Dottie West HoF Exhibit to Open Friday; CMA Awards Ratings Drop 17%; The Civil Wars Cancel Tour
Juli Thanki | November 7th, 2012
Opening Friday: the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s new spotlight exhibit, Dottie West: Country Sunshine. It’ll run through May 2, 2013.
The Civil Wars have canceled their tour dates. An excerpt from the statement posted on their Facebook page: “Due to internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition we are unable to continue as a touring entity at this time. We thank each and every one of you for your amazing love & support. Our sincere hope is to have new music for you in 2013.” They’re also offering to reimburse fans who had to pay service charges for tickets to the now-canceled shows.
Paste pulled a 2011 Carolina Chocolate Drops video from the vault.
Ray Stevens has a new album in the works: I’m finishing up an album now and the concept is: songs you’d never expect to hear done bluegrass. I decided a little ways into the recording process to go to the other end of the spectrum and add strings and other orchestral instruments. And make an album that possibly could be done with symphonies. It’s got “Unchained Melody,” “Sophisticated Lady,” “McArthur Park,” “People,” “Twilight Time,” “Spring Is Here,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Goin’ Out Of My Head,” a medley of “Ruby” and “Ruby Baby” . . . there are twelve of them. We’re calling it Melancholy Fescue, a high-class way of saying bluegrass. And I want to shoot a video with “Unchained Melody,” me and a bunch of bluegrass musicians. And we’re moon shiners. Dressed in typical moon shiner garb. And I’d love to record it live with the Nashville Symphony, if they are interested and have the time. I think it would draw a lot of people.
Stream Carrie Newcomer’s Kindred Spirits: A Collection at Folk Alley.
Jewly Hight conducted an excellent interview with Ben Sollee for CMT Edge.
Carolina Chocolate Drop Dom Flemons on the band’s future plans: We’ve been in the process of putting some songs together. With ‘Leaving Eden,’ we were very much under the wire to produce a new album with a brand-new group — I feel like we did a great job, but at the same time it was under a lot of pressure. We did not have a chance to really figure out what our group can do and work on it that way.
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.