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dow, Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:24 (six months ago) link

Now then: Chuck Eddy's account is still messed up, despite requests---mods too cool---so here's his Nashville Scene ballot re 2019:

Chuck sez:
Sent in my ballot a few weeks ago, before I heard the album by Mike and the Moonpies, which may well have made my list if I had.


1. Miranda Lambert - Wildcard (Vanner/RCA)
2. Heathen Apostles - Dust To Dust (Ratchet Blade)
3. The Rails - Cancel The Sun (Psychonaut Sounds)
4. Kalie Shorr - Open Book (Kalie Shorr)
5. Tom Russell - October in the Railroad Earth (Frontera)
6. Tara Thompson — Hillbilly Christmas (TDT Enterprises)
7. Granville Automatic - Radio Hymns (Granville Automatic)
8. Reba McEntire - Stronger Than the Truth (Big Machine )
9. Billie Davis - Rosie's Cantina (Market Square)
10. Tone Bringsdal — Prologue (Mother Likes It EP}


1. Blanco Brown - “The Git Up”
2. YelaWolf - “Opie Taylor”
3. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus - “Old Town Road (Remix)”
4. The Highwomen - “Highwomen”
5. Merle Hazard - “(Gimme Some of That) Ol’ Atonal Music”
6. Michael Salgado - “Honky Tonk Education”
7. Meat Puppets - “Nine Pins”
8. Paul Cauthen - “Cocaine Country Dancing”
9. Dillon Carmichael - “99 Problems (Fish Ain’t One)”
10. RaeLynn - “Bra Off”


Lone Justice - The Western Tapes, 1983 (Omnivore EP)

dow, Thursday, 2 January 2020 02:27 (six months ago) link

Seems kind of perverse to not rank The Highwomen album (a better LP than Miranda’s, by any measure); and to choose the one song from that album which is essentially a rewritten cover of a “classic” tune... but whatever.

the beer of champagnes (morrisp), Thursday, 2 January 2020 03:05 (six months ago) link

My ballot, as sent---the blogged version (with comments, although most so far were on RC 2019) will prob have some adds, incl. some from Chuck's list, most likely):

(just in the order they come to mind)
1.Tyler Childers: Country Squire
2.Rodney Crowell: Texas
3. Caroline Spence: Mint Condition
4. Willie Nelson: Ride Me Back Home
5.Kalie Shorr: Open Book
6. Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury
7.Kelsey Weldon: White Noise/White Lines
8. Justin Townes Earle: The Saint of Lost Causes
9. Allison Moorer: Blood
10. Patty Griffin: s/t
Hon. Mention: Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis: Beautiful Lie
About Half Good (60-45%), in descending order of Goodness or goodness:
Maren Morris: Girl, Highwomen: s/t, Hayes Carll: What It Is, Tanya Tucker: While I’m Livin’

Trivial Pursuit: Miranda Lambert: Wildcard

Milk Dud: Amanda Ann Platt & The Honeycutters: Live at the Grey Eagle

(in descending order of relevance)
1.Bob Dylan (Featuring Johnny Cash) Travelin Thru, 1967-1969: The Bootleg Series Vol. 15
(Cash incl. In credit on listing)
2. Reggie Young: Guitar Session Star
3. Sir Douglas Quintet: The Complete Mercury Masters
(digital-only re-reissue
(scroll waaay down for re-reissue date)
4. Link Wray: Rocks (Bear Family beast).
1.Sheryl Crow: Threads
2.Hot Club of Cowtown: Wild Kingdom
3. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Dance Chapter Four: Memphis
4.Lillie Mae: Other Girls
5.Arthur Russell: Iowa Dream
6.Lost Bayou Ramblers: Asteur
7. Peter Stampfel & Atomic Mega-Pagans: The Ordivician Era

dow, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:01 (six months ago) link

My take on that Link Wray collection was posted on this redoubtable thread, which I recently discovered:
Rockabilly - essentials?

dow, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 04:05 (six months ago) link

(a better LP than Miranda’s, by any measure)

you got this backward, hoss

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:10 (six months ago) link

or at least put an "imo" somewhere

alpine static, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:11 (six months ago) link

Feel free to mentally place an implied "IMO" into every one of my posts, "hoss" ;)

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 20:22 (six months ago) link

I so suck for typo in Kelsey *Waldon*'s listing on sent ballot. My Matana Roberts comments are on Rolling Jazz Thread 2019
My and other comments on, good discussion of AR's latest here: Ok . MORE Arthur Russell (But This Is Great)

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 04:41 (six months ago) link

Post more Top Tens!

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 04:44 (six months ago) link

My most strictly thread-relevant Reggie Young comments are on RC 2019, but these are def. Related---from the Sweet Soul Music thread:

First listen to Reggie Young's Guitar Session Man has my headphones spinning: so much to take in, so much goodness coming at me from all directions, and would be so even if there weren't 24 tracks on one CD. Most thread-relevant elements noticed so far:
The only Muscle Shoals-recorded track is Little Milton's '02 version of Vince Gill's '90s country hit "Whenever You Come Around," here with a questing soul orchestra, layered and strong as the ones released like hounds in '60s Memphis, on the Box Tops' cover of Hank Snow's "I'm Movin' On" and Elvis's run with Percy Mayfield's "Stranger In My Own Hometown."
Most of this is from Memphis, incl. duh Dusty Springfield's performance of Gerry Goffin & Carole King's "Don't Forget About Me," which was on a single w the Fritts-written "Breakfast in Bed."
Fritts' KK bandmate Billy Swan rolls out of Nashville with a fast version of his own "Lover Please," a big late-doo wop hit for Clyde McPhatter :this take is more like what Ringo was doing at his 70s solo peak.
We also get the prime of James Carr, Solomom Burke, Bobby Blue Bland, and many others---my absolute fave rave at the moment is Jackie DeShannon's departure with "I Wanna Roo You," here a fast crashy waltz, mostly (slowing down for the bridge, but it's a set-up, like the mellow verses on "I'm Movin' On), and she's often, though not always, wailing the chorus as "I want to ruin ruin ruin you. Ruin you tonight."

― dow, Monday, October 21, 2019


― Beware of Mr. Blecch, er...what? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, October 21

Yeah! And Ace Records annotator Bob Dunham mentions Young's hot solos on the Swan track as prob not the sort of thing released on Nashville product since Mac Gayden's previous work with Area Code 615, which reminds me that this selection is immediately followed by the Gayden-written "Morning Glory," vigorously presented by James & Bobby Purify---they and the Box Tops also did versions of "I'm Your Puppet," right?

― dow, Monday, October 21,

Yes. They had the hit on that one.

― Beware of Mr. Blecch, er...what? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, October 21,

thanks discogs:

1 –Eddie Bond & His Stompers* Slip, Slip, Slippin' In
2 –Bill Black's Combo Carol
3 –Bobby Bland A Touch Of The Blues
4 –Jerry & Reggie* Dream Baby
5 –The Box Tops* I'm Movin' On
6 –Willie Mitchell The Champion - Part 1
7 –Solomon Burke Meet Me In Church
8 –Joe Tex Chicken Crazy
9 –King Curtis & The King Pins* In The Pocket
10 –James Carr More Love
11 –Dusty Springfield Don't Forget About Me
12 –Elvis Presley Stranger In My Own Home Town
13 –Jackie DeShannon I Wanna Roo You
14 –Dobie Gray Drift Away
15 –Sonny Curtis Rock'N Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life)
16 –Delbert McClinton Victim Of Life's Circumstances
17 –Billy Swan Lover Please
18 –James & Bobby Purify Morning Glory
19 –J.J. Cale Cocaine
20 –Merle Haggard I Think I'll Just Stay Here And Drink
21 –Waylon Jennings / Willie Nelson / Johnny Cash / Kris Kristofferson Highwayman
22 –Natalie Merchant Griselda
23 –Little Milton Whenever You Come Around
24 –Waylon Jennings Where Do We Go From Here

― dow, Monday, October 21

The Joe Tex track is not up to several of his hits mentioned in the notes, where Dunham says they would have picked "Skinny Legs and All," but it's already on another Young-inclusive Ace comp, Memphis Boys. Damm it, whiiiine

― dow, Monday, October 21

dow, Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:25 (six months ago) link

yooo this little big town record

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 17 January 2020 15:37 (five months ago) link

Big thing on them in yesterday's Wall St Journal, which I haven't read yet.
Here's this:

dow, Friday, 17 January 2020 16:22 (five months ago) link

"throw your love away" on the little big town record is so fucking good

J0rdan S., Friday, 17 January 2020 17:57 (five months ago) link

yeah this album is so good

leans hard into the "lost in california" vibes <3

überweiss, Friday, 17 January 2020 23:33 (five months ago) link

it's produced by the golden hour duo

J0rdan S., Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:03 (five months ago) link

Weed & Cannabis?

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 18 January 2020 00:44 (five months ago) link


J0rdan S., Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:10 (five months ago) link

Merle Hazard - “(Gimme Some of That) Ol’ Atonal Music”

ok, my music geek kids got a huge kick out of this

that's not my post, Saturday, 18 January 2020 05:39 (five months ago) link

other amazing songs on the little big town record:

next to you
title track
over drinking
the daughters
river of stars
sugar coat
trouble with forever

ok most of 'em

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:09 (five months ago) link

re: "sugar coat"

and one of these nights i'll meet you in the driveway
and tell you to go to hell
go to hell

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 20 January 2020 16:20 (five months ago) link

the first 5 songs go so hard i've had trouble getting to the rest of the album

J0rdan S., Monday, 20 January 2020 19:28 (five months ago) link

the lord did bless us with another wonderful song titled "bluebird" tho

J0rdan S., Monday, 20 January 2020 19:35 (five months ago) link

'river of stars' is so beautiful

Nourry, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 22:37 (five months ago) link

Effective immediately all music video hours on CMT and CMT Music channels will have complete parity between male and female artists. That means 50/50. #CMTEqualPlay

— CMT (@CMT) January 21, 2020

dyl, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:04 (five months ago) link

Wonder if that will have any impact on country radio ( where stations can’t even play 2 songs in a row by female acts)

curmudgeon, Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:48 (five months ago) link

Howdy, Edd Hurt here. Wrote a couple things about Reggie Young, mentioned above, last year: and this (listen to "Mercy," referenced below, good example of Young's tact):

Reggie Young
Session guitar legend

Reggie Young, who died in Leiper’s Fork on Jan. 17 at age 82, played guitar on a huge number of recordings that have become country, pop and soul classics. Young added his fluid licks to Dusty Springfield’s 1969 album Dusty in Memphis, and he played on sessions with Elvis Presley, Joe Tex, James Carr, Billy Swan and Dobie Gray. Many of Young’s best-known recordings feature a lick, invented by Young, that defines the performance. Like his fellow Memphis rhythm-guitar masters Teenie Hodges and Bobby Womack, Young was a structural thinker.

Young was born Dec. 12, 1936, in Caruthersville, Mo. He made his name in pop and country, and he lived and recorded in Nashville for decades. But I like to think of him as a quintessential Memphis musician. Like Hodges, who devised unforgettable licks for records by Al Green and producer Willie Mitchell, Young knew how to lay back in a rhythm section. You can hear his restraint on an obscure 1967 Willie Mitchell record, “Mercy,” in which Young plays strict rhythm guitar behind Memphis ax man Clarence Nelson’s brief, stinging lead.

I saw Young demonstrate some of his signature inventions at a 2008 program at the Country Music Hall of Fame. He played his intro to Swan’s 1974 track “I Can Help,” and he made it look easy. For Young, it was about the total effect — he never showed off, because he didn’t have to. —Edd Hurt

whatstalker, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 21:59 (five months ago) link

Didn't know he'd died, damn!

From Mary Gauthier's Feb. enewsletter:

David Olney

The world lost a great artist on January 18th. We songwriters lost a dear friend. David Olney was a man with genius and wide-reaching vision. He was the master of perspective. Point of view in his songs was forever original and brilliant. Unparalleled Mastery.

He wrote from the viewpoint of the Iceberg in "Titanic." From the point of view of the huckster ripping people off on the hill next to Jesus in "Jerusalem Tomorrow." From the viewpoint of the dummy, talking to the ventriloquist, in "Who's The Dummy Now?"

I cannot pick a favorite Olney song, but I do come back to this one over and over, written from the viewpoint of a French prostitute, in "1917."
(if this doesn't show up here, it's on youtube)

dow, Friday, 7 February 2020 20:27 (five months ago) link

Wow to "Throw Your Love Away"! Excited to hear the rest of the album.

Here were my 2019 favorites in roughly the order I'd rank them:

Michaela Anne - Desert Dove*
Miranda Lambert - Wildcard
Ian Noe - Between the Country
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Emily Scott Robinson - Traveling Mercies
The Highwomen - s/t

Emily Scott Robinson - The Dress*
Jon Pardi - Old Hat
Madison Kozak - First Last Name*
Miranda Lambert - Mess With My Head
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Joy Williams - The Trouble with Wanting*
Tyler Childers - All Your'n
Hailey Whitters - Ten Year Town
Mike & The Moonpies - You Look Good in Neon
Maren Morris - The Feels
Ashley McBryde - One Night Standards
Midland - Let It Roll
Luke Combs - Even Though I'm Leaving
Ingrid Andress - More Hearts Than Mine
Joshua Ray Walker - Canyon
Caroline Spence - Mint Condition


Indexed, Friday, 7 February 2020 20:44 (five months ago) link

Just put on the LBT. Holy hell "Next To You"!

This is p cool:

“I’ve really never seen any four people work as well together as they do,” says singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, a longtime collaborator. “I’ve also never seen four people write songs to the harmonies. When I watch them write a lyric around a note that they all can sing, it’s mind-blowing. It’s almost like a kind of sign language; they use their hands, point to one another. I don’t know if they know all the names of what they’re doing [when they work together]. But together, when they sing, they flow like water, like liquid.”

Indexed, Friday, 7 February 2020 21:17 (five months ago) link

"next to you" is amazing

J0rdan S., Friday, 7 February 2020 21:53 (five months ago) link

also i interviewed LBT once for a story that wasn't about them and they were very generous w/ their time even when they didn't need to be, so that makes me like them a little extra

J0rdan S., Friday, 7 February 2020 21:54 (five months ago) link

LBT is one of the bigger acts not to have their own ILM thread which makes sense bc i think they're underrated round these parts and maybe operating in a style that isn't one to cross over to other audiences. despite them being generally extremely good especially on their past several albums, which i rarely put on but always enjoy listening to.

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:00 (five months ago) link

i first was impressed w/their chops on Pain Killer, which was among other things evidence that whatever type of song they wanted to pull off, they could do it. in addition to their way with close harmonies they can really tear shit up when they choose to do so.

omar little, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:02 (five months ago) link

When my wife and I did our Southern road trip to Nashville, Muscle Shoals, Clarksdale, and Memphis, Little Big Town were on the multi-act bill at the Grand Ol Opry. Impressive harmonies. At times a bit too polished for me, but I generally like their country meets Fleetwood Mac sound.

When we were just up in NYC, they were at the Apollo for a couple of shows! We just noticed it after the gigs had already happened when we were touring the Apollo.

curmudgeon, Friday, 7 February 2020 22:48 (five months ago) link

Whitney Rose previews her new album 'We Still Go to Rodeos' with a compassionate spin on the cheating song in "Believe Me, Angela"
Cosmic Canadian cowgirl rolls on

dow, Monday, 10 February 2020 21:27 (five months ago) link

Anyone have a recommendation for a country station, podcast or show worth streaming?

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Monday, 10 February 2020 21:41 (five months ago) link

New York's Country, 94.7: Haven't listened a whole lot, but seems okay, am told it's usually pretty good; Maura posted link on a previous RC---and hey, commercial-free Mondays!

dow, Monday, 10 February 2020 23:28 (five months ago) link


j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:19 (five months ago) link

Grady Smith's youtube channel is worth keeping an eye on

Indexed, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 15:36 (five months ago) link

Maren Morris “The Bones” is the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 since Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” in 2009, per @chartdata on twitter

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:56 (five months ago) link

X-post- for a guy with hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers, that Grady Smith guy didn’t seem that smart or charismatic in his episode on country music TikTok. He seemed clueless that young folks would do karaoke like videos there, and he mocked country songs that have rap inspired vocals .

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 18:22 (five months ago) link

Can't say I've seen that one but I used to read his writing in The Guardian and thought he had a good ear for talent and an unpretentious style. Now primarily follow him on Twitter but occasionally watch his album review videos.

Indexed, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 19:28 (five months ago) link

He’s unpretentious, which is good, just has those flaws I mentioned.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 20:12 (five months ago) link

new jason isbell is predictably great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 16 February 2020 04:47 (four months ago) link

After spending a week with New York 94.7 (thanks, dow!), I wanted less "10,000 Hours" so I looked for local owned stations and came across KBST in Big Spring, Texas. Pretty good station with waaay more character that so far seems to only be about 1/2 current hits. The stream doesn't sound as good, but that seems appropriate. Plus local ads for laundromats and mineral rights consulting!

j.o.h.n. in evanston (john. a resident of chicago.), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:11 (four months ago) link

Cool, and speaking of Texas, should have thought of

dow, Tuesday, 18 February 2020 22:39 (four months ago) link

Maren Morris “The Bones” is the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 since Taylor Swift “You Belong with Me” in 2009, per @chartdata on twitter

― curmudgeon, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 9:56 AM (one week ago)

this is not correct. it's the first solo song by a woman to hit #1 on country airplay AND go top 10 in all-format airplay since "you belong with me"

other songs by any artist to have done the same since "you belong with me":

lady antebellum "need you now" (2010)
florida georgia line (ft. nelly) "cruise" (2013)
sam hunt "body like a back road" (2017)
bebe rexha ft. florida georgia line "meant to be" (2018)
dan + shay "speechless" (2019)
dan + shay & justin beiber "10,000 hours" (2019)

and now "the bones". so this stat is more about crossover than acceptance at country radio alone (which, yes, is paltry for women, but not quite THAT horrendous)

dyl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:24 (four months ago) link

i hate diplo's country production; particularly unhappy with the direction he's pointed Cam in.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 8 June 2020 15:25 (one month ago) link

WTF happened to Cam? She's working with Diplo now? Made one great album 5 years ago that was a smash radio success - seemed to have cracked the contemporary female pop country puzzle while still having some substance to the songs. "Diane" was pretty good, too. It was surprising not to see her make another album with Bhasker in 2017-2019 range.

Indexed, Monday, 8 June 2020 22:01 (one month ago) link

She did "So Long" with him last year, also her own acoustic version, with just 2 or 3 Nashville cats. Another Cam album is coming out this summer, according to Rolling Stone, but I haven't found a title or date. According to this coverage, her recent co-writers incl Natalie Hemby, Liz Rose, Lori McKenna:

dow, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 02:01 (one month ago) link

Video of her new track, "Til There's Nothing Left," embedded in that article: very nice! Still cracking country media guardrails for females, hopefully.

dow, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 02:08 (one month ago) link

Oh, and while we're still waiting for yon studio Margo, this is mostly pretty fahn as in fine: Though I must wanr yall that she does "Proud Mary," and it's the slow-fast "PM": like the Ike & Tina def w/o Ike & Tina. Otherwise, in descending order of complaints, she sometimes extends the ends of lines with bah-bah vibraaato (Shakira does it better), the drinkin' medley seems maybe(?) a tad awkward, like she and the Price Tags needed to rehearse this bit of their old club act maybe(?) a tad more, and some words fall down a well---but the overall momentum and emotional relevance don't. In other words, it's one live album that doesn't seem to have gotten any tweaks, and needed hardly any. (But I'd skip that "Proud Mary" if I were you).

dow, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 03:44 (one month ago) link

i think Cam is a major talent; she's a monster live and more than half of Untamed is absolute top level pop country. I'm just flummoxed by her many lacking crossover misfires: the boring Sam Smith track (which undoubtedly got her real paid), the unnecessary Christine and the Queens cover, the obligatory generic Christmas song, the Diplo thing. Both of the new singles sound disposable to me, but I could give "Nothing Left" another try i guess? I'm hopeful there's more there there but i need to hear it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 02:57 (one month ago) link

"Nothing Left" seems pretty poignant and sexy to me, low-key and flashy in all the right places, testifying to a relationship that still works. She wants it to go on and on, 'til there's nothing left, sounding like she implicitly recognizes that such a day will come, because death if nothing else. But my first time was with the video, so I'm influenced that way. Here's hoping the album is good.

Strung out once again on Whitney Rose, while replaying her latest, We Still Go To Rodeos: songs, like the budget-mindful, but not cowed, title track, about getting through this and that, but also sometimes he (not nec. always the same he) drops the ball. On first listen, I thought the guitar might be too much with us, but listening again I got that instruments always respond to her, often writing in short, punchy phrases, although her vocal approach is more float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. Structures seem like she might have been listening to good early Elvis Costello, especially in "Believe Me, Angela"---looks like one of his old titles, doesn't it---but this is strictly woman-to-woman, warning the other one not to take her man, because he sucks. But wait there's more: narrator might be over-eager, overselling "Angela! I like that nane." And still more, maybe--this simple male mind will have to lean in.
"Thanks For Tryin'" gets into a building recurrence that somehow reminds me of "Crimson and Clover," while "You'd Blame Me For The Rain" is this album's "Can't Stop Shakin'" Southwestern groove thing, the shrug of a strong shoulder. But there's also room and time enough for real-enough country feel, even a little bitty tear she won't let go, won't let it let her down, can't afford to, she thinks (budget-mindedl like she's learned to be).

(PS: Reasonably good audience recordings on YouTube indicate that the guitar volume can be a problem via club sound system, just because she doesn't have the biggest, loudest voice, but I'll take my chances when feasible; meanwhile, maybe she'll livestream, with control over the mixing, or just with her own acoustic guitar, that could work with her songs too).

dow, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 20:40 (one month ago) link

Margo has a sad little thread of her own here: The Margo Price c/d

Her new studio set is due now in early July, which-iirc-was when it was initially supposed to be out?

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 21:46 (one month ago) link

I believe she pushed it back from early May

alpine static, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 22:31 (one month ago) link

That sounds right. I'm probably mixing it up w/her summer tour with Chris Stapleton that's been pushed back/cancelled.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 22:41 (one month ago) link

May 8th it was.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 10 June 2020 22:50 (one month ago) link

"til there's nothing left" is probs my favourite song of the year. just sounds so glorious

with the windows UP
spending all my LOVE

and those final chorus adlibs. mmmmmmmmmmmmm

need another album so bad - "road to happiness" was also great

überweiss, Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:39 (one month ago) link

Dear fans...

— Lady A (@ladyantebellum) June 11, 2020

Lady A isn't a very good band name. They should keep brainstorming. I wonder if The Beguiled is taken?

but also fuck you (unperson), Thursday, 11 June 2020 15:34 (one month ago) link

Agreed that Lady A is a bad call... we can't say this, so we'll abbreviate it? Maybe just "Lady"?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 11 June 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

they can tour with lady g!

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:02 (one month ago) link

practical question: how did they get the "ladya" twitter handle in 2020?????

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:05 (one month ago) link


alpine static, Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:22 (one month ago) link

check this shit out, it's 1996 and I'm a writer for Norm MacDonald's Weekend Update:

In music news this week, country music group Lady Antebellum changed their name to Lady A in order to avoid racist connotations with Civil War history. The meaning of the A in the new name? ANTEBELLUM.

the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:55 (one month ago) link

The group's manager says the new name was their second choice, after their record label rejected their first choice: Lady Racist.

the burrito that defined a generation, Thursday, 11 June 2020 18:57 (one month ago) link

Didn't they try unofficially doing this 5 or so years ago? Using Lady A in different settings and talking about being ashamed of their name. Maybe it didn't take with people and they think it'll go better in 2020?

erasingclouds, Friday, 12 June 2020 02:54 (one month ago) link

In other country groups with unfortunate names for the times news


— Dixie Chicks (@dixiechicks) June 11, 2020

Indexed, Friday, 12 June 2020 17:57 (one month ago) link

Their name comes from "Dixie Chicken," not the Johnny Reb-associated anthem, which itself (aothorship of which has been disputed by descendants of black string band musician---that's def an old time thing; the Carolina Chocolate Drops met at a convention of like-minded African-American pickers 'n' pluckers) references Dixie as an already-existing area-name (for that matter, the seldom-performed introduction, at least the version I heard on a Civil War comp, is from the POV of a jiltee who is about to head South, or at least takes solace from the resolution to do so, by cracky---in that context, it's not regional anthemy-type anthem per se, and could imagine the Dixie Chicks covering that version).
Of course, some say that "antebellum" is a purely historical term, but----
So far on Twitter, DCs have often been defended for their anti-Iraq-Invasion stance (and Natalie added that George W "makes me ashamed to be from Texas"---how could you be ashamed to be from Texas, On YOUR KNEES INFIDEL), But, if they change it to the Chicks, the D Chicks, De-Chicks, fine, whatevs.

dow, Friday, 12 June 2020 21:37 (one month ago) link

When I first heard of Lady Antebellum, the cheesy name made me not want to listen, but then I had to write show previews, and they didn't sound so bad---v. young, clean-cut, Southernish, nothing to make me think of rebel flags etc. But why such a name, sheesh. Wonder if Confederate Railroad is still around?

dow, Friday, 12 June 2020 21:42 (one month ago) link

"The* De-Chicks, that is.

dow, Friday, 12 June 2020 21:44 (one month ago) link

hey, ***THEE DEECEES***, or """THEE DCS***, that's American (but will DC Talk object)

dow, Friday, 12 June 2020 21:46 (one month ago) link

dexys chicks

fact checking cuz, Friday, 12 June 2020 22:11 (one month ago) link

Pretty sure Confederate Railroad is still chugging somewhere on the Sports Bar/Honky Tonk circuit.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 12 June 2020 22:34 (one month ago) link is still chugging along without a functioning "Fun Stuff" link on their site header.

but who needs a Fun Stuff page when you've already got a Photos page chock full of fun stuff!!!

the burrito that defined a generation, Friday, 12 June 2020 23:23 (one month ago) link

Fourth pic from the top rules (despite stiff competition from 1 and 5)!

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 01:31 (one month ago) link


But according to Seattle’s Lady A, neither the band nor any members of their team reached out to her before making the change.

This Lady A — a 61-year-old black woman whose real name is Anita White — has been playing the blues under the name for more than 20 years. She began singing as a gospel performer at church and started going by Lady A for karaoke nights in the Eighties. She’s released multiple albums with the name, and on top of her day job working with Seattle Public Utilities, she’s gearing up to release another album, Lady A: Live in New Orleans, on her birthday on July 18th.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 13 June 2020 05:12 (one month ago) link

Oh man. Good luck to her and them getting this all sorted out.

Meanwhile, this might be the right way to present concerts, if also *masks* people

Billy Bob’s Texas And Lone Star 92.5 To Host #GIVEFORLIFE Blood Drive June 25

New shows announced for July along with rescheduled concerts for 2020
FORT WORTH, Texas - The legendary Billy Bob’s Texas, located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, first opened in 1981. While concerts for June have been postponed due to social distancing as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the colossal Billy Bob's Texas will continue hosting concerts as soon as possible.

Though “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk” will remain closed for the time being, per the latest executive order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Billy Bob’s Texas along with Lone Star 92.5 will be hosting a #GIVEFORLIFE blood drive on June 25 from 6am - 7pm (CT). Parking is complimentary in the main Billy Bob’s parking lot, and in the lot to the east of the building. Call or text 800-366-2834 to make an appointment.

For more information on the #GIVEFORLIVE blood drive, visit HERE.

Just Announced! Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, June 16 at 10AM for new concerts in July such as Randall King (7/2), Neal McCoy (7/3), The Bellamy Brothers (7/4) and Mike Ryan (7/10 & 7/11).

Though the current mandates listed in Phase 3 of Governor Abbott’s reopening plan states that bars can open at 50% capacity, we feel that in the interest of health and safety for our staff, guests, and entertainers, we will be opening at HALF of the restricted capacity.

Therefore, these newly announced concerts will be limited to 1,500 tickets.
1000 socially distanced Reserved Seats
500 socially distanced General Admission

There are a number of concerts that have been rescheduled such as Roger Creager (7/17), Robert Earl Keen (7/18), Cory Morrow (7/24), Gary Allan (8/1), Drake White (8/14), Tracy Byrd (8/21), Chad Prather (8/23), Sammy Kershaw (9/11), Justin Moore (9/26), Shane Smith & The Saints (10/17), "Hold My Beer" with Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen (10/23), Lonestar (10/30), Josh Ward (11/13), Colter Wall (11/19), Easton Corbin (11/27), Stoney LaRue (12/5), Jon Pardi (12/10 & 12/11), Flatland Cavalry (12/26).

For more information on all rescheduling and future announcements, visit HERE.

Circle airing Live At Billy Bob’s Texas!

Live at Billy Bob’s Texas gives the listener a front row seat to concerts at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. The music series has compiled powerful performances featuring hits from legendary country music artists like Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Eddy Raven, Gary Stewart, Asleep at the Wheel, Janie Fricke and more.

Circle network is carrying Live At Billy Bob’s Texas! Launched in January, Circle Media celebrates the country lifestyle and puts fans inside the circle of everything country. Circle offers entertainment news, documentaries, movies, archival, new and licensed programming, Grand Ole Opry performances, and more. Based in Nashville, Circle includes a linear network as well as a companion over-the-top (OTT) premium entertainment service which is expected to launch in spring 2020. Circle is a joint venture between Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties, and Gray TV.

Go to for shows, schedules and a simple guide to getting the channel.

Visit for more information.

Billy Bob's Texas
Historic Fort Worth Stockyards
2520 Rodeo Plaza
Fort Worth, Texas 76164
(817) 624-7117

About Billy Bob's Texas:
Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the 100,000 square foot cattle barn became Billy Bob's Texas in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment and real bull riding at "The World’s Largest Honky Tonk".

The facility can hold 6,000 rowdy patrons on a given night and has been host to hundreds of musical acts, from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue also features live bull riding – a step up from the mechanical variety. It seems like an unlikely source for a series that has sold millions of albums.

Billy Bob’s has been named the Country Music Club of the Year 10 times by the Academy of Country Music.

To buy Billy Bob’s Texas merch, or any of the Live at Billy Bob's Texas CDs and DVDs, click here to visit the online store, or to buy tickets for special events and concerts, go to

For important updates and more information visit Billy Bob’s Texas social channels linked below.
Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:49 (one month ago) link

"linear network": The Circle is on digital antenna TV where I live, but haven't yet gone to antenna.

In same email: virtual benefit concert for KNON, local listener-supported radio:

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 20:55 (one month ago) link

Smith Entertainment Group's Live At Billy Bob's incl. some I heard, thought were pretty good: ones by Merle, Coe, and Gary Stewart (although that last was pretty eerie, and came out around the time he killed himself), but didn't know there were 50! Incl. artists famous at the time at least, and even still alive in some cases, others not so much. What a time trip. Wonder if Cross Canadian Ragweed are still around?

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:11 (one month ago) link

Mainly remember the single they did with Lee Ann Womack.

dow, Saturday, 13 June 2020 21:13 (one month ago) link

new Colter Wall single, a little more pep in his step suits him well

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

Wonder if Cross Canadian Ragweed are still around?

They broke up in 2010, but leader Cody Canada has a solo band called The Departed that's basically been doing the same thing (Red Dirt Southern Rock) since then.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:30 (three weeks ago) link

Those Billy Bob's live albums are staples of Texas truckstop CD racks.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 16 June 2020 17:36 (three weeks ago) link

That sounds right. Good to know Cody Canada is still around, which reminds me---just got this:

For Immediate Release—

Colter Wall’s Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs
Self-produced, 3rd full-length album out August 28th via La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers
First track "Western Swing & Waltzes" out now

June 16, 2020 - Swift Current, Saskatchewan - The music industry is no stranger to cowboys—but it’s been a long while since any with an authentic affinity for the North American West came along and carried around a love for heroes like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Ian Tyson. Enter 24-year-old Colter Wall, whose dusty baritone voice and deep well of stories are almost single-handedly carrying traditional western music into the future. Wall’s approach is that of a preservationist, pure as the prairie wind, and is on full display on his new self-produced album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs. Available from La Honda Records/Thirty Tigers on August 28th, Wall’s 10-track ode to the themes and labors of western life picks up where his last album left off, with a reverence for his “working cowboy kin” and a whole mess of cowboy songs. Fans can pre-order Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs here and listen to the album’s first track, “Western Swing & Waltzes,” here.

Along the Blanco River bank, outside the small town of Wimberley, Wall rounded up his band, hot off a North American tour, to lay down these ten new songs at Yellow Dog Studios, deep in the heart of Texas. From his previous recording sessions with Dave Cobb at the helm, Wall began to take in what it meant to produce a record; the decision making, risk-taking, and band-leading all learned along the way. With Western Swing & Waltzes, it was Wall’s turn to take the reigns. His band. His choices. And the finished product is diverse and effortlessly cool, with an extra log or two on the fire.

Songs like “High & Mighty,” cowboy poet and rancher Lewis Martin Pederson III’s ode to a legendarily tough bronco, showcase Wall’s well-curated and hard-working touring band—Patrick Lyons (pedal steel, dobro, mandolin), Jake Groves (harmonica), Jason Simpson (bass), and Aaron Goodrich (drums); joined by Emily Gimble on piano and Doug Moreland on fiddle—while others like Wall-penned “Talkin’ Prairie Boy” feature just Wall’s voice and guitar. However arranged, there’s an earnestness to these songs, roughly half of them written by Wall and half by Wall’s direct influences and fellow purveyors of honest, hard-earned tunes for the prairie and beyond.

About the album, Wall said, “These songs are punchier than I am.” Giving credit where credit is due however, Wall is no slouch on the ranch. As any new cattleman would, he adds to his herd, as he does his musical legacy with Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs.

Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs Track listing:
Western Swing & Waltzes
I Ride An Old Paint/Leavin’ Cheyenne
Big Iron
Henry and Sam
Diamond Joe
High and Mighty
Talkin’ Prairie Boy
Rocky Mountain Rangers
Houlihans at the Holiday Inn

More About Colter Wall: From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada, Colter Wall, is known for his songwriting and unparalleled voice. Steeped in Western tradition and historic influence, the music of Colter Wall has soundtracked movies such as Hell or High Water, Peanut Butter Falcon, and Deadwood, in addition to TV series Damnation and HBO’s Run, while catching the ears of celebrities, critics, and fans worldwide. His recent appearance on Austin City Limits TV set the direction of Country & Western music’s future. Still a young artist, Colter Wall’s discography includes the breakout Imaginary Appalachia, two acclaimed full-length collections, Colter Wall and Songs of the Plains.

dow, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 00:25 (three weeks ago) link

Media inquiries: IVPR/Maria Ivey, maria at

dow, Wednesday, 17 June 2020 00:29 (three weeks ago) link

Elizabeth Cook album Aftermath out 9/11, according to Australia Rolling Stone. Produced by Butch Walker. New single (w link to video in article): In “Perfect Girls of Pop,” Cook mines a vein of restless, jangling college rock, but Bevis & Butthead might not object: bass & drums sound upfront here, guitar also goes to deeper twang at times (and her voice keeps it kinda country, ditto sad frustrated lyrics, given strong broody ominous support by music) Also has track list etc. (did not know that she has a fishing and interview show):

dow, Saturday, 20 June 2020 18:13 (three weeks ago) link

joint memoir
Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band arrives later this year

dow, Wednesday, 24 June 2020 00:40 (two weeks ago) link

Dixie Chicks pivot to "The Chicks" should be noted here as well as their solid new single.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 25 June 2020 16:41 (two weeks ago) link

Willie Nelson’s Iconic 4th Of July Picnic To Air As Epic Hybrid Concert Film
Live virtual performances to tell the story of the Picnic’s past and where it’s headed; Tickets available now via Luck Productions

June 26, 2020 - Nowhere, TX - As Luck would have it... we’re bringing Willie Nelson’s annual 4th of July Picnic to the people this year; part Picnics past, part what’s to come, and all in the spirit of the Picnic’s storied history. On July 4th, starting at 3:30 pm Central, fans will be able to enjoy interviews with characters from the Picnic’s past, and see new, live performances from their favorite Luck Family artists.

This year, Luck Productions was set to host the 47th annual event, welcoming the Picnic back to its hill country home. While the droves of sweaty Texas hippies and extended family members—blood kin and musicians alike—won’t be crowding into Willie’s Luck, TX, ranch this summer, the man himself will be performing alongside his band from his nearby recording facility, Pedernales Studios. In addition to Willie, performers will include the likes of Sheryl Crow, Ziggy Marley, Margo Price, Steve Earle, and Kurt Vile. A full list of confirmed performers can be found below. Tickets for digital admission are $35 ahead of the event and $45 day-of-show and can be purchased

This July 4th, the Picnic will kick off with a Prime Cuts episode with Chef Scott Roberts of Salt Lick BBQ and special guest Ray Benson, followed by live-streamed performances from Luck’s Saloon and Chapel stages before leading into a 90-minute concert film segment. The film will feature remote performances from Picnic artists, an all-star house band curated by The Texas Gentlemen’s Beau Bedford (featuring Charlie Sexton, John Michael Schoepf, and Josh Blue), and interviews and Picnic memories stitched in throughout. Additionally, SiriusXM’s Willie’s Roadhouse will broadcast the 90 minute stream to subscribers.

Tickets to the event grant access to highly curated food and beverage delivery packages from Assembly Kitchen, Austin Food and Wine Alliance grant recipients, and Sourced Craft Cocktails.

One dollar from each ticket sold will support The Luck Reunion Fund, managed by the Austin Community Foundation, directly benefiting five designated organizations. Budweiser, Michelob Ultra, and Karbach Love Street will also be matching donations. Beneficiaries for this event include All Together ATX, Six Square, Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, SIMS Foundation, and Central Texas Foodbank.

“Our goal with the 2020 Picnic is to bring it back to what it was—in the only way we can during these times. We were set to host this year's event at Luck, to welcome the Picnic back to its hill country home,” says Ellee Fletcher Durniak, co-founder of Luck Productions. “The Picnic is really one of a kind, it has always been scrappy. Cars on fire. Mass arrests. You name happened at the Picnic.”

What: Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic concert film experience and live stream
When: July 4th, 2020 at 3:30 pm Central
Where: and
How: Tickets can be purchased here; $35 pre-event, $45 day of show
Who: Willie Nelson & Family
Asleep At The Wheel
Charley Crockett
Devon Gilfillian
John Doe
Johnny Bush
Kinky Friedman
Kurt Vile
Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
Lyle Lovett
Margo Price
Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent)
The McCrary Sisters
Particle Kid
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen
Ray Wylie Hubbard
Robert Earl Keen
Shakey Graves
Sheryl Crow
Steve Earle
The Peterson Brothers
Vincent Neil Emerson
Ziggy Marley

For more information, please visit
Media inquiries: IVPR/Maria Ivey, maria at

dow, Saturday, 27 June 2020 03:07 (two weeks ago) link

Clint Black's new Out of Sane is totally likable-- Maybe could use some more levels or gimmicks or angles or variety but tight lil combo w the drums and slide gtr and fiddle and steel and he’s idealistic at times, pretentious never, straining never, maybe still kinda gullible but learned to be cautious too, trying to balance---still among the hopefuls, as he goes out once again in a minor key, to “Find Myself”: “If I get back before I return, do me a favor and keep me there,” sounds like he’s not kidding. He may joke but never kids, one of those guys.

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 22:57 (one week ago) link

There's sometimes a little bit of honky-tonk-ish piano, some liquidy electric keys too---and backup female vocals just a little bit on one track, could use a little more of that, or guest duet, but still it's pretty good.

dow, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 23:01 (one week ago) link

Been listening to The Tender Things, lotsa twang and steel guitar fun. Gary Newcomb plays with them, as well as Ricky Jackson and Robert Ellis. it's NICE

rizzx, Thursday, 2 July 2020 18:59 (one week ago) link

loving that Tender Things album. extremely my shit

here 1st (roxymuzak), Thursday, 9 July 2020 16:32 (four days ago) link

Hah great! Been listening to that every day of past week.

incapacitant hairdresser society (rizzx), Thursday, 9 July 2020 16:59 (four days ago) link

New Gillian Welch and David Rawlings joint released today:

here 1st (roxymuzak), Friday, 10 July 2020 17:45 (three days ago) link

ah, thanks for the heads up!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 10 July 2020 18:01 (three days ago) link

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