Bobby Hicks to Celebrate 80th Birthday with a Concert; Glen Campbell Documentary in the Works; LZ Granderson: “Randy Travis Taught Me Country”

Juli Thanki | July 12th, 2013

  • A Glen Campbell documentary will be released later this year; a clip of the film will be shown July 25 in NYC at Music Cures, a fundraiser staged by The Kaneff Foundation for the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
  • On August 10, Reba will participate in an interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in conjunction with a new exhibit, Reba: All the Women I Am, which opens the day before.
  • Alan Jackson’s The Bluegrass Album will be released September 24. Bluegrass Today reports that the record will have eight Jackson originals as well as covers of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” “Wild and Blue,” and “There is a Time.”
  • Bobby Hicks is celebrating his 80th birthday on July 21 with a concert in Marshall, NC.
  • ESPN/CNN correspondent LZ Granderson on Randy Travis: “He was an unlikely voice of my youth. About as unlikely as you could be. Instead of listening to the latest from L.L. Cool J or Public Enemy, I would go to the record store and play his song “Diggin’ Up Bones” over and over again. My friends would snicker and mock the twang in his voice. What they couldn’t understand was that the various inflections in Travis’ voice were the commas in the stories that he spun. Stories so universal that a white adult man from a small town in North Carolina could touch a skinny black kid in Detroit without ever meeting.” 
  • American Songwriter premiered “Lingering On,” a song that’ll be found on the bonus edition of Tift Merritt’s Traveling Alone, which will be released September 17.
  • Darius Rucker talks about the country music industry in this video on FoxBusiness.com.
  • John Conlee’s breakout single, “Rose Colored Glasses,” turns 35 this summer. Conlee reminisces about his first hit on The 615.
  • Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan previewed music from their new record, Dos Divas, in Nashville on Wednesday. CMT’s Edward Morris recaps the event.
  • RollingStone.com posted a free J. Roddy Walston & The Business MP3. Download “Heavy Bells” here.
  • ABC will air “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on August 12.
  1. Leeann Ward
    July 12, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I’m super excited about the Alan Jackson bluegrass album announcement! I’ve been waiting for one ever since the bluegrass album he was going to make ended up shifting to Like Red on a Rose.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    July 12, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Looks like every artist now has to do a an “unplugged” album, a gospel album, a Christmas album and a bluegrass album. Nice that A.J. is completing the quadrifecta!

  3. Rick
    July 12, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Speaking of bluegrass albums, Amber Digby announced on Wednesday night’s Music City Roots that she is working on a bluegrass album so she can hit the bluegrass festival circuit! (lol) It’s just a shame there isn’t a traditional, honky tonk country music festival circuit Amber could be a part of….

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry is a real grab bag. Artists featured include the Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Jim Lauderdale, Sarah Jarosz, Charlie Worsham(?), Kalisa Ewing(?), Drake White(?), and misc. Opry Legends. Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  4. Luckyoldsun
    July 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan previewed music from their new record.

    Maybe that’s the ticket for bringing the great ’90s stars back to action–appearing in duos and trios!

    Tillis and Morgan; Joe Diffie and Kershaw and Aaron Tippin; maybe Wynonna and Patty Loveless? Suzy Boguss and Mary Chapin Carpenter?; Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn?

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