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Juli Thanki | September 10th, 2012

  • Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan of Opry duo Lonzo & Oscar passed away at the age of 93.
  • Debbie Piece, daughter of Webb Pierce and member of the group Chantilly, passed away on September 5 at the age of 58.
  • Listen to NPR’s Americana mix, then tune in for the NPR/Folk Alley webcast of the Americana Honors and Awards on September 12.
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne writes about the new Patsy Cline exhibit at the Hall of Fame.
  • Just what is Americana? Nashville’s City Paper attempts to answer that question with a Venn diagram.
  • An excerpt from Peter Cooper’s article on Americana artists: While a major country performer seeks to thrill tens of thousands of fans at a time, many Americana performers seek to make a living charming tens of tens at a time, on a good night. For the most part, Americana performers seek a high artistry, low overhead equation. “I’ll tell you my dream,” Nashville songwriter and Americana vet Phil Lee often says. “Making $500 on a Tuesday night.”
  • At Friday’s Stand Up to Cancer telethon, Taylor Swift debuted “Ronan,” a song written with the mother of Ronan Thompson, a young boy who lost his battle with neuroblastoma in 2011.
  • Out October 22: Lady Antebellum’s Christmas album, On This Winter’s Night.
  • Cara Luft got into a bit of trouble at the U.S.-Canada border when pot (that belonged to a “big-wig in the folk scene”) was found in her car. Luckily, she got a song out of it.
  • In other booze news, Jagermeister is sponsoring David Nail’s fall tour.
  • The Tennessean has video of Keith Urban’s recent talk with Nashville-area high school students at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Cindy Watts chatted with Little Big Town about the group’s new record and touring with their kids.
  • Recent music videos:

Trampled By Turtles – “Walt Whitman” (for CMT’s Concrete Country)

The Vespers – “Lawdy”

The Unsinkable Boxer – “When I Write the Book”

Rodney Crowell – “Hungry for Home”

Toby Keith – “I Like Girls That Drink Beer”

Mumford and Sons – “I Will Wait”

Gretchen Peters – “To Say Goodbye” (live)

Matraca Berg – “Strawberry Wine” (live)

Suzy Bogguss – “Wildwood Flower” (live)

  1. Rick
    September 10, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Darn, I wish WAMU was celebrating it’s 45th anniversary with a live online stream of that concert featuring The Gibson Brothers and Del McCoury! That would beat listening to the Friday Night Opry by a country mile! Sheesh.

    Considering the quality of music performed by most of the lesser known Americana artists on Music City Roots, they would be lucky to attract tens of tens of people to their shows. A great deal of the utterly non-commercial Americana music being made these days just isn’t that accessible nor interesting.

    I got to see the “O’Brien Party of Six” (Tim’s younger son had headed back to college at Berkeley) perform at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica last night and it was a blast. I like family bands to begin with and having Tim and Mollie O’Brien fronting such a group isn’t a bad place to start! (lol) Mollie’s two pretty daughters and Tim’s son on bass were nice contributors but it was Tim’s pickin’ (and singing) and Mollie’s vocals that made the show so enjoyable. I told Tim afterwards that he really should have included “Family History” due to the make-up of this ensemble. Also, Tim assured me that Jon Weisberger is not near as pompous in person as he seems to be here at Engine145!(lol) In parting I recommended that Tim and Sam Bush get together and work up a mandolin based version of “Dueling Banjos” they could name “Dueling Mandos”! Its always entertaining to see the expressions on the artist’s faces when I make those kinds of comments…

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