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Willie Nelson-Branded Marijuana Dispensaries, Products, & Blends Coming

March 26, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  3 Comments

It was only a matter of time before marijuana started to become big business, and apparently Willie Nelson is trying to beat the bigger companies to the punch by developing a signature marijuana brand that is scheduled to include storefronts, products such as bongs and vaporizers, and specific strains and blends of marijuana to sell in the states that make possession of the plant legal.


Keith Urban Wears Sturgill Simpson Shirt on American Idol

March 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  54 Comments

If you’re anything like me, you hate how these stupid television reality show singing competitions are doing their level best to suck independent music fans into their diabolical fold. Either it shows how desperate they are for new viewers, or shows how independent music is truly permeating culture in ways never seen before. If it’s the latter, then I guess we should take it as a positive sign.


Country Music Hall of Fame Announces 2015 Inductees

March 25, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  58 Comments

On Wednesday morning (3-25) the Country Music Hall of Fame announced their 2015 inductees in a press conference held in the Country Music Hall of Fame rotunda. Country Hall of Famer Brenda Lee hosted the event. The Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are selected through a committee process appointed by the Country Music Association, or CMA. Since 2010, the selection process has been split up into 3 categories.


Composer Named for Hank Williams “I Saw The Light” Movie Score

March 23, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  17 Comments

The highly-anticipated biopic film on the life of Hank Williams that is set to be released later this year has announced who will compose the music score. San Diego native Aaron Zigman, most noted for his work on films such as The Notebook and Sex and the City will be in charge of the score for I Saw The Light, a film based off the Hank Williams biography by Colin Escott.


Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard to Release “Django & Jimmie” Album

March 22, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  29 Comments

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard are pairing up once again. This was the one nugget of important information squeezed between pot jokes when Willie Nelson made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Friday evening (3-21) as part of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivities in Austin, TX. It won’t be the first time the two country music legends have released an album together, and it may not be the last.


The Next Music Reality Show Could Involve Songwriting

March 21, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  32 Comments

NBC, Maroon 5 frontman and The Voice judge Adam Levine, and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dave Stewart are teaming up to work on a new reality TV show pilot called “Songland.” The idea is to be the songwriter’s equivalent to The Voice and American Idol and show that “the songwriter is king in the music business.” I don’t know if to laugh, cry, or cheer.


Dale Watson to Release New Album “Call Me Insane”

March 18, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  12 Comments

Dale Watson has been slaving away at his Ameripolitan Studios in Austin, TX, working on his followup to 2014’s Truckin’ Session Vol. 3, and 2013’s El Rancho Azul, and just announced Wednesday (3-18) he’ll release his latest record Call Me Insane on June 9th. The news comes as Dale will make an appearance on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel LIVE from SXSW sitting in with Kimmel’s band.


Johnny Cash American Recordings to be Released in Vinyl Box Set

March 18, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  15 Comments

Vinyl audiophiles might be saving their nickels and dimes for the impending Record Store Day special releases, but beating RSD to the punch is a six-album vinyl box set from the Man in Black that’s going to be hard to resist. Just announced, UMe—the catalog division of the Universal Music Group—is releasing a box set of the entire Johnny Cash American Recordings-era music.


Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton is Stepping Down

March 17, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  37 Comments

Well the saga of Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton’s comments to The Tennessean of “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist” uttered in late February just took another interesting turn. Gary Overton is out at one of Music Row’s very top executive spots. Announced Tuesday morning (3-17), Gary Overton is stepping down from his position as Sony Nashville’s top executive at the end of March.


Steven Tyler to Sign w/ Big Machine & Release a Country Record

March 13, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  115 Comments

Move over Sheryl Crow and Darius Rucker, apparently Steven Tyler and his size 14 lips will be belting out “country” tunes as early as this November according to a report from Billboard. Sources say the Aerosmith lead singer is getting ready to sign with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records.


Scott Borchetta Cites Sturgill Simpson As Proof of Success Without Radio

March 12, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  25 Comments

During a phone interview Thursday afternoon (3-12) ahead of Scott Borchetta’s appearance on American Idol, he was asked to comment on the quotes from Sony Nashville CEO Gary Overton who said a couple of weeks ago, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” Not only did Borchetta somewhat disagree with Overton’s assessment as being “very broad,” he cited Sturgill Simpson…


CMT and Viacom Hit By Major Layoffs

March 11, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  19 Comments

Not all is happy in TV Land. Or MTV, CMT, or VH1—all channels owned by the behemoth media company Viacom, and all companies that have been affected by big layoffs coming down late last week and stretching into this week as part of a massive corporate restructuring. Though the dust has yet to settle, the layoffs and restructuring could see big changes on country music’s biggest television outlet.


Charlie Louvin Film Streaming Free Online Through March

March 8, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  6 Comments

In celebration of The Louvin Brothers being honored by the Grammy’s with a Lifetime Achievement Award, JuddFilms has made the 2011 Charlie Louvin documentary Still Rattlin’ The Devil’s Cage available to stream free online. The 45-minute film features interviews with many country greats, including Charlie Louvin himself, his son Sonny Louvin, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Alison Krauss, and Marty Stuart.


Carol Mills Gives Statement, Defense Plans to Appeal Guilty Verdict

March 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  3 Comments

“I’m grateful to the State of Tennessee, for bringing the defendant to trial, and justice. On behalf of myself, our son Jack, and Wayne’s family and friends, thank you.” This was the statement Carol Mills made in the Nashville courthouse where her husband’s killer, Chris Ferrell, was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder. As David Raybin exited the courtroom, he was adamant that the defense team would appeal the verdict.


Chris Ferrell Found Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder in Wayne Mills Case

March 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  55 Comments

Chris Ferrell shot country music artist Wayne Mills at the Pit and Barrel bar Ferrell owned in Nashville on November 23rd., 2013. Wayne Mills was attending an after hours party at the Pit and Barrel when a dispute about smoking inside caused the two friends to get into a verbal argument. The argument escalated until Wayne Mills verbally threatened Chris Ferrell, and out of fear, the bar owner pulled a .22 pistol…


Wayne Mills Murder Trial is Turned Over to the Jury

March 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  1 Comment

The matter of the 2nd Degree Murder Trial of Christopher Michael Ferrell in the killing of Gerald Wayne Mills has been turned over to the jury for deliberation. After the prosecution and defense made their closing arguments, Judge Steve Dozier read the jury instructions and ordered them into deliberations. The jury is currently in deliberations.


Zac Brown to Cover Jason Isbell on New “Jekyll + Hyde” Album

March 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  34 Comments

It was only a matter of time before mainstream artists started plucking songs from the heralded discographies of thriving independent artists like Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson. We know these are the artists many of the mainstream acts are listening to. Then again Zac Brown has always been sort of his own animal when it comes to the establishment.


Chris Ferrell Takes the Stand in the Wayne Mills Murder Trial (#8)

March 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  15 Comments

Despite five to six inches of sleet and snow in the Nashville area, and most government offices remaining closed including the municipal courts, the court of Judge Steve Dozier was open to proceed with the Wayne Mills murder trial. Judge Dozier is known for opening his court no matter what the circumstances. The court came in session at roughly 11:00 a.m. after a weather delay.


Prosecution Calls Lead Detective in the Wayne Mills Murder Trial (#7)

March 5, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

On Wednesday afternoon (3-4), the court of Judge Steve Dozier re-convened after a lunch recess to hear the testimony of lead detective Leonard Peck. Detective Peck testified that at the scene of the shooting, defendant Chris Ferrell told him Wayne Mills had displayed the .45 Taurus “Judge” revolver and threatened to kill him. The 50-minute police station interview between Ferrell and the detective was played in court.


Primary Evidence Exhibited in the Wayne Mills Murder Case (#6)

March 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

Crime scene investigator Sharon Tilly was the next on the witness stand. She collected the majority of the evidence, including the two guns, the cigarette pieces that started the altercation, the broken glass shards from when Wayne Mills broke the drinking glass, Wayne’s cell phone, and the hat Wayne was wearing at the time of the shooting.

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