-52s. Brian Kelley's favorite part of making the "Dirt" music video was standing in a barn. So let's just put all those questions about the country bona fides … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/14/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. There are guys out there who may start out with a less than perfect project, but they're given the benefit of the doubt that they may grow into the artist that one day may help to carry on the genre. It'd be really hard right now for a female to break through just on hit songs. There are hit songs available, but I think [women] have to have a real point of view. I've heard so many people say with a good female song, 'yeah, that's good … [Read more...]

Underwood Wins Big at CMT Music Awards; Bad News Going ‘Round; Kacey Musgraves Videos

Rumer Rain Rogers, week-old daughter of Randy and Chelsea Rogers, passed away Tuesday night at Seton Memorial Hospital in Austin, Texas. Prayers to the family. Steel Audrey (Derek Kehler), a Canadian singer-songwriter brought to my attention by Goodnight Hestia last November, died alongside girlfriend Helena Curic in a case of what appears to be accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in Australia. Just awful. Australian singer-songwriter Catherine Britt was diagnosed with breast cancer last … [Read more...]

Florida Georgia Line Adds Magician; Willie and Waylon Giraffes; Stream Ashley Monroe Live Tonight

Kacey Musgraves is previewing her Pageant Material on late night TV this week, singing "Biscuits" on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon (June 9) and "Family Is Family" on Late Night with Seth Meyers (June 10). (via press release) Meanwhile, Musgraves calls the soon-to-be-released "Biscuits" video "like Hee Haw meets Pee-wee's Playhouse meets Wes Anderson." Brennen Leigh put together a cute YouTube infomercial for her Lefty Frizzell covers album, including bits of her doing various songs. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 06/07/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. That's one of the greatest tragedies in this stretch of life for me. Because I've been inspired as much or more by women artists, equally, than I have as men. So if there's only a couple that are getting the opportunity to really knock it out of the park at radio, then you just go, 'What about Patsy Cline/Kitty Wells/Tammy Wynette/Loretta Lynn?' I could go on and on and on and on and name you about 50 great female artists. And I don't … [Read more...]

Prayers for Jim Ed Brown; Kacey Musgraves Plays New Songs; Bobby Braddock Memoir On the Way

When I posted Tuesday's roundup, there weren't any proper obituaries of Jean Ritchie posted yet. Now there are, including these from The New York Times and CMT.com. Ugh. Six weeks after announcing he was cancer-free, Jim Ed Brown is back to chemotherapy after more cancer cells were discovered. Keep Brown and family in your thoughts. American Songwriter's Hal Horowitz gave Django and Jimmie 3.5 out of 5 stars. Hear Kacey Musgraves chat with Jo Whiley and play a couple of her new songs … [Read more...]