Doc Watson Remains in ICU; New Taylor Swift Exhibit Coming to HoF; Album Releases
- Doc Watson’s family was called to his bedside over the weekend. He did rally a bit, but is still in critical condition.
- CMT.com 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