Universal Studios, the film studio responsible for country classics such as The Coal Miner's Daughter and Tender Mercies, has been making news with its recent hire: new President Peter Levinsohn. While Universal brought us films with some of the best country soundtracks, it's been a while since we have seen iTunes update its library with some of those classics. For example, music from the classic country film Tender Mercies is still not available on iTunes. Levinsohn, Universal’s new hire, has been known to bring entertainment and technology together in his career, so we may see this change.
If the new blood at Universal can team up with other people who have shaken things up at the company, such as Film Executive Marc Shmuger during his 12 years at Universal, we may be seeing easier access to their films' music in the future. In the meantime, let's rediscover the movies that brought us a few country gems over the years.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
The most recent flick Universal released with classic country tracks would have to be the 2000 summer hit O Brother, Where Art Thou? The full motion picture soundtrack contains a Norman Blake country cover of the well-known single You Are My Sunshine. It also delivers tracks like Down to the River to Pray by Alison Krauss and I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow by The Soggy Bottom Boys.
The Coal Miner's Daughter
Much less recent, but no less memorable, is the popular film The Coal Miner's Daughter, released in 1980. The album itself starts out slow and steady with The Titanic by Sissy Spacek. It goes on with more upbeat country hits by Spacek such as I'm a Honky Tonk Girl and You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man. The album sprinkles a few tracks by Beverly D'Angelo in between the many Spacek tracks. These include Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight.
While also released in the '80s, the Academy Award-winning western Tender Mercies has music that is harder to find than the others. Even so, it contains a track worth the search. The film features the track You Are What Love Means To Me, which was lauded as one of the most lyrically beautiful country songs in film at the time. It was a staple in the film’s story, and some of the lyrics perfectly describe the character's journey in the film.
HIGH-PROFILE TV APPEARANCES
IN ADVANCE OF HIS MUCH-ANTICIPATED ALBUM
‘WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE’ OUT MAY 28th
PERFORMANCES INCLUDE TWO CONSECUTIVE NIGHTS ON
THE “LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN” MAY 21 AND 22
JOHN FOGERTY--one of rock’s most important artists and a national treasure who’s sold over 100 million albums--will make multiple TV appearances throughout this month in advance of the May 28 release of WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE (Vanguard Records). A celebration of FOGERTY’s iconic songbook, the much-anticipated album is a collection of 12 classics and deep tracks (Creedence Clearwater Revival and solo material) from his remarkable canon of hits recorded in collaboration with today’s biggest superstars from the country, pop and rock worlds, plus two brand new solo songs.
The Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee is set for two consecutive nights on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” He’ll perform May 21 with his band and May 22 with Dawes, the band with whom he recorded “Someday Never Comes” for WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE. FOGERTY will also perform May 23 on “The View” and be interviewed May 20 on “CBS This Morning.” *See listing below.
Underlining his enormous influence on music includes the world of country music, FOGERTY will perform his classic “Born On The Bayou” May 19 on the ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night Special (CBS, 9:00 PM ET/PT) with McGraw, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan. FOGERTY will also be featured May 18 (9:00 PM) on HBO for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame HBO induction special performing “I Love L.A.” with new inductee Randy Newman as well as Tom Petty and Jackson Browne. FOGERTY also joins the show’s grand finale, with inductees Rush and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, as well as inductee Chuck D., Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Gary Clark Jr., and more.
WROTE A SONG FOR EVERYONE marks FOGERTY's ninth studio solo album since disbanding Creedence Clearwater Revival. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, it was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville except for"Proud Mary" which was recorded in New Orleans with Allen Toussaint and the Rebirth Brass Band. FOGERTY recorded “Fortunate Son” with Foo Fighters at their 606 studio using "the" legendary Neve recording console featured in the #1 iTunes documentary Sound City.
18: Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame - HBO
- 9:00pm (ET/PT)
May 19: ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night Special - CBS 9:00pm (ET/PT)
May 20: CBS This Morning - CBS - 7:00-9:00am (ET/PT)
May 21 & 22: Late Night with Letterman - CBS 11:30pm (ET/PT)
May 23: The View - ABC - 11am-12noon ET (check local listings for additional times)
John Fogerty--singer, songwriter and guitarist--has sold over 100 million records, earning 18 Gold Albums and 10 Platinum Albums. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, won the Grammy Award for his album Blue Moon Swamp in 1997 and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005. He is also a BMI Icon Award Winner. In addition, Fogerty and his #1 phenomenal recording “Centerfield” were honored during the 2010 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies--the first time the National Baseball Hall of Fame has immortalized a musician or song as part of the annual ceremonies. He’s also called the “Father of the Flannel Shirt.”
Hey All – Wanted to share another video by one of our emerging acts, Big Smo. Smo, who has over 12 million views on YouTube, just dropped a new video for his track “Hick Ross” from Bonfire Mixtape. Check it out!
OFFICIAL LINK: http://smarturl.it/mixtape
ABOUT BIG SMO:
What would happen if Kid Rock and Run D.M.C. had a love child together? As one publication stated, “he would be named Big Smo.” Garnering over twelve million views on YouTube, multi-talented artist BIG SMO, A.K.A. “Boss of the Stix,” self-released his debut album Kuntry Kitchen in 2002. With this release, named after the historical general store on his 32-acre farm, “The Kuntry Ranch,” complete with heads of cattle and fish-filled ponds, he was well on his way to becoming a local independent force. A few years later, Big Smo released The True South, a crossover album blending his street experience with his backwoods southern roots. In 2010, he released his third studio album, American Made, which featured the viral YouTube hit, “Kickin’ It In Tennessee.” With an extensive grass roots campaign and an overwhelmingly positive response on YouTube, he caught the attention of Warner Music Nashville and was signed shortly thereafter. In 2012, Big Smo played at the Country Music Festival and BamaJam and also joined hot country newcomer Brantley Gilbert on tour.
Country Lou Watson is inviting you to go to www.countrylouwatson.com and joins his fan page.
On May 15, 2013 Country Lou Watson will be picking by random a Fan that has signed up on his Fan Page at www.countrylouwatson.com to give away one of his New CD “I Can Almost See Texas From Here”.
On May 31, 2013 Country Lou Watson will be picking by random a Fan that has signed up on his Fan Page at www.countrylouwatson.com a DVD on his Performance at the Texas Troubadour Theatre in Nashville Tennessee on the “Shotgun Red Variety Show”.
Hurry and go to www.countrylouwtson.com and sign up on his Fan Page for two Fans chances of winning a Country Lou Watson New CD “I Can Almost See Texas From Here” or His DVD on his Performance at the Texas Troubadour Theatre on the “Shotgun Red Variety Show”.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013 AT NASHVILLE’S BRIDGESTONE ARENA
Nashville, Tenn. (May 7, 2013) – The George Jones final Nashville concert, which was set for Friday, November 22, 2013 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, will continue as planned with one change … the show will now become a ‘Tribute to George Jones’, as announced today.
"Everyone has been asking if we will still do the show," says Nancy Jones. "I have asked Garth, Kid Rock, Travis Tritt, The Oak Ridge Boys, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson and others and they all said ‘yes, I am still going to do it’ so with all the artists still planning on coming, we are going to honor George one final time."
Tickets for the Nashville finale were SOLD OUT previously. Please check withTicketmaster on any tickets that may come available.
At this time, not all previously announced artists have been contacted. We are in the process of re-confirming all artists. A list of all confirmed talent will be available at georgejones.com
About George Jones
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also had 143 Top 40 hits to his name, had received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame member, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and holds a National Medal of Arts medallion.
For more information on George Jones, please visit www.georgejones.com
Nashville, Tenn. (April 28, 2013) – George Jones’ funeral will take place on Thursday, May 2nd at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee, starting at 10 am and will be open to the public.
"George would have wanted his fans and friends everywhere to be able to come and pay their respects along with his family," said publicist Kirt Webster.
"Thanks to George’s friends, fans, and loved ones for the outpouring of love at this terrible time," said Nancy Jones. "I love you all."
A private visitation for family, friends, and fellow performers will take place on Wednesday evening. Since this is private, please call 615-777-6995 x230 for time and location.
“The Voice” of Country Music fell silent with the passing of the iconic legend, George Jones in Nashville at the age of 81. Long recognized as country music’s most indescribable voice by not only the fans, but critics in all genres, the music world continues to mourn the loss of its’ finest stylist, who was considered the greatest living country singer.
A member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1956, George Jones achieved perhaps his greatest personal honor when he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992.
More than 35 years ago, as noted in his discography, George Jones recorded “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”, a song that posed the question of whether music newcomers would come along that could possibly walk in the steps of the progenitors and giants of country music. In light of the loss of this legendary voice, the question has never seemed more poignant.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Grand Ole Opry trust fund:
Opry Trust Fund
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37214or to the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum at http://store.countrymusichalloffame.com/categories/Donate/
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ASHLEY MONROE TO PERFORM ON NPR’S A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Ashley Also Featured on Warner Music Nashville’s “Live From Music Square” April 29th
NASHVILLE, TN – (April 26, 2013) – With one of the most critically-acclaimed albums of 2013, Ashley Monroe’s Like A Rose has garnered reviews from The Washington Post saying “Ashley Monroe’s Like A Rose is the first great album of the year,” Associated Press who raves “…Like A Rose has the audacious sound of a newcomer whose talent is already in full bloom,” USA Today gave it 4 out of 4 stars and NPR says “The high lonesome sound of Ashley Monroe's Tennessee voice in Like A Rose serves as a clear signal that she's working within a tradition that extends back well beyond her twenty-something years on Earth.” Monroe will perform songs from Like A Rose to over 4 million listeners on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion Saturday, April 27th, broadcasting live from Lubbock, Texas.
Fans can also tune in Monday, April 29th at 8/7pm CST when Monroe will be featured on Warner Music Nashville’s new monthly interactive live concert stream, “Live from Music Square,” via StageIt. The live concert will be broadcast from Studio B on Music Row in Nashville and the stream can be accessed at www.livefrommusicsquare.com.
Monroe is also in the process of releasing five exclusive acoustic video versions of her songs that were recorded using a special 1940’s reel-to-reel analog tape recorder, capturing her music to a medium that allows Monroe to better communicate with her listeners in the current moment, note and lyric. “Weed Instead of Roses” is featured here on Rolling Stone, “Like A Rose” here on The Washington Post and “Two Weeks Late” here on AOL’s The Boot.
Like A Rose, produced by 20-time GRAMMY award-winner Vince Gill and Justin Niebank, features songs she co-wrote with the legendary Hall of Fame songwriter Guy Clark as well as many of Nashville's A-list songwriters. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life – attracting along the way kudos from music world giants like Dolly Parton and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Nashville, Tenn. (April 26, 2013) – Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He was hospitalized April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure.
Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of all time.
“A singer who can soar from a deep growl to dizzying heights, he is the undisputed successor of earlier natural geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell,” wrote Bob Allen in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Encyclopedia of Country Music.”
Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, and he played on the streets of Beaumont for tips as a teenager. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps before returning to Texas and recording for the Starday label in Houston, Texas. In 1955, his “Why Baby Why” became his first Top 10 country single, peaking at number four and beginning a remarkable commercial string: Jones would ultimately record more than 160 charting singles, more than any other artist in any format in the history of popular music.
Jones’ first number one hit came in 1959 with “White Lightning,” a Mercury Records single that topped Billboard country charts for five weeks. He moved on to United Artists and then to Musicor, notching hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Race Is On,” “A Good Year for the Roses” and “Walk Through This World With Me.”
Jones signed with Epic Records in 1971 and worked with producer Billy Sherrill to craft a sound at once elegant and rooted, scoring with “The Grand Tour,” “Bartenders Blues” and many more. Sherrill also produced duets between Jones and his then-wife Tammy Wynette, and in the 1970s they scored top-charting hits including “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Golden Ring” and “Near You.”
By the time “Golden Ring” and “Near You” hit in 1976, Jones and Wynette were divorced, and Jones was battling personal demons. His solo career cooled until 1980, when he recorded “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” a ballad penned by Curly Putman and Bobby Braddock that helped Jones win Country Music Association prizes for best male vocal and top single. “He Stopped Loving Her Today” revived a flagging career, and Jones won the CMA’s top male vocalist award in 1980 and 1981. He also earned a Grammy for best male country vocal performance.
In 1983, Jones married the former Nancy Ford Sepulvado. The union, he repeatedly said, began his rehabilitation from drugs and alcohol and prolonged his life. He signed with MCA Records in 1990 and began a successful run, and he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992. His guest vocal on Patty Loveless’ “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me” won a CMA award for top vocal event in 1998, and it became his final Top 20 country hit.
In 1999, Jones nearly died in a car wreck, but he recovered and resumed touring and recording. He remained a force in music until his death, playing hundreds of shows in the new century and collecting the nation’s highest arts award, the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, in 2008. In late 2012, Jones announced his farewell tour, which was to conclude with a sold-out, star-packed show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others were set to perform at Jones’ Bridgestone show.
Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.