Pop and country singer Billy Joe Royal passed away at the age of 73. A couple surrendered after being identified as suspects in the assault of Nashville producer Dave Brainard. The male suspect, charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault, appears to be smirking slightly in his booking photo. In his first interview since the assault, Dave Brainard spoke (through a jaw wired shut) to The Tennessean’s Nate Rau. Asked about what he thinks might have motivated the assault, … [Read more...]
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Legendary Nashville radio station WSM is celebrating its 90th year. Here are the 2015 IBMA Awards winners, including Shawn Camp for Male Vocalist (!) and plenty of The Earls of Leicester. Octogenarian Ralph Stanley had to cancel his Hardly Strictly Bluegrass appearance and other shows after falling and fracturing a pelvic bone. Stanley plans to be back on the road later this month. For some reason, a promo email I received touting Thomas Rhett’s first-week sales numbers doesn’t mention … [Read more...]
The new Charles Kelley single is being praised at Country Perspective and around the Twittersphere. Listening to the single reminded me of a quote from a January 2014 roundup where Kelley said (of Lady Antebellum’s next musical direction) that “It might be kind of nice to go back and have a more traditional sound.” Maybe his solo work will be that outlet? Kelley also announced, at an industry showcase where he played several new songs, that there is indeed a full solo album in the … [Read more...]
Bonnie Brown, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame next month as part of The Browns, revealed that she is battling lung cancer. Older brother and fellow The Browns member Jim Ed Brown just died from a different form of lung cancer in June. Producer Dave Brainard, known for his work with Brandy Clark, Jamey Johnson, and Jerrod Niemann, suffered an especially cruel assault early Sunday morning, and was left unconscious with a broken jaw, severe lacerations to his face, and … [Read more...]
George Strait announced a new album (Cold Beer Conversation, available tomorrow through Walmart and Apple Music) and a few shows with Kacey Musgraves at the new 20,000-seat Las Vegas Arena in 2016. Here’s a handwritten note from George Strait that’s currently on display as part of the Eric Church exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Tennessean’s Juli Thanki reviewed last night’s sparkly, sold-out Kacey Musgraves show at the Ryman Auditorium. "Baby, Don't Get Hooked On … [Read more...]
Colbert's Late Show is off to a strong start, musically speaking: Chris Stapleton performed “Nobody to Blame” from Traveller. Don Henley performed “Too Much Pride” from Cass County. Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp performed “Night Life.” Chris Stapleton had a few songwriting tips for Stephen Colbert as well. Stapleton also got an American Songwriter cover story that was just posted online today. That same (September/October) issue of American Songwriter features this article … [Read more...]
The big winners at last night’s Americana Music Awards were Sturgill Simpson for Artist and Song (“Turtles All the Way Down”), Lucinda Williams for Album (Where the Spirit Meets the Bone), The Mavericks for Duo/Group, Shakey Graves for Emerging Artist, John Leventhal for Instrumentalist, and people in the audience for hearing neat performances. Sturgill Simpson soulfully covered Stax Records staple “You Don’t Miss Your Water” at a show in North Carolina. Jason Isbell gave an excellent, … [Read more...]