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!”
Tonight, The Goat Rodeo Sessions Live will air on PBS. Check local listings.
Check out the EPK for Jerry Douglas’ Traveler.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.