Buddy Emmons Tribute Album Due in August; Additional CMT Awards Performers Announced; Clay Hess Debuts New Single

Juli Thanki | May 22nd, 2013

  • Kellie Pickler won Dancing with the Stars.
  • 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 interviewing Loretta Lynn and plan to post interviews with John Hartford, Townes Van Zandt, and others in the future.
  • George Strait, Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Lady Antebellum have been added to the lineup of performers at the CMT Awards on June 5.
  • Alabama Shakes have a song on the True Blood soundtrack, which will be released next week. Listen—and check out the full track listing–here.
  • Folk Alley’s Kim Ruehl interviewed Matt Arcara of Joy Kills Sorrow.
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard was on Texas Music Scene.

  1. Bruce
    May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Good article on Rucker. I do not care for all his songs and he is far from my favorite. I do however admire his fortitude.

    I wonder if Pickler’s win will segue into a boost to her career. It seems that she has had somewhat limited success since she began, at least comparatively speaking. Her initial album did go gold but it seems like she hasn’t been able to break through to star status. After her initial album she has continued to lose traction, at least in my layman’s viewpoint.

  2. Jon
    May 22, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    Jack Bernhardt is the bomb.

  3. Rick
    May 22, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    That Buddy Emmons tribute album sounds kinda interesting. I just might have to give it a listen when it’s available.

    Congratulations to The Pickler for winning DWTS, a show I avoid like the proverbial plague. I hope it does buoy her country music career like it did for Julianne Fluff when she was a regular on the show.

    It was nice to see some good press on Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers over at CMT’s Edge. It’s hard to keep track of all of the bands Nicki is involved with, but she is always worth catching live! She still retains that 60′s style California hippie vibe associated with Emmylou Harris and Londa Ronstadt early in their careers. Go Nicki!

  4. Luckyoldsun
    May 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    R–
    Sounds like you’re expanding your palate. “60′s style California hippie vibe” sounds like something you’d have banned from your playlist.

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