Bassist Chuck Goff Killed in Car Accident; Jason Eady Launches Kickstarter Campaign; New Courtney Jaye, Dirty Guv’nahs Videos

Juli Thanki | March 1st, 2013

  • The “Gone But Not Forgotten” memorial festival, honoring Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas and Randy Hughes (2013 marks the 50th anniversary of their fatal plane crash), runs through March 2 in Camden, Tenn.
  • Jason Eady has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to make his next album, which will be titled Daylight and Dark.
  • Carl “Chuck” Goff, Jr., Toby Keith’s longtime bassist, was killed in a two-car crash in Oklahoma on Wednesday night. He was 54.
  • Dave Urbanski of Relevant takes a look at Cash’s “complicated faith.”
  • Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell played a couple songs for The Wall Street Journal’s “Speakeasy” blog.
  • A feature on the Alabama Shakes will be in the March 14 issue of Rolling Stone.
  • Bob Seger kicked off his tour with a new song. Check it out here.
  • Edward Morris of CMT reviewed the “Grand Ole Opry Lite” show at the Country Radio Seminar.
  • Darius Rucker will kick off his True Believers Tour in early May. Check out the show dates here.
  • Holly Gleason wrote a fine piece about Kris Kristofferson for the Oxford American.
  • Blue Ridge Outdoor’s free Trail Mix includes cuts from The Howlin’ Brothers, The Nadas, and more.
  • The UNC Southern Folklife Collection blog posted music from a Prairie Ramblers 16-inch transcription disc. The Ramblers “coalesced in the 1930s appearing on numerous radio stations before settling down at WLS in Chicago. Featuring mandolinist Charles “Chick” Hurt, bassist “Happy” Jack Taylor, fiddler Tex Atchison, and Floyd “Salty” Holmes, a multi-instrumentalist and master of the harmonica, the group rose to fame after partnering up with a young Patsy Montana. Comfortable jumping from old-time stringband music, to country, to western swing, they went on to appear in numerous cowboy films with Gene Autry and other singing cowboys before splitting up for good in 1947 (well after Montana left to pursue her solo career).”
  • CMT Edge also premiered a new video from The Dirty Guv’nahs.
  • USA Today premiered Courtney Jaye’s new video for “Say Oh Say.” Jaye’s next record, Love and Forgiveness, will be released May 7.
  • Jason Aldean, Taylor Swift, and Luke Bryan are among the artists who will appear on the concert special ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night, which is taping next month and will be broadcast at a later date on CBS.
  1. Dave D.
    March 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    We saw the SteelDrivers last night for the first time since their change in band members. They are still really good.

  2. Bruce
    March 1, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Not heard the new lineup yet. I did like Chris Stapleton as a vocalist. His rendition of “Amanda” at the ASCAP awards was fantastic.

  3. Rick
    March 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Parmalee, Steve Wariner, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Turner, and Blake Shelton. That’s quite a line-up! Grade: A-
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Charlie Worsham(?), Morgan Frazier(?), Scotty McCreery, Blake Shelton, and B.J. Thomas with Richard Marx! Crikey! Grade: WTF! (lol)
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    The big Opry news is that the 2013 Tuesday Night Opry season kicks off next week with a tribute to those artists who perished in the Patsy Cline plane crash. Here’s a blurb from the Opry website:

    “The Grand Ole Opry will mark the 50th anniversary of the plane crash that claimed the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins during its March 5 show. Some of the late legends’ biggest hits will be performed by Mandy Barnett, Terri Clark, John Conlee, Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and Jean Shepard, who was married to Hawkins at the time of his death.” Should be a barn burner!

    On yesterday’s AOL’s BOOT they featured a music video for the new single from the Henningsen’s titled “American Beautiful”. The article contained the following information: “American Beautiful,” co-written by the trio with Brett Beavers, put the family trio in the record books as the first debut song by a country group to hit the Top 30 in just four weeks. It had the most first-week radio adds of any debut song by a group in Country Aircheck’s history, as well as the highest impact-week add total for a group since 1999.” I listened and the song is the perfect Top 40 Airhead Country Radio “Formula Song”, so as a result I found it mediocre and boring. These siblings definitely have a feel for the pulse of the current contemporary country music scene.

    Off I go to read the Ashley Monroe and Caitlin Rose links listed above…

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