Please keep Dawn Sears (Time Jumpers), who has been diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer,in your thoughts. Sears is “currently undergoing treatment in Nashville, TN and plans to continue performing at the band’s regular Monday night show at 3rd & Lindsley until her treatment dictates otherwise.”
Canadian folksinger Stompin’ Tom Connors passed away at the age of 77.
Mindy McCready was remembered at a memorial service held yesterday in Nashville.
More artists have been added to George Jones’ final Nashville concert: Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Pam Tillis, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Lawrence, Patty Loveless, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, and T. Graham Brown.
George Strait, The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Hunter Hayes, and Luke Bryan are among the acts slated to perform at next month’s ACM Awards. (via press release)
Here’s a video of LeAnn Rimes covering Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins’ “Where I Stood.” (h/t Blake Boldt)
Ryan Bingham’s been added to the lineup of performers at Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic. Other performers include Kris Kristofferson, Leon Russell, Ray Price, David Allan Coe, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Amber Digby, Justin Moore, Paula Nelson, Folk Uke, and Lukas Nelson.
Here’s an excerpt on an interesting Kansas City Star article about country music’s young, female fan base: [Country radio] has become a destination partly because it delivers what active-rock radio — the industry term for modern rock — used to offer but has been lacking, say some experts and observers. “Active-rock bands, even most alternative rock bands, don’t make music that’s geared toward women,” said Layne Feldman, who has worked for Live Nation, the Maverick and Universal record labels and until it closed recently, the management of the Beaumont Club. “It wasn’t like that in the day. Rock bands had songs written from the points of view of sensitive men. Those bands did very well with women.” Those were the days of bands like Bon Jovi and Def Leppard and Motley Crue and other hair-/pop-metal bands who wrote catchy heavy-pop-rock songs about love, sex and debauchery and put on a visual show at the same time. These days, he says, country music is using that template to attract the young females.
Jonathan Bernstein of American Songwriter reviewedJames McMurtry’s Saturday night show at City Winery in New York.
David Wesley Williams salutes Patsy Cline in a Huffington Post piece: She drank beer and cussed a blue streak and told dirty jokes to make the men blush. She called herself “the Cline” and most everybody else “Hoss.” This must have been an altogether new sort of behavior up in heaven, back when she arrived, all of a sudden, fifty years ago today. But I suppose heaven must have made quick peace and accommodation. Because how could you possibly keep Patsy Cline out of heaven?
Here’s an excerpt of an Ashley Monroe interview in which she discusses the beginning of her decade-long friendship with Vince Gill: “I moved to town when I was 15 years old from Knoxville…Right after I moved there, Vince got a hold of some of my demos and called me one day and asked me to go to breakfast. I was freaking out.” The morning of their big breakfast appointment, though, Monroe realized she needed a ride. She sheepishly called Gill. “I’m 15,” she told him. “I don’t have a car or a license, so you’re going to have to come pick me up.” From that moment, she says, they just bonded.
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.