- Toby Keith talks to the San Jose Mercury News:
Q: Does it ever frustrate you that your fans come to your shows more to party than to listen closely to music?
A: No. I never had fun going to a concert and just sitting there and watching somebody stand and sing. . . . So I always want to come out with a bang and blow their heads off every time.
- Around the Bend is Randy Travis’ highest-debuting album ever, showing up at #14 on the Billboard Top 200.
- It seems like everyone else loves Hayes Carll’s latest album, but Carll isn’t sure how he feels about it yet.
- Janis Fontaine at Yee-Haw Junction has nice things to say about the Brooks & Dunn concert at Florida’s Cruzan Amphitheatre this past Saturday, but isn’t so big on opening act Rodney Atkins’ ball cap. I’m with you, Janis. James Otto also performed.
- Also this past Saturday, Alan Jackson and opening act The Zac Brown Band tore it up at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Orange County, CA.
- Remember the Montana man arrested last year for impersonating Merle Haggard’s son? He’s pleading not guilty.
- Emmylou Harris talked to SFGate last weekend in preparation for her performance in Saratoga yesterday.
- Dan Roberts, Danny Steagall, and Dusty Drake will perform in a Songwriters Showcase for charity in Victoria, TX on August 7. Between them, they’ve written hits for Garth Brooks, Mark Chesnutt, Janie Fricke, Gretchen Wilson, Joe Diffie, and others.
- Gearing up for the September release of Father Time, Hal Ketchum talks about how being put out to pasture by country radio has given him the freedom to return to a rootsier sound, experiment with a more organic studio process, and play more intimate venues.
- Lee Ann Womack talks about Finding My Way Home, the 2006 album that was shelved (partially at her own request), and looks forward to the release of Call Me Crazy later this year.