Don DeVito Passes Away; Jennifer Nettles Weds; Lonesome River Band Plans 30-Year Retrospective

Juli Thanki | November 29th, 2011

  • Jennifer Nettles got married last Saturday to boyfriend Justin Miller.
  • Producer and Columbia Records A&R rep Don DeVito passed away on Friday at the age of 72. He was instrumental in the careers of Bob Dylan, The Byrds, and more.
  • Songwriter Virginia Mae Stauffer passed away earlier this month.
  • Mel Tillis and Leona Williams are two of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop’s Midnite Jamboree hosts this December.
  • It’s time for Bloodshot Records’ annual year-end sale, where the price per CD starts at five bucks. Pick up albums from Whitey Morgan & The 78s, Wayne Hancock, Justin Townes Earle, Robbie Fulks, and many other country/roots artists.
  • Thanks to Andy across the pond for pointing us towards a free download of Get Loud, an album from Canadian Country Music Association “Rising Star Award” nominee Codie Prevost.
  • If you missed the Seldom Scene’s 40th anniversary show at the Birchmere last weekend, Katy Daley of WAMU Bluegrass Country has a recap for you.
  • Vince Gill donated $12,000 to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame’s children’s music exhibit.
  • On December 6, Hank Williams Jr. will play an acoustic show at the Hall of Fame to mark the Family Tradition: The Williams Family Legacy exhibit, which closes at the end of the year. Tickets are $500.
  • Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, and The Civil Wars are playing a free show in Nashville (suggested donation: $10) on December 17 as part of the Miracle on Music Row pet adoption event benefiting Bonaparte’s Retreat, an organization dedicated to finding foster care and permanent homes for animals.
  • Congratulations to Sam and Christy Gazdziak, who welcomed baby boy Sean Thomas into the world at 7:59 a.m. We bet Sam had Sean listening to Radney Foster by 8:01.
  • Album releases:

The Dixie ChicksStorytellers (DVD)

Carolina Story Home

Richard Thompson Strict Tempo (reissue)

  1. Barry Mazor
    November 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    The “first music video” claim for “Chantilly Lace” is patently goofy. By that firm’s own definition, lots of the many “Soundies” films back into the 1940s, played on film jukeboxes or included as shorts in theaters, would qualify–with sets, sometimes semi-plots, and a clear promotional intention to sell the record of the song filmed, as well as entertainment value in the film itself..Similar shorts go way back to the beginnings of sound film.

  2. luckyoldsun
    November 29, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    He was great playing Louie in “Taxi.”

  3. Sam G
    November 30, 2011 at 7:46 am

    Thanks, Juli. Baby Sean is doing well. His iTunes playlist is waiting for him at home, though my choice of The Pogues’ “Turkish Song of the Damned” as a lullaby was nixed.

  4. Rick
    December 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    Its too bad that supposed first music video wasn’t the Big Bopper doing his original version of his composition “White Lightning”. George Jones did a bit better with that particular song on radio back in those days…

    Kasey Chambers winning an Aria Award is about as unusual as Alison Krauss winning a Grammy award back during the 1990’s, and for the same reasons. Most ARIA voters look down their noses at Aussie country artists but Kasey’s breakthrough pop-rock cross-over album “Barricades and Brick Walls” broke down the barrier and they adopted her into the fold.

    So, does anyone know the details of Jennifer Nettlesome’s pre-nup agreement? (lol)

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