- Buddy Jewell is cornering the market on ill-conceived, opportunistic patriot anthems. Visit his website to hear the song after “This Ain’t Mexico” on his upcoming album. It’s called “What This Country’s Comin’ To” – immediate red flag – and the lyrics read, in part:
I’ll defend your right to set fire to the flag I love
If you’ll wrap yourself up in it before you fire it up
Also, he’ll put a boot in your…
- Jeff at BuddyTV talks to Nashville Star judge Jeffrey Steele, who says that Melissa Lawson is the best singer, Gabe Garcia will probably win, and Ashlee Hewitt will do something regardless of how she finishes.
- Speaking of Nashville Star, here are articles about two traditional singers who didn’t make the show: Kelton French of Milton, FL and Chris Morris of McAlester, OK. Sorry, guys, Gabe got your spot.
- The Atlanta Journal-Constitution prepares for an Alison Krauss / Robert Plant show by recounting a few recent country-rock pairings.
- A listening party for Randy Travis’ new album, Around the Bend (via a tip posted at Real Country Radio forums)
- The Arkansas Democrat Gazette talks to Robbie Fulks, whose son and father-in-law apparently came in third place on The Amazing Race last year. Anyone see it?
- Cinema Blend has a curious list of the “Top 5 Artists Willie Nelson Has Never Worked With… But Should.” The author evidently hasn’t heard of Nelson’s recent collaboration with Snoop Dogg.
- Chris Morris at LA CityBeat reviews a new Bear Family boxed set, Act Naturally: The Buck Owens Recordings 1953-1964, which will be the first in a series of Owens sets from the well-respected company.
- Charlie Louvin has two new albums coming out by year’s end. The gospel-themed Steps to Heaven is due in September. Charlie Louvin Sings Murder Ballads & Disaster Songs will follow in December. Sounds to me like a winning combination. Good work, Charlie.
- George Jones is sticking up for friend Ronnie Gilley in a radio ad airing in Alabama’s 2nd district.