Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman Return 6/20; RIAA to Count Digital Streams Toward Gold & Platinum Certification; Hellbound Glory Announces Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | May 10th, 2013

  • The Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman concert series kicks off June 20. Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and The Gibson Brothers are among this year’s performers.
  • “Always: Singing the Legacy of Patsy Cline,” a tribute concert at the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be streamed online Saturday afternoon. Brenda Lee, Jan Howard, Kristen Kelly, Lorrie Morgan, and Pam Tillis will perform.
  • Yesterday, the RIAA announced that they’ll now be counting digital streams as part of their gold and platinum certifications. From Fifty-six titles are included in the inaugural certifications for the newly expanded Digital Single Award. Specifically, the RIAA is awarding 11 Gold, 18 Platinum and 27 multi-Platinum new “combined” Digital Single Awards counting both downloads and streams. This includes streams from on-demand services like MOG, Muve Music, Rdio, Rhapsody, Slacker, Spotify, Xbox Music and others, plus video streaming services like, VEVO, Yahoo! Music, YouTube and more. The new certification approach, including the formula of 100 streams being equivalent to one download, is an approximate barometer of comparative consumer activity; the financial value of streams and downloads were not factored into the equation. 
  • Alice Gerrard is working on new music and planning to tour England later in the year.
  • Della Mae is offering a free download of “Empire” from their new album, This World Oft Can Be (out May 28).
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Joey Ryan of acoustic duo Milk Carton Kids.
  • Black Prairie, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and The Mavericks are among the acts slated to play the 52nd Philadelphia Folk Fest this August.
  • Sara Watkins, Martha Redbone Roots Project, and Steve Earle are playing the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in July; check out the lineup here.
  • American Songwriter premiered a song from Joy Kills Sorrow’s upcoming EP, Wide Awake (out June 4).
  • Michael Bialas wrote a lengthy feature on Ruth Moody and her new record, These Wilder Things.
  • Craig Shelburne of CMT Edge interviewed ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Life on Four Strings, a documentary on Shimabukuro, premieres on PBS tonight.
  • Brett Eldredge will release his debut album August 6.
  • The Secret Sisters’ new album, which they worked on with T Bone Burnett, will be “a little more rock and roll” than their first record.
  • Ricardo Baca of The Denver Post interviewed Tim O’Brien about his work on The Lomax Project, a celebration of Alan Lomax’s archives. I especially like the sentiment behind this O’Brien quote: Folk music is like our national parks: They belong to everybody. 
  • Kacey Musgraves’ “Blowin’ Smoke” video will debut on her website later today.
  • Randy Houser’s got a new video too.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean column covers Jeff Finlin and his new project, My Moby Dick.
  1. J.R. Journey
    May 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Billboard seems to be falling all over itself to somehow tabulate online activity into their charts – the Social 50, the new sales/streams/airplay charts in some genres, and now counting web streaming into their sales certifications. That just seems silly to me. Is streaming all of a sudden so much more important than radio play ever was? I don’t recall the RIAA ever bothering to track that for their “certifications”.

    I hope, at least, the RIAA will keep two running tabs – to separate the actual sales from streams. I kinda like to know how many certain songs and artists are actually selling.

  2. Rick
    May 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the tip about the online concert from the CMHOF tommorow honoring Patsy Cline. I know what I’ll be doing at 10 AM (PST) on Saturday. I’m so grateful the CMHOF does this! Now that’s what I call a “public service”! (lol)

    Now if only WSM would broadcast the Bluegrass Nights From the Ryman live! I beg you Eddie Stubbs, make this happen! (lol)

    It’s nice to see the Secret Sisters have come out of hibernation. I don’t care if their new album is more rock and roll or not, I just hope it does not sound like a steaming pile of “sonic sh*t” like the first go round. A different producer and recording engineer were desperately needed whether they recognized that or not.

  3. Leeann Ward
    May 10, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    You’re kind of ridiculous, Rick.

  4. Rick
    May 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Leeann, what exactly do you mean by “kind of”?…lol
    I stand by my claim that the overall sound quality of the first Secret Sisters album was truly pathetic.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show will feature “Avery” from ABC’s Nashville (real name Jonathan Jackson), Sara Haze(?), Exile, Maggie Rose, Keith Anderson, and Christian comedienne Anita Renfroe (and far too many Opry Legends). Grade: B
    The Saturday Opry features Charlie Daniels, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ralph Stanley,Sara Haze, and Joel Crouse(?). Grade: B+

  5. Luckyoldsun
    May 10, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    “I hope, at least, the RIAA will keep two running tabs – to separate the actual sales from streams. I kinda like to know how many certain songs and artists are actually selling.”

    It seems that this distinction is heading toward irrelvancy. A consumer buys the ability to play a recording. Has he bought the recording? If it’s on a vinyl record or CD?–Yeah, he owns the medium. If it’s stored on his hard drive?–Same thing. If it’s accessible from his notebook and his I-phone, but he has no idea where “it” actually is? Maybe someone can come up with a rule to answer the question, but it’s going to be rather arbitrary. I think the RIAA is looking at the big picture.

  6. Jon
    May 11, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Yeah, I think the RIAA move makes sense – certainly more sense than equating on-demand streaming with terrestrial radio airplay.

  7. Rick
    May 12, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    WooHoo! ABC has renewed “Nashville” for a second season! Jonathan Jackson announced that from the Opry stage Friday night and I rejoiced! (lol) Sadly NBC cancelled “Smash”, but when they moved it to Saturday nights I knew the end was at hand. It’s definitely time for Katherine McPhee to “Go Gountry”!

    The Time Jumpers wre featured on this weekend’s A Prairie Home Companion from Nashville exxposing them to a large audience that wouldn’t otherwise know they exist! Good job Garrison!

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