Curly Seckler Recovering from Stroke; Alison Krauss to Celebrate 20 Years as an Opry Member; CMT Awards Performers See Digital Sales Boost

Juli Thanki | June 13th, 2013

  • Cowboy Jack Clement talks guitars in this video posted by the Nashville Scene.
  • 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 2013 Inspirational Country Music Convention & Awards will be held in Nashville October 20-24.
  • 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 praises Noel 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.

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  1. Ron
    June 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    I have a feeling I will hate “Aw Naw”.

  2. Rick
    June 13, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    Posted above: “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.” Well it’s nice to see something useful and positive actually came out of that schlockfest! Go Ashley!

    I was under the impression that only certain select performances will be streamed online from the “Taste of Country Music Festival”, ie the ones most people don’t care about…

    So the descriptively named “Stetson and Cia” duo have now changed the name of their act to “Songs Of The Fall”! Unless those two lovebirds start making music that has more widespread appeal, like Cia’s compositions for the Cherryholmes band for instance, the new name should possibly be “Songs Of The Downfall”. Oh well…

    Jim Lauderdale was mightily impressed by the Chapin Sisters on last night’s MCR and invited them to come back soon (not easy for folks living in NYC). As part of the closing “jam” song the Chapin gals were sharing a mic with Nora Jane Struthers. Now that is a double bill I’d love to see come through town.

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