Doc Watson Hospitalized; Johnny Cash Music Fest Announces Lineup; Ronnie Dunn’s Facebook Posts Trouble His Label

Juli Thanki | May 25th, 2012

  • Doc Watson was hospitalized after a fall earlier this week. After taking a turn for the worse, he was airlifted to a Winston-Salem hospital and underwent surgery to clear an impacted colon. According to Bluegrass Today’s sources, the surgery was a success, and Watson’s entire colon was removed.
  • Rosanne Cash, Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, and The Civil Wars are slated to perform at the Johnny Cash Music Festival this October in Arkansas.
  • Chet Flippo on “unlikely superstar” Jason Aldean: He is a Marlboro man at a time when the world thinks it doesn’t need Marlboro men. This has nothing to do with the cigarette. No, it’s that Aldean is a return to the no-nonsense, firm-jawed alpha male in a metrosexual world. Maybe if he wore skinny jeans and a porkpie hat and pointy-toed shoes and a satin vest, he would qualify as hip.
  • A few of Ronnie Dunn’s Facebook posts caused some friction with his record label: The trouble started on March 14, when Dunn posted two similarly themed comments to his fans. One said, “You pick the next single. I’m stayin’ out of it.” The second said, “Keep sounding off about the next single. It counts.” But the next day, Dunn posted this message: “Got a call from Sony today . . . said that my FB post killed the ‘Let The Cowboy Rock’ single. Holy sh*t, I didn’t know people in the music business read this stuff!”
  • Singer-songwriter David Bromberg played a set for Folk Alley.
  • Tonight, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live will air on PBS. Check local listings.
  • Check out the EPK for Jerry Douglas’ Traveler.

  1. Saving Country Music
    May 25, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Ugh, my love/hate relationship with Flippo continues. Aldean is unfashionable? He’s a model for Wrangler’s designer jeans collection. I did like that he called out his old haunt on their greatest sin, “And it especially likes malleable country stars who can be guided in interviews into saying some things they quickly regret and other things that they will regret in the future.”

    I always knew Luke Bryan would make a good Bachelorette.

  2. Jon
    May 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Aldean is unfashionable? He’s a model for Wrangler’s designer jeans collection.

    He didn’t say Aldean’s unfashionable, he said his hat is. Twice. Although he also did say – and briefly explained why – Aldean’s not considered “hip.”

  3. Rick
    May 26, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    Wow, it just makes so much sense to announce the Americana Music Awards nominees from the Grammy Museum here in LA! I mean it’s obvious LA is truly the heart of the Americana music scene these days… What the?????

    I don’t see why Chet Flippo would consider Jason Aldean an “unlikely” superstar? In the realm of AirHead Country Radio that thrives on musical mediocrity, Jason is the total package and embodies all the attributes those listeners hold dear.

    Gosh, if they removed all of Doc Watson’s colon, I wouldn’t consider that a success! He might still be alive, but talk about a compromised condition. Sheesh.

  4. luckyoldsun
    May 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Well, the article indicates that the Americana Awards presentation will be in Nashville.
    Seems that they announced the nominees in L.A./Hollywood to drum up some national media attention for the event.
    Strikes me as a reasonable strategy.

  5. Paul W Dennis
    May 27, 2012 at 7:12 am

    The upcoming Jerry Douglas album sounds like a “must purchase”

    I doubt that Doc Watson will survive long. We’ll miss him, there’s no doubt about that, and the music scene will be much poorer for his passing. Doc Watson is probably the only country artist I can recall who never made a bad recording – the twelve worst tracks Doc ever recorded would still make a pretty good album

  6. luckyoldsun
    May 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I’m getting the feeling Ronnie Dunn will soon be asking Kix Brooks to come back–and their reunion on stage will be the biggest thing since William Lee Golden rejoined the Oak Ridge Boys.

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