- Over the weekend, Trace Adkins and family lost their Brentwood residence to a fire that began in the garage and quickly spread to the rest of the house. A nanny and three of Adkins’ daughters were home at the time; thankfully, they all managed to escape safely. You can read a bit about the home, as it once existed, in this USA Today ‘at home’ feature from the 2006 holiday season.
- The Tennessean‘s article on “How 6 rising CMA stars bypassed Music Row roadblocks” includes bits on The Civil Wars, Mandy Barnett, and Jacob Lyda. Barnett on teaming selectively with companies like Cracker Barrel on individual projects rather than remaining under contract to anyone exclusively:
I can’t do it on my own, but the days of signing a proper record deal or doing records by committee are over. It’s a soul-killer.
- If you’re the sort of person who likes cool things, you just might be the sort of person who would enjoy the new Wine, Women & Song: Live at Green’s Grocery DVD, featuring an hour of interviews and songs with Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, and Suzy Bogguss. You can order it here.
- Meanwhile, Bloodshot Records has a new 13-song Spring Cleaning Sampler available for free download at Amazon MP3. Includes Robbie Fulks, Jay Farrar, The Waco Brothers, etc.
- Country Universe wants to know “A Song That Expresses Your Worldview.” Heavy stuff for a Monday morning, but I’ll go with “Pilgrim’s Progress” by Kris Kristofferson.
- Longtime manager Clarence Spalding on Ronnie Dunn’s new music, which hits stores tomorrow:
In his eyes I think he thinks it’s the most important record of his new career. Ronnie doesn’t really have hobbies. He lives the music business. He writes, he records, he sings, he tours. You ask him what his hobby is, he’s not a guy that plays golf or anything else. The music business consumes him and that’s what this project did — it just consumed him.
- Nice overview of Buddy Cannon’s career — from playing in the bands of Bob Luman and Mel Tillis in the ’70s to producing virtually all of Kenny Chesney’s hits — by Edward Morris at CMT.
- See a fan climb onstage and immediately get sacked by a security guard while Darius Rucker sings “History in the Making.” The speed with which the whole matter is handled is impressive.
- Live from Threadgill’s South during this year’s SXSW festival, Music Fog caught Eleven Hundred Springs frontman Matt Hillyer delivering a solo version of “This Ain’t the First Time.”