CMHoF Attendance Up 15% in 2012; The Band Perry to Release Next Album April 2; Aoife O’Donovan Signs with Yep Roc

Juli Thanki | January 11th, 2013

  • From February 28-March 2, Camden, Tenn. will mark the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, and Randy Hughes with three days of concerts, a panel discussion, and more.
  • The Band Perry will release their currently unnamed next album on April 2.
  • Attendance at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2012 was up 15% from 2011’s totals, with more than 565,000 visitors.
  • This spring, B.J. Thomas will release The Living Room Sessions, a record of “stripped down, intimate acoustic re-imaginings of 12 of his most renowned songs.” Guests include Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett. (via press release)
  • Vince Gill talks with CMT Edge’s Jewly Hight about the multiple projects he’s working on.
  • Jazz label OKeh Records, “the label that released historic early recordings by Louis Armstrong, King Oliver and Duke Ellington, is being revived under the corporate umbrella of Sony Masterworks.”
  • Ryan Adams covered Iron Maiden’s “Wasted Years” for the Californication soundtrack.
  • The Carter Family Project was featured in the New York Times.
  • Richard Thompson of Bluegrass Today takes a look at the story behind “Silence or Tears.”
  • CMT Edge premiered a track from Sons of Fathers’ next record, Burning Days (out April 2).
  • Mark O’Connor talks about his composing “cave” and favorite NYC hangouts with the New York Times.
  • On February 12, Rural Rhythm Records will release the compilation God Didn’t Choose Sides: Civil War True Stories About Real People, Vol. 1. Check out the track listing and performers here. 
  1. Jon
    January 11, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Of possible interest to a country music blog, Okeh’s catalog also featured some great western swing by the Light Crust Doughboys, Bob Wills, There’s a wonderful compilation that came out years ago that can be found repackaged in various places, e.g., here: .

    And I believe the lovely and talented Ms. O’Donovan spells her first name Aoife, not Aiofe.

    • Juli Thanki
      January 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm

      And I believe the lovely and talented Ms. O’Donovan spells her first name Aoife, not Aiofe.

      Fixed. Thanks for the correction.

  2. Barry Mazor
    January 11, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Ralph Peer recorded the first significant, identified country music records while working as A&R chief at OKeh–the Fiddlin’ John Carson sides recorded at Atlanta in 1923, on what was the first “location recording” expedition of any kind. He was also, even before that, and somewhat contrary to the suggestion of the Times article, the A&R chief of the so-called “Race” line (Clarence Williams reported to him, as did others) that recorded the first African-American blues and jazz artists. Since I’m in the process of finishing up the first full-length biography of Peer, I’ve spent more than a little time on these things. The book will be out later in 2014.

  3. Occasional Hope
    January 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    I like the sound of Vince Gill’s project with Paul Franklin.

  4. Rick
    January 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    When Aiofe was on A Prairie Home Companion in 2012 she knocked my socks off! I didn’t know she was part of Crooked Still, but then I’m not familiar with that band either I guess it makes sense!

    Hawkshaw Hawkins and Cowboy Copas will forever remain important names in the history of country music because of perishing in that plane crash with Patsy Cline apart from their musical accomplishments. Its nice to hear their songs played on WSM this time of year in remembrance of that tragic event.

    If Kim Richey ever revisits the style of her self-titled debut album, I might get interested again! I’m still hoping that Kim and Radney Foster will get together to do some songwriting.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Jana Kramer, Mark Wills, The Del McCoury Band, Thompson Square, and Johnny Rivers. (That Johnny Rivers? Hmm)
    Grade: B+
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Clare Bowen (Scarlett from “Nashville”), JD Souther, The Del McCoury Band, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Connie Smith, and Josh Thompson. Grade: A (Just for the “Scarlett Factor” alone! lol) Darn I wish Clare was performing early in the show so I could hear it!

  5. Rick
    January 11, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Juli, it’s nice to see you writing for CMT’s Edge! Finally a CMT sponsored venture that participants don’t have to be ashamed of! (lol)

    Article Link:

  6. luckyoldsun
    January 11, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I’ll keep an eye out for Mark O’Connor on his skateboard in Central Park.

  7. Rick
    January 12, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Vince Gill was on a roll last night (Friday, 1/11) at the Opry. During his segment Vince featured 60’s pop rock singer Johnny Rivers (ie “Secret Agent Man”, “Poor Side of Town”, etc.). Afterwards Vince mentioned that Johnny had dated Vince’s first “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” wife Janice before she and Vince ever met. Vince commented it was a shame that the Johhny and Janice romance didn’t work out as it would have saved him a whole lot of money! Now that’s what I call an “Opry Moment”! (lol)

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