ACM Awards Announce First Round of Performers; Drive-By Truckers Play Conan; Freshgrass Acquires No Depression

Juli Thanki | March 7th, 2014

  • Later this month, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will hold two Bakersfield-related events: a Pete Anderson interview/performance on March 23 and a screening of Merle Haggard’s American Masters episode on March 30.
  • Freshgrass has acquired No Depression.
  • Our pal Eric of Music Tomes interviewed JD Wilkes about his new book, Barn Dances and Jamborees Across Kentucky.
  • CMT has added Angaleena Presley, Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Natalie Stovall & The Drive, and Nikki Lane to its Next Women of Country campaign.
  • American Songwriter premiered Ronnie Milsap’s version of “Georgia on My Mind” from new album Summer Number Seventeen.
  • Lonesome River Band, Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley, and Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are a few of the acts playing the Song of the Mountains Festival May 1-3 in Louisburg, North Carolina.
  • Download Mary Gauthier’s Live at Blue Rock at NoiseTrade.
  • George Strait and Jason Aldean tickets are the fifth and seventh most-expensive tours of 2014, reports Forbes. Also, there’s insane demand for LiveNation’s Country Megaticket, an all-access pass to seven country music shows including Tim McGraw, Lady Antebellum, and Brad Paisley dates. Average asking price on the secondary sales market for a PNC Bank Arts Center Megaticket? $1700. 
  • Esme Patterson’s “Never Chase a Man” was inspired by Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Patterson told CMT Edge, “I was thinking that Dolly’s man, the one she’s begging Jolene not to steal, sounds like a sleazy, no-good fellow that doesn’t deserve the love of Dolly’s character…In my response, Jolene is not interested in her man. She thinks he’s a creep, he keeps leaning in too close, and Jolene tries to tell Dolly’s character that she deserves better!”
  • Bruce Springsteen documentary High Hopes will premiere on HBO April 4.
  • Darius Rucker’s True Believers has gone gold.
  • Perhaps you would like to start 2015 trapped on a boat with Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel, Lorrie Morgan, and other country artists.
  • George Strait, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Luke Bryan will perform at the ACM Awards in April.
  • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers released a concert DVD.
  • Dierks Bentley joined The String Cheese Incident onstage in Mexico for “Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms.”
  • From TechCrunch.com: “Spotify Acquires The Echo Nest, Gaining Control Of The Music DNA Company That Powers Its Rivals.”
  • Galleywinter profiled New Braunfels-based singer-songwriter Tom Gillam.

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