Quotable Country – 01/04/15 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I love a good old apple cider with some apple pie and vanilla ice cream on top. I know you can have that year-round, but whenever you can have it at Christmas time with the cider, it makes it a little more Christmassy. ● --- Even Scotty McCreery's holiday food picks are personality-free. With his headphones on, the Wichita man sang Blake Shelton's song "Boys 'Round Here" out loud. Passengers around him complained to the flight … [Read more...]

Rest in peace, Little Jimmy Dickens


Little Jimmy Dickens passed away Friday at age 94. I just came upon this West Virginia Public Broadcasting sit-down with him from 2007, when he was being inducted into the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. For those who knew him primarily as a merry Opry showman, this rare chance to see Dickens speak seriously, at some length, about his life and career might give a better sense of who he was as a person. The Tennessean has a nice, thorough, Peter Cooper-penned obit with even more … [Read more...]

January 2015 Show Calendar

Hot dog, it's 2015! Please be on the lookout for another email later in the month with some news. From our Northern California Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, please invite them to receive our monthly roundups by email. 01/02/15 - Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick - Freight & Salvage - Berkeley, CA 01/03/15 - The Easy Leaves (Western Winter Formal) - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA 01/07/15 - Marc Cohn - City Winery … [Read more...]

New Year Is for the Dogs

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When I removed myself from the race to the bottom back in October, I mentioned in a footnote that earnings from the site's Amazon links would be funneled toward charitable causes. The first nonprofit singled out was Bonaparte's Retreat, Emmylou Harris' dog rescue. Now, thanks to your purchases in October, the first donation has just been made. $12.94 won't change the world, but donations in any amount make it a little better. If you're feeling charitable, consider supporting Bonaparte's … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas!

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As a musical stocking stuffer, here's a song you've heard from an artist you probably haven't. It's a cover of Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" by California singer-songwriter George Miguel, produced by and featuring the guitar work of Dwight Yoakam Sound architect Pete Anderson. "Pretty Paper" and George Miguel's new album California are both available at Amazon. http://youtu.be/0Fqe2G1U-Vc Also: For the next few days, you can get 3 months of Spotify Premium for $0.99. Good for … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/21/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I swear to God, Tyler and I started this thing in my Chevy Tahoe with a dream and a prayer of playing country music. ● --- Brian Kelley, in a Florida Georgia Line acceptance speech at the American Country Countdown Awards. I hope someday they realize their dream of playing country music. The duo — who even introduced Hank Williams Jr. as "Brocephus" — catch boatloads of flak for its aggressively outsized bro-country antics and for … [Read more...]

Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson on Letterman

Last night, Billy Joe Shaver and Willie Nelson sang "Hard to Be an Outlaw" on The Late Show with David Letterman. The song is from their albums Long in the Tooth and Band of Brothers... though if you're looking to get just this duet, it appears your cheapest option is the digital single. http://youtu.be/1cAFyMtEFNg … [Read more...]