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. 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. … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/14/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Early on, an artist told me, 'Don't be yourself. Perform and be someone else.' And I thought, 'That seems like exactly the opposite of what I should be doing.' Then I had people wanting me to adjust my lyrics to be more appealing to the masses or whatever. I said, 'No, that's bullshit.' I'd rather sell four copies of something that's real than 4 million copies of something that's fake. ● --- Miranda Lambert to Marie Claire. You cannot … [Read more...]

Quotable Country – 12/07/14 Edition

Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Shortly after the midterm elections, Willie Nelson confessed with characteristic humor that he was disappointed by the results. “I’ve got a new song called ‘Y’all Got the Ball,’ ” he said, referring to the Republican takeover of the United States Senate. ● --- From a New York Times feature on the friendship between Willie Nelson and Dan Rather. I've been listening to Sirius a lot. I'm into Willie's Roadhouse—it's the best station on … [Read more...]

Country California’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Ho Ho... Hold it for just a second there. Giving a Spotify gift card this Christmas? You might as well give a note that says "I know you like music, but don't know enough about it or about you to come up with a more specific idea." Here are our picks for the season's smartest, savviest gifts for the country music faithful in your life. Gifts that show some real thought and initiative. Stuff with some personality. Items they might not even know about or realize they'll love until they see … [Read more...]