John Jennings, who rose to prominence in the 1980s for his work with Mary Chapin Carpenter, died of kidney cancer over the weekend. He was 61. Country Universe’s Kevin John Coyne ranked his favorite Rosanne Cash songs. His list is heavier on Cash’s 1980s work than Leeann Ward’s ranking from last month. Farce the Music collected more of those always-entertaining TwitterFAILs and TwitterWINs. Saving Country Music listed country music’s greatest prison albums, several of which are not by men … [Read more...]
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Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley, and Eric Paslay performed “The Driver” on Fallon. A nice conversation with Bobby Braddock has been uploaded to the Coffee, Country & Cody podcast. Braddock’s new book is Bobby Braddock: A Life on Nashville’s Music Row. Chris Stapleton performed about half of his new album, plus “Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey,” on Mountain Stage. You can hear his whole set here. Here's the first in a series of videos of Taylor Swift discussing her career arc with the Recording … [Read more...]
Thank God that Scotty McCreery biography we’ve all been waiting on will be out in 2016. CMT’s Edward Morris has a report on the induction of Rosanne Cash, Even Stevens, Mark James, and Craig Wiseman into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Sunday night, including the moment when “Wiseman summoned his wife to the stage, where, without prelude or explanation, she recited ‘The Lord’s Prayer.’” Stay peculiar, Nashville. Farce the Music counted down Sam Hunt’s 10 countriest … [Read more...]
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...]
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...]