The new and improved DH is designed to promote awareness of underground and unsigned country musicians. Here you'll find reviews, interviews, advice and all other types of resources for independent musicians, labels, and venues. We're always lookin' for reader submissions. We'll be happy to publish any article as long as it at least somewhat relates to the site here. DH can only get as strong as it's readers and contributers so buck up, pitch in, and watch out!
Email ideas to

Americana Spirit - Lyle Lovett, Walter Hyatt New Album

Sunday, March 9th, 2008

When musician Walter Hyatt died in a Florida Everglades plane crash in 1996 at age 46, he left behind a group of recordings that has taken over a decade to surface. Some Unfinished Business, Vol. 1 is out today on King Tears Music, a label overseen by Hyatt’s wife, Heidi Hyatt. Two of the songs date from Walter’s days in the acclaimed trio Uncle Walt’s Band (a group that included David Ball and Champ Hood). Three songs, “I’ll Come Knocking,” “Babes in the Woods” and “Lonely in Love,” were recorded by Lyle Lovett.

The experience was bittersweet for musician Jerry Douglas, who recorded new dobro parts for the album. Jerry tells The Tennessean, “You’re sitting there, with the headphones on, and you’re hearing Walter’s voice like he’s right beside you. But he’s as far away as he could get.”

Although it took about five years before she was able to listen to the recordings, much less begin formulating a plan for releasing them, Heidi Hyatt says the process, though painful, was also helpful.

“After you lose someone, you try to find every photograph, and every other little thing,” says Heidi Hyatt. “And people kept bringing recordings to me, things he’d worked on at various studios, in various stages of incompletion. There were songs on there that I’d never heard before: They must have been extremely fresh.”

Top News!

When you are asked who you're influenced by, I can bet you'll name a list a mile long of folks who've made it to the big time. Get some more inspiration by keepin' up to date on your favorite country concerts, ticket prices and tour dates through our partner site Country Music On Tour. At CMOT they focus on both today’s hot country stars and the legends of yesterday. Be sure to check back often as we add new country concerts, tour dates, opening acts, venue details, and any other information you may need. every day! If you go to the concerts or find interesting bits about the country stars we ask that you come back to visit and tell us all about it! See who's on tour now!
Find entries :

Want to subscribe?

 Subscribe in a reader