2015 ACM Awards Tickets Sell Out; Jim VanCleve Leaves Mountain Heart; Hellbound Glory Announces New Album

Juli Thanki | April 16th, 2014

  • Rod Kennedy, who founded the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1972, passed away on Monday. He was 84.
  • 70,000 tickets for next year’s ACM Awards and ACM’s “Party for a Cause” event, which will be held in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium and Globe Life Park, respectively, sold out in 18 minutes.
  • Zac Brown Band has officially added an eighth member, bassist Matt Mangano. The supersized band will begin their Great American Road Trip tour on May 24 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
  • Producer Fred Foster discusses Ray Price’s final recording sessions in this article Chuck Dauphin wrote for The 615.
  • Eric Walters of Paste counts down Nickel Creek’s 11 best songs.
  • Founding member Jim VanCleve has left Mountain Heart after 16 years and one bout of Dengue Fever. All in all…not a bad run.
  • Actor Harry Dean Stanton recorded a soundtrack for the documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction. The album (out June 3 on Omnivore) includes covers of “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” “He’ll Have to Go,” and more.
  • Hellbound Glory will release a five-song album called LV on May 13.
  • Out July 1: The Levon Helm Band’s Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3. (via press release)
  • Nate Chinen of The New York Times reviewed Ashley Monroe’s recent NYC tour stop. (Down here in Virginia, Monroe tore it up last Sunday with one of the best shows I’ve seen all year; if she comes to your town, go. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to hear the story about Monroe and Miranda Lambert writing songs in a Smoky Mountain cabin.)
  • For their new record, Put the Needle Down, The Secret Sisters finished a half-done Bob Dylan song. Listen to “Dirty Lie” here.
  1. A.B.
    April 16, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Barry’s article was good. The quote from Mr Young mentioning Ralph Stanley is making me speculate though. He was probably just using Ralph as an example, but could he be one of the inductees for the HoF on April 22?

    Then again, I’m also speculating Ricky Skaggs will be an inductee on April 22 because of the wording the HoF used in the press release for the expansion grand opening.

  2. Barry Mazor
    April 16, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    My own suggestion would be that it probably wouldn’t pay off to read those sorts of things into Kyle Young’s comments, or that press release, AB. Induction is always a really very well-kept secret. Probably do know by now, as you’re suggesting, but in my experience , they never hint about that!

  3. Daniel Mullins
    April 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    Mr. Mazor- In your opinion, who do you think will be/should be inducted into the Hall on April 22nd?

  4. Barry Mazor
    April 16, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    The categories for this year, the schedule says, Daniel, are, as every year, Modern era (ending 20 years back for fame;, 1970- 1994 this year) Veterans Era (45 years back or more–i.e. 1969 or earlier), and, this year, of the rotating categories–Songwriter. I’ve listed many people–artists and others– I think are worthy here before, but I’ll say, in songwriting, I’ve figured Hank Cochran and Dallas Frazier are overdue, and some of the generation after them, like Dean Dillon and Bob McDill, are coming to mind as due before long..

    My hope for the Veterans Area, always over-controversial just because there are so any deserving artists, and they still get in one year at a time, is that artists earlier than the last years officially “veterans” fall under now) will have a real shot, too, even though the later the artist became a star, the best remembered he or she is by a lot of people.

  5. luckyoldsun
    April 16, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    I didn’t see the release that you’re referring to, but I’ll say Skaggs is the odds-on favorite. He has the artistic and commercial credentials, with a bunch of #1 hits and noted prowess as a bluegrass musician. And his service as “Artist In Residence” would seem to indicate that this is his year.

  6. Barry Mazor
    April 16, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Luckyol; I’ve tried hard as I can to clarify the facts on the Artist-in-Residence thing for you. Sometimes, yes, the additional PUBLICITY of the stand helps with the voting,it seems,but the Hall picks its own Artists-in-Residence, for length of career and ability and willingness to host a series of shows; and Hall management has little to do with the induction nominating process; that’s all through CMA

    It’s a connection you’ve made that simply does not connect..I assume you’re predicting the induction of Buddy Miller and Jerry Douglas any day now, since they were Artists-in-Residence, too.

    We can look into who got selected for induction during blood moon eclipses, too, if ya want!

  7. A.B.
    April 16, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    Mr. Mazor – I like that it’s a well kept secret. Always keeps one guessing!

    Luckyoldsun – Here’s the press release: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/recent-press-releases/view/2459

    “Who: The Honorable Karl Dean, Museum Director Mr. Kyle Young, Board Chairman Mr. Steve Turner, Country Music Hall of Fame members and special guest performers including Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Ann Womack, Buddy Miller, and more”

    I suppose they meant members in the “and more,” but I didn’t see any pictures from yesterday showing other HoF members. Maybe they were thinking more HoF members would show up?

    Yes, pure speculation on my part. I also could have read the wording the wrong way.

  8. luckyoldsun
    April 17, 2014 at 12:16 am

    When the Hall picks as “Artist In Residence” someone–like Buddy Miller–whose career was spent largely in the background and who was never a major star, I’d say the selection as “Artist In Residence” IS the honor. There’s no implication that such an artist should be voted into the Hall.

    But when a bona fide star–like Connie Smith–or international superstar–like Kenny Rogers, and now Ricky Skaggs–is named Artist In Residence, for the CMA voters not to come through for that artist would seem like a pretty deliberate snub.

    I’m not saying it’s a sure thing. Few things are. But I’ll put my money down on Skaggs to place–in the Hall–if anybody’s taking action.

  9. Barry Mazor
    April 17, 2014 at 5:47 am

    Well, Luckyol; I guess you must know more about the CMA nominating process inner workings than I do, by some means–or else not. It’s confirmed that the announcements will be Tuesday morning, and I’ll be there–so we’ll see!

    if Ricky’s not the one, I’m sure you’ll be able to explain it.

  10. David Cantwell
    April 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Barry, do you know whether or not (sorry if you’ve already answered this question) the rotating category is limited to just one pick, or might multiple songwriters get the nod this year?

  11. Barry Mazor
    April 17, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Inductions in all categories, by the rules, are one at a time–unless there’s a dead-on tie, as happened once or twice recently.

  12. luckyoldsun
    April 17, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I didn’t say or imply that I have superior knowledge about the nominating process or workings–I’m just willing to make deductions and go out on a limb based on observation, while you make it a point not to do so.

    And if Ricky’s not the one, I suppose I’ll have to eat crow here. But I was right last year about Rogers and I’m fairly confident–not certain, but confident–that I’ll be right again this year.

    And then next year, if the Hall names Ronnie Milsap…or Gene Watson…or the Oak Ridge Boys…as “Artist in Residence,” we can go through this again.

  13. Leeann Ward
    April 17, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    It is admittedly fun to speculate about these things.

  14. Barry Mazor
    April 18, 2014 at 12:55 am

    Speculation is free!

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