ABC to Air Nashville: On the Record; Isbell Guests on WTF with Marc Maron; The Music Maker Relief Foundation Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Juli Thanki | March 27th, 2014

  • George Strait’s “Give It All We Got Tonight” has gone platinum.
  • Next week, good guy Vince Gill will headline Jammin’ to Beat the Blues, a concert which benefits the nonprofit organization Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee. This will be Gill’s sixth consecutive year hosting the event; he’s also bringing along some talented guests like Ashley Monroe and Charlie Worsham.
  • Edd Hurt (The Nashville Scene) on Jerrod Niemann’s “super-eclectic” new album: What’s perhaps most mind-scrambling about Niemann’s music is its references to such country stars as George Jones, [Roger] Miller and Johnny Cash, none of whom would likely understand just what the heck Niemann and his many co-writers are up to on High Noon. “Donkey” sounds like glam-rock with a Beck-style vocal, and it combines spastic banjo insertions with a basic rock stomp that occasionally sports guitar work in the mode of Jimi Hendrix. 
  • The Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit that assists traditional musicians in need, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a number of events and a compilation album that is due out in September.
  • Tracy Lawrence released a music video for “Lie.”
  • Erin Enderlin to Jewly Hight: “When I moved here, people were like, ‘No one’s gonna record these songs you’re writing. No one wants to hear those.’ When I turned in ‘Last Call,’ my publisher was like, ‘Erin, seriously. If you turn in one more song about whiskey and cheating … ‘ ”  
  • Frankie Ballard played “Helluva Life” on Conan.
  • Can’t Put Me Out, the new album from bluegrass band Monroeville, is going to be released on April 1.
  • Brandy Clark’s “Get High” video will premiere on PerezHilton.com later today. (via press release)
  • Rosanne Cash is heading to Maryland to participate in this year’s Frederick Reads celebration. (The article includes a funny story about her father and One Hundred Years of Solitude.)
  • John Carter Cash says that his father recorded enough material to release “four or five” more albums.
  • The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville received the 2014 Award of Excellence, the Tennessee Association of Museums’ highest honor. (via press release)
  • ABC will air Nashville: On the Record, a one-hour special, on April 23. MusicRow.com reports that the program “began as a documentary web series that follows the life of original songs performed on Nashville, from the songs’ creation to the on-air premiere.” 
  • Kentucky State Senator Robin Webb’s bill proposing the creation of the Beaten Path Bluegrass Music Trail has passed the Senate; now it moves on to the House. According to Webb, “Bluegrass music — as are bourbon and thoroughbred horse racing — is a fundamental and traditional component of Kentucky’s cultural heritage that people from all regions of America and throughout the world readily identify and seek out as uniquely appealing… The Beaten Path Bluegrass Music Trail would give visitors another reason to spend money in our communities. It also would pay homage to a part of our Appalachian culture.”
  • Country California’s C.M. Wilcox ruminates on iTunes holdout Garth Brooks.
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times reviewed Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Valerie June’s Tuesday night show at the Wiltern.
  • If you’re planning a road trip, the Mississippi Country Music Trail looks fun.

 

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