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Mar
21

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.

Mar
18

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.

Mar
18

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.

Mar
17

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.

Mar
13

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

March 13, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  118 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.

Mar
12

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…

Mar
11

CMT and Viacom Hit By Major Layoffs

March 11, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  20 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.

Mar
8

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.

Mar
6

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.

Mar
6

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…

Mar
6

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.

Mar
6

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

March 6, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  35 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.

Mar
5

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.

Mar
5

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.

Mar
4

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.

Mar
4

Prosecution Calls First Witnesses in the Wayne Mills Murder Trial (#5)

March 4, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  8 Comments

Though much had been made of Wayne Mills being a musician, Jamey Johnson and Shooter Jennings being linked to the case, and much was made about what might happen if Blake Shelton showed up in court in support of the Wayne Mills family, two other notable musicians also were involved in the after hours party at the Pit and Barrel bar where Wayne Mills was shot.

Mar
3

Listen to Chris Ferrell’s 911 Call After Shooting Wayne Mills (#4)

March 3, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

In the Davidson County Criminal Court of Judge Steve Dozier on Tuesday (3-3), opening arguments were heard by the jury, and the prosecution began to call their first witnesses. As part of the prosecution’s presentation, the 911 call made by the defendant Christopher Ferrell was played for the courtroom and entered into evidence.

Mar
3

Opening Statements Read at the Wayne Mills Murder Trial (#3)

March 3, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  4 Comments

The 2nd Degree Murder case against Christopher Ferrell commenced in the court of Judge Steve Dozier Tuesday morning. Before opening statements, former police detective and private investigator Larry Flair took the witness stand to determine what lines of testimony would be permissible from him in court…

Mar
2

Jury Selection in Wayne Mills Murder Trial Becomes a Marathon (#2)

March 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  6 Comments

What should have been a mostly routine procedural event turned into a marathon court session as the prosecution and defense in the Wayne Mills murder trial tried to fill 12 juror slots and two alternates to hear the 2nd Degree Murder charges against bar owner Christopher Ferrell in a trial set to start the evidence phase Tuesday morning.

Mar
2

Willie Nelson Death Hoax is a Hoax Itself…But He’s Alive!

March 2, 2015 - By Trigger  //  News  //  21 Comments

Even though there wasn’t really ever any evidence to the contrary, except for an unfortunate rumor on Facebook that apparently won’t die now, but wasn’t even really started in the first place, but now has taken on a life of its own and needs debunking. Confused? Like many celebrities, Willie Nelson was the victim of a death hoax, but it turns out the hoax was a hoax in itself.

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