Fox Adds New Country Music Awards Show; ‘Hee Haw’ Creator Passed Away; Merle Haggard Offers Advice
- Fox plans to launch a new country music awards telecast on Dec. 6, less than a month after the annual CMAs. The two-hour show, titled American Country Awards, will be different from the other country music award shows in that the winners will be voted on by fans.
- In an article for Guideposts, Randy Houser wrote about how playing for the troops in Iraq inspired him to finish a song he’d been working on.
- The Trishas posted a new studio recording to MySpace, which hopefully means an album is on the horizon.
- CMT’s Craig Shelburne took a look back at 25 country artists who hit the top of the charts with their debut single.
- Vanity Fair published an interview with Merle Haggard in which, among other things, he explains why he quit signing autographs, recounts a prison story about Shitty Fred, and offers sound advice to beginners for jumping on a moving freight train:
What’s the Merle Haggard formula for successful freight train jumping?
Well, first thing is you gotta keep pace with it. If you can’t run as fast as the train, it’s never going to happen. Also, keep your eyes in front of you. A lot of people just look at where they’re jumping, and that’s how accidents happen. One time I was trying to get on a train and I hit one of those railroad switches. It knocked me hard, sent me tumbling through the air backwards. It should’ve killed me, but I got up without a scratch.
- Out of the 14 songs on Tim O’Brien‘s new album, Chicken & Egg, he counts “Not Afraid O’ Dyin’,” a song about various things his father told him, as his favorite.
- Kelly Dearmore recapped his stint as a judge for one round of the Shiner Rising Star competition in Grapevine, Texas last week. The bands Chasing Grayson, The Big Benders, and the Keller Hicks Band were competing to move on to the next round, putting them one step closer to a record deal with Shiner Records.
- John Aylesworth, one of the co-creators of the comedy-variety show Hee Haw, passed away last Wednesday at the age of 81 from complications of pneumonia.
- Jaron Lowenstein, a.k.a. Jaron and the Long Road to Love, on musical gerrymandering:
I think people are still confused by what’s happening, but the reality is that if you ask Kid Rock or Darius Rucker, you ask any of these guys, they’ll tell you the same thing: country went pop, we didn’t go country. I don’t think Jewel wakes up in the morning and just goes “I want to make a country record.” We set out to make music and find an audience, we just need an audience that appreciates us and connects with us. All those Vertical Horizons, Lisa Loebs and Semisonics, when pop radio became rhythmic and hip-hop they had nowhere to go, and country was the closest thing. If you listen to a Keith Urban or Lady Antebellum song, those are straight-up pop songs. There’s that whole wink-wink “I’ll throw a banjo or a mandolin in” thing, but it’s pop.
- The 1,700-mile walk Jimmy Wayne began in Nashville on Jan. 1 ended yesterday in Phoenix, but his journey of raising awareness for teens that age out of foster care will continue on.
- Gary Allan helped raise $225,000 a couple of weeks ago for the Dempster Family Foundation, an organization founded by Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster to lend support to charities and organizations supporting children with 22q11.2 deletion (DiGeorge Syndrome/VCFS).
- Jewel cites songs from Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, Townes Van Zandt, Don Williams, and Miranda Lambert among her favorite country songs.
- Jennifer Nettles on the use of Auto-Tune in Sugarland‘s new single:
“[The Auto-Tune] is almost like a comic piece for us,” she said, “because everybody is doing it, and we thought, ‘Oh god, yes. If we’re gonna be able to put it anywhere, please, let’s put it right here.’ It was really just a moment of fun for us in the studio. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh yeah, this is cool.’ It was like, ‘This is hysterical.’ I mean, we’ve already put in a reggae breakdown. Which by the way, it’s not reggae country. It’s a breakdown. I think you’re allowed anything in a musical breakdown. Maybe I do have an inner Sean Kingston, or an inner Bob Marley. Something is going on here, I’m sure of it.
- Farce the Music discovered video of Merle Haggard impersonating Marty Robbins, and Country California unearthed video of an impossibly young Ronnie Dunn.
- Jimmy Webb talked a little bit about his approach to songwriting in an interview with Country Weekly.
- Amazon MP3 is offering 50 country albums for $5. Lot’s of good choices, too.
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