Austin City Limits Hall of Fame to Induct Willie Nelson; Kasey Chambers Returns to the Studio; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 1st, 2014

  • Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan are the inaugural inductees into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Buddy Guy, Lyle Lovett, and more will perform at the induction ceremony on April 26.
  • Kasey Chambers is back in the studio working on a solo album.
  • If you were still deciding between the ACM Awards broadcast and Game of Thrones’ fourth season premiere, this might tip the scales in favor of the latter: Blake Shelton and Shakira will perform together at the Awards. (via press release)
  • Then again, George Strait and Miranda Lambert will salute Merle Haggard during the ACM Awards with a medley that includes “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “I’m a Lonesome Fugitive.”
  • The L.A Times premiered Joe Henry’s “Lead Me On” from forthcoming album Invisible Hour, which comes out June 3.
  • Nickel Creek was the subject of a New York Times feature.
  • WYPR broadcast a piece on Baltimore’s banjo history (some of the first commercially-produced banjos were made there in the 1840s). There’s also a new banjo exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
  • Willie Watson talked about his new record and solo career on WBHM. Listen here.
  • Yahoo Music premiered a track from alt-country band Vaudeville Etiquette.
  • A handful of Nashville actors will embark on a three city mini-tour this spring.
  • Bluegrass Mass is coming to Shelby, North Carolina later this month thanks in part to The Earl Scruggs Center and noted five-string enthusiast Jesus.
  • Here’s a clip from The Milk Carton Kids’ new DVD, Live from Lincoln Theatre, which comes out April 29.
  • Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, and Carrie Underwood will help salute Linda Ronstadt at her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 10.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig the daily news roundups and the other content posted on E145, please help support the site by purchasing your music through these affiliate links): 

Nickel Creek A Dotted Line

Charlie Daniels Band Off the Grid: Doin’ It Dylan

Jonny Two Bags Salvation Town

Donna Lynn Caskey Nameless Heart

Monroeville Can’t Put Me Out

Detour Going Nowhere Fast

Infamous Stringdusters Let It Go

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard Here Be Monsters

The Robert Cray Band In My Soul

Jeff Black Folklore

Dan + Shay Where It All Began

Leon Russell Life Journey

John Sieger with Greg Koch A Walk in the Park

Truckstop Honeymoon The Madness of Happiness

Carrie Newcomer – A Permeable Life

Josh Thompson Turn It Up

Vicki Lawrence The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia: The Complete Bell Recordings

Various Artists Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne

Various Artists Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard

  1. Leeann Ward
    April 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Yay for the Nickel Creek album!! I’m just glad it wasn’t all just a cruel April Fools joke!:)
    The Merle Haggard tribute album link doesn’t seem to be working and I can’t find the album on Amazon. Has the release date been moved or something?

    • Juli Thanki
      April 1, 2014 at 9:59 am

      For some reason, that Haggard record on iTunes is resisting my attempts to link to it. I’m not finding the album on Amazon either, Leeann. I’ll check again later today and see if they’ve posted it.

  2. Leeann Ward
    April 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Okay, Thanks, Juli. I’ll wait for your link to work so that I can purchase it throughE145.

  3. Dick King
    April 9, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    Just found out that Jessi Alexander just released an album on iTunes. Several of her songs that have been hits for others are on it, led by I Drive your Truck, just in time to celebrate her ACM award for best song.

  4. Bruce
    April 10, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I first time I heard her was on Jon Randall’s “Baby Won’t You Come Her” which was a great song.

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