Womack & Douglas to Host IBMA Awards; Nashville Songwriters HoF Announces Inductees; Concord Acquires Vee-Jay Catalog
- Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas will cohost this year’s IBMA Awards in Raleigh on October 2.
- Loretta Lynn, Taj Mahal, Flaco Jimenez, and Jackson Browne will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Americana Music Association Honors and Awards in Nashville this September.
- Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas, John Anderson, and Paul Craft are going to get officially inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in October. (via press release)
- Best wishes to Dawn Sears, who has hit what she calls a “bump in the road” in her battle against cancer.
- Check out Dom Flemons’ video for “Can’t Do It Anymore.”
- From The New York Times: “Concord Music Group…has acquired the catalog of Vee-Jay Records, a storied blues and soul label of the 1950s and ‘60s that put out records by the Staple Singers, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker and Jerry Butler.”
- Kasey Chambers is slowly revealing the artwork for her forthcoming album, Bittersweet.
- All five of Garth Brooks’ Dublin shows have been canceled, but listen to these Irish language students deliver a translated version of Garth’s cover of “Callin’ Baton Rouge.”
- There are openings for a Facilities Manager and an Assistant Director of the Museum and Education Center at the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess, Arkansas.
- Sean Watkins chats with Jewly Hight about his newest solo album and Nickel Creek’s reunion.
- Download a free Howlin’ Brothers live EP on NoiseTrade.
- Robbie Fulks discusses road food and shares a recipe for spaghetti and meatballs in this highly entertaining Paste Q&A.
- Owensboro, Kentucky, home of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, wants to be added to the Americana Music Triangle, a 1,500 mile, music-centered trail that runs through Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, and a few dozen other important music towns.
- The Roys released a lyric video for “No More Lonely.”
- On July 31, Hank Snow, Shania Twain, k.d. lang, Tommy Hunter, and Renee Martel will be honored with Canadian postage stamps. Check out the designs here.
- The L.A. Times ran a neat feature on Ben and Ellen Harper and the family-owned Folk Music Center in Claremont, a store that inspired mother and son to collaborate on Childhood Home earlier in the year.
- John Cowan will release Sixty August 24 on Compass Records. He’ll have more than 30 guests on the record, including Ray Benson, Alison Krauss, Rodney Crowell, Chris Hillman, and Sam Bush. (via press release)
- AmericanBluesScene.com published a piece on The Killer Blues Headstone Project, a nonprofit that places headstones on blues musicians’ unmarked graves. (The one non-performer who got a headstone: “Stagger” Lee Shelton.)
- The 43rd Winnipeg Folk Fest kicks off today, but earlier this week, The Winnipeg Free Press looked back at the inaugural festival, which was held to celebrate the town’s centennial.
- Randy Rogers tells Kelly Dearmore about the history of his annual tour with Wade Bowen.
Here’s what Barry Mazor had to say about The Running Kind in one of last year’s Root Watches:
Cantwell finds a key to understanding Merle’s ever-evolving stances, attitudes and musical fixations, and more than a little of his grand original song catalogue, in the refrigerator car-raised Californian’s charged, obsessive reflexes and swinging door reflections on being entrapped and trying, often failing, to break free (of cells, lovers, attitudes), on standing firm, being hounded and bolting like crazy, on being judged and judging. This is a portrait of creative genius—in the hands of a man who long seemed to take an internal prison named “Merle Haggard” along with him no matter how fast and far he’d run, who, in fact revealed to an interviewer a few years back that he loved sleeping on his endlessly traveling tour bus because the bedroom was the size of a cell.
To enter our contest, leave a comment below – before 9 a.m. EDT, Friday, July 11 — that mentions your favorite music book and why you love it. Hey, even if you don’t win, you’ll at least get some suggestions to add to your summer reading list. A winner will be chosen via random number generator and notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.
- Alice Gerrard, who celebrates her 80th birthday today, is going to release a new album called Follow the Music on Tompkins Square September 30.
- This is a sentence I never thought I’d write: Taylor Swift wrote a fine article for The Wall Street Journal. No, really, she got a stipple portrait and everything. An excerpt from the piece: “In recent years, you’ve probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal. My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it. Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”
- Since Swift isn’t getting rich from print journalism, it’s a good thing her Red Tour is the highest-grossing country tour to date, raking in more than $150 million.
- Reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers have signed with Rounder Records; the band will release their next album in January. (via press release)
- Loretta Lynn shares her memories of Conway Twitty and discusses her start in country music in this video interview. (warning: autoplay)
- Barry Mazor rounded up a handful of new music books that are worth your time, including Steve Cushing’s Pioneers of the Blues Revival and Steve Lowenthal’s John Fahey biography, Dance with Death.
- Some jerkwad abandoned a dog at Glastonbury. It ended up getting named after this year’s festival headliner: Dolly Parton. The Rhinestoned One herself may adopt the pup. This better result in a new addition to our “Pictures of Country Singers Holding Puppies” Twitter series.
- Della Mae played a tune for Folk Alley.
- From The A.V. Club: “Folk is 2014’s heaviest music.”
- Hugh Bob & The Hustle played a few songs for CMT’s Concrete Country.
- East Tennessee town Lake City officially changed its name to Rocky Top late last month.
- The 37th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days celebration kicks off this week in Murfreesboro. Performers include Roland White and the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band.
- Dierks Bentley: “Nashville’s all about great songs. We’re just the vessels.”
- Bentley and The Secret Sisters guest on “Got Leaving on Her Mind,” a song on Cowboy Jack Clement’s final album.
- Edward Morris of CMT.com put together a list of a dozen new and recent drinking songs.
- TheMusic.com asks if Aussie pop-country band The McClymonts could be the act to bridge the gap between country music and city audiences: “In Sydney and Melbourne particularly, alt-country and Americana nights are attracting regular crowds of punters who are listening to country without the tag. And even though the three sisters that make up The McClymonts have built a career under the country banner, the mix of demographics that were dancing in the venue’s aisles to back catalogue numbers like Two Worlds Collide as well as new hits like Here’s To You & I proved that music’s oldest cliché – that great music will rise above genres – is true even for Australia’s most segregated mainstream scene.” What do you think, antipodean amigos?
- In September, Rhett Miller and some currently unnamed “All-Stars of Texas Country Music” will play a benefit concert in Fort Worth to help the family of late sportswriter Richard Durrett.
- Chris Stifel has left Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie to pursue other options; he’s been replaced by Tom Adams.
- Not country related — though “In the Mood” sounds mighty fine on a banjo – but fellow history and music nerds may be interested in tonight’s episode of History Detectives on PBS, which will look at Glenn Miller’s disappearance.
- This week’s album releases:
The Mastersons – Good Luck Charm
Mary Sarah – Bridges
I Draw Slow – White Wave Chapel
David Olney – When the Deal Goes Down
Peter Rowan – Dharma Blues
Noel McKay – Is That So Much to Ask
Blackberry Smoke – Leave a Scar: Live in North Carolina
BlackHawk – Brothers of the Southland
John Hartford – Life, Love & Music: 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969
Brenda Lee – The Complete US & UK Singles As & Bs 1956-62
Dale Watson – The Truckin’ Sessions Trilogy (mp3)
- A DVD:
Linda Ronstadt – Blue Bayou: Live 1977
- And a book:
- Garth Brooks is back, and holding a press conference on Thursday at noon to announce whatever it is that he’s got planned. (warning: autoplay)
- Brooks’ upcoming Ireland tour may be in jeopardy after officials only granted licenses for three of the planned five shows.
- Kenny Loggins made the announcement that he and the rest of the Blue Sky Riders are going the Kickstarter route in lieu of chasing a record deal.
- Meghan Linsey, formerly of Steel Magnolia, reached her crowd-sourcing goal on PledgeMusic and will release her debut solo album this week.
- Rolling Stone Country put together a photo gallery of Craig Morgan’s most-recent USO trip to Afghanistan.
- The dedicated C.M. Wilcox has a new Quotable Country feature up over at Country California.
- I counted down my favorite albums and songs of the first half of 2014 over at That Nashville Sound. What are yours?
- Stream Trampled By Turtles’ Wild Animal at NPR.
- Peter Cooper wrote another great column at The Tennessean, this time about David Olney.
- The City of Pittsburgh wants to change their current policies in order to prevent massive cleanups like the ones that followed Kenny Chesney and Luke Bryan’s Steel City concerts. Two ideas that local authorities have proposed include putting a time limit on tailgating and requiring promoters put down a deposit to help cover cleaning costs.
- Kenny Rogers stars in a new Geico commercial.
- Jimmy Wayne outlined details about his upcoming autobiography, Walk to Beautiful, at The Boot.
- Gas Monkey Garage/Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill owner and Discover Channel personality Richard Rawlings says David Allan Coe tried to extort his club. According to Rawlings, Coe wanted more money to perform outside. The show ended up getting canceled.
- Eric Church has released a 19-minute short film that ties together all the music videos he’s released for songs from The Outsiders.
- Motley Crue digs the spin that The Mavericks put on “Dr. Feelgood.”
- Mother Jones has published an interview of Holly Williams. An excerpt: “It’s not that I see myself operating outside of country music in that I don’t like it, or I don’t want to be there. I’d like to think that my music would be played on country radio if it were the ’90s, when they had a lot more singer-songwriters on there, like Lyle Lovett and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Now it’s all that “bro-country,” with Daisy Dukes, beer, tailgating, and fireworks. So everybody calls me an Americana artist or singer-songwriter, along with those people who are not mainstream enough for country radio today. I think “The Highway” is a country song, but radio doesn’t hear it that way, so I’m just living on the outskirts.”
- BusinessWeek.com looks at Miranda Lambert’s growing business empire.
- 1950s RCA Records artist and Maine Country Music Hall of Famer Betty Cody passed away last Tuesday at the age of 92. (warning: autoplay)
- James Taylor came in at No. 24 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artists’ Choice.
- Former One Flew South bandmates Eddie Bush and Chris Roberts wrote a new song for Bush’s forthcoming album; you can preview it here.
- New music videos from the past week or so:
Parker Milsap – “Heaven Sent” (Live from Mountain Stage)
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen – “She Said She Will” (Live performance for WAMU’s Bluegrass Country)
Corb Lund – “Counterfeiter’s Blues”
Old Crow Medicine Show – “Sweet Amarillo”
The Easy Leaves – “The American”
Goodnight, Texas – “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme”
Kenny Chesney – “American Kids”
Ark Life – “Proud of Me Out There, Mama”
On Friday, Engine 145 turns three years old. That’s a lot of news roundups, live blogs, and bad Game of Thrones jokes.
We’re celebrating all week by giving you guys gifts as our way of saying thanks for supporting the site for so long (three years is about 20 Internet Years).
We’ve got five extra copies of Jim Lauderdale’s excellent I’m a Song hanging around E145 HQ, and one of those CDs could be yours. To enter, like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter, then leave a comment below telling us about it. If you already have done these things, congratulate yourself on your taste and intelligence…and then leave a comment.
Winners will be chosen via random number generator at 9:00 EDT on Friday, July 11 and notified by email, so be sure to use a valid address.
OCMS Releases “Sweet Amarillo” Video; Sons of Bill Announce New Album; Vanderbilt Buys Sony Music Building on Music Row
- Old Crow Medicine Show released a video for “Sweet Amarillo.”
- Jewly Hight penned a Nashville Scene feature on Doyle and Debbie.
- Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison played a trio of songs from their fab new record, Our Year, in the Radio Heartland studio.
- Peter Cooper wrote a fine column on Jamey Johnson, who’s playing a benefit show/celebration of Waylon Jennings and Hank Cochran in Nashville this weekend with Jessi Colter, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, and several others. Here’s an excerpt in which Johnson, who’s been in a dispute with Mercury Records Nashville, discusses his “legal status”: “‘I’d have to contact three managers, and some lawyers and all kinds of people to come up with a reasonable answer for that,’ he says. ‘Contracts are hard to read. Attorneys are hard to get on the phone. But if you’re in a situation where you’re supposed to be making money and you’re not, buddy, it’s up to you whether you quit or not.’ Johnson, for now at least, has quit recording. Or at least he has quit handing over his recordings to a major record label. Recording artists occasionally defend artistically iffy decisions by saying that the label made them do something. Johnson determined, correctly, that a label can’t make him do, sing, record or proclaim anything. He chooses to do what he chooses to do. And he chooses to play shows the way he chooses to play them.”
- Vanderbilt University bought Sony Music’s Nashville headquarters on Music Row for a little over $12 million. The university (which already had an office in the building) released a statement saying that their new digs will, “provide much-needed academic space close to campus and allow the university to consolidate administrative staff from currently leased office space surrounding campus.”
- Kelly Dearmore wrote about Willie Nelson’s Five Biggest Gambles, including his duet with Julio Iglesias and that time he ran into a burning building to save his stash.
- Roots rockers Sons of Bill will release Love & Logic on September 30 via Thirty Tigers. (via press release)
- Fiddling whiz Megan Lynch Chowning has a new record out called Something Old New Borrowed Blue.
- Get the story behind “Love Without End, Amen” in this video interview with songwriter Aaron Barker.
- Relix.com posted a couple cool performance videos taken in their office: one of Tony Trischka and one of John Fullbright.
- Here’s a solid interview with Billy Joe Shaver posted on The Chicago Sun Times’ Voices blog. Bonus: it’s accompanied by a photo of Shaver hanging out with his dog.
- Roger Creager on his forthcoming album, Road Show (out July 22): “Typically, I’ve played more traditional Texas Country. This album has more of a different sound. It’s got a New Orleans jazz feel. It’s got a Seventies rock & roll feel to it. It’s something where I decided to basically say, ‘To hell with country radio, I’m going to make songs that I think are relevant and sound cool. I don’t care what country radio thinks.’”
- The CMT Edge crew wrote about their favorite independently-released Americana albums of the year; the selections include records from Laura Cantrell, Robby Hecht, Del Barber, and more.
- The Biltmore Beacon published a feature on artist Nancy Hilliard Joyce, who was commissioned to paint the cover for Balsam Range’s new album; she has also done an album cover for Red June.
- Sleepy Man Banjo Boys released an EP called By My Side.
- The History of The Eagles Tour, which began last July, has grossed more than $145 million.
- Read an excerpt about “The Last Carnival” from Jim Beviglia’s Counting Down Bruce Springsteen: His 100 Finest Songs.
- You can tell a lot about a musician by what he or she takes on the road (or what’s in their riders). Turns out Paul Janeway (St. Paul & The Broken Bones) hauls around comic books and Mexican Coca-Cola, while Deer Tick’s John McCauley packs golf shorts and Remembering the Kanji.
- We won’t be posting on Friday, but next week, we’ll be celebrating our third birthday by giving away all sorts of cool stuff on the site as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
Jack L. Solomon Passes Away; Americana Acts Salute Springsteen; WAMU Bluegrass Country Celebrates 47th Anniversary
- Jack L. Solomon a guitarist who played with George Jones and on recordings for Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, Melba Montgomery (to whom he was married) and more, passed away on June 24. He was 71.
- The controversy surrounding Studio A and Music Row continues. Harold Bradley wrote an letter to the Metro City Council about the topic. An excerpt: “What makes a place historic? The architecture of the Nashville sound was never of brick and mortar. Certainly, there are old studio spaces that, in our imaginations, ring with sonic magic; but in truth, it’s not the room; it’s the music…When a tenant, with no ownership in the property, requests restrictions to a property without the owners’ consent, he effectively hijacks the owners’ original risk and the possibility of a good return on their investment. The Atkins and Bradley families have skin in the game as property owners, and Mr. Folds would ask them to just walk away. An overlay for the entire area would be a downzoning of the worst order, diminishing value almost immediately, and potentially stymieing future creative endeavors…Turns out, the architecture of Nashville’s evolving sound is a synergy of creative energy. That’s still here, and it has nothing to do with this building.”
- Folds’ response: “It’s up to our city and business leaders — working alongside the people who make and support our local music scene — to find the right balance between progress and preservation. But as those folks weigh in on what’s best to do, I hope they recognize from a musician’s perspective that great spaces like historic Studio A — the only such space left in the world with its unique sonic and acoustic design — are integral ingredients in the recipe that fuels our ‘synergy of creative energy.’”
- Nate Rau of The Tennessean wrote a fine piece on the movement to preserve Nashville’s musical landmarks. Where do you stand on the issue?
- Nearly 150 Bob Dylan acetates were found in a Greenwich Village closet (Dylan rented space in the building to use as a studio in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s).
- Singer-songwriter Josh Ward was involved in a serious boat collision yesterday. He escaped with a fractured elbow, but others were seriously injured; reports say that one person has passed away and a woman is still missing.
- Maddie & Tae delightfully send up bro-country with “Girl in a Country Song.” A sample lyric: “Well, I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet / And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted-on cut-off jeans / I hate the way this bikini top chafes / Do I really have to wear it all day?”
- Lightning Rod Records will release a salute to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. on September 16. Holly Williams, Joe Pug, and Justin Townes Earle are among the artists who’ll appear on the album. Here’s the opening track, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires’ version of “Born in the U.S.A.”
- Isbell also appears on Cory Branan’s new song, “You Make Me.”
- On July 8, Shout Factory will release Steve Earle: Live in Nashville, 1995. (via press release)
- Jim Lauderdale on his style of music: “If I had to define something, I would say quirky goes into my style. I started off in bluegrass, but never got to record any until years later with Ralph Stanley. The country stuff I did, there was always something about it that was a little different that might not get me on the radio, but it worked out at a different time that other artists could record them and have hits on them.”
- Lydia Loveless played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert during a recent stop in DC.
- Happy anniversary to WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, who’ve kept bluegrass on DC airwaves for 47 years. They also stream their shows online.
- The Roys will release their next album, The View, in September on Rural Rhythm Records. (via press release)
- Candi Staton shared her memories of the late Bobby Womack with The L.A. Times.
- Hellbound Glory, Caitlin Rose (who drew comparisons to “Graham” Parsons), Eric Church and Sturgill Simpson all made The Village Voice’s countdown of 10 country artists you should be listening to.
- Is Mary Sarah country music’s next star?
- Hurray for the Riff Raff played “Everybody Knows” for KEXP.
- Blue Ridge Outdoors’ free July Trail Mix includes songs from Jonah Tolchin, Zoe Muth, I Draw Slow, Waylon Speed, and more.
- Ryan Adams will release a self-titled album on September 9. Here’s the track listing.
- Martina McBride unveiled the cover of her forthcoming cook book.
Under the Influence is a monthly(ish) feature in which artists discuss the writers who have influenced them over the years. Last week we got the chance to ask Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison about the artists who have inspired them.
Robison: Willie Nelson was probably the biggest influence all the way around, but as a singer-songwriter, it’s Guy Clark: when I was growing up in Bandera, Texas, I heard a lot of Guy songs through Jerry Jeff Walker. Now, when I listen to songs and think of where it sounds the most similar to the approach I take and everything, I think my biggest influence as a writer definitely be Guy. To me, his voice is very similar to the way that I write. I’m kind of a ponderer, which is why I lean more toward writing by myself. I have always loved the process of starting with a little something – a melody or an idea – and trying to build on it until you have something that feels finished…but it’s been a struggle ever since we had children. There’s just not enough hours in the day, and it’s a real struggle to find the time and space to be creative.
Willis: I’d have to say that Lucinda Williams was the biggest inspiration for me. I was only writing very rarely back when I first started making records. She had such a unique voice and her songs were unlike anyone else’s. When I heard her music, I felt that it gave me the freedom to think that I could write my own goofy little weird songs, that I didn’t have to be Bob Dylan to write a song. If it was just me, my voice, and something I wanted to say, then it could be good.
Rounder to Release Douglas, Ickes & Auldridge Album; USPS to Issue Janis Joplin Stamp; New Album Releases
- Dolly Parton has denied accusations that she lip-synched at Glastonbury, saying “My boobs are fake, my hair’s fake but what is real is my voice and my heart.”
- Let’s watch Parton do “Yakety Sax” for a bunch of drug-addled festivalgoers again.
- Mac Wiseman’s got a new project in the works. He also has a new Facebook page, though it doesn’t have nearly enough fans. Get on it, folks.
- Shortly before Mike Auldridge passed away in 2012, he and fellow Dobro greats Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes recorded a new album together. Yesterday Rounder Records announced that they will release this album, Three Bells, on September 16. (via press release)
- Check out Marty Stuart’s new version of “Uncloudy Day,” featuring guest vocals from Mavis Staples. This will be on Stuart’s forthcoming double-disc release, Saturday Night & Sunday Morning, due out September 30.
- Nu-Blu will release their next record, All the Way, September 16 on Rural Rhythm Records. (via press release)
- A week later, Kenny Chesney is going to release The Big Revival. Guests on that record will include Alison Krauss and Dan Tyminski.
- The Tennessean put together a photo gallery of Jim Reeves recording his Christmas album at Studio A in 1962.
- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen played a song from their forthcoming record, Cold Spell, during a recent visit to WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Watch here.
- The postage stamp saluting Janis Joplin will be issued in August; the design looks pretty sweet.
- Ketch Secor and Critter Fuqua talked about Old Crow Medicine Show’s new record for a Rolling Stone Country interview.
- Here’s the music video for Paul Thorn’s take on Jackson Browne’s “Doctor My Eyes.”
- Blake Shelton’s “My Eyes” is his fifth chart-topper from Based on a True Story. Billboard reports that this ties Brad Paisley’s record for “most No. 1s from a single set,” which Paisley set in 2007-2008.
- Kristian Bush will release his solo single, “Trailer Hitch,” later this month.
- Bassist Billy Talbot suffered a mild stroke right before he was scheduled to hit the road with Neil Young and Crazy Horse. Rick Rosas will take his place while Talbot recovers.
- Donate to Phil Leadbetter’s medical fund to help his battle against Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and receive the quiet satisfaction that comes from helping others in need. Also, a cool bracelet.
- This week’s album releases:
Old Crow Medicine Show – Remedy
Jim Lauderdale – I’m a Song
Missy Werner – Turn This Heart Around
Corb Lund – Counterfeit Blues
Sean Watkins – All I Do is Lie
Levon Helm Band – The Midnight Ramble Sessions, Vol. 3
Nathan Bell – Blood Like a River
Nigel Egg – The Blues is Personal
Jonah Tolchin – Clover Lane
Ryan Adams – Gimme Something Good (7”)
Taylor Swift – Unreleased
- And a book:
- Soul singer Bobby Womack passed away on Friday. He was 70 years old.
- On October 28, Jerry Lee Lewis will release Rock & Roll Time. Here’s the title track. The biography Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, penned by Pulitzer-winning writer Rick Bragg, will be released on the same date.
- Developer Tim Reynolds, whose company may buy the building housing RCA’s legendary Studio A, tells The Nashville Scene that “if Bravo Development consummates its sale, it is our full intention to preserve and incorporate the studio into our design…We are now in the early stages of the engineer work and architectural work, but if that can be achieved, we will incorporate that studio and preserve it.” A “Save Studio A” rally is being held in Nashville this morning.
- Kasey Chambers announced on Facebook that her new record, Bittersweet, will be released August 29.
- Get a hick-hop history lesson from Jewly Hight.
- Dolly Parton played in front of a crowd of 100,000 at Glastonbury. Watch her hour-long set here. Parton was honored on Sunday for selling 100 million albums worldwide over the course of her career.
- C.M. Wilcox posted a new Quotable Country.
- Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame plaques were unveiled at ROMP late last week.
- Give a listen to Ryan Adams’ new single, “Gimme Something Good.”
- 83-year-old Paul Eckhart, who hasn’t missed a weekend Opry show in 42 years, has “retired.”
- Zac Brown Band played a couple shows at Fenway Park; check out Rolling Stone Country’s review of Sunday night’s concert.
- Joe Henry was on NPR over the weekend.
- Stream I Draw Slow’s new album at The Bluegrass Situation.
- American Songwriter chose Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” as their Lyric of the Week.
- A 2003 concert recording, John Mellencamp Performs Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, will be released on July 8. USA Today premiered Mellencamp’s take on “John the Revelator” this morning.
- Here’s a neat feature on Kelsey Waldon.
- The July issue of Cowboys & Indians includes an article about the country music photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A.
- New music videos:
John Fullbright – “Happy”
Nickel Creek – “Hayloft”
Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood – “Somethin’ Bad”
Hard Working Americans – “Blackland Farmer”
Trampled By Turtles – “Wild Animals”
Whiskey Myers – “Dogwood”
Randy Houser – “Like a Cowboy”
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill – “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s”
- Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
- Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
- nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
- Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
- Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
- luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
- A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
- Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
- Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …
- Jeremy Dylan: That was a great episode of Monk. The "Georgia On My Mind" scene is just heartbreaking.