Bluegrass Broadcaster Ray Davis Retires After 65-Year Career; Alan Jackson to Play MerleFest 2014; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 1st, 2013

  • Chris Young will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show October 2 to sing “Aw Naw.” (via press release)
  • You, Person of Superlative Musical Tastes, probably have no need to find a place to start with Merle Haggard. But if you know someone who does, David Cantwell picked a number of Hag recordings to help get him or her off the ground. You might want to read the post and give the playlist a listen anyway, because you can never have too much Merle.
  • Patty Griffin’s Silver Bell will finally be officially released next week. Give a listen to her original version of “Truth #2.”
  • Ben Sollee’s The Hollow Sessions, featuring his versions of songs by Bill Monroe, Gillian Welch, Otis Redding, and others, is available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Alan Jackson will play next year’s MerleFest.
  • The Nashville Time Machine returns today; they’re kicking off a new season with Mandolin Orange.
  • Stream Willie Nelson’s new duets with Loretta Lynn (warning: autoplay) and Sheryl Crow. Speaking of Nelson, the stuffed armadillo stolen from the stage at one of his concerts has been returned.
  • Mountain Fever Records has signed the Darrell Webb Band. The group’s 20th anniversary album will be released in early 2014. (via press release)
  • Linda Ronstadt continues to rule, as she reveals that she doesn’t care about Hall of Fame Inductions, has never seen American Idol, and isn’t sure where her Grammy Awards are.
  • Inventing the American Guitar: The Pre-Civil War Innovations of C.F. Martin and His Contemporaries sounds like a neat book.
  • Kimberly Perry got engaged to Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia. Their children will have fantastic triceps.
  • The Inside Llewyn Davis concert, called “Another Day, Another Time,” happened in NYC over the weekend. Joan Baez, Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens, and others performed, with Punch Brothers serving as the house band.
  • This week’s album releases:

Randy Travis Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am

James King Three Chords and the Truth

John David Kent Before the Sun Comes Up

Becky Schlegel Opry Lullaby

Wood Brothers The Muse

Charlie Robison High Life

Old & In the WayThe Complete Boarding House Tapes

Tyler Farr Redneck Crazy

Blind Boys of Alabama I’ll Find a Way

The Deep Dark Woods Jubilee

Lou Reid & Carolina 20th Anniversary Concert: Live at the Down Home

Old 97s/Waylon Jennings – Old 97s/Waylon Jennings

Steve Poltz Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde

Hank3 Brothers of the 4×4

  • And a DVD:

Linda Ronstadt Love Has No Pride

  • Plus a book:

Levon Helm with Stephen Davis This Wheel’s on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of The Band (updated edition)

  1. Rick
    October 1, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    What is it about female country artists and pro athletes? Carry Underwood, Ashley Monroe, and now Kimberly Perry! I’m guessing they know better than to hook up with a fellow musician. (lol) The real question is who will have the more long lived career in each household? Hmmm…

    So will Alan Jackson start doing a few bluegrass festivals to play the songs off his new album? I wonder how many of his long time country fans will show up at these gigs and be disappointed when he doesn’t sing “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and “Chattahoochee”?

    I might sample the new Amos Lee album. Kenny Rogers not so much.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    October 1, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I wonder how many of his fans–or anyone’s fans–would know that MerleFest isn’t named for Merle Haggard. Or even Merle Travis.

  3. BRUCE
    October 1, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Bob McDill is spot-on in this interview.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    October 2, 2013 at 12:35 am

    “McDill said that he was blessed to have worked with many interesting singers: Bobby Bare, Ann Murray, Don Williams, Allen Jackson, Doug Stone, Crystal Gale, etc.”

    And the writer from American Songwriter managed to misspell the names of three out of six of them.

  5. timeo
    October 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Those Waylon/Old 97s recordings are AMAZING. There have been a few “hidden in the vaults” recording of Waylon released the past couple of years. While it’s always good to hear him, he sounds like a shadow of his former self on those. On the Old 97s cuts, he sounds even better then he did in his prime. What a perfect combination of words, arrangement and vocals. If I ever get this dang time machine working, I’m going back to the 1990s and make sure Waylon and the 97s record more than just two songs. Maybe even before I fix the JFK assassination thing…

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