CMHOF Expansion Opens; Levon Helm Studios to Hold Open House; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 15th, 2014

  • On April 26, Nancy Jones, George’s widow, will plant two dogwood trees at the Possum’s Woodlawn Cemetery gravesite. The event is open to the public.
  • Dom Flemons will release a solo album called Prospect Hill on July 22. (via press release)
  • Bloodshot Records celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. ChicagoBusiness.com posted a cool feature on the label and its founders.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new expansion has a whole bunch of stuff on display, including Ronald Reagan’s pardon of Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton’s handwritten “Jolene” lyrics, squirrels that Hank Williams shot, and Glen Campbell’s bagpipes.
  • Last week Rhonda Vincent was interviewed on Bloomberg TV’s Taking Stock. (warning: autoplay) (h/t our Twitter pal Jeff)
  • Give a listen to “I’m Not Here” from NRBQ’s new album, Brass Tacks, which comes out June 17.
  • Taylor Swift showed up at a superfan’s bridal shower with expensive, yet tasteful, gifts.
  • CMT Edge posted a clip from The Milk Carton Kids’ new concert DVD.
  • Neil Young’s PonoMusic (“an ecosystem to play and store music”) Kickstarter campaign has raised nearly $6 million.
  • Stream Bobby Rush’s soulful new album, Decisions.
  • Sources say that Nashville will be renewed for another season. (The best part of the show: these recaps.)
  • Here are some neat maps that show America’s music preferences by genre.
  • Laura Bell Bundy talks about her country/dance sound in this interview on MusicRadar.com. An excerpt: You know, I don’t know what I envisioned my music career being. All I ever really wanted to do is make music and be on stage and sing it. The truth of the matter is that I am so in love with the element of surprise, and I’m so bored with just copying what everybody else is doing. I have no interest in replicating what they’re already doing. I want to do something unique and different if I’m gonna make music.  
  • Bluegrass Today’s John Goad writes that fans of Sierra Hull and Alison Krauss might dig Ashley Lewis’ new album, Captivated.
  • Tickets for the Texas Songwriters Heritage Association’s annual Hall of Fame Awards Show go on sale today. Prices start at $19, which sounds like a good deal for an event that will include performances by Kris Kristofferson, K.T. Oslin, Jessi Colter, Lee Roy Parnell, and more.
  • On Saturday, Levon Helm Studios will hold an open house to mark the second anniversary of Helm’s passing. (warning: autoplay)
  • Whitney Self of CMT talked with The Oak Ridge Boys about the band’s history and their new record.
  • South Winnipeg coffee shop the Fourth Dimension, aka 4D, was an important part of Canada’s folk music scene in the ‘60s, hosting acts like Neil Young and Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee.
  • Jimmy Martin was mentioned in a clue on last night’s Jeopardy.
  • This week’s album releases, barring numerous Record Store Day releases, which you can find here. Thanks for supporting E145 by purchasing your music through our affiliate links.

Ray Price Beauty Is

Ray Bonneville Easy Gone

Rodney Crowell Tarpaper Sky

Moot Davis Goin’ in Hot

Ryley Walker All Kinds of You

Emmylou Harris Pieces of the Sky (remastered) / Elite Hotel (remastered) / Cowboy Angels 

Two Wings A Wake

Nick Verzosa & The Noble Union Love in Principle

Del Barber Prairieography

Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives The Gospel Music of Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

The Secret Sisters Put Your Needle Down

Bobby Bare, Jr. Undefeated

Mark Hummel The Hustle is Really On

Bobby Rush with Blinddog Smokin’ Decisions

Hillstomp Portland, Ore.

Red June Ancient Dreams

Randy Rogers Band – Homemade Tamales: Live at Floore’s

Oak Ridge Boys Boys Night Out

Asylum Street Spankers – The Last Laugh

Esme Patterson – Woman to Woman

  • And some books:

Craig Harris The Band: Pioneers of Americana Music

Debby Campbell & Mark Bego Life with My Father Glen Campbell

Joel Selvin Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues

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