CMHOF to Display Earl Scruggs’ Banjo; JD McPherson & Pokey LaFarge Team Up for Tornado Relief; “Authenticity” in Music

Juli Thanki | June 28th, 2013

  • Earl Scruggs’ banjo will become a part of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Precious Jewels” display next month. The exhibit also includes instruments played by Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, and Lester Flatt.
  • Pokey LaFarge and JD McPherson recorded a version of “Good Old Oklahoma” to benefit tornado relief efforts. Listen here; buy/donate here.
  • The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog premiered a banjo medley Pete Seeger recorded in 1943; the track will be on the forthcoming Classic Banjo compilation that Smithsonian Folkways will release in August.
  • Toby Keith’s earned half a billion dollars over the course of his career, netting $65 million in 2012 alone.
  • The Oxford American has been posting several thought-provoking essays that engage the idea of authenticity in music, which is a “fraught notion. Music fans frequently base their aesthetic identities on the honesty and integrity of their favorite musicians, and whole genres of criticism and scholarship are premised on such assertions.” Check out the ongoing series.
  • Martina McBride talks with Chris Gray about the controversy that surrounded her recording of “Independence Day.” An excerpt: “I had one [radio] programmer tell me, ‘When the video’s on, my daughter walks through the house, [and] now I have to explain to her what the song is about and what’s going on,’” recounts McBride. “I was like, “And that’s a bad thing? Wouldn’t you think you’d want to use that as an opening to sit down and talk to your daughter about some of this stuff? It might be a good thing to talk to her about.’ “But it was just something that was not really talked about back then much.”
  • Trisha Yearwood will appear on the upcoming season of Who Do You Think You Are?, a show on which celebrities trace their ancestry.
  • Paste premiered Austin Lucas’ “Alone in Memphis” from his New West debut, Stay Reckless, which is scheduled for release in late August.
  • Randy Wood Guitars has begun streaming the concerts held in the master luthier’s 100-seat “Pickin’ Parlor.”
  • Dierks Bentley previewed his next album, Riser, in Nashville earlier this week. Cindy Watts of the Tennessean describes the songs as “personal, moody and reflective, sometimes with cutting guitar solos and – if the first eight he shared are any indication – not up-tempo.” 
  • Greg Jennings of Restless Heart revisits some of the band’s hits in this article posted on The 615.
  1. J.R. Journey
    June 28, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I really like Who Do You Think You Are, and it will be neat to see Trisha Yearwood trace down her family’s roots. Reba was on the premiere season and traveled to Scotland.

    Now if someone could just talk Ms. Yearwood back into the recording studio and out of the television studios…

  2. luckyoldsun
    June 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    “Toby Keith earned half a billion dollars…”

    Country music was great when being rich meant that you could have your Pontiac covered with silver dollars and you could have a swimming pool in the shape of a guitar.

  3. BRUCE
    June 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    While that may be true, I admire Toby for taking the reins himself and telling the corporate know-nothings to shove it up their ass. More need to do it.

  4. bll
    June 29, 2013 at 9:22 am

    According to a friend of mine who saw Garth at Reasor’s, Trisha is actively working on a new cd, and expects it to be released in the fall. ‘Mr Yearwood’ hinted that he’s back to writing in anticipation of his youngest going off to Belmont University.

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