To begin a remembrance of George Jones, one need look no further than his song lyrics. "He stopped loving her today, they placed a wreath upon his door." "Yabba Dabba Doo, the King is gone, and so are you." Jones died this morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after being hospitalized the ... More >>
By Alan Scherstuhl
This list of the year's best country albums is assembled with two important premises in mind: First: If the people who record and listen to these records consider them country, than they're damn well country. Purists who argue that country should still sound like '68, '76, '84 or ... More >>
David Allan Coe famously said that the perfect country and western song
requires the following five components: Mama, trains, trucks, prison,
and gettin' drunk. With all due respect to Mr. Coe, one subject seems
absent: farmin'. Farming has been a part of country music since -- well, we guess the ... More >>
Oooooh-wee, what's that smell? Smells like pigs, corn on the cob, and carny sweat. But then, a gentle waft of pheromones floats through the air -- the aroma of a 4-H gal from Faribault locking eyes with her Future Farmer of America. And the soundtrack to it all? The Minnesota State Fair's country mu ... More >>
Randy Travis, unedited.
So... what's new with Randy Travis?
Well, he's set to perform at Mystic Lake Casino on September 21, and the next day he'll be at Black Bear. He's got a new album for sale at the Cracker Barrel, and last year, several of his friends -- Kenny Chesney, Jamey Johns ... More >>
Jack Klatt's new album Mississippi Roll is easily gonna be one of the best local albums of the year, mark my words. Recorded in two free-rollin' ten-hour sessions with production assistance from classic guitar virtuoso and composer Dakota Dave Hull, Klatt is backed as usual by the Cat Swingers -- fi ... More >>
Photos by Rick MasonNew Orleans Jazz & Heritage FestivalMay 6-8, 2011New Orleans Fair GroundsBY RICK MASONAs the searing Louisiana sun sagged through the gathering Delta dusk west of New Orleans' Fair Grounds last Sunday, the electric atmosphere in front of the towering Gentilly Stage arced a ... More >>
After revealing just two weeks ago that - what luck! - Dwight Yoakam was to play the Mystic Showroom that weekend, but - goldangit - it was sold the hell out, I hate to again be the bearer of bad news.
Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson will be playing the Mystic Showroom this Sunday (2/27 ... More >>
As 2010 winds to a close, many of us here at Gimme Noise have been hard at work drafting up as many lists as humanly possible. Rather than create on unified list of the national albums that we loved this year, we thought it more appropriate to post each of our individual picks for the best albums ... More >>
Courtesy of jameyjohnson.comSo you're a hipster who hates country music but loves Waylon Jennings. Despises Keith Urban and Toby Keith but digs on Cash. Thinks Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift can burn in a pyre of blonde extensions and Auto-tune processors but thinks Loretta in her black wi ... More >>
Photo by Nikki MillerThis week, The Country Music Association announced the last of its nominations for the 2010 CMA Awards, set to air live on Wednesday, November 10th on ABC with Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood returning as hosts for the third consecutive year. The awards, voted on by ind ... More >>
Hank Cochran, RIPI sometimes wonder if rock credibility has destroyed good music. Someone, somewhere down the line decided you weren't a credible act unless you wrote and performed your own music. Or, if you covered music by a band far better, but far less well-known and much more under appre ... More >>