Charlie Daniels Recovering From Pacemaker Surgery; The Band Perry Premieres New Song; Can Blues Music Save the Mississippi Delta?

Juli Thanki | March 29th, 2013

  • Charlie Daniels is recovering after being diagnosed with a mild case of pneumonia and also undergoing surgery to implant a pacemaker. He’s canceled Sunday’s show and rescheduled a couple more.
  • Thanks to NM for pointing us toward David Cantwell’s appreciation of the late Jack Greene.
  • Steve Martin and Edie Brickell talk about their new record, Love Has Come for You, in this video.
  • Kacey Musgraves will be featured on CBS Sunday Morning April 7. (via press release)
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Black Lillies frontman Cruz Contreras.
  • Hight also interviewed Gail Davies for the Nashville Scene.
  • Peter Cooper spoke with Davies as well for this Tennessean article on the recently released Ron Davies tribute record, Unsung.
  • Paste premiered a new song from Sons of Bill.
  • The 615 shines their spotlight on Rachel Farley.
  • What’s the best way to get a song out of your head? From an article written by Richard Gray, science correspondent for The Telegraph: Researchers claim the best way to stopping the phenomenon, sometimes known as earworms – where snippets of a catchy song inexplicably play like a broken record in your brain – is to solve some tricky anagrams. This can force the intrusive music out of your working memory, they say, allowing it to be replaced with other more amenable thoughts…“The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,” said Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington University who conducted the research. “If you are cognitively engaged, it limits the ability of intrusive songs to enter your head. “Something we can do automatically like driving or walking means you are not using all of your cognitive resource, so there is plenty of space left for that internal jukebox to start playing. “Likewise, if you are trying something too hard, then your brain will not be engaged successfully, so that music can come back. You need to find that bit in the middle where there is not much space left in the brain.”
  • Here’s an interview with folky duo The Milk Carton Kids.
  • The FreshGrass festival, which will be held in late September at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, is putting together a fantastic lineup.
  • David Morris of Bluegrass Today has high hopes for Claire Lynch’s upcoming record after hearing some of the material at a recent Maryland show.
  • There’s an interesting series of articles on The Huffington Post: “Can the Blues Save the Mississippi Delta?” Here’s a quote from American Blues Scene’s Matt Marshall in the third article: The Delta has always been known for three things: cotton, the blues and incredible poverty. In the hundred years since this reputation developed, things have gotten worse–not better. Cotton jobs dried up as processing was automated; other industrial jobs have moved on. Blues tourism has become one of the area’s biggest exports. State and local tourism commissions–and a handful of Delta residents–have done a fantastic job of realizing this early and working hard to promote it. More people every year make pilgrimages to the area. Fans get to pay homage and enjoy the music, the people and the incredible culture, while their tourism dollars help keep area musicians employed, hotels filled and create jobs. It doesn’t hurt that blues fans lead a wildly passionate and vocal–not to mention successful–grass roots movement.
  • TNT has ordered eight episodes of a reality series called Nashville Confidential, which will “go behind the scenes of the country music world.” It’s expected to premiere in early 2014.
  • CMT Edge premiered the video (directed by Keifer Sutherland) for Max Gomez’s “Run From You.”
  • Whitney Self of CMT spoke with Thompson Square about their new record.
  • James Reams posted the trailer for the upcoming documentary Making History with the Pioneers of Bluegrass.
  1. Leeann
    March 29, 2013 at 10:04 am

    Fantastic interview with Gail Davies. I have a lot of respect for her.

  2. Leeann
    March 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

    I was specifically referring to the Hight interview. I haven’t read the Cooper interview yet, but I imagine it’s great too.:)

  3. Leeann
    March 29, 2013 at 10:13 am

    I’ve ordered the Ron Davies tribute album from Amazon, but it’s temporary out of stock. Sounds like a great roster of artists though.

  4. BRUCE
    March 29, 2013 at 11:33 am


    Thanks for the post on Gail Davies. Wasn’t she one of the first female producers of a country album? One might be surprised to see some of the accomplishments of these artists who fly under the radar.

  5. Rick
    March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I will always be grateful to Gail Davies for being the driving force behind the “Caught In The Webb” tribute CD. I just wish she would have undertaken similar projects related to other great country artists of the 1950’s! We need more albums like that rather than Americana artist tributes to John Denver for instance.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show features Maggie Rose (who’s music bores me to tears), Larry Gatlin, Old Crow Medicine Show, Craig Morgan, Black Lilies, and Christian music artist Michael W. Smith. Grade: B+
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Kacey Musgraves (whom I’m sure wants to sing “Follow Your Arrow” just to be subversive), The Henningsens, Will Hoge, Craig Morgan, and Rascal Flatts. Grade: B
    Schedule Link:

    I heard Rachel Farley on the Opry recently, and if she’s the future of Top 40 country music, I’m glad I signed off years ago. Ugh!

    The way I dislodged The Knack’s “My Sharona” from my brain was to listen repeatedly to their song “Good Girls Don’t” instead! I’m not sure that gained me anything though…(lol)

  6. Michael A.
    March 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I was hoping the Ron Davies tribute album would be available digitally, on iTunes, but it doesn’t seem to be.

  7. Leeann
    March 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    No, it doesn’t…and it’s pretty expensive too, at $21.99. I’m having faith that it’ll be worth it though whenever it’s back in stock.

  8. Michael A.
    March 29, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah, I was mostly interested in the Dolly track, but that Amazon price was just to high to justify ordering the entire album for one song, though I’m sure the rest will be great. Amazon rarely runs out of stock, so I hope it is replenished soon. Let me know what you think!

  9. Luckyoldsun
    March 29, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I’m reluctant to pay an outlandish price for a new CD even if I really want it–I just feel like it encourages them to charge that much for other discs in the future. I’ll check Amazon occasionally and usually it turns up cheaper, even if it’s a year later.

  10. Jon
    March 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Outlandish price? It’s got 22 songs for $21. At less than $1 per song, that’s right in the middle of the pack. I don’t believe that anyone who actually buys CDs doesn’t grasp that.

  11. Luckyoldsun
    March 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

    “I don’t believe that anyone who actually buys CDs doesn’t grasp that.”

    That’s right Jonno. All three of the commenters above yours–me (of course) and two others are either lying or are just doo damn dense to have seen that the CD is cheap. Maybe we shouldn’t be allowed to buy any CDs at all.

  12. Jon
    March 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Why would someone use a word like “outlandish” if she doesn’t know what it means?

  13. Leeann Ward
    April 8, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Just received the Ron Davies tribute album in the mail today and it’s quite good. I do wish I’d paid less for it, since it’s now on Amazon for $18 for a physical copy and $9 digitally, but I won’t lose sleep over it since it’s good.

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