Alan Jackson to Release Precious Memories Sequel; Hall of Fame to Salute Paul Franklin; Holly Williams, Russell Moore on Vocal Rest

Juli Thanki | March 6th, 2013

  • Russell Moore is on vocal rest as well due to “extreme laryngitis;” Dustin Pyrtle and IIIrd Tyme Out’s Edgar Loudermilk are filling in on lead vocals until Moore is back in action.
  • On March 23, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate pedal steel player Paul Franklin as part of their “Nashville Cats” series. If you’re not able to make it, the HOF will stream the event on their site.
  • Alan Jackson’s next record, Precious Memories, Vol. II, will be released March 26.
  • Australian bluegrass radio host Geoff Morris passed away at the age of 70 after a battle with cancer.
  • Taylor Swift, who’s on the cover of the new issue of Vanity Fair, is probably trying to figure out what rhymes with “Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.”
  • George Jones’ final Nashville concert has sold out.
  • The Avett Brothers’ new music video for “February 7” premieres later today. (via press release)
  • Here’s a Paste/HGTV SXSW sampler that includes songs from The Lone Bellow, Bhi Bhiman, and Ivan & Alyosha, to name just a few.
  • CMT Edge posted Son Volt’s new video for their song “Hearts and Minds.” Kelly Dearmore chatted with the band’s frontman, Jay Farrar, for an article for Blurt.
  • Rolling Stone posted video of Neil Young and Crazy Horse playing “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” at a recent show in Perth.
  • American Songwriter premiered a new Howlin’ Brothers video.
  • Brad Gulley is now Cumberland River’s lead singer. The band has a new record coming out later this year.
  • NPR posted 100 downloadable songs by artists worth discovering at SXSW, including Kelly Hogan and The Milk Carton Kids.
  • Kenny Chesney played a surprise show in Key West over the weekend.
  • Chuck Dauphin of Billboard wrote a feature on Ashley Monroe.
  1. Kelly D.
    March 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    So much good stuff out and coming out. Thanks for the link-love to my Blurt profile too! About to finally dig into the new Monroe album. I feel like the last country fan on Earth that hasn’t done that.

  2. Jon
    March 6, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    ” About to finally dig into the new Monroe album. I feel like the last country fan on Earth that hasn’t done that.”

    Didn’t it just come out yesterday?

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Thats right, only yesterday, A few of the tracks were let loose early, individually; those are what people heard before now, other than a few who had industry previews.

  4. Rick
    March 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Did Ashley’s label send out actual advance copy CD’s or just send a link to a digital download site? I miss the days of Advance CD’s when I could pick up a copy for cheapsies on FleaBay…

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s show will feature the fine duet act “Johnny Swim” that was featured on A Prairie Home Companion episode recently. Other artists include The McCrary Sisters, Charlie Parr (any relation to Jack?), Alanna Royale, and The Danberry’s. Jim Lauderdale is back! Yay!

    From Above: “Dale Watson, Miss Leslie, and Amber Digby are among the artists who’ll play the Tomball Honky Tonk Music Festival in Tomball, TX on March 16.” Darn, I wish they’d do a festival like that in Southern California. Crikey, mate! Did Tompall Glaser’s parents name him after Tomball and misspell it on the birth certificate? Hmmm…

    I was bummed to read the other day that Hannah Blaylock is leaving Eden’s Edge. They were one of the few bright spots on Top 40 AirHead Country radio for the last couple of years. Oh well…

  5. Leeann Ward
    March 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    It kind of stinks that you’d wish there were cheap advanced copies of Ashley’s album that you could buy on Ebay rather than just buying the actual album, since every album that’s sold really does count for her, especially considering the struggles that she had with her first album. I received an advanced download, but I still bought the album (one for me and one for a friend) yesterday to support her sales.

  6. Leeann Ward
    March 6, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Speaking of Ashley, these are a couple good quotes from a lengthy article on GAC:

    “I listen to all kinds of music, so it’s easy for me to think, ‘I like this sound. I’m going to make this kind of album,’” she said. “But when it comes down to it, my voice is country, the songs I write are country and my soul is country.”

    “Obviously, every artist would be lying if they said that they didn’t want to be played on country radio,” she acknowledged. “That’s a huge window to people. And a big reason for making music, to me, is so I can get what I’m hearing to somebody else. I would love to have country radio on my side. But I also want to make the music that I want them to hear. In case it does get on the radio, I want it to be something I’m really proud of. That’s why I made a country record.”

  7. BRUCE
    March 6, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Hoping Ashley gets the breaks she deserves. Great voice and she is an outlaw. Why? Because Marty Stuart stated, “The most outlaw thing you can do in Nashville today is sing country music.”

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