Brenda Lee Sampled on New Kanye West Record; Shovels & Rope, Stringdusters Announce Tour Dates; Album Releases
- All 80,000+ tickets for Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out in 2 ½ hours.
- Brenda Lee was sampled on Kanye West’s new record, Yeezus. When talking with the Tennessean’s Dave Paulson about it, Lee said, “My goodness, it’s nice to be recognized.” She is the best.
- Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Asleep at the Wheel, and Leon Russell are a few of the acts who’ll appear at Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic.
- Carlene Carter and Kacey Musgraves will perform at this year’s Farm Aid along with Willie, Neil Young, and many others.
- Bluegrass Today posted a clip of “Shake It Off,” a song from Michael Martin Murphey’s new album, Red River Drifter.
- Kenny Chesney’s concert at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field led to 73 arrests, an ocean of garbage, and the lingering stench of domestic beer and/or urine.
- Banjo player Kenny Sloas (Sloas Brothers, Dixie Play Boys) passed away last Thursday at the age of 78.
- Spend some time today browsing The Full English, a new, extensive digital database of English folk music.
- Gary Allan and Sheryl Crow are going to co-headline the Free and Easy Tour this fall.
- Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors played “Another Man’s Shoes” for Paste.
- If you missed Dale Watson on Letterman last night, watch his performance of “I Lie When I Drink” here. (h/t Twang Nation)
- Shovels & Rope announced their autumn tour dates.
- USA Today posted a video interview with Booker T. Jones. (warning: autoplay)
- George Strait is on the cover of the July issue of Cowboys & Indians. There’s also a Q&A with Ashley Monroe in that issue.
- Patty Griffin played an NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
- We’ve all learned about the spirituals slaves used as code in the 19th century. Here’s a neat article about the role that “code songs” and radio DJs played in the civil rights movement a century later. An excerpt: The DJs worked with civil rights activists to secretly spread the word about rallies or workshops they were having. Stewart says they’d sometimes signal kids by playing a certain song — one that might sound out of place in a playlist of 1960s funk stars, like Big Joe Turner’s 1954 tune “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” Sometimes, the DJs would repeat coded phrases that the activists used that might signal the kids to prepare to march. “We would say things like, ‘Bring your toothbrush. You ought to brush your teeth,’ ” [Birmingham-area DJ Shelley “The Playboy” Stewart] says. “That’s not normal.” That meant you might spend the night in jail, so you need to bring a toothbrush.
- The Infamous Stringdusters announced show dates for their American Rivers Tour.
- On June 28, the Music Feeds Studio in Sydney, Australia will stream live performances of several folk and country acts. Check out the schedule here.
- Album releases. As always, thanks to those who purchase their music through our Amazon affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you extra, but helps us keep the lights on:
Mavis Staples – One True Vine
Treetop Flyers – The Mountain Moves
Willie Nile – American Ride
Steve Earle – The Warner Bros. Years (box set)
Booker T. Jones – Sound the Alarm
Scott Lucas & The Married Men – The Cruel Summer EP
Larry and His Flask – By the Lamplight
Donna Ulisse – I Am a Child of God
Candye Kane featuring Laura Chavez – Coming Out Swinging
Jackson Taylor & The Sinners – Crazy Again
Rusty Truck – Kicker Town
Dickey Lee – Original Greatest Hits
Hank Williams – Sacred Songs II: The Unreleased Recordings
Susan Werner – Hayseed
Various Artists – Let Me Play This for You: Rare Cajun Recordings
Various Artists – Live from the Archives of 650 AM WSM: Vol. 1
Various Artists – Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Work of Kate McGarrigle
- Janice Brooks: Hopes somebody gets those memos about drinking songs. Meanwhile I'm feeling a lot of slots with Bluegrass.
- Leeann: Great news about Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White's duet album! Absolutely appalling about the Keith Urban concert!! Both the rape and …
- bob: I found the Billboard article about country music radio needing an alcohol intervention interesting. Songwriter Adam Wright is quoted as …
- Matt: Definitely agree with C.M. about Maddie & Tae. Certainly not the tidal wave of change some claimed it is or …
- Dave D.: Good stuff, as always. My copy of Producing Country arrived yesterday, and it looks to be as good as …
- Scooter: I agree Holly Williams can do no wrong in my eyes. Such a good album and great to see live …
- Carrie Mclaughlin: Your my Hero Mr. Jim Lauderdale!!! Come to Alaska Please? hehehehe
- Jeremy Dylan: You should check it out Dave D. It's from the first (and strongest) season.
- Leeann: Wow! I love that Holly William's cover of "No Surrender"! She's gotten to be so good.
- luckyoldsun: I made it through a minute of that "Girl In a Country Song Video." Man, that sucks.