Catherine Britt is going to be on the gatefold cover of FHM's Women of Country Music edition, along with a whole lot of people I have never heard of (I've heard of Tift Merritt of course.) They appeared to be dressed in underwear -- check out that link, excellent Tennessean article.
Jessi Alexander sounds promising however, if only for quotes like: "You know you’re living a country song when your dad’s in jail, your car is broke, you’ve lost your job and your boyfriend’s cheating on you. I’ve had all those things happen at once. My dad’s in and out of jail all the time. I’m used to it." Catherine discovered in Newcastle by Elton John, though? I think not.
John Hiatt has recorded a new album "at Memphis' renowned Ardent Studios, in what is described as the very first sessions to use a "real world" DSD recorder. Produced by Jim Dickinson and engineered by John Hampton, the New West Records album features Luther and Cody Dickinson of The North Mississippi All-Stars on guitar and drums, with David Hood on bass." No idea what DSD technology is, but I am thrilled by the rootsy line up. Go out and buy Crossing Muddy Waters and/or Slow Turning and/or Comes Alive at Budokan and/or Walk On ... oh hell, just go buy them all, OK?
This Just In Legend Merle Kilgore has died.
This should cheer up
While I wasn't looking, ABC dig radio went and launched a whole seperate "Dig Country" section with radio streaming.