Appleseed to Release Jesse Winchester’s Final Album; The Band Perry Participates in Safe Driving Campaign; Randy Travis Debuts New Video

Juli Thanki | August 1st, 2014

  • Update: guitarist Velma Smith, one of country music’s first female session musicians, passed away on Wednesday. She was 87.
  • Shaver to Peter Cooper: “I wrote most of my songs to stay alive, the rest to get back in the house.”
  • Jesse Winchester’s final album, A Reasonable Amount of Trouble (produced by Mac McAnally), will be released on September 16. (via press release)
  • Zavitson Music Group, current owners of Cowboy Jack Clement’s home/studio, have proposed that the City of Nashville designate the building as a neighborhood landmark in order to get around current zoning codes that make it illegal to operate a business out of a home. Nate Rau (The Tennessean) writes that doing so “would preserve its commercial use and allow the company to move its offices there and start using the recording studio. To achieve the designation, the property must establish its cultural significance, work through zoning issues such as parking with Metro and receive approval from the Planning Commission.”
  • Hunter Hauk of Cowboys & Indians takes a look at ten of Lee Ann Womack’s best songs, including “The Fool” and “Twenty Years and Two Husbands Ago.”
  • The Band Perry has teamed up with State Farm for a teen driving campaign; the trio will perform at the two high schools that have collected the most safe driving pledges.
  • Edd Hurt wrote a lengthy piece on obscure ‘70s act The Country Cavaleers.
  • James McMurtry’s next, currently-untitled album will be released in January. (via press release)
  • Elias Leight of The Atlantic writes that the compilation Country Funk, Vol. 2 shows that “country music has always been more progressive than it is often given credit for.”
  • Here’s a video for Randy Travis’s cover of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”

  1. Leeann
    August 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Thank you for linking to my discussion. To clarify, they’re not so much my favorite Dad songs, but rather, songs about bad dads.:)

  2. Erik North
    August 1, 2014 at 10:02 am

    I like that list of country songs that Laura Cantrell drew up for people who are suspicious of the genre. Several of them are established classics, and it’s the best way to get people into the form…not this so-called “bro country” junk.

  3. numberonecountryfan
    August 2, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Not a bad version of Don’t Worry by Randy Travis. However, I did miss the fuzztone of the original by Marty Robbins. Loved Travis’ version of Singing The Blues off his No Holdin’ Back CD of 1989.

  4. luckyoldsun
    August 2, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    •Here’s a video for Randy Travis’s cover of “Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me.”

    If playing the audio track over some random film footage qualifies as a “video” of the song, then that’s indeed a video.

  5. Erik North
    August 4, 2014 at 10:31 am

    The irony is that the fuzz tone on Marty Robbins’ original 1961 recording of “Don’t Worry” was the result of a malfunctioning speaker attached to the bass. It kind of gave it that early acid-rock feel, which helped the song reach #3 on the pop singles chart, as well as #1 on the C&W chart for, I think, a jaw-dropping ten weeks.

  6. Peter Cooper
    August 4, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Here’s a “from-the-horse’s-mouth” story about the recording of “Don’t Worry.” It was actually an issue with the sound board, not the speaker. I always thought it was the speaker until I talked with Glenn Snoddy.

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