- Even though it’s Farce the Music’s third birthday, Trailer gave us a present: An extra-long July Country Day, featuring 25 parody album covers of everyone from Sugarland and Chris Young to Jeff Bridges and Robin Meade. Head over there and wish him a happy birthday, won’t you?
- Ben Foster of The 1-to-10 Country Music Review on The Dirt Drifters’ “Always a Reason.”
Is [it] as good as the all-time classic country drinking songs? Debatable. Will it stand the test of time? We’ll see. Is it a competent, fresh take on a classic theme, not to mention one great slice of barroom country-rock? Definitely.
- It turns out Kenny Rogers might have been involved in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination.
- Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Wronglers on NPR’s Mountain Stage.
- Peter Cooper has a nice feature on musical (and real-life) partners Amanda Shires and Rod Picott in The Tennessean. Picott on finding his path in the music business:
“I came here to try and write hit country songs,” he says. “I met with Jody Williams, who was at Mercury back then, and played him some songs. He said, ‘These are songs I’d listen to around my pool, but they’re not songs that are going to be hits on country radio. We can teach you how to write the stuff that we write here, but I don’t think you should do it. You should find a way to start making records.’ ”
- Craig Shelburne’s latest playlist of independent music at the CMT site includes the Del McCoury Band, Diana Jones, Jason Isbell, and Zoe Muth. Good stuff.
- The Eli Young Band’s new album, Life at Best, arrives August 16.
- Gretchen Peters is among those nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
- From Drunken Martina on Twitter:
MARTINA FUN FACT: If you’re playing “Independence Day” at your 4th of July picnic, you probably don’t understand the song very well.
- In his latest blog post, Aaron Watson writes about why he doesn’t drink and tells of some of the complications and misunderstandings that arise for a teetotaling Texas honky tonk musician.
- Tune into the Opry tonight to catch Josh Thompson, Sarah Darling, Mandy Barnett, Exile, The Whites, Bobby Osborne, Bill Anderson, and Little Jimmy Dickens. 7PM CST at WSM Online.