Carrie Underwood’s Third Album Titled Play On; Kitty Wells Celebrates 90 Years
- Carrie Underwood’s Nov. 3rd album will be called Play On.
- The Chicago Sun-Time’s Bobby Reed reviews the first of two Carrie Underwood sets at Ravina in Higland Park, IL:
The back-to-back performances of “I Told You So” (originally a hit for Randy Travis) and “Twisted” illustrated the fine line Underwood walks between country and pop music. That first song is a favorite of crowds at the traditional-leaning Grand Ole Opry, where Underwood is the youngest member. The latter is a weak pop song that opened with a swirl of futuristic synthesizer sounds at Ravinia. The contrast was a bit unsettling
- Zac Brown Band’s debut national release The Foundation has gone Platinum.
- Peter Cooper has an awesome feature on Kitty Wells’ 90th birthday party at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Nashville.
Sunday, Ernest Tubb Record Shops CEO David McCormick paid for a couple of hours of commercial-free airtime on WSM AM 650. WSM disc jockey Eddie Stubbs led an emotional, music-filled tribute to Wells that concluded with the Country Music Hall of Famer doing what she so often does: Sitting on a couch, arm-in-arm with her 95-year-old husband, Johnny Wright, with whom she’ll soon celebrate her 72nd wedding anniversary[...] There are celebrity marriages that don’t even last 72 days now,” quipped Stubbs.
- The Oklahoman’s Brandy McDonnel has an interesting profile with Lee Ann Womack. Responding to a question about “I Hope You Dance,” Womack says:
“It’s a curse and a blessing[...]Mainly it’s a blessing because … I can have a career off that one song; well, I have had a certain career off that one song. But the good thing about it is it enables me to be able to go and do what I want to do, and that’s play real traditional country music.”
- The release of Toby Keith’s next album American Ride has been moved up a week. The disc will drop on Oct. 6th.
- The CMA Songwriter Series will continue this fall with shows in Los Angeles and Chicago. Lee Ann Womack will take the stage at the Windy City’s Joe’s Bar on Oct. 2nd, and at the Chicago Country Music Festival on the following day. Songwriting phenom Kellie Pickler will share the stories behind her songs at Sept. 15th House of Blues show in the L.A..
- The Tennessean reports that Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? will be going country for a week, starting on September 7th. The lineup of contestants will include Big Kenny, Jack Ingram, Heidi Newfield, Bucky Covington and Emily West.
- Willie Nelson talks about his life and new album, American Classic, with the Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis.
“I’m real lucky,” this remarkable 76-year-old road warrior says, leaning forward and flashing an easy grin. “My health is as good as it’s ever been. My lungs are in good shape-and there are lots of people all over the world wondering how that could be, like Michael Phelps.”
- Reuters reports that Sugarland will release its first holiday album on Oct. 6th. Green and Gold will feature 10 songs, five of which will be Nettles/Bush originals.
- 10 essential Shania Twain tracks, courtesy of Country Universe’s Starter Kit series.
- Entertainment Weekly’s Whitney Pastorek is not impressed with the latest Jack Ingram disc:
“…the Faustian bargain this respected Texas veteran made to strike it rich in Nashville is abundantly clear.”
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- Catwandy: I guess Matt C. is eating his well-deserved crow 'bout now. Critics....gotta love 'em , bless their little hearts.
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- kate wonders: Roni Stoneman is still on Hee Haw every Sunday night on RFD channel.
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- Leona Jones: I seen Chris at the Grand Ole Opry last week.. First time I have heard of him.. He rocked the ...
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