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...]

June 2015 Show Calendar

From our California Country Concert Calendar, a listing of shows for the month ahead. If you have friends in the area, be sure to have them subscribe to receive our monthly roundups by email. As always, if you find these roundups useful, your patronage would mean a whole lot. 06/03/15 - Montgomery Gentry - Rodeo Club - San Jose, CA 06/04/15 - Chris Young w/ Lee Brice - Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort - Jackson, CA 06/04/15 - Montgomery Gentry - Chumash Casino - Santa Ynez, … [Read more...]

Jean Ritchie Passes Away; Martina McBride on CBS This Morning; Nathan Chapman Preps Solo Debut

Jean Ritchie, "The Mother of Folk," passed away yesterday (June 1) at the age of 92. Her family is asking that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be sent to Appalachian Voices. Richard Watson, grandson and collaborator of Doc, has also passed away. Ten-year-old wunderkind Emi Sunshine is among the artists playing Music City Roots tomorrow night. The show streams live online at 7PM Central Time. Here's video of Martina McBride addressing Keith Hill's comments on "CBS This Morning." One … [Read more...]

Quotable Country: Side Salad

A SaladGate supplement. Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. If you want to make ratings in Country radio, take females out. The reason is mainstream Country radio generates more quarter hours from female listeners at the rate of 70 to 75%, and women like male artists. I’m basing that not only on music tests from over the years, but more than 300 client radio stations. The expectation is we’re principally a male format with a smaller female component. I’ve got about 40 … [Read more...]