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Juli Thanki | June 25th, 2013

  • All 80,000+ tickets for Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert sold out in 2 ½ hours.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If you missed Dale Watson on Letterman last night, watch his performance of “I Lie When I Drink” here. (h/t Twang Nation)
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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

Various Artists – Let Us in Americana: The Music of Paul McCartney (h/t Leeann Ward)

  1. Rick
    June 25, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It appears the streaming times of those Aussie artists are stated in Australian Eastern Standard Time (ie Sydney time). It’s too bad they didn’t include a page link to an international time zone converter so we could figure out US Times (which will probably be in the middle of the night our time.)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry has a rare killer line-up, in fact one of the best I’ve ever seen! Artists include: Terri Clark, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, Kacey Musgraves, and Dierks Bentley! Holy Crap!!!! The only “Opry Legend” is John Conlee who at least is still in top form. I noticed tomorrow night’s Opry includes Sunny Sweeney. It’s a shame Sunny wasn’t filling John’s spot tonight as it would have made it a perfect Opry! (lol)

    We Tea Party types are the ones that need to use code words in our music these days to avoid detection by the IRS! We’ve put Ted Nugent, Charlie Daniels, and Hank Williams Jr. in charge of this important undertaking…(lol)

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