New Blake Shelton Album Bumped to Nov. 18; Features Miranda
- The success of Blake Shelton‘s latest single prompted his label to announce a Nov. 18 rush-release date for his next album, Startin’ Fires. The album borrows it’s title from the song “Good at Startin’ Fires.” Fans might think the song is for his girlfriend, Miranda Lambert, and Shelton says those thoughts wouldn’t be unfounded. Lambert herself will duet on “Bare Skin Rug.”
“We wanted to write a song that was kind of set back in the old days, and how lucky you were, probably, if you were a hillbilly to even find somebody of the opposite sex, much less somebody you weren’t kin to,” Shelton says. “So we wrote a beautiful love song about that.”
- Jamey Johnson is featured in a recent post on the Rolling Stone music blog, and he provides the following nugget about the inspiration behind “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk”: “a drunk dancing girl with “60 pounds of butt meat.”
- Self-professed Democrat Toby Keith shares his views on this year’s political race in an interview with CMT and says he’s registering as an independent because of the left’s extreme hammering of Palin.
- Meanwhile, Ralph Stanley recorded a down-home radio spot endorsing Obama that you can listen to on TPM Election Central.
- John Hiatt, the most recent recipient of the Americana Music Association’s lifetime achievement award for songwriting, is performing a series of dates in October along the East Coast with Lyle Lovett. They’ll perform side-by-side in an old-fashioned guitar pull. It’ll be similar to the concerts they’ve done with Guy Clark and Joe Ely, who they filmed an episode of Austin City Limits with that will air on Oct. 18.
- Check out this picture of Taylor Swift and her demon cat.
- Bruce Robison has plenty to say about the Billy Joe Shaver shooting to Austin360.com‘s Michael Hoinski, unfortunately he asked that it not be repeated. He does however, comment on his recently released album, collaborating with his wife, Kelly Willis, and that ever elusive question–what is country music?
Save for a couple of songs — like “Only,” buoyed by banjo, rhyming couplets and an occasional holler — the album definitely isn’t the stereotypical country music the reality show “Nashville Star” implores of its contestants. All forced croon and twang. Not much nuance. Still, Robison insists “The New World” is country through and through. OK then, what is country?
“That’s something to do over 50 beers with your buddies, you know?” Robison says. ” ‘Cause you can’t work it out.
“If you just played, like, Hank (Williams) Sr., then definitely everybody would say you’re country. But that, to me, is retro. And that’s the struggle within country music these days, is I have no interest in being retro, any more than Willie Nelson did … or probably Hank Sr. in his time.”
- The Great Smoky Mountains National Park named Dolly Parton the official ambassador for their 75th anniversary.
- In an ironic twist of fate, it’s been announced that Jessica Simpson will join Rascal Flatts‘ Bob That Head Tour as the opening act in 2009.
- Mark McKinney talks about balancing family life with touring, and West Texas, in a short Q&A with Craig Cummings.
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill own their own island.
- On Saturday, a company called SongVest will open a two-week auction to allow fans to bid on a share of songwriters’ future royalties for certain songs. For instance, you could own a piece of “Whisper My Name” or “Look Heart, No Hands,” both recorded by Randy Travis. Or maybe you want something that was recorded by Trisha Yearwood, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes or Garth Brooks–they’re included, too, but it’ll cost you a heavy chunk of change.
- Watch Overstock‘s first commercial featuring Joey+Rory.
- NPR Music is featuring half a dozen songs performed by The SteelDrivers on Mountain Stage.
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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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- Sonicjar Music: Agree with Lucas, But one thing is certain, for a song to come to existence, so many things have to ...