ACM Donates $2.5 Million to Hall of Fame; New Wanda Jackson Album Due in October; Miranda Lambert on Voice Rest

Juli Thanki | July 11th, 2012

  • The Academy of Country Music will donate $2.5 million to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to help underwrite the “ACM Contemporary Gallery,” which will showcase trends in modern country music.
  • Wanda Jackson’s got a new album in the works. Unfinished Business, due out October 9, will be produced by Justin Townes Earle and have songs including a cover of “California Stars.” Check out the track listing and watch a short video about the project on
  • Dale Cockrell, Director of the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, and archivist John Fabke spoke with Tony Gonzalez of the Tennessean about the Center’s plans for an interactive website to preserve songs about Tennessee: In his research, Fabke said he found Tennessee described as a mythical “Shangri-La,” where everyone wants to go. “It’s a place that you’re from, with the romance of where you’re from or going back to,” he said. Hundreds of songs — arguably more than all but a few other states — describe state wildlife, the feats of Davy Crockett, and a place almost constantly in motion, by road, river and rail. “What is it about Tennessee? Is it this mythical place? Or an easy rhyme?” Fabke asked. “Or was there something going on that was more active and interesting than Louisiana or Michigan or Indiana?” Assembling the collection doesn’t give Fabke time to answer his own questions, but the center’s archivists anticipate researchers will seize on the new website for scholarly work. 
  • Here’s a clip of Robert Plant and the Band of Joy playing “Gallows Pole” from the Live from the Artists Den DVD, which came out yesterday.
  • Bill DeMain of Mental Floss asks, “Why were CD longboxes so popular in the early ‘90s?”
  • Town Mountain’s next album, Leave the Bottle, will be released September 4 on Pinecastle Records. (via press release)
  • The Huffington Post’s Chris Talbot talks with Hank Jr. about his new album.
  • This year’s Johnny Cash Music Festival will be held October 5 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center. Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, and Dierks Bentley are among the festival’s performers.
  • The Washington Post’s Joe Heim takes a look at Woody Guthrie’s legacy with an article and a playlist.
  • Coming out September 25: a four-CD boxed set celebrating 50 years of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. (via press release)
  • Colt Ford chats with American Songwriter’s David Hollerith about his new album, Declaration of Independence.
  • Here’s the EPK for Blackberry Smoke’s upcoming album.
  • Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires got engaged.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our Drew Kennedy giveaway: Arlene.
  • If you follow us on Twitter, enter to win one of three Engine 145 t-shirts.
  • Here’s a mini-documentary about Austin-based band, Crooks.

  1. Saving Country Music
    July 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Well I guess Colt Ford actually writes his own songs unlike Tim McGraw.

  2. Jon
    July 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Well I guess Colt Ford actually writes his own songs unlike Tim McGraw.

    And unlike Roy Acuff. So what’s your point?

  3. Rick
    July 11, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Ooops, I posted this in the wrong thread! DOH!

    Music City Roots Alert! They’re Baaaaaaaack! Tonight’s show will include one of my personal fave’s Kim Richey, Laura Cantrell, Bill Lloyd, The Willies, and Flea Market Hustlers(?). Sounds like fun to me!

  4. Leeann Ward
    July 12, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Hmmm…I wonder what a Justin Townes Earle produced Wanda Jackson album will sound like? I guess I didn’t expect that paring, mostly because it had no way of crossing my mind as a possibility.

  5. Saving Country Music
    July 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Was Roy Acuff ever featured in a magazine that has “songwriter” in the title?

  6. Barry Mazor
    July 12, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Haven’t been many writers called or for songwriters ever, not many–but given the Roy was also one of the heads and owners of Acuff-Rose publishing, it wouldn’t have been surprising–for what he could say as a publisher to writers.

    General comment: If a magazine–remember those>–or any other sort of pub decides to go a little off its central mission because it thinks the change-up might interests its readers, that’s the publication’s call. It’s called an editorial decision, which are very nice for publications to have. . If they’re bad calls and they keep doing it, they’ll pay for it and get hurt, or possibly wind up with a slightly changed readership that’s useful and a plus anyhow..

  7. Jon
    July 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    If you’re a songwriter who wants to learn something about the craft and business of songwriting, you’d have to be an idiot not to have any interest in hearing what one of the most successful singers around – and one who was actually trying to work as a songwriter when he first came to town – had to say about songs.

    And if you’re not a songwriter, why would you care about whom a magazine aimed at songwriters chooses to interview? You’d be better off putting that time and energy into learning a little more about the music you’re trying to save (sic).

  8. Rick
    July 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

    Jason Isbell is one lucky guy to snag Amanda Shires as she’s a real sweetheart. I wish them both the best.

    I’d much rather hear a Wanda Jackson album produced by JTE than Jack White! That’s a 10-4 good buddy.

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