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Songwriter Richard Dobson Dead at 75

Richard Dobson — a singer and songwriter who penned songs for Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, Guy Clark, Carlene Carter and David Allan Coe, among others — died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, at a hospital in Switzerland. He was 75.

While he’s well known for his famous cuts by legendary country artists, Dobson also released more than twenty albums himself. Both Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds, as well as Johnny and June Carter Cash, recorded his song “Baby Ride Easy.” Other successes included his song “Forever, For Always, For Certain,” which Clark recorded.

Dobson frequently collaborated with Clark as well as Clark’s wife, Susanna, in the writing room. One of their songwriting partnerships included “Old Friends,” which became the title of Clark’s 1988 Grammy-nominated album.

The late songwriter split his time between Nashville and his wife’s home country of Switzerland. He’d often return to Music City to record music of his own, working with producer Thomm Jutz.

“He was extremely generous and kind, meticulous in everything he did,” Jutz tells the Tennessean. “He taught me to look at the world in a different way in many different respects, and one of them was to observe nature. He wrote all the time, working on songs, books, newsletters. He always said as long as there’s some writing to do, he’s happy wherever he is.”

A Texas native, Dobson wrote on his website that he “became seriously addicted to songwriting and put everything else on the back burner.” This passion eventually convinced him to move to Nashville in the 1970s.

“Inspired by the example of Kris Kristofferson and the records Bob Dylan had made there I moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 1971, beginning a series of peregrinations back and forth to Texas that continued for almost three decades,” he wrote. “Occasionally people ask me if I’ve been able to make a living at this business, and I’ve always answered that while you couldn’t call it a living, I wouldn’t trade the life. Music has enriched my existence immeasurably and brought so much joy, I would be a fool to complain about the hard times. A privileged and ancient profession, music can open doors and take you to places where the rewards are not counted in money. It is a window on the world like no other. Looking back I can truthfully say I have few regrets.”


RIP to another legendary great in 2017. You will be truly missed, but your influence will continue to live on in country music and beyond.

‘Walk The Line’ Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl

“Walk The Line,” the soundtrack to the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic by the same name, will be released on vinyl on July 21. The best-selling soundtrack features music by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, along with performances by Waylon Payne, Tyler Hilton, Jonathan Rice and Shooter Jennings.

The Academy Award-winning film was about the life of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, portrayed by Phoenix and Witherspoon, respectively. T Bone Burnett produced the soundtrack, which was number one on the “Billboard” soundtrack chart, number three on the Country Albums chart and number 9 on the “Billboard” Top 200 chart.

Brad Paisley Reveals Track Listing for Love and War

Brad Paisley has shared the track listing for his upcoming studio album, Love and War, revealing some pretty big and surprising special guests. The 16-track album includes a song with country legend Bill Anderson, as well as the previously announced collaborations with rockers Mick Jagger and John Fogerty and hip hop/R&B artist and producer Timbaland. The album also includes a song titled “Gold All Over the Ground,” which features the legendary Johnny Cash on the songwriting credit.

 

·       No other details were released about the song “Gold All Over the Ground,” but one of the poems in Cash’s 2016 poetry collection, Forever Words: The Unknown Poems, shares a title with the Paisley’s song. The poem’s lyrics can be seen here.

·       Love and War will be released on April 21.

·       Paisley has a songwriting credit on all of the album’s 16 tracks.

Love and Wartrack listing:

 

1. “Heaven South”

2. “Last Time for Everything”

3. “One Beer Can”

4. “Go to Bed Early”

5. “Drive of Shame” (Featuring Mick Jagger)

6. “Contact High”

7. “Love and War” (Featuring John Fogerty)

8. “Today”

9. “selfie#theinternetisforever”

10. “Grey Goose Chase” (Featuring Timbaland)

11. “Gold All Over the Ground”

12. “Dying to See Her” (Featuring Bill Anderson)

13. “Solar Power Girl” (Featuring Timbaland)

14. “The Devil Is Alive and Well”

15. “Meaning Again”

16. “Heaven South” (Reprise)

February 16th: On This Day

On this day in 1971, Johnny Cash recorded Man In Black in Nashville at the Columbia Recording Studio. The album would hit #1 on the Country Album chart and 56 on the Pop Albums chart. The album produced “Man in Black” and “Singin’ in Vietnam Talkin’ Blues”, both of which cracked the top twenty on the Country Charts, with “Man in Black” peaking at #3. The album’s name also eventually became Cash’s informal nickname, given to him by the public.

February 10th: On This Day

On this day back in 1986, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, and Kris Kristofferson were presented a Gold Album for The Highwaymen.  Though they would end up being called The Highwaymen, the group did not have an official name when they released the album on Columbia Records.

The single “Highwayman” became a #1 country hit.

January 13th: On This Day

On this day in 1968, Johnny Cash recorded the live album, Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison.  Though the record label wasn’t a big fan of the concept of this album, it was a hit in the United States, reaching number one on the country charts and the top 15 of the national album chart.

The lead single from the album, a live version of “Folsom Prison Blues”, was a top 40 hit, Cash’s first since 1964’s “Understand Your Man”.

 

Dolly Parton To Recieve The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award

Dolly Parton has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented during the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville. The prestigious award was established to recognize an artist who has reached both national and international prominence through their concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy and record sales. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 2 at 8:00 PM ET on ABC.

 

·       Past recipients of the rare Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award are Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), and Johnny Cash(2015).

August 12th: On This Day

On this day in 1969, Johnny Cash’s album Johnny Cash At San Quentin was Certified Gold. The album was Cash’s 31st release and was the follow-up to his At Folsom Prison. The album was nominated for multiple Grammys, including Album of the Year and won Best Male Country Vocal Performance for “A Boy Named Sue.”

The album would be Certified Triple Platinum on by the RIAA in 2003.

May 18th: On This Day

On this day back in 1986, the made-for-tv movie Stagecoach starring Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings and John Schneider first aired. The movie is a remake of the 1939 classic of the same name. Kris Kristofferson plays the Ringo Kid, originally played by the legendary John Wayne. Willie Nelson portrays the infamous Doc Holliday, while Johnny Cash plays Marshal Curly Wilcox and Waylon Jennings plays Hatfield, the gambler.

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