Paul Franklin, Greg Leisz, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chris Stapleton, and more will appear on The Big E: A Salute to Steel Guitarist Buddy Emmons, which will be released August 20. From the press release: The participating artists salute Emmons, now retired, with classic country songs written, recorded or performed by the pedal steel legend throughout his groundbreaking career. The album weaves an historical thread through Emmons’ influential career; from his breakthrough in 1955 at age 18 as a member of Little Jimmy Dickens’s red-hot backup band “The Country Boys” all the way to his September 2007 live performance of the traditional ballad “Shenandoah,” performed at his last public appearance at the International Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis. The project, recorded with the help of crowd funding and the experiential production school Music Producers Institute, presents sixteen historic new collaborations. All proceeds from the album will be donated to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Alice Gerrard, Foghorn Stringband, and The Jumpsteady Boys are among the acts who’ll perform at the Berkeley Old Time Music Convention September 18-22.
Abigail Washburn and Dave Liang have a “mixtape” available for download on NoiseTrade. 100% of the proceeds go toward the Sichuan Quake Relief organization.
Robert Kimmel of CMT Edge wrote a feature on Don Rigsby and his excellent Ralph Stanley tribute record, Doctor’s Orders.
The Southern Folklife Collection blog is shining its spotlight on the Jack Bernhardt Papers. They’ve posted some interesting audio clips of Bernhardt interviewingLoretta Lynn and plan to post interviews with John Hartford, Townes Van Zandt, and others in the future.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.