Compass Records to Release Jean Ritchie Tribute; Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers HoF Exhibits to Open in August; Ralph Stanley Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Juli Thanki | July 24th, 2014

  • Ralph Stanley, Al Pacino, Annie Proulx, Robert Reich, and Robert Ballard: the world’s most interesting dinner party or a few of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ newly elected fellows? (It’s the latter. Stanley, Pacino, et al. will be officially inducted into the Academy on October 11.)
  • Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin’ it Country” will open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 29 and run through March 2015. (via press release)
  • The HoF’s Kenny Rogers exhibit, “Through the Years,” will open on August 15. A day later, Rogers will participate in a Q&A at the Hall of Fame. (via press release)
  • Elizabeth Cook, The Mastersons, Robby Hecht, and Over the Rhine are just a few of the zillion acts just added to this year’s AmericanaFest lineup.
  • On September 2, Compass Records will release a two-disc set celebrating the music of Jean Ritchie. The 37-song collection includes performances by Kathy Mattea, Tim O’Brien, and Dale Ann Bradley. It also includes a recitation of “I Celebrate Life” by Pete Seeger, one of the folk legend’s final recordings. (via press release)
  • The nominees for this year’s IBMA Awards will be announced by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale on August 13. The event will be streamed on (via press release)
  • Del McCoury’s next project, which is slated for release later in the year, is an album of previously unrecorded Woody Guthrie songs. According to this article in the Charleston Daily Mail, a concert DVD of McCoury performing Guthrie’s music is also in the works.
  • Randy Travis’ forthcoming Influence, Vol. 2 includes covers of “Are the Good Times Really Over,” “For the Good Times,” and “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Here’s the full track listing.
  • American Songwriter published a lengthy Q&A with Sturgill Simpson.
  • There’s a Mandolin Orange live EP available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Here’s a short film on “The New Americana Movement” in New Orleans.
  • Nikki Lane was on the World Café. Listen here.
  • Farm Aid 2014 will be held in Raleigh on September 13. Performers are slated to include Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Carlene Carter, Jamey Johnson, and, of course, Willie Nelson.


  1. Arlene
    July 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I’m very happy that Compass Records will be releasing a tribute disc in which artists cover songs of Jean Ritchie but I’m wondering what ever happened to the Hazel Dickens tribute disc which has reportedly been in the works for at least three years. Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello and Claire Lynch, among others, have reportedly recorded songs for it, and Ken Irwin had mentioned it in an interview a couple of years back. In addition, several artists had mentioned it two or three years ago at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco. I wish that Compass Records or Rounder Record or SOMEONE would release that album.

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