John Rich is lending his support to Intrepid Spirit 3, a mental health facility that will provide services to members of the military who are suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and related afflictions.
Sculptor Tom Page is trying to raise funds to erect a Bob Dylan statue in Duluth, Minnesota, the music icon’s birthplace. In other Dylan news, this All Things Considered piece takes a look at “Only a Pawn in Their Game,” a song Dylan wrote after Medgar Evers’ assassination.
Here’s an NPR feature on Dan Penn (he co-wrote songs including “The Dark End of the Street” and “Cry Like a Baby” and produced hits like “The Letter”).
Eric Banister of Music Tomes interviewed author John Kruth.
The Music City Hitmakers (Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, Brett James, Troy Verges, Charles Dixon, Charles Judge, Nick Buda, Kelly Archer, Milan Miller, and Tim Marks) will play with the Boston Symphony Orchestra for the next three nights.
The Opry has added several Wednesday night shows to their summer schedule. Alison Krauss will celebrate 20 years as an Opry member on the first Wednesday in July.
TJ Nelson of World Music Central praisesNoel McLoughlin’s Home is the Rover: Traditional Songs from Scotland & Ireland.
Ashley Monroe was the CMT Awards performer who saw the biggest digital sales boost: her numbers jumped 882%. The evening’s other performers saw increased sales as well.
There’s an interview with Ryan Bingham posted on the Las Vegas CityLife website.
Art Rosenbaum’s new book, Mary Lomax Ballad Book: America’s Great 21st Century Ballad Singer, is about sisters Mary Lomax and Bonnie Loggins, who “were taught traditional ballads by their father, songs that include British ballads and pioneer mountain songs passed down through generations. The sisters did not perform publicly until after their 80th birthday.” On Saturday on the University of Georgia campus, the sisters will perform at an event celebrating the book.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.