Carrie Underwood Donates $1 Million for Oklahoma Relief; Bill Kirchen Talks Tele; HoF to Salute Bergen White

Juli Thanki | May 24th, 2013

  • Paul Thorn has announced that anyone who attends his May 30 concert in Oklahoma and brings items to help aid the relief efforts will receive a free CD.
  • On June 15, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will salute Bergen White as part of its Nashville Cats series. The event will be streamed on the HoF website.
  • If being on a boat with a bunch of bluegrassers sounds like fun for you, the 2014 Mountain Song at Sea lineup has been announced.
  • Or you could go on the Alabama & Friends Festival at Sea cruise in late October.
  • Hunter Hayes’ Encore, coming out June 18, is a mix of songs from his debut album and new material, including a duet with Ashley Monroe.
  • There’s an excellent interview with Murphy Hicks Henry, author of Pretty Good for a Girl: Women in Bluegrass, posted on Music Tomes.
  • From Billboard: With a 12th week at No. 1, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” breaks the record for the most chart-topping weeks for a title by a duo in the 69-year history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. “Cruise” also extends the list’s longest reign by any act since Buck Owens ruled for 16 weeks with “Love’s Gonna Live Here” in 1963-64. 
  • John Lingan wrote about Patsy Cline and her legacy in Winchester, Virginia for It’s a lengthy article, but one that’s well worth your time (as is a trip out to Winchester).
  • Mark Chesnutt’s got plans to record a new album this year.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Frank Solivan for CMT Edge.
  • Patty Griffin was on Tavis Smiley last week. Watch here.
  • Little Big Town helped raise $115K for Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit “committed to empowering communities to work against the HIV/AIDS and water crises in Africa.”
  • Jo Dee Messina launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and release of her next album. She’s looking to raise $100,000 in 30 days.
  • Here’s a recent Holly Williams video that was shot as part of the War Memorial Auditorium’s Attic Sessions.

  1. Andrew
    May 24, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Ronnie Dunn has been saying on his Facebook page that he and Toby Keith are working on putting together a Farm Aid-type event for Oklahoma. About an hour ago he wrote that Garth Brooks is on board. Nothing official yet, but it’s clear from what Ronnie’s writing that he and Toby are excited about making it happen.

  2. Bruce
    May 24, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Good to read a Chestnut update. I liked Conan’s comments about Swift’s song. Kudo’s for Toby’s plans for Oklahoma. The guy gives back in a real sense.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    May 24, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    “Among duos, ‘Cruise’ surpasses Carl Butler & Pearl’s 11 weeks at No. 1 with “Don’t Let Me “Cross Over” in 1962-63.”

    Well, it doesn’t look like Florida-Georgia Line pay any homage to that great line–Not that Carl and the Missus meant “cross over” the way it’s used now.

  4. Jon
    May 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Interesting that folks are falling all over themselves to talk up Toby Keith’s prospective benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims, while Wednesday’s link to a story about Blake Shelton partnership with NBC to produce a televised benefit for Oklahoma tornado victims elicited nothing but crickets.

    Conan O’Brien can yammer all he wants to about how “everyone” experiences being 22, but I’ll bet he’s not doing it to a 22 year old audience; that one’s already locked up by Ms. Swift.

  5. Leeann Ward
    May 24, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    I think benefit concerts and telethons are great and needed, but I’m also impressed by Underwood’s generous donation.

  6. Fervor Coulee
    May 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Sometimes I really think I live in a Stephen King bubble-town: 12 weeks at number one, and I’ve never heard of the band or song. There is a lyric in there, somewhere. You’re welcome.

  7. BRUCE
    May 24, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Toby’s generosity and philanthropic work is very expansive. His USO tours plus other works deserves praise, though I an sure that is not why he does it.

  8. Luckyoldsun
    May 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I think you should try re-watching the Conan video–you “missed” it the first time.

    If I may give my interpretation, it’s a parody of “reaction” videos and the butt of the joke is Conan himself at 22–as he remembers him now.

    If anything, Taylor Swift should be flattered by it.

  9. bll
    May 25, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I’m happy to hear that Ronnie Dunn and Garth are going to do something together; they go way back, and Garth’s sister was in Ronnie’s first band when he was playing the Red Dirt circuit.

  10. BRUCE
    May 27, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Blake’s benefit concert is mentioned more than Toby’s on some of the more popular country music websites. Maybe you can be a bit more specific Jon as to what you are referring to.

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