- Vince Gill will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012. Also getting stars: Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, Matt Groening, Adam West, Barry White, Heart.
- The Oklahoman has details and a full track/performer listing for the huge Guy Clark tribute album This One’s for Him, due November 1. I think we’re looking at album of the year material here.
- “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” will air August 7 on ABC. It’ll feature pretty much all the people you’d expect it to feature, including Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery. In compliance with the equal-time rule, shouldn’t there also be a Country’s Night to Country?
- In his latest Nashville Skyline column, Chet Flippo returns to the age-old question of “who’s gonna fill their shoes?” and notes that even the great sidemen (Clarence Clemons, Don Helms) are passing on.
- Finally free of Curb, Hank Williams III will release four new records on September 6… including a straight country double album called Ghost to a Ghost/Guttertown. Saving Country Music has details.
- A Truer Sound points out a free covers EP called Textiles on Main Street by Kasey Anderson, which includes versions of “Atlantic City,” “LA County,” and “Loretta.”
- The Bama Rising benefit concert held June 14 at Birmingham’s BJCC Arena raised over $2.1 million for tornado recovery. Performers at the benefit included Rodney Atkins, Dierks Bentley, Bo Bice, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Luke Bryan, Sheryl Crow, Sara Evans, Taylor Hicks, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry, David Nail, Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Ashton Shepherd, The Commodores, and event organizers Alabama.
- NPR has your exclusive first listen to the new Buddy Holly tribute album featuring recordings by Paul McCartney, Cee Lo Green, Justin Townes Earle, Patti Smith, Kid Rock, and many more.
- Taste of Country’s Kevin Richards spoke with recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Jean Shepard, who isn’t one to mince words:
Q: There are several legends who should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Kenny Rogers, the Oak Ridge Boys, Jack Greene, and Ronnie Milsap come to mind. Who do you think is overdue for induction into the Hall?
A: To me, you’re getting ahead of yourself. This is just my opinion, Kevin. I’ll tell you like I think it is. Kenny Rogers, NO. The Oak Ridge Boys, NO. Not now, maybe in about 8-10 years. But you speak of people like Jack Greene, the Wilburn Brothers, Leroy Van Dyke, Jimmy C. Newman, Skeeter Davis, Jim Ed Brown and the Browns, and Mac Wiseman. These are the people I think should be in there first, and I’m very vocal about it. I have nothing against Kenny Rogers and the Oak Ridge Boys — there’s none greater!
- Jim Lauderdale opened up about his life and career to Chris Mateer at No Depression.
- Starting June 27, Colt Ford will cohost (with comedian Marc Ryan) a new show called “Mudslingers” on The Outdoor Channel. If hosting shows means less time for him to sing, I’m all for it.
- Occasional Hope wrote about Heirloom Music by Jimmie Dale Gilmore and The Wronglers.
- Holly Gleason reviewed a Wronglers/Gilmore live show for No Depression:
Still, the depth and lasting impact comes down to soul. Often haunted soul, but always music from some deeper place. Early in the show, Gilmore brought his quivering tenor to the traditional “In The Pines,” a riveting song in most people’s hands; but in Gilmore’s it is a chilling reminder of loss, pain and mortality. As his voice rises, one can get chill bumps – and know someone has been inside their darkest places and understands.
- Larry Lee the Primitive Baptist quoted scripture in his review of Alan Jackson’s “Long Way to Go.”
- Chris Thile and Michael Daves stopped by the Paste offices to perform a five-song set, all of which is available for viewing/listening on the Paste website. Awesome.
- Jewly Hight wrote a Nashville Scene feature on Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, who are releasing their new album The Harrow & the Harvest next week after an eight year wait:
The truth of the matter, Welch volunteers, is that the songs just weren’t coming — at least not songs they were happy with. And that’s a mighty disconcerting thing for a pair of world-class songwriters. “I feel fairly confident that both Dave and myself would’ve gone completely insane had we not been performing,” says Welch.
What Welch and Rawlings didn’t do — make an album anyway, however uninspired it might have felt — says a lot about their priorities and standards. “I would have been really disappointed,” she says, “if what this record was was a cherry-picking of one song from 2003, one song from 2004. … I wouldn’t know what to make of that, because I’m such a fan of the album. I’m such an album-oriented artist.”
- Tonight on the Opry: Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Jewell, Del McCoury Band, Crystal Gayle, lots of other folks. Tomorrow night, Frankie Ballard, Foster & Lloyd, Dailey & Vincent, Del McCoury Band again, lots of other folks. Tune in live at 7PM CST at WSM Online.
- Check out the new music video for Shania Twain’s “Today Is Your Day.”