Charlie Lamb Passes Away; Trisha Yearwood’s Cooking Show to Premiere April 14; Real Gone Music to Release Cowboy Copas Collection

Juli Thanki | March 8th, 2012

  • On April 17, reissue label Real Gone Music will release Cowboy Copas collection Complete Hit Singles As and Bs. On May 1, Real Gone will release Mel McDaniel’s Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On: His Original Capitol Hits and Eddie Rabbitt’s 13 Original #1 Hits.
  • Charlie Lamb passed away yesterday at the age of 90. “When somebody like Charlie Lamb passes, it’s like a library burning down,” said longtime friend and fellow historian Robert Oermann. “He was a wonderful source of historical anecdotes and one of the most charming conversationalists I’ve ever met. Charlie was also one of the last of the great Music Row ‘characters’—they don’t make execs nearly as colorful nowadays. He was also a million laughs, and I’m going to miss our lunches together a whole lot.”
  • Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show will premiere April 14 on the Food Network.
  • Scotty McCreery’s version of Rodney Crowell’s song “Please Remember Me” will be this American Idol season’s elimination song.
  • The Johnny Cash Music Festival, hosted by Rosanne Cash, will be held October 5 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
  • The first “Bluegrass on the Plains” festival is set for May 23-27 in Auburn, Alabama. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, The Rodney Dillard Band and more will perform. Military veterans and their spouses will receive free admission to the festival.
  • Andrew Leahey of American Songwriter caught the first of Mumford & Sons’ three shows at the Ryman, noting that “everything was going so well until frontman Marcus Mumford ran offstage to puke.”  
  • Blogger Mando Lines interviewed Sara Watkins and got some info about her second record, which will be out in late April: The new record is going to be on Nonesuch Records again.  Blake Mills produced it, he’s out in Los Angeles.  I live in north San Diego County, near L.A., and go up there quite a bit.  It felt good to do it in my own back yard, you know.  Even though it was my friend Tony Burns’s back yard that we actually recorded in!
  • Brendan Greaves piece on the reevaluation of Alan Lomax is an interesting read: Despite enormous contributions to our understanding of American and international vernacular musics, the legacy of Alan Lomax (1915-2002) is fraught and uneven; no American folklorist or musicologist has been more widely recognized, revered, and unjustly reviled. However, a recent biography and an ambitious campaign to digitize and reissue Lomax’s recordings are making a persuasive case for a reevaluation and recontextualization of the man’s complicated career and the myths and misunderstandings clouding it.
  • Kim Zolciak, of reality show Real Housewives of Atlanta, is releasing a country song. Listen here.  
  •’s Chris Parton interviewed Jessie James about her new single, “When You Say My Name.”
  • Wayne Erbsen of Bluegrass Today did some digging into the history of “Footprints in the Snow,” which he traces back to an 1880 song called “Footmarks in the Snow.”
  • Ty Herndon, Bucky Covington, Bo Bice, Carter’s Chord, Mockingbird Sun, and Katie Chance will all perform at a benefit concert for Autism Speaks in Nashville on March 13.
  • Edd Hurt of the Nashville Scene penned a piece on Americana act The Wood Brothers.
  • Here are two videos about the making of Trampled By Turtles’ upcoming album, Stars and Satellites, due out April 10.


  1. Barry Mazor
    March 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Ms. Yearwood is also at work recording a new album. She told me on Tuesday after the Hall of Fame induction announcements, that she half feared people would JUST think of her as a cooking show host now, and suddenly realized that it’s been five years since her last (IMHO, very good) CD..

  2. Sam G.
    March 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    “everything was going so well until frontman Marcus Mumford ran offstage to puke.”

    I’ve been to a show like that… except the singer didn’t bother to run offstage to puke.

  3. Jon
    March 8, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Sorry to hear about Charlie Lamb; by all accounts he was a heck of a guy.

  4. Rick
    March 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, that Alan Lomax article made my brain hurt! (It was truly interesting though, well the parts I could understand anyway! lol) Here’s my favorite sentence from the article:

    “On the one hand, there’s a culturally conservative reification and commodification of the music presented as a deluxe vinyl artifact—though appealingly tactile and “serious” in its presentation, it’s also arguably nostalgic and exclusive—and on the other a democratic immediacy to access and “cultural feedback” (a stated goal of the ACE) unmoored from a fully contextual presentation and audiovisual fidelity.”

    Now that is not something you would find in Country Weekly! (lol)

    The Wood Brothers were featured on Music City Roots a week ago and they kicked some serious musical butt! I had never heard of them before but I hope they return to MCR and the sooner the better!

    I hope Sara Watkins writes or locates some better material for her new album as compared to her first! I love her fiddle playing, I really like her singing voice and when she appears on A Prairie Home Companion, but I consider her first album a dud. Come on Sara, I know you can do a lot better than that! (A mentor would be a welcome addition this go round.)

    For any of you that saw this week’s “Justified” on FX, that gal on stage at the show’s opening was LA’s own Lynda Kay (Parker). Lynda performs in the style of a cross between Patsy Cline and Wanda Jackson when she gets revved up as she mixes classic country and 50’s rockabilly styles. Lynda is definitely one of LA’s more enjoyable home grown country artists these days.

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