Dawn Sears Diagnosed with Lung Cancer; Artists Added to George Jones’ Final Nashville Show; First Round of ACM Awards Performers Announced

Juli Thanki | March 7th, 2013

  • 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 reviewed James McMurtry’s Saturday night show at City Winery in New York.
  • Gary Allan, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Little Big Town are a few of the acts scheduled to play LP Field during this summer’s CMA Music Festival.
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne interviewed Kacey Musgraves.
  • 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? 
  • Check out the new video from Miss Tess & The Talkbacks.
  • There’s an interview with Lee Brice in The Oklahoman.
  • Sacred Harp/old time artist Tim Eriksen chats with Devon Leger for a Bluegrass Situation post.
  • 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.
  1. Janice Brooks
    March 7, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I don’t think those young gals share my definition of country. After a discussion about country music of the late 80’s and early 90’s started by some gals in Austin, I just added a couple tracks to my playlist from Tracy Byrd and T Graham Brown.

  2. bob
    March 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Enjoyed the Flippo article on WHN. Thanks. I remember listening to WHN in the 70’s when I started to get into country music.

  3. Jack WIlliams
    March 7, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Enjoyed the Chet Flippo article as well. Don’t know that I have many fond memories of WHN, only because back then country music was my parents’ music. My Dad would listen to it quite a bit in the car and I would every once in a while if I was borrowing a car with only an AM radio and thus no rock radio station was available. I do have a memory of hearing Tompall Glaser’s Put Another Log on the Fire song once and thinking it was a goofy but funny song, but there’s no way I would search it out or anything, as that was my prog rock period. Used to laugh at my Dad when he said one day I would like country music.

  4. Leeann Ward
    March 7, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Ugh. Terrible news for Dawn Sears.

  5. Jonathan Pappalardo
    March 7, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Just wondering – Any word on a date for the Hall of Fame indiction press conference? I know it usually happens about now and they’ve been pretty quiet about it.

  6. Paul W Dennis
    March 7, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Terrible day for Country music – Dawen Sears is ill and we lost Claude King (“Wolverton Mountain”)and Canadian legend Stompin’ Tom Connors.

    Stompin’ Tom sang about Canada and mostly played gigs in Canada. He was defiantly Canadian and exceptionally good at writing songs that reverberated among the common people, boh in Canada and anywhere else people were exposed to his music. Outside of Hank Snow, he was probably the most important country singer and songwriter from Canada. RIP Stompin Tom

  7. Donald
    March 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9UBlAkqwTA gives an indication of how revered Stompin Tom is in Canada; I’m sure there is an American equivalent, but I can’t think of one- he was more mainstream that Pete Seeger (his The Hockey Song has been played more frequently at games than the national anthem), not as heavy as Woody even realizing Woody wasn’t always heavy and Tom’s songs could bite. Nearly unknown south of our border, STC is like Rodriguez in reverse, except a star in his own country and anonymous everywhere else. I got that soul sinking feeling last night when I read the news- without the mainstream success of Neil Young, STC is every bit the i(can)con NY is.

  8. Donald
    March 7, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    While editing, I hit submit- meant to post “Rodriguez in reverse, a star in his own country”

  9. Rick
    March 7, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    At first I thought that death announcement was about country guitarist extraordinaire Albert Lee! Whew, I’m relieved to find out it was that Ten Years After rocker guitarist Alvin Lee instead. I blame the drugs he consumed at the original Woodstock!

    I sure hope Dawn Sears can beat that cancer! She needs to come out to LA’s “City of Hope” hospital where they are on the cutting edge of cancer treatments and research. Well that’s what the radio ads say anyway…

    Caitlin Rose is so left field I wonder if she will ever become more than a critic’s darling? As broad as the Americana realm is, she might be stretching the boundaries a bit.

    I think Ashley Monroe and Kacey Musgraves should get together and try some co-writing if they haven’t already. The result of their combined perspectives could be quite interesting.

    As much as Cherill and Dean of Eden’s Edge want to keep the band going, I just don’t see how they can without Hannah. It would be like Alabama trying to go on without Randy Owen. On the other hand they could try the Highway 101 approach and hire a new lead singer! Hmmm…

  10. Dave D.
    March 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    I have fond childhood memories of seeing Stompin’ Tom Saturday nights on the Tommy Hunter show, which made it into Michigan via the Canadian Broadcast Corporation’s channel out of Windsor, ON. Second favorite memory was when WCBN’s Downhome Show played his song Bud the Spud nonstop for the better portion of an hour.

    Miss Tess & The Talkbacks are a lot better in concept than they are live. We saw them in a club a couple of weeks ago and were not impressed, although they may have suffered in comparison to the tour de force that Lindi Ortega put on earlier that night.

  11. Donald
    March 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Begging your indulgence- more STC, this time with “little K, little D, little L-A-N-G…” Priceless. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5ExF4nQ7T4

  12. Luckyoldsun
    March 8, 2013 at 12:53 am

    “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.

    Is that really Ashley Monroe talking about meeting Vince Gill?

    Funny, those are the exact same words that Mindy McCready used to describe her introduction to Roger Clemens.

    What an amazing coincidence!

  13. Leeann Ward
    March 8, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Give me a break. You. Are. Not. Funny.

  14. Ben Foster
    March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Sad to hear about Hannah leaving Edens Edge. They really seemed to have something special there.

  15. Luckyoldsun
    March 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    “Give me a break. You. Are. Not. Funny.”

    Oh, c’mon LeeAnn. You probably had to pick yourself off the floor from laughing so hard before you wrote that!

    The original paragraph reads like something out of a bad romance novel.

  16. nm
    March 8, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Well, LoS, I’m sure you’d know. I’m sure you know all about bad romance novels. But you don’t know humor; you are not funny.

  17. Leeann Ward
    March 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    “The original paragraph reads like something out of a bad romance novel.”

    No, it doesn’t.

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