Capitol to Reissue Okie From Muskogee; Country Music Photo Exhibit Coming to L.A.; Ralph Peer Biography Due in November

Juli Thanki | March 5th, 2014

  • Capitol Records will re-release Merle Haggard’s 1969 album Okie from Muskogee on March 25. The remastered, two-CD set will include out-of-print live album The Fightin’ Side of Me (1970), which was recorded in Philadelphia. (via press release)
  • The Whites celebrated 30 years as Opry members.
  • Qello is like Netflix, but solely focused on concert films and music documentaries. A quick browse through the folk section reveals films featuring the David Grisman Quartet, Cowboy Jack Clement, Johnny Cash, Elizabeth Cotten, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, and lots more. You might want to give the free trial a shot.
  • Elvis Costello remixed Johnny Cash’s “She Used to Love Me a Lot” from forthcoming “lost” album Out Among the Stars. Listen at Pitchfork.
  • A judge ordered Taylor Swift’s stalker to stay 100 yards away from the singer and three members of her family. Timothy Sweet has been harassing Swift since early 2011, sending unhinged messages like, “If anyone in Taylor Swift’s family gets killed, it is not my fault” and “Dearest Taylor, I’ll kill any man who gets in the way of our marriage.  Message to John Kerry, Secretary of State.  Message from YOUR Presidential Candidate.”
  • The Annenberg Space for Photography in L.A. will host the photo exhibit “Country: Portraits of American Sound” from May 31-September 28. The show also includes a documentary that that “explores country music’s evolution over 80 years with focus on photography’s role in documenting the genre’s history and culture.” After the exhibit closes in L.A., it’s expected to travel.
  • Read an excerpt from Galadrielle Allman’s new book, Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman.
  • Barry Mazor’s new book, Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music will be released in November through Chicago Review Press.
  • Download songs from 100 acts playing SXSW this year, including Laura Cantrell, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Robert Ellis.
  • Dr. John documentary Rocking the Opera House will premiere on the Smithsonian Channel Friday night.
  • Robbie Fulks and Jon Langford paid tribute to Barbara Mandrell with a cover of “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” Langford recently announced that he’s releasing a 7” called Days & Nights for Record Store Day. (via press release)
  • Here’s an interview with documentarian Beth Harrington about her project The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music, which premieres at SXSW on March 15.
  • Geoffrey Himes wrote a lengthy feature on The Drive-By Truckers for Paste.
  • The Howlin’ Brothers will release their next album, Trouble, on April 29. Ricky Skaggs plays mandolin on two of the album’s songs. (via press release)
  • Download a free, 40-minute harmonica lesson from Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (Canned Heat).
  • NPR’s Morning Edition aired a piece on singer-songwriter Linda Perhacs, whose sophomore album, The Soul of All Natural Things, is being released 44 years after her debut record.
  • A pipe burst at the Reba McEntire Center for Rehabilitation in Denison, Texas, flooding the facility with hundreds of gallons of water. According to the article, most of the damage was contained to the acquatics center, which seems rather fortuitous.
  • Stream Deer Lodge Records’ multi-genre George Jones tribute album.
  • Check out The Steel Wheels’ new single, “We’ve Got a Fire.”

  1. Dave D.
    March 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    Having just seen Lydia Loveless live, I strongly endorse seeing her either headlining or with the Old 97’s. Best show I’ve seen in awhile.

  2. Aikou
    March 6, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I’m honestly wondering how Duane came up with Galadrielle as a name for his daughter, I’m assuming he probably was a Lord of the Rings fan. That name is similar to a character from that series.

  3. nm
    March 6, 2014 at 11:59 am

    Aikou, anyone in the US who hadn’t read LoTR at the time when Galadrielle was born was hopelessly out of touch, or too old to know what was going on. It was pretty central to the youthful experience then.

  4. henry
    March 6, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    Aikou and NM: Yes, Duane was a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings and took her name from it; he added the “le” to the end because it was a French spelling; she tells this story in her new memoir/bio, “Please Be With Me,” out on Tuesday, March 11 (that the publisher’s date, at any rate). If you’re an ABB fan, it’s worth reading this one alongside of Alan Paul’s new book, all the while you’re listening to the Skydog anthology spinning in the background.

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