Birthplace of Country Music Museum Breaks Ground; Red, Tuskegee Among 2012′s Bestsellers; Free Andrew Combs MP3

Juli Thanki | January 4th, 2013

  • The Tennessean posted a sweet story about Patti Page.
  • Workers broke ground on the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (slated to open in August 2014) in Bristol.
  • Alt-country duo Sons of Fathers were featured in Rolling Stone.
  • For the Love of the Music: The Club 47 Folk Revival is a documentary that “explores the influence Club 47 had in American folk music, which peaked in popularity in the mid-1960s to the singer-songwriter era. Unlike the folk music scene that was percolating in New York’s Greenwich Village at the same time, Club 47 wasn’t a bar run by club owners but a nonprofit coffeehouse. This free-flowing atmosphere lent itself to more of a collaborative relationship between the club and the artists, [co-poducer/co-director Rob Stegman] says.” If you’re near Wellfleet, Mass., you can catch a screening of the film on Saturday.
  • An excerpt from Chet Flippo’s new Nashville Skyline column/pop quiz: I was throwing this idea around the other day with a couple of comrades from the ultra-secret Country Music Identity Committee, and we came to the conclusion that it’s time to implement a licensing system for budding country singers. We agreed that complete ignorance of country music’s heritage and tradition is not a proper way for the music to be presented around the nation and around the world by the current crop of wannabe country stars. 
  • Southern soul revival band St. Paul and the Broken Bones were featured on CMT Edge.
  • Releases from Lionel RichieJason AldeanCarrie Underwood, and Luke Bryan were also on the Top 10 Bestselling Albums of 2012 list.
  • Marissa R. Moss of American Songwriter wrote a lengthy feature on Crosby, Stills and Nash.
  • Geoff Morris, host of Wall-to-Wall Bluegrass, is putting his radio show on hiatus while he undergoes treatment for cancer.
  1. bob
    January 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

    SCM’s least favorite song list is hysterical, especially since he didn’t lampoon any pop country songs I like such as David Nail’s “The Sound of a Million Dreams” or the Band Perry’s “Better Dig Two”.

  2. Rick
    January 4, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I agree that Trigger’s slashfest of the worst songs is a real hoot! I do think that calling the gals in Little Big Town “sea hags” is carrying things a bit too far nautical theme or not! (lol)

    Chet Flippo’s column is a classic. It’s a shame the heads of the big labels, and especially Scott Borchetta, don’t feel the same way. Mainstream country hasn’t lost all its roots yet, but it keeps getting closer.

    Opry Alert! The indie duo “Striking Matches” is back on tonight’s Opry for another performance of “When The Right One Comes Along”! Good stuff! Other non-regulars include Greg Bates, Kelleigh Bannen, and Love & Theft. Grade: B+. Saturday night’s Opry will feature the fetching Maggie Rose, High Valley(?), Mandy Barnett, and Love & Theft. Grade B+.
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    If that CMT “Nashville” marathon was commercial free, I might be interested!…(lol)

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