Chuck Berry to Receive Polar Music Prize; Blues Music Award Winners Announced; New Brad Paisley Album Due in August

Juli Thanki | May 9th, 2014

  • Dolly Parton was interviewed on NPR. Listen here.
  • Keith Whitley passed away 25 years ago today. Earlier this week, Billboard published an article about Whitley’s legacy in country music.
  • Brad Paisley will release a currently-untitled album on August 26.
  • PBS is going to start to rebroadcast Life on Four Strings, an excellent documentary about ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro. Check your local listings.
  • Shania Twain has teamed up with Panthera, which is apparently not a feline superhero, but rather “the world’s leading cat conservation organization,” to help save leopards.
  • Rolling Stone listed the 10 best things they saw at “All 4 the Hall” the other night.
  • John Doe, Joe Henry, and Karin Berquist (Over the Rhine) all star in the indie film Pleased to Meet Me.
  • Check out Groupee’s “Some Folks” bundle: for the minimum donation of $1, you’ll receive music from Vandaveer, Jay Nash, and more. You can choose for a portion of your donation to go to Direct Relief International, which provides medical assistance to those affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest.
  • Buddy Miller’s house band for this fall’s Americana Awards includes Ry Cooder, Don Was, Fats Kaplin, The McCrary Sisters, and more.
  • Sara Watkins on Nickel Creek’s reunion tour: “We’re having a great time rediscovering some of the old material and trying to pay tribute to these recorded versions as much as possible…It’s been fun to play these songs from our current perspective instead of putting on a costume and remembering who we were at 17 or 18.”
  • Bobby Rush, John Nemeth, and Susan Tedeschi were among the winners at last night’s Blues Music Awards in Memphis. You can find the complete list of winners here.
  • Here’s the video for Don Williams’ version of “I’ll Be Here in the Morning.”

Don Williams – I’ll Be Here In The Morning (official music video) from Bill Filipiak – Director/Editor on Vimeo.

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