Don Schlitz Named to Songwriters Hall of Fame; Bakersfield Sound HoF Exhibit Opens in March; Carrie Underwood Shares “Good Girl” Sneak Peek

Juli Thanki | February 22nd, 2012

  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibit The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country will open March 23, 2012, and run through the end of 2013. On March 24, there will be a panel discussion featuring Jean Shepard, Don Maddox, Rose Lee Maphis, Dallas Frazier, Buddy Mize, and Red Simpson, all of whom will participate in a concert later that day.
  • Punch Brothers played “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” for Rolling Stone while in Paris.
  • Singer-songwriter Kevin Gordon and his new album, Gloryland, got a nice write-up in the New York Times.
  • On Country Universe’s countdown of the 100 Greatest Men of Country Music, Sons of the Pioneers came in at #74.
  • Taylor Swift and young heartthrob Zac Efron sang a duet on Ellen.
  • Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons talks with The Guardian about the bones, which this article describes as the “oldest and most primal form of musical instrument”: There is a magical, mysterious quality to the bones. People become mesmerised by the way that something so simple can produce such a complex sound. It doesn’t surprise me that bones had a ritual function in the ancient world. The concentration involved in playing them can induce a kind of trance. I often use bones as an aid to contemplation.
  • It’s Country Day over at Farce the Music, which means more doctored album covers. Here’s Part One.
  • Congratulations to BLL, winner of our Meet Glen Campbell giveaway.
  • B.B. King, Gary Clark, Jr., Susan Tedeschi, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Mick Jagger, and more celebrated blues music in a performance at the White House. Check your local PBS listings for airdates.

  1. bob
    February 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Congrats to the new Songwriters Hall of Fame members. I never got to see Seger or Lightfoot although I like their music. My wife and I have seen Don Schlitz at the Bluebird Cafe. He generally does a solo show there once a month. Besides being a great songwriter, he puts on a real good show. His dry sense of humor makes it worth paying close attention between the songs.

  2. Rick
    February 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Holy Moly, that Bakersfield Sound exhibit at the CMHOF sounds, as Taylor Swift might say, totally awesome. Its nice to see artifacts and exhibits related to Rose Maddox, Wynn Stewart, Tommy Collins, and the Farmer Boys mentioned among others. Its a wonderful thing that Jean Shepherd and some of the other pioneers are still around to participate in that panel discussion and concert. Merle Haggard was a Johnny Come Lately to the Bakersfield scene compared to those other folks, but it would have been nice if he were able to have been part of the festivities. Its too bad Ferlin Husky didn’t live quite long enough to participate. Now I just wish they would create a museum in Bakersfield near to the Buck Owens Crystal Palace to exhibit these artifacts in perpetuity! Oh well….

    Are those “bones” Dom Flemmons plays the same kind Randy Travis was trying to dig up way back when? Hmm…(lol)

    Whenever I look at Trailer’s retouched album covers I have to make sure my mouth is not full of some sort of beverage! I don’t want to wreck another keyboard by spewing liquid on it when something makes me guffaw! Good work as usual Parkman!

  3. Rick
    February 22, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    For any of you lucky enough to hear the wonderful married couple “Tim and Nikki Bluhm” on Music City Roots tonight, they are definitely one of the best indie California based acts I’ve heard in awhile. I saw them perform in 2011 fronting their cover band “Brokedown In Bakersfield” where they sing their favorite Bakersfield and SoCal country tunes with Hag tunes being in the majority. I look forward to their return to Los Angeles either as a duet act or fronting “Brokedown” again.

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