Arthur Smith Passes Away; Johnny Cash Tops Country Charts; Nickel Creek Plays The Tonight Show

Juli Thanki | April 4th, 2014

  • Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart, selling 54,000 units in its first week. This is Cash’s second posthumous chart-topper.
  • Lyle Lovett performed on Conan. (warning: autoplay)
  • Gladys Flatt, Lester’s wife, passed away on March 31. She was 98.
  • Arthur Smith, who composed “Guitar Boogie” and “Feuding Banjos,” aka “Dueling Banjos,” passed away yesterday at the age of 93.
  • The Lonesome River Band signed with the Mountain Home Music Company; the band is returning to the studio this month and hopes to have a new album out in the summer.
  • Music with a slow tempo, like country, can increase cows’ “lactational performance,” according to this report from The William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute. (Yeah, it’s kind of a slow news day.)
  • Emmylou Harris discusses Wrecking Ball (which is getting a deluxe reissue next week) in this L.A. Times article.
  • Miranda Lambert on her new album, Platinum: “I’ll still shoot a two-timing man if I need to, but I’m not just burning houses down anymore. I have more to sing about.”  
  • CMT Edge posted The Avett Brothers’ “Morning Song” video
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Infamous Stringduster Chris Pandolfi.
  • Tim McGraw will release his new album, Sundown Heaven Town, on September 16. Does Tim McGraw know what a “sundown town” was?
  • Nate Rau of The Tennessean profiled Dualtone Records, home to acts like Shovels & Rope and The Lumineers.
  • Watch Eric Church’s new short film, San Destino Rising: Movimento De Dos.
  • TheBoot.com reports that Blake Shelton just set a new record: “Shelton’s latest single, ‘Doin’ What She Likes,’ has scored him his 11th consecutive No. 1 country hit, setting a record since 1990, when Nielsen Soundscan began tracking hits. Shelton passes up Brad Paisley, who has held the record he scored with his eighth No. 1 in 2006 with ‘Waitin’ On a Woman.’ Paisley went on to grab a ninth hit with ‘Start a Band’ in 2008, and a 10th in 2009 with ‘Then.’”  
  • Social Distortion’s Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham talks about his new roots rock record, Salvation Town, in this Q&A.
  • Yahoo posted some videos of Della Mae at SXSW.
  • Let’s hope whoever replaces David Letterman on the late night scene is as much a supporter of country and roots music as he has been over the years.
  1. luckyoldsun
    April 4, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    “•Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart…”

    Johnny Cash was the first country artist I was ever a fan of, so I always like to see him do well (even when he’s no longer with us)! But I’ve gotta just say how amazed I am at his recent success.

    Conway Twitty died and his whole existence fell into a black hole. Waylon Jennings died–Shooter and Jessi keep putting together albums and videos of live performances of his, tributes to him, and after a couple of weeks of promotion on the Internet,….NOTHING.

    George Jones died…He got a lot of attention, including a front-page obit in the New York Times, but there hasn’t been any revival of his music. But with Johnny Cash, the movies and music compilations and re-releases and “new” material have been coming out non-stop–and all at a deluxe level–and they sell!

    Hey, even Rosanne Cash–who’s career also looked dead a few years ago–is suddenly enjoying a resurgence, with a new album, network TV appearances, and near-sold-out tour of prestigious concert halls.

    What’s most amazing is that when this album was originally recorded, Cash’s career seemed so dead that the label would not even issue it.

  2. Paul W Dennis
    April 4, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Sorry to hear about the death of Arthur Smith – he was important in so many ways and yet I suspect the average reader of this site probably knows nothing about him

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