Banjo Summit Plans East Coast Tour; Swift, Clark Release Videos; Head for the Hills Debuts Blue Ruin

Juli Thanki | July 5th, 2013

  • Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief benefit concert has already generated at least $1 million thanks to a donation from the Walmart Foundation, which is also sponsoring Saturday’s show.
  • Coming to the East Coast this October: “The Banjo Summit,” featuring Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg, and Noam Pikelny, with special guest Abigail Washburn.
  • Stream Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin on the band’s website.
  • Speaking of Big Machine, Scott Borchetta was profiled on Forbes.com.
  • Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line topped the midyear SoundScan Country Albums and Country Digital Songs charts, respectively.
  • Mindy Smith and Matthew Perryman Jones have teamed up to cut a single. Watch the new video for “Anymore of This” here.
  • The Dallas Observer is celebrating Willie Nelson Week.
  • Lady Antebellum talks with American Songwriter about writing the title track of their most recent album, Golden.
  • Walt Wilkins & The Mystiqueros visited the WAMU Bluegrass Country studios in June. The station recently posted video of the band playing “It’s Only Rain.”


  1. Arlene
    July 5, 2013 at 10:25 am

    It’s interesting and a bit surprising– to me, anyway– how many influential bluegrass banjo players have ties to NY (said the native New Yorker….)

  2. Rick
    July 5, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    I listened to the samples from the new album from Head For The Hills as wasn’t too enthused except for the two instrumental tracks. “Priscilla the Chinchilla” should win a song title award and “Breakfast Noir” is a kicking little gypsy jazz tune.

    Now that The Henningsen’s are making their own music the Band Perry must really miss being able to get hold of their songs to record. I think Clara Henningsen and Kimberly Perry could pass for sisters, and man would they make for a killer “sister act”!

    Opry Alert! Tonight there are two Friday Night Opry’s due to all of the 4th of July vacationers in town! Artists featured include The Band Perry, Striking Matches, comedian Henry Cho, The Issacs, some chick named Carrie Underwood (yawn), and more Opry Legends than you can shake a stick at! Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Will the Big Machine label actually be able to get Laura Bell Bundy some radio airplay? This should be an interesting experiment.

  3. Leeann Ward
    July 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Brandy Clark is great.

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