Doc Watson Remains in ICU; New Taylor Swift Exhibit Coming to HoF; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 29th, 2012

  • Doc Watson’s family was called to his bedside over the weekend. He did rally a bit, but is still in critical condition.
  • posted a two-part Carrie Underwood interview.
  • So did Cia Cherryholmes and Stetson Adkisson. They’re also working on a single to be released this summer.
  • Little Jimmy Dickens and James Hand are among the artists slated to play this summer’s Muddy Roots Festival in Cookeville, Tenn. Saving Country Music has the entire schedule.
  • Mumford & Sons will release their sophomore album September 24.
  • Anita Wadhwani wrote a Tennessean article on the rise of Big Machine Label Group. An excerpt: Borchetta’s company has traveled an unusual trajectory during a turbulent time in the music business. The industry has undergone massive corporate downsizing as music sales plunged, while many entrepreneurial efforts to launch new labels have quickly fizzled. But in 2006, Big Machine revved up Nashville’s music scene in a big way. Just a year after Borchetta, a former promotions executive for Universal Music Group, launched his label, it released Taylor Swift’s debut album. Since then, Big Machine’s star has risen so sharply that even country superstars such as [Tim] McGraw — estimated to have brought in $35 million last year — have decided to hitch their ride to it. Rascal Flatts, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jewel and The Band Perry are among its growing roster of artists, which also includes many starting their careers.
  • Here’s the video for “God Save the Queen” from the upcoming Neil Young and Crazy Horse album.
  • Bob Dylan’s new album is done and is rumored to have a fourteen-minute song either about or named “Titanic.”
  • New Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum exhibit Taylor Swift: Speak Now—Treasures from the World Tour will open June 6 and run through November 4.
  • This week’s album releases:

The Mavericks Suited Up and Ready EP

The Bankesters Looking Forward (June 1)

Jerry Reed The Unbelievable Voice & Guitar of Jerry Reed / Nashville Underground

Larry Stephenson What Really Matters

Ian Tyson Raven Singer

The Honey Dewdrops Silver Lining (June 1)

Old Crow Medicine Show World Café EP

Wade Bowen The Given

Various Artists Plantation Records: The Singles Set

  1. Adam Sheets
    May 29, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I have nothing against Taylor Swift as a pop singer with a few country undertones and as a songwriter with a lot of potential. However, I’m confused as to why at the age of 22 she’s worthy of a prolonged exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can anyone explain?

  2. Barry Mazor
    May 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    It’s the hall of FAME. There are side exhibits (which is what this is) of this sort regularly..And it will be an attraction for a lot of people–including many who might get a look at the history for that reason. Follow?

  3. Leeann Ward
    May 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Good releases as far as the Old Crow Medicine Show and Mavericks EPs. I’m still surprised that The Mavericks have reunited, but good for them.

  4. Leeann Ward
    May 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    …And good for us.

  5. nm
    May 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Leeann, I heard them do a show not too long ago that included a lot of the new material. I think the fans will be happy.

  6. Jon
    May 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Swift is indisputably one of the most important country music figures of the past 10 years – which is still a fair chunk of the history of country music.

    Dunno about the movie, but the OST for The Last Ride looks pretty good, including a song by my buddy Tony Ramey.

  7. luckyoldsun
    May 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    “I’m confused as to why at the age of 22 she’s worthy of a prolonged exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Can anyone explain?”

    I’m not going to try to explain it Adam, but I have a feeling you’ll still be confused in 2022, when she’s inducted into the HoF at the age of 32.

  8. Rick
    May 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    I’m sure the CMHOF will be seeing a large influx of teenage and younger girls to see the Taylor Swift exhibit and that alone. I wonder if they will have to post a “No Screeching!” sign at the exhibit? Hmm…

    I figured the Cia and Stetson partnership had to be romantic as the music they make together isn’t near as interesting as the songs Cia used to compose for the Cherryholmes. I doubt that marital bliss will improve that situation. Oh well.

    Its nice to see that Angaleena married a guy that quite frankly looks a little nerdy! She must have wanted a guy that doesn’t hunt. (lol) Since he’s Miranda’s tour manager, without the creation of the Pistol Annies those two might never have met. Congratulations to them both.

    Scott Borchetta has a real feel for the AirHead Country marketplace and keeps personally involved. Big Machine apparently doesn’t have a corporate structure that isolates its members from the artists and the target audience alike. The fact he signed Sunny Sweeney, Eden’s Edge, and The Band Perry also proves he has remarkably good taste in music at times.

  9. bll
    May 29, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Sadly, Doc Watson has now passed, aged 89. The talent vacuum grows once again.

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