– Chet Flippo at CMT’s Nashville Skyline features thoughts on the new Wilie Nelson bio “Willie Nelson: An Epic Life” by Joe Nick Patoski. From the post:
Patsoki has ascribed his fascination with Nelson to his own decades-long quest to discover a way to write the real Texas book, the one that finally captures the giant sprawling state and its larger-than-life characters. He says he finally realized the answer lay right before him in the form of a Texas superstar he had already interviewed many times before. Willie Nelson was Texas.
– Ryan Adams has written on his blog that the Ryman Auditorium is a “shit hole in Nashville”and that he hates, HATES country music. And always has. And he “references” it when he makes music that sounds like that, the way a director would use water as a backdrop for a svcene (sic) with a shark in it.
And here I thought that sobriety would make Ryan less of a sniveling self-absorbed prick.
– Plans were announced today for this year’s 25th Annual International Country Music Conference.
“The International Country Music Conference is the premier academic event for those studying and writing about country music,” stated conference co-chair Don Cusic. “It is appropriate that ICMC is held at Nashville’s Belmont University.”
This year the conference is set for May 22 to 24, 2008.