Clement, Bare, Rogers Inducted into CMHOF; Shooter Jennings Launches Record Label; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | October 28th, 2013

  • The first 17 inductees into the Outlaw Music Hall of Fame were announced on Saturday night. The artists named in the first class include Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, The Carter Family, Bobby Bare, Chris Gantry, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, David Allan Coe, Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Sammi Smith, Steve Young, Jessi Colter, Hank Williams Jr. and Billy Joe Shaver.
  • Bobby Bare, the late Cowboy Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers were officially inducted  into the Country Music of Fame on Sunday at the Medallion Ceremony.
  • Mallory Hope got engaged on the Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday night.
  • CMT Edge posted an excerpt of Robert Hilburn’s  new biography, Johnny Cash: The Life.
  • Love and Theft’s Stephen Barker Liles and his fiancée, Jenna Kennedy, revealed that they’re expecting a baby boy.
  • Cindy Watts and Nate Rau discuss domestic violence in country music for The Tennessean, asking, “Is country music at a crossroads in the portrayal of the sex that comprises 60 percent of its radio audience?”
  • Adam Haynes has replaced Jeremy Abshire as The Grascals’ fiddler.
  • The 8th Annual Concert for the Cure hosted by Jason Aldean raised $575,000 for the fight against breast cancer.
  • Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Hunter Hayes, Randy Houser and Little Big Town will guest-host After Midnite in November.
  • Philip O’Donnell was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame along with Marc Durelle, Gary Burgess, Larry Mattson and Johnny Storm.
  • Live from NYC recorded by the late blues guitarist Jeff Healey was posthumously released earlier this month.
  • Harold “Red” Moore, now 80, is a hoot in this interview about his “Crawdad Song” legacy.
  • Jon Garelick interviewed Madeleine Peyroux, who discussed her attempt to pay homage to Ray Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, in a piece for The Boston Globe.
  • The organization called The Tennessee Watchdog is pissed off that tax dollars were used to create the ABC documentary For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville.  An excerpt from the Watchdog blog: “The money came from a grant by the federal Economic Development Administration — for disaster relief because of the 2010 flood…EDA spokeswoman Angela Martinez said it’s not at all unusual for communities to use federal disaster relief money for tourism development, regardless of how long ago that disaster happened.”
  • A stretch of U.S. Route 63 has been named for Leona Williams; the highway runs through her hometown of Vienna, Missouri .
  • Not to be outdone, Del McCoury has a portion of North Carolina’s Highway 261 named in his honor.  If you can now have a physical address on the Del McCoury Highway, Engine 145 HQ will be relocating.
  • Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium, an old home for the Grand Ole Opry, got a facelift on its 88th birthday.  A new sound system was installed as well. (warning: autoplay)
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Brad Davis“Never Give the Devil a Ride”

Sara Evans“Slow Me Down”

Ashley Monroe“The Morning After” (Live)

Great Peacock“Take Me to the Mountain” (Live)

Sarah Jarosz“Over the Edge”

Lily and Madeleine“I’ve Got Freedom”

The Sins Country“Muscadine”

Aleyce Simmonds“Believe”

Busby Marou“Get You Out of Here”

Foy Vance“Closed Hand, Full of Friends”

Matt Kennon“Real Good”

  1. Rick
    October 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    I was really hoping Shooter Jennings was going to stick with his original name for his record label “Polished Turd Records”! Oh well…(lol)

    I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Kim Richey perform a full set last night as the headliner at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Kim is pretty much an unknown out here in LaLa Land, but hopefully the audience was large enough to motivate McCabe’s to invite her back again and again! Kim sang some songs off her brand new “Thorn in My Heart” Yep Rock release, but thankfully focused more on tunes off her first four releases and especially the “Bittersweet” album due to it’s mellow acoustic nature. Kim played her acoustic guitar and was accompanied by Thomm Jutz on lead acoustic guitar and duet and harmony vocals. Kim’s stage presence is self-deprecating, disarming, and absolutely charming! For her encore Kim closed with “Why Can’t I Say Goodnight” which was sung by Scarlett and Gunnar at the end of the season opener for ABC’s “Nashville”in September. Kim said Buddy Miller had asked her to submit some songs earlier in the year that might fit the show, and she was really happy he used one. Kim ran into Clare Bowen “Scarlett” in a trendy area of Nashville recently and introduced herself as the writer of that song! (lol) Overall impression: An absolute delight! Go Kim!

    • Juli Thanki
      October 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

      I was really hoping Shooter Jennings was going to stick with his original name for his record label “Polished Turd Records”! Oh well…(lol)

      Haven’t had the chance to listen, but the label released a new Jessi Colter live record that looks solid, as does the Waylon reissue:

  2. Both Kinds of Music
    October 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    You’d think this Outlaw HOF would want to leave some names to induct in the future.

  3. nm
    October 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Both Kinds wins the internet today.

  4. Adam
    October 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    @Juli (and Rick), actually the Jessi Colter and Waylon Jennings releases aren’t out just yet. They will be released digitally on 11/26 and on vinyl, cassette, and CD on 11/29 along with a new live album from Shooter and a “Mystery Release.”

  5. BRUCE
    October 30, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Some great articles here. The Opry birthday bash (or crash) review was spot-on. They seem to be in a lull lately.

    Dunn can sing anything great. He sounds like it’s Brooks & Dunn. Oh wait, he was the only one that sang, and for good readson.

    Good to see an update on Buddy Jewell.

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