Kristofferson to star alongside Affleck, Aniston

Jim Malec | August 30th, 2007

  • Kris Kristofferson will appear with Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson, and Drew Barrymore in the upcoming film titled, “He’s Just Not That Into You,” based on the book of the same name, which claims to offer the, “No-excuses truth to understanding guys.”

    Didn’t Tracy Byrd already cover everything the ladies need to know in “The Truth About Men”?

  • CMT’s “Cross-Country” concert featuring Miranda Lambert and Jack Ingram debuts on cmt.com today. It’s the first full-length “Cross-Country” show to be released online in advance of its television airing.
  • Chris Neal writes that it’s almost impossible to politically pigeonhole Merle Haggard. He wrote “The Okie From Muskogee” and “The Fightin’ Side of Me”, opposed the Iraq war, and stood up for the Dixie Chicks. Earlier this year he wrote a song titled “Hillary” about making Hillary Clinton the president. He says he’s not really sold on her yet, though.

    Merle says he nonetheless offered the song to the Clinton campaign, which gratefully accepted–then, rather than adopting it as a theme song, conducted a poll of supporters to choose a campaign anthem instead. “That pissed me off at her,” he admits. “I felt like that was sort of a slap in the face.”

    Told that the winning song was Canadian pop singer Celine Dion’s “You and I,” Merle snorts. “Celine Dion?” he chuckles. “Well, that’s good.”

  • Country Standard Time reports that Faith Hill will be handling NBC’s Sunday Night Football theme song, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night.”
  • Kevin from Country Universe has posted a lengthy interview with Suzy Bogguss, in which she discusses, among other things, her career “breakthroughs,” and her recent turn from contemporary (radio) Country.

    “I’d play New York in Greenwich Village, and I made friends with Shawn Colvin. I played up in Cambridge and made friends with Suzanne Vega. I made friends with Nanci Griffith and all these other singer-songwriters, and we’d wander around the country.”

  • Rodney Atkins is racking up hits, garnering his third straight number one single with “These Are my People” by dethroning Kenny Chesney’s reigning “Never Wanted Nothing More,” which had been perched atop the charts for four weeks.
  • Our favorite Checotahn Carrie Underwood says that she chose Carnival Ride as the title of her new album because it reflects the, “wonderful craziness that I’ve been through over the past couple years.”
  • Six Country stars made the cut on Shoutmouth.com‘s list of the Top-50 “Hottest Women in Music”:

    #48 – Miranda Lambert
    #37 – Dixie Chicks
    #32 – Danielle Peck
    #20 – Shania Twain
    #10 – Faith Hill
    #03 – Carrie Underwood

    Jessica Simpson came in at #1, but I think we should count her as Country, since she apparently hopes to be like Patsy Cline.

  • If you live in or around New York City, I strongly reccomend you make plans to be at Joe’s Pub on Oct. 4th, when the CMA Songwriter’s Series features Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters, Sarah Buxton, and Carolyn Dawn Johnson. These ladies are four of the finest songwriters you’ll ever have a chance to hear.
  1. Heidi
    August 30, 2007 at 10:53 am

    Carnival Ride??? I think that one’s taken. Wait. It was “Enjoy the Ride”. What’s the difference?

  2. Kevin
    August 30, 2007 at 12:16 pm

    I’m catching three shows at Joe’s Pub this fall, including the 6:30 of the songwriter’s night you mention. I’m also going to see Suzy Bogguss (Sept. 21) and Kathy Mattea (Oct. 24)

    They’ve announced another CMA Songwriter’s Night for Nov. but they haven’t said who’s going to be there yet.

    Thanks for the shout-out regarding the interview w/Suzy. I just want to note that the quote you pulled was referring to when she was getting started (back before she had a record deal), not to anything she’s currently doing. We didn’t discuss a turn away from contemporary country directly in the interview, though she did mention early on that she was over-singing at one point in her career to match the females on the radio.

  3. Kevin
    August 30, 2007 at 12:17 pm

    I like the “Hillary” song, but I doubt she’d want her campaign anthem to have a direct reference to her husband’s infidelity. Though if we’re going to go that route with campaign songs, I can’t wait to hear “Rudy!”

  4. gaby
    August 31, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Anyone hear that there are supposedly 19 songs on Carrie’s upcoming album? Is this just a typo?

    http://netmusiccountdown.com/inc/news_article.php?id=13341
    “It must have felt like the ultimate carnival ride lead in to her sophomore album that will be titled, Carnival Ride when it hits stores October 23rd. THE FIRST SINGLE, ³So Small,² one of 19 tracks on the CD.”

  5. Chris N.
    August 31, 2007 at 9:11 am

    The press release I have doesn’t mention the number of tracks. I think they’re confused because the label is “19 Recordings.”

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