The success story that is Lady Antebellum appears to have no end. Last night the 66 percent Augusta act nabbed the Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Group or Duo with Vocals. Not to take away from Lady A, but how do the engravers at Grammy Central fit all of that on one of those little statues.
First, an apology. It seems I can't follow directions, even when they are my own. I did, in fact, say I would accept submissions until 6 p.m. I did not. My bad. Hopefully I can redeem myself today. I'll be accepting answers to the following question until 3:30 p.m. today. The winner, selected at random from all correct answers, will get another pair of Ultimate Elvis Tour tickets.
Here's the question...
We've got three pairs of tickets to give away to the Ultimate Elvis Tour show at the Bell Auditorium on Tuesday. Today, tomorrow and Monday I'll be posting an Elvis question, allowing a couple hours for answers to arrive and then drawing a random winner.
Here's the first question...
Sun 321 was released on January 1, 1956. The song was later a hit for Elvis and (here's a hint) a version appeared on the soundtrack for G.I. Blues. What was the song and who originally recorded it?
After taking a little time off, the Drive-By Truckers are on the road again -- and the band has put Augusta on its itinerary. The band is scheduled to play March 6 at Sky City, 1157 Broad St. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. This is a rare opportunity to see a band usually booked into bigger venues in an intimate club atmosphere. Value added is that they rock - both well and hard. David Barbe (Mercyland, Sugar) and his band the Quick Hooks open.
For more information, go to www.skycityaugusta.com
Just because those tickets to Miami fell through doesn’t mean football fans can’t make an outing out of Super Bowl Sunday. We’re looking for the public place people gather to watch the big game, be it restaurant, bar, church or community center. If you or your business is planning on hosting a Super Bowl shindig, contact Steven Uhles at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is noon on Monday, Feb. 1.
Willie Nelson didn’t play long Saturday night – just over an hour – and in truth his abbreviated set was missing some expected and significant hits. There was no Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, no Bloody Mary Morning and no Pancho and Lefty (although to be fair, that one does work better as a duet). Willie Nelson, it seems, has become more about quality than quantity.
Willie just rolled out a song off his next release, due in stores in April. Dark in the best possible way, the song, entitled Nobody's Fault But Mine, it sounds like it could have been written for, or by, Johnny Cash. It certainly has me excited for the record. There's nothing like a late career record that reflects on the past of casts toward an uncertain future. Willie Nelson is the kind of artist adept at pulling that kind of action off.
According to Willie, today would have been jazz guitar legend Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday. Good news for us. As a tribute to the guitarist, who clearly influenced Willie, we got Nelson playing an evocative instrumental in true Django style. Somewhere the jazzman is smiling down on his country brother.
I know that the Bell Auditorium is a smoke-free venue, but I was curious to see how closely the rules of the house might be followed when fans were faced with the notoriously smoke-friendly Willie Nelson.
Evidently we follow the rules in Augusta.
Willie isn’t a cat with a lot to say. “Thank you” from time to time. Perhaps a “good to be here”. But when he hits the stage, he really is a man of few words. Ordinarily, a performer unwilling to play the game of making a concert a show might be knocked for half-hearted effort. Not the case with Willie. He’s cordial and polite, a true country gentleman, but her prefers to let the songs do the talking.