Claude King Passes Away; Patty Griffin’s Next Album Due in May; USA Today Premieres New Kim Richey Song

Juli Thanki | March 8th, 2013

  • Claude King, best known for “Wolverton Mountain,” passed away yesterday morning at the age of 90.
  • Patty Griffin will release her next record, American Kid, on May 7. It’ll be her first album for New West Records.
  • What’s new at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum? Lots of stuff. Peter Cooper walks you through it in this article.
  • Will Hodge of CMT Edge interviewed Ian Craft of The Howlin’ Brothers.
  • On April 9, Brad Paisley will release an interactive digital book called Building a Wheelhouse as a companion to his Wheelhouse album.
  • CMT Edge premiered a new April Verch Band video.
  • Marty Stuart on his role in country music:  “I think the most important thing for the likes of me and my peers is to make sure that traditional country music makes it into the hands of young people. And to make sure they know there’s a future for it, it’s not dead. There is still a handful of old-timers left -the old kings and queens. We have to make sure that they make it home safely and warm. The next part of the job is to make sure the young ones get it in their hands and their hearts.”
  • Coming out May 21: Nell Robinson’s House and Garden. The CD release will include eco-friendly packaging and “seed-paper” for listeners to start their own gardens. (via press release)
  • Paul Anka’s Duets album, due out April 9, includes new versions of collaborations with Dolly Parton [“Do I Love You (Yes, In Every Way)”] and Willie Nelson (“Crazy”). (via press release)
  • Check out the trailer for Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker, a documentary about “the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced.” (warning: autoplay)
  • Give a listen to the work tape and final version of “Thorn in My Heart,” the title track of Kim Richey’s next album, which due out in mid-April.
  • Terri Clark talks about her covers record, Classic, with Chuck Dauphin of Billboard. Clark also posted a video on her site in which she takes viewers behind the scenes as she prepares for her upcoming tour.
  • Crystal Bowersox talks about her new “powerfully percussive and mostly upbeat new roots-music scramble,” All That For This, with Jonathan Takiff of Philadelphia’s Daily News.
  • Is 14-year old singer-songwriter Torri Melhart the next Taylor Swift?
  1. Jack WIlliams
    March 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

    Good news on Patty Griffin’s upcoming album. It’s been a long six years since her last album of originals.

  2. Leeann Ward
    March 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I’m excited about the upcoming Patty Griffin album. It’s seeming to be a wonderful year for new music.

  3. Marco
    March 8, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I’m really inspired by the Marty Stuart quote. Without passionate musicians like him, there certainly could be an indefinite future for the genre of country music. It’s obvious that there are more profitable avenues to take in the industry, but these songwriters and performers continue to choose to stick with their roots. As long as artists like Marty are around, there will continue to be a place for traditional country music; it won’t be forgotten. The more exposure we have to it, the more it will be passed on to younger generations. I’m a 26 year old Civil Engineer. My parents are from Europe, and I have lived the majority of my life in Chicago. My friends and I grew up on Chicago sports and classic rock music. I’m not exactly sure how it happened, but a fortunate series of life developments within the past decade have led me to this music, and I consider it the foundation of who I am. My custom made pedal steel guitar came in this week, and I hope to open the eyes (and ears) of those in the Chicago area sometime in the future.

  4. BRUCE
    March 9, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Marty is a kind soul. He would rather give credit than receive it. He is well respected among his peers and others outside the country genre.

    Good luck on the steel guitar! I played for 3 years and it was my favorite instrument. Sadly, don’t hear as much of it in today’s country music.

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