October 30, 2013 |
Complementary stories about widely admired country singer and songwriter Roger Miller provided a highlight of Tuesday's Writers Bloc session in Santa Monica featuring Johnny Cash biographer and longtime L.A. Times pop music critic Robert Hilburn with his guest for the evening, Kris Kristofferson. Hilburn, whose new book “Johnny Cash: The Life” was published Tuesday, told an audience of about 300 that he first met Kristofferson in 1970. It was shortly before he'd been hired full time by the newspaper, when he was pursuing an interview with Miller, who was in Los Angeles at the time.
October 27, 2013 |
BAKERSFIELD - Peddling the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard in the heart of Bakersfield - when you're neither Owens nor Haggard - could rank on the scale of tough gigs right up there with hauling coals to Newcastle and selling ice to Eskimos. That was anything but the case, however, when 20-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill and longtime friend steel guitarist Paul Franklin brought their new tribute album, "Bakersfield," to its namesake town to celebrate the distinctive West Coast strain of country music and its two most prominent practitioners, who emerged there more than half a century ago. It was no surprise, ultimately, that Gill and Franklin were accorded heroes' welcomes for shining the spotlight anew on a richly fertile period and place by nearly 3,000 Bakersfield residents who filed into the Rabobank Arena Theater on Friday night.
October 26, 2013 |
When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, to the city the collection was named for. I asked whether they'd be performing in the most obvious place: Buck Owens' Crystal Palace. Gill was plainly sad to say no, that they'd be playing the nearby Rabobank Theater to accommodate more people.
September 11, 2013 |
Multiple Grammy Award-winning country singer Vince Gill went eye to eye and nose to nose, stopping short of tooth for a tooth with members of the provocative Westboro Baptist Church, who protested his concert Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., taunting him because he had divorced and remarried. In a confrontation captured on a 55-second video that's gone viral on YouTube, Gill tells the protesters, “I came to see what hate looked like.” One woman asked Gill, “What are you doing with another man's wife?
May 24, 2013 |
Blake Shelton and NBC have a message for victims of this week's Oklahoma tornado: Help is on the way. Shelton, country-music star and judge on NBC's hit "The Voice," is organizing a benefit concert in Oklahoma City to help with disaster-relief efforts in his home state. On Friday, NBC announced it will air the event live in many markets across six networks -- NBC, Style, E!, G4, Bravo and CMT -- at 9 p.m. May 29. Joining Shelton will be Reba and Vince Gill, along with Shelton's wife, country singer Miranda Lambert.
May 1, 2013 |
Thursday's funeral service for Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones will be a star-studded affair featuring a host of musicians, political figures and other celebrities paying final tribute to one of the most widely lauded singers of the 20th century at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. A raft of musicians are slated to perform, including Alan Jackson, Kid Rock, Vince Gill with Patty Loveless, Brad Paisley, Wynonna Judd, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Milsap, the Oak Ridge Boys, Travis Tritt and Tanya Tucker.