Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Honored By Tennessee State Senate; Dixie Chicks Working on New Album; Free Mix From Blue Ridge Outdoors

Juli Thanki | March 5th, 2012

  • For fans of Irish music, Compass Records is offering 25% off their Celtic CDs and DVDs until March 17.
  • Martie Maguire says the Dixie Chicks are working on a new album: [t]he Austin-based fiddler and singer confirmed few details, but did allow that the group has co-written “about 40” new songs that they’re currently choosing from.
  • The Infamous Stringdusters are offering a free download of “Don’t Mean Nothin’” from upcoming album Silver Sky.
  • The ‘Dusters, Charlie Parr, Wrinkle Neck Mules, I See Hawks in L.A., and lots more can be found on this month’s free Trail Mix from Blue Ridge Outdoors.
  • On June 19, Kenny Chesney will release a new album.
  • Woody Guthrie’s “Pretty Boy Floyd” is American Songwriter’s Lyric of the Week.
  • The Tennessee State Senate honored Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver for their contributions to the state through their music. Here is video of the proceedings, including two hymns sung by the band.
  • Jason Aldean worked out with the Atlanta Braves for an episode of GAC’s Day Jobs: Jason took part in spring training with the team, complete in a personalized No. 9 Braves jersey and cleats. He worked on his fielding, spent some time in the batting cage and ended his training session by running the bases, telling the team he was ‘good’ when they offered to let him do it all again after a lunch break. 
  • Stream the second disc of upcoming Decemberists album We All Raise Our Voices To The Air (Live Songs 04.11-08.11).
  • Check out Lera Lynn’s “Ring of Fire” cover.
  • The Newport Folk Festival lineup, which includes Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins, Jackson Browne, Trampled By Turtles, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, and several other acts, looks excellent.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean column covers Alan Rhody, a singer-songwriter whose work has been recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys, George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, and others.
  • Asleep at the Wheel and Jerry Reed came in at #65 and #64, respectively, on Country Universe’s countdown of Country Music’s 100 Greatest Men.
  1. Ben Foster
    March 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Can’t wait to get a new album from the Dixie Chicks! It’s been far too long.

  2. Rick
    March 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    Wow, a new Ditzy Twits album to look forward too! I can hardly wait! lol) Maybe they should toss in a Joan Baez song here and there…

    I remember when Lera Lynn was on Music City Roots the hosts were having a heck of a time with her first name. Was it supposed to be Laura and someone didn’t know how to spell? Kind of reminds me of Radney as another odd first name. Crikey!

    I think Levon Helm is quite over rated. But then again I felt the same way about “The Band” back during their heyday so its not surprising.

    I heard “Trampled By Turtles” on A Prairie Home Companion recently and wasn’t impressed. I mean how many noodle grass bands does the Americana realm really need? Hmm…

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