Billy Mize & The Bakersfield Sound Documentary in the Works; Dailey & Vincent Announce Summer Tour Dates; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 4th, 2013

  • Stream Jason Isbell’s new album, Southeastern, at MTV Hive.
  • Britt Gully used Jimmie Rodgers’ guitar to record a tribute album. It’s the first time the guitar has been used to record in 80 years. Gully will also play the guitar at The Mississippi Picnic in New York this August.
  • Lenny Kravitz is going to perform with Jason Aldean and Nelly with Florida Georgia Line at tomorrow’s CMT Awards. At least The Mavericks will be the house band.
  • Edward Morris of CMT.com reports on Karen Raizor’s “That Ain’t No Hank Williams Song: Country Songs About How Country Doesn’t Sound Country Anymore,” a paper she presented at the International Country Music Conference.
  • Here’s a neat article Jennifer Self wrote for The Bakersfield Californian about filmmaker Joe Saunders and Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound, the documentary he’s preparing for release. The film is about Mize’s (Saunders’ grandfather) “unthinkable personal tragedy amidst a country music revolution that changed the world.” The documentary may include a clip of what is believed to be Merle Haggard’s first televised appearance. You can watch the film trailer here.
  • Taylor Swift joined The Rolling Stones onstage at one of the band’s Chicago shows. (h/t Jeremy Dylan)
  • Rodney Atkins is hosting the annual Music City Gives Back benefit concert tonight in Nashville. The show will accept donations and raise funds for Oklahoma tornado relief.
  • Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” made famous by Bonnie Raitt, is the American Songwriter Song of the Week.
  • Jed Portman of Garden & Gun interviewed Bill Miller, founder of the new Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville.
  • Hunter Hayes will kick off his headlining tour October 10. Ashley Monroe is slated to open most dates.
  • France has awarded Bob Dylan  the country’s highest distinction: the Legion of Honor. (warning: autoplay)
  • The Blind Boys of Alabama are working on a new album that’s scheduled for an October 1 release.
  • CMT Edge premiered Donna the Buffalo’s new music video.
  • Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com deems the new sci-fi/bluegrass film The History of Future Folk “delightful.”
  • Jedd Beaudoin of PopMatters wrote a feature on singer-songwriter Slim Dunlap, the Replacements guitarist whose songs have been covered by Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, and John Doe, among others.
  • This week’s album releases:

LeAnn Rimes Spitfire

The Warren Hood Band The Warren Hood Band

Pokey LaFarge Pokey LaFarge

Lonestar Life as We Know It

Josh Halverson One Shot

The Roys Gypsy Runaway Train

Joy Kills Sorrow Wide Awake

Zane Williams Overnight Success

Various Artists The Beautiful Old: Turn-of-the-Century Songs

Various Artists Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

  • A DVD:

The Last Ride

  • And a book:

Michael Streissguth Outlaw

  1. Barry Mazor
    June 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Slight amplification: Britt Gully’s used the “thanks!” Jimmie Rodgers guitar to RECORD for the first time in years; Ernest Tubb used it in live performance regularly..

    • Juli Thanki
      June 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

      Thanks for the clarification!

  2. Rick
    June 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Opry Alert! It’s Fan Fair time again in Nashville so tonight there are two Oprys! Both shows feature the same line-up which includes Lennon and Maisy (the real life sisters who play Rayna’s daughters on the Nashville TV show), Ricky Skaggs (who still can’t hurt ham!), Kellie Pickler, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Kree Harrison, Diamond Rio, and lone Opry Legend Bill Anderson to muck things up a bit. Grade: A!
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Why can’t Ashley Monroe open for a current artist I’d like to see in concert? Oh wait, there really aren’t any apart from the Pistol Annies. Never mind…

    That Billy Mize documentary sounds really interesting! I can’t wait to see it somehow (for free that is! lol) Some of Merle Haggard’s earliest gigs were in the band backing Wynn Stewart. Hmmm…

    I think Britt Gully should have also borrowed the fiddle of Bob Wills for those recording sessions.

  3. Mike Wimmer
    June 4, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Also out today is Charlie Robison’s “Live at Billy Bob’s” CD.

  4. Bruce
    June 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

    @Rick – Do I take it you do not care for the legends on the Opry? Although some are long-in-the-tooth, if we did not have them we would miss the still stellar voices of Connie Smith, Jim Ed Brown, John Conlee, and others who are still singing exceptionally well.

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