Chris Ethridge Passes Away; The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band & Kenny Chesney Join NBC Summer Concert Series; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 24th, 2012

  • Chris Ethridge (Flying Burrito Brothers) passed away yesterday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 65.
  • Watch Abigail Washburn’s TED talk about building international relations with the help of a banjo. A quote from the video: “I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody’s eyes just pop wide open.”
  • Our friends Bluegrass LA have joined forces with The LA Bluegrass Situation; the website has an event calendar, discussion board, and all kinds of info for SoCal grassers.
  • Kenny Chesney, Zac Brown Band, and The Band Perry will all be taking part in NBC’s summer concert series.
  • Taylor Swift might play Joni Mitchell in a film adaptation of the book Girls Like Us.
  • Wade Bowen and the Josh Abbott Band will appear at Miranda Lambert’s Fifth Annual Cause for the Paws benefit concert, which will raise money for Lambert’s MuttNation charity.
  • Bernie, an upcoming movie starring Jack Black, will feature music from Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers, Dale Watson, and Heybale.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean article features Phil Madeira, the man behind the new Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us compilation, which includes songs from Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, and others.
  • Here’s “Land of Dreams,” an original Rosanne Cash song on which she’s joined by Los Lobos and Bebel Gilberto. The song is part of a campaign encouraging tourists to visit the U.S. It’s available as a free download at
  • Warren Zevon’s “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” is American Songwriter’s Lyric of the Week.
  • Todd Snider’s Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables was the subject of a piece that aired on Fresh Air from WHYY.
  • Album releases:

Marty Stuart Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down

Waco Brothers & Paul Burch Great Chicago Fire

Josh Abbott Band Small Town Family Dream

Kip Moore Up All Night

Lee Brice Hard 2 Love

Carrie Hassler The Distance

Freakwater Feels Like the Third Time (vinyl reissue of 1993 album)

Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers (four disc box set)

Jack White Blunderbuss 

Warren Haynes Live at the Moody Theater 

Joe PugThe Great Despiser

Various Artists Mercyland: Hymns for the Rest of Us

O’Brien Party of 7Reincarnation: The Songs of Roger Miller

  1. Redd Dirt
    April 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    “Taylor Swift might play Joni Mitchell in a film adaptation of the book Girls Like Us.”

    They could have at least chosen someone who could sing. After the way she butchered Brenda Lee’s classic “I’m Sorry” I hate to think what she’ll do to Joni Mitchell’s songs.

  2. Donald
    April 24, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Alright, I’m a moron. Can anyone find the download link for the Rosanne song?

    • Juli Thanki
      April 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm

      Click Rosanne’s photo on the Discover America site to start the download. It’s the second picture from the left, in between the Detroit Auto Museum and Florida Keys photos.

  3. Rick
    April 24, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    “Bernie, an upcoming movie starring Jack Black, will feature music from Miss Leslie & Her Juke-Jointers, Dale Watson, and Heybale.” Now that sounds like my kind of soundtrack album! Crikey! I’ve never been much of a fan of Jack Black’s movies, well except for Shallow Hal anyway.

    I like bluegrass and I live in LA, but the Hollywood centric “Bluegrass Situation” just doesn’t interest me due to high ticket prices and use of the Largo Coronet theater. Now if it was instead held in a dive with cheap admission, I’d be in like Flynn! Ed Helms is no Jedd Clampett by a long shot.

    Abigail Washburn has a pretty unique concept of what sorts of things can “connect cultures”. I consider her singing in Chinese more along the lines of outlandish, or more likley foolish behavior. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should…


  4. badrockandroll
    April 25, 2012 at 8:56 am

    That Rosanne Cash song is beautiful. I’ve listened to it on YouTube a lot, but I can’t find it on itunes or anywhere else. I would love to be able to put it on my ultimate roadtrip CD that I am compiling – anyone know where I can find a copy of the song for purchase?

  5. Donald
    April 25, 2012 at 4:21 pm

    Juli- Thanky. The site didn’t load ‘like that’ yesterday, for me at least- must have had trouble crossing the border. All is good today and the song downloaded no probs.

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