Brad Paisley Plays Surprise Show in Afghanistan; Brain Implant Creates Johnny Cash Fan; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 27th, 2014

  • Herb Jeffries, who starred in several black Westerns as a singing cowboy, sang with Duke Ellington, and released his own jazz albums, passed away on Sunday. He was believed to be 100 years old.
  • Bucky Doster, a trombone player who toured with Glen Campbell and recorded with Johnny Cash and Brenda Lee, passed away last Tuesday at the age of 91.
  • Chet Flippo was remembered at the International Country Music Conference last week.
  • Cumulus launched NASH 92.3 FM in San Francisco. (via press release)
  • Sturgill Simpson was featured on NPR over the weekend. You can listen to the piece here.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered “Dearly Departed Friend,” a song from Old Crow Medicine Show’s forthcoming record, Remedy (out July 1).
  • Slate takes a look at “Country: Portraits of an American Sound,” the new photo exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A.
  • The Punch Brothers are about to start recording a new album, according to a post Chris Eldridge put up on his Facebook page yesterday.
  • A man underwent a surgical procedure in which an electrical implant was placed in his brain to treat his severe obsessive-compulsive disorder. It had the added benefit of turning him into a Johnny Cash fan…for as long as the implant was working, anyway. From Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience: “His former musical taste reoccurred immediately when stimulation was interrupted due to battery depletion, suggesting a direct causal link between musical preference and stimulation of the accumbens [in the brain]. Secondly, while music formerly did not play an important role in his life, following stimulation music became suddenly extremely rewarding to the patient. Contrary to our normal experiences where repetitive listening to the same music or song eventually results in a habituation to its rewarding properties, in this case, the Johnny Cash songs never started to annoy the patient and kept the enduring capacities of pleasure and reward.
  • Conway Twitty is No. 30 on CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice countdown.
  • Daniel Mullins of Bluegrass Today posted a remembrance of Jimmie Rodgers on Monday, which was the 81st anniversary of The Singing Brakeman’s death.
  • Jamie O’Neal talks with Peter Cooper and Chuck Dauphin about her new record, Eternal.
  • Seth Taylor, who plays guitar for Dailey and Vincent, is working on his first solo album.
  • Stream Joe Henry’s new record, Invisible Hour.
  • Hayes Carll’s Chicago show was reviewed in the Tribune.
  • Anyone else hear Daniel Romano’s “When I Was Abroad” on Orphan Black Saturday night? (In addition to solid music choices, Orphan Black is a fantastic show that also features a Ukranian clone/insane assassin.)
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig our news roundups, we’d sure appreciate it if you’d support the site by purchasing your music through the below affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a small percentage that goes toward server costs):

Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison Our Year

John Fullbright Songs

Zoe Muth World of Strangers

BettySoo When We’re Gone

Jamie O’Neal Eternal

Gina Villalobos Sola

Amy LaVere Runaway’s Diary

Neil Young A Letter Home

Crowder Neon Steeple

The Ghost Wolves Man, Woman, Beast

Brandon Jenkins – I Stand Alone

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition The First Edition

Red Smiley with The Bluegrass Cut-Ups – 20 Bluegrass Favorites, Volume 2

Hylo Brown – 20 Gospel Favorites

J.E. Mainer – The Gospel of J.E. Mainer and The Mountaineers with Morris Herbert, Vol. 18 / 20 Old-Time Favorites

Various Artists Midnight Rider: A Tribute to the Allman Brothers Band

  • And a book:

Scott B. Bomar Southbound: An Illustrated History of Southern Rock

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