Dirt Drifters Cancel All Upcoming Appearances; Chatham County Line Plans Live Album Release; Jewel to Play June Carter Cash in Lifetime Movie

Juli Thanki | May 4th, 2012

  • The Ryman’s chief audio engineer, Les Banks, talks about the room’s sound with Mix Magazine: “There are so many reflective surfaces, and the biggest challenge is the absolutely phenomenal difference between the empty Ryman at soundcheck and a full house that night. It’s night-and-day different; to this day I get freaked out by how loud everything is when it’s empty.”
  • Jewel will play June Carter Cash in Lifetime movie The June Carter Cash Story, which begins filming this summer.
  • Vince Gill is heading out on a bluegrass tour this June with Stuart Duncan, Jeff White, Jim Mills, and Dennis Crouch. Sarah Jarosz will open the June 13-23 shows.
  • Chet Flippo is enjoying new music from Alan Jackson and Don Williams.
  • On May 26, the Country Music Hall of Fame will salute songwriter Mark D. Sanders (“The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “I Hope You Dance,” “Heads Carolina, Tails California”) as part of their Poets & Prophets series.
  • Carrie Underwood is the subject of a lengthy USA Today feature. An excerpt: In retrospect, all the quick acclaim and success that followed her American Idol win and first album set her up with unrealistic expectations. “The first year, I was so lucky: I came in, I got nominations, and I won,” she says. “I was like, this is how it is all the time! This is awesome! I get No. 1’s for five weeks, six weeks! I start winning stuff! This is just how it happens. I got a good lesson in how stuff doesn’t always happen like that. And it really was good for me.” 
  • The Dirt Drifters have canceled all upcoming appearances and performances due to “private, personal issues.”
  • Dave Paulson of the Tennessean interviewed J.D. Souther about new album Natural History and his experience acting in the TV pilot Nashville.
  • On June 26, Chatham County Line will release live CD/DVD set Sight & Sound.
  • Paste photographer Bobby Russell captured a day in the life of roots rockers Lucero.
  • Craig Shelburne interviewed Tim McGraw for American Songwriter. An excerpt where McGraw talks about releasing “serious and sensitive” singles like “Angry All the Time” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry”: “Red Ragtop” was one of those, certainly, that people fought against. But I thought it was such a great song that told a story. For me it wasn’t about issues. It was about a poignant story. I think that sometimes you get caught up on what the issues are and not about what the story is. And musically I really liked the way that song sounded. Still to this day, my favorite songs on my albums are not necessarily singles … I sort of cringe when I think that people judge my career according just to what they’ve heard on the radio. To me, the body of work is so much better or deeper than the singles are. If I had to pick a song for someone to judge my career, it would be “Kill Myself” or “I Think Something’s Broken” – one of those kinds of songs.
  • Levon Helm is featured on “Toast to Freedom,” a song being released to celebrate Amnesty International’s 50th Anniversary. Other artists on the recording include Kris Kristofferson, Taj Mahal, Carly Simon, and a few dozen more.
  • Here’s Jason Eady performing the title track to new album AM Country Heaven for Music Fog.
  • Lonesome River Band is asking fans to vote on the songs that will appear on Chronology, Vol. 3, which is due out this fall.
  • The Greenville County Museum of Art in South Carolina is hosting “Dark Corners: The Appalachian Ballad,” an exhibit of Julyan Davis’ paintings inspired by Appalachian love songs and murder ballads, through July 1.
  • Here’s a free download of three Virginia songs from Sons of Bill, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Sarah White.
  1. Jon
    May 4, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Ha ha, that’s my song “about Virginia” that’s the Stringdusters download. Well, not just mine (it was a co-write with a bandmember). And it’s not really about Virginia – but it does mention it in the chorus.

    Anyhow, check it out. They do a hell of a job with it.

  2. Jordan Stacey
    May 4, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I’m not too sure on Jewel playing June Carter Cash. I love Jewel and she may be able to act like her, but her voice sounds completley different to me. I hope for the best but I’m kind of worried it’ll look and sound off.

    I hope whatever is making The Dirt Drifters cancel their shows isn’t something that’ll break up the band as I think they have a lot of potential.

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’ll be awaiting (?) Jewel’s portrayal of June as the raucous and feisty comedienne on the Opry. But I guess–NOT!

  4. Rick
    May 4, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I think they should have cast Rebecca Lynn Howard as June Carter Cash. She would have been a much better fit and I prefer how she sings as well.

    Vince doesn’t exactly have a voice that lends itself to that bluegrass high lonesome sound. On the other hand his backing band sounds like a ripper!

    I think Chet Flippo’s taste in music these days might have a bit to do with his advancing age. Good on ya Chet! Welcome to the Old Farts Club! (lol)

  5. Jordan Stacey
    May 4, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Actually rick Rebecca Lynn Howard is someone I’d think could pull off June pretty good, though can she act? I’ve never heard of her getting any roles.

  6. Rick
    May 6, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Jordan, I don’t think Rebecca Lynn Howard would have to act, as she could just be herself! (lol)

    BREAKING NEWS! Yes here is Engine 145’s chance to get the scoop before CMT or AOL’s The Boot! Katy Perry has announced she wants to do a country album, although it will actually be an Americana album. By Katy’s reckoning Patty Griffin’s “Flaming Red” album is a country record(?). If Katy gets invited to be on the Opry, I’d recommend she wear that same outfit she wore on Sesame Street! (lol)


  7. Jason Brumbalow
    June 7, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Hats off too Les Banks and his crew for the awesome audio tonight at the CMT music awards! I only hope I have the opportunity to work in The Ryman in my time! Awesome job!

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