Dierks Bentley to Host 2013 ACM Honors Ceremony; Black Oak Arkansas Returns; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | July 30th, 2013

  • Loretta Lynn’s eldest daughter, Betty Sue Lynn, passed away from complications of emphysema. She was 64.
  • According to a recently released report, the music industry gives Nashville a $10 billion annual boost and has helped to create and sustain more than 56,000 jobs. Peter Cooper on the Music City study: “The ‘Nashville Music Industry’ report is thoroughly researched by thorough researchers, and it concludes that music is the driving force behind Nashville’s identity and economics. It asserts that there’s more music-making per capita in Nashville than anywhere else in the world. And, so … duh. I might as well have read a report that concludes that crab cakes taste good because they’re loaded with tasty crab, or that nudity enhances the can’t-look-away appeal of the bronze ‘Musica’ statue dancers at the Demonbreun traffic circle. This report was like last week’s non-shocking royal news from London: “‘Woman, nine months’ pregnant, gives birth.’” 
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin talk about their new album, Bakersfield, in a variety of places.
  • Stream performances from last weekend’s Newport Folk Festival on NPR’s site.
  • Dierks Bentley will once again host the ACM Honors event at the Ryman. This year’s event is scheduled for September 10: Guy Clark, Hank Williams, Keith Whitley, The Judds, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, and Jason Aldean are among the honorees.
  • Jack White donated $200,000 to the National Recording Preservation Foundation.
  • The city of Owensboro, Kentucky is looking for an architect to design the outside of the new bluegrass center that’s in the works.
  • The Avett Brothers did a Q&A for Esquire.
  • Learn the grammar rules behind a few “commonly disparaged” dialects–which you’ll often hear in roots music–like Appalachian English, Southern American English, and African-American English.
  • Chris Hillman is working on a “short memoir” that “focuses strictly on my memories of growing up in Rancho Santa Fe, which at the time was just a small California town, and the book ends when I’m 16, and my father has committed suicide, and we’re destitute.”
  • Chris Young is the subject of a new “Song Travels” episode, where he plays a few of his songs and some of his favorites, like “Rose in Paradise” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” Listen here.
  • Black Oak Arkansas will release Back Thar N’ Over Yonder on October 15. The album will include “five new songs from a 2013 reunion and 10 previously unreleased 1970s tracks produced by the legendary Tom Dowd.”
  • This week’s album releases:

Vince Gill & Paul Franklin Bakersfield

Ron Block Walking Song

Buddy Guy Rhythm & Blues

Darden Smith Love Calling

Mike Stinson – Hell and Half of Georgia

Chris Shiflett & The Dead Peasants All Hat and No Cattle

George Thorogood & The Destroyers George Thorogood & The Destroyers / Move It on Over (Rounder reissues)

Gas House Gorillas Punk Americana

The Oak Ridge Boys 40th Anniversary: Celebrating Faith, Family, and Freedom

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker – Fire & Fortune

  1. Dave D.
    July 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    fwiw, I just ordered the Vince Gill & Paul Franklin album, and Amazon now gives you an instant .mp3 download of the entire album when you purchase the physical CD. That provides a nice balance between the immediate gratification of getting the .mp3, along with the liner notes that come with the CD. My apologies if this is old news; most of my recent purchases from Amazon have strictly been of the .mp3 variety.

  2. Rick
    July 30, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Chris Hillman’s youthful autobiography sure doesn’t have a happy ending! Crikey mate!

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, Neal McCoy, Love & Theft, Rachel Farley, Riders in the Sky and Bill Anderson (who like a bad penny keeps turning up!). Grade: B+
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Black Oak Arkansas eh? Now that’s a blast from the past! Hey, now they can go out on the concert circuit and compete head to head with Blackberry Smoke! Better yet they can tour together and add Ram jam to the lineup! WooHoo! (lol)

    Tonight I’m heading out to see current Garrison Keillor faves Run Boy Run from Arizona at the Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena. Along with The Haunted Windchimes (from Colorado) this band is one of Garrison’s more interesting “local band” finds on APHC over the last couple of years.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    July 30, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    “If it sells enough copies, and there’s enough interest, I would write a second memoir, which would pick up where the first one ends, and get into my musical life, and my time with the Byrds, and the Burritos, and talk about those experiences.”

    Maybe Hillman should start with writing about his time with the Byrds and the Burritos–and if THAT sells, he could go back and revisit his “Life With Father.”

  4. Barry Mazor
    July 31, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Hillman talks very extensively about those rock band times in books by others, particularly about the Burrito years in the book “Hot Burritos” which is credited to “John Einarson with Chris Hillman.” I interviewed Chris at great length about what he had to say in that book, the Burritos and his relationship with Grand Parsons for No Depression’s first post-magazine bookazine, with a shorter, related online column here:


  5. Eric Banister
    August 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

    I would second “Hot Burritos” if anyone is interested in Hillman. I’ve also got an interview with John Einarson, which talks about the book, that can be downloaded from the Music Tomes site, if you are interested in that. (Why, yes, that was a shameless plug!)

  6. Luckyoldsun
    August 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Interesting interview with Hillman.
    Funny that Buck Owens was like an exotic artist that Parsons was familiar with. Owens was a current superstar at the time.

  7. dave
    November 12, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    seen black oak this summer in fort myers fl.jim dandy is still rippin up the stage was a great show and the new cd is good old black oak boogie

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