Charges Against John Rich Dropped; Banjo Man Allen Shelton Passed Away; Reckless Kelly Plans New Record
- A Nashville judge dismissed assault and harassment charges levied by Jared Ashley against John Rich.
New releases for the week of November 24, 2009 include:
- Austin City Limits celebrated it’s 35th year with Austin veterans Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel. That entire episode, along with the 1975 pilot with Willie Nelson, are available for viewing online.
- Voting for the Gruene With Envy Awards is now open and you can vote once per day until December 31. Big congrats to Drew Kennedy for his nomination in the songwriter of the year category.
Music Fog videos:
- The Star-Telegram‘s Punch Shaw describes the music of the Tejas Brothers as something of a cultural shortcut: “It gives you several of Texas’ various musical personalities in one pleasing package.”
- Influential bluegrass banjo player Allen Shelton passed away on Saturday at the age of 73. Read his obituary on The Tennessean‘s website.
- Country Haiku:
These days what you’ll find
Up there on Copperhead Road
Are crystal meth labs
- The Boston Globe correspondent Stuart Munro covered Miranda Lambert‘s Thursday night concert:
Her only nod in a classic country direction was an apparently unscripted one: Accompanied by a band member on acoustic guitar, she did a mesmerizing take on “Crazy’’ as part of what appeared to be an unscheduled encore.
- Andy Griggs and his family lost their home in a fire on Saturday.
- Nashville At Nite host Carrie Smith interviewed the Eli Young Band, Jack Ingram, and Gary Allan before their recent gig at the Ryman Auditorium.
- Glen Campbell performed as scheduled in New Zealand on Saturday night, but some fans are still clamoring for a refund. The usually golden-voiced Campbell had a case of laryngitis, so instead of singing like fans expected, he left vocal duties to his daughters.
- The release of Phil Vassar‘s new album Traveling Circus has been moved to December 15.
- Listen to Ryan Bingham‘s new song “The Weary Kind” from the forthcoming movie Crazy Heart.
- Reckless Kelly will release its next record, Somewhere In Time, on Feb. 9. From the press release:
Somewhere in Time is filled with songs that have special meaning to Willy and Cody Braun, who grew up on the music of the Famous Motel Cowboys and the timeless lyrics of Pinto Bennett. Pinto was an inspiration to Willy, Cody and the band in many ways, musically and otherwise, and they felt it was time to recognize Pinto’s music while making the material very much their own.
- Dolly Parton is opening her first retail store, Dolly Parton’s Trinkets & Treasures, today in Nashville.
- Watch new videos for Joe Nichols‘ “Gimme That Girl,” Jimmy Wayne‘s “Sara Smile,” Gloriana‘s “Silent Night,” and Blackberry Smoke‘s “Good One Comin’ On.”
- Chad Swiatecki reviewed last night’s Lyle Lovett concert for Austin Music Source.
Monday’s show featured plenty of asides with the crowd between songs, focusing on everything from shows and performers in Austin that influenced Lovett (Don Sanders, Ry Cooder, Uncle Walt’s Band, Robert Earl Keen among them) to a theory on why male bluegrass quartets never last long (“You’ve got four guys singing around a microphone with their mouths really close together. Kinda tells you something about the ones that stay together.”)
- Listen to Kathy Mattea in concert on Mountain Stage.
- Farce the Music: Top 10 Things People in AMA Audience Thought “Gloriana” Was Before The Group Won Breakthrough Artist
- Lance Smith is leaving CMT to pursue an acting career.
- Peter Cooper profiled Larry Jon Wilson, who released four albums in the late ’70s before he stopped recording. Just recently though, he released a new album, his first in nearly thirty years. (Stephen Deusner also interviewed Wilson earlier this year for The 9513.)
Lake Fever Sessions posted several videos from the Americana Music Festival featuring Joe Pug, Hot Club of Cowtown, Elizabeth Cook and more. (via No Depression)
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …