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Juli Thanki | January 9th, 2014

  • Stream Mary Chapin Carpenter’s new orchestral album, Songs From the Movie.
  • North Carolina governor Pat McCrory will help dedicate the Earl Scruggs Center at its grand opening on January 11.
  • Adam Sheets interviewed Jimbo Mathus about his plans for 2014, Charley Patton, and more.
  • Clay McClinton (son of Delbert) will release Bitin’ at the Bit on February 18. (via press release)
  • The Drive-By Truckers will kick off their 2014 tour dates on January 31 in Asheville. Patterson Hood talks books, family, and Jason Isbell in this post on WWeek.com.  
  • Derek Trucks and Warren Haynes have left the Allman Brothers Band to focus on individual projects.
  • New Orleans rock radio station 92.3 is now contemporary country station NASH-FM.
  • In Fake News, “Heavyset Guy with Unruly Beard Makes Good Music.”
  • From SouthCoastToday.com: “Paul Clayton [is] truly the father of contemporary folk music.”
  • Drew Holcomb played “Can’t Take It with You” on the roof of the American Songwriter offices.
  • Chuck Dauphin shines The 615’s spotlight on Sam Riggs.
  • Fiddler Pappy Merritts turns 85 this week. He’s backed artists like Patsy Cline, Dottie West, and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper over the course of his career; right now, he’s a member of John England & The Western Swingers.
  1. Dave D.
    January 9, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Happy Birthday to Pappy; glad to see he is still getting it done. I have lots of fond memories seeing him perform with Brazilbilly and John England – and was fortunate enough to be down there for his 80th birthday festivities.

  2. Rick
    January 9, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I wasn’t aware of that annual bluegrass gathering in Bakersfield, so thanks for the heads up. They really should feature the single headlining band on Saturday night rather than Friday so folks from LA could drive up in a leisurely manner. I’m bummed to find out the 2013 headliner was Rhonda Vincent! Crikey! It’s nice to see my two favorite LA area bluegrass bands Rocky Neck Bluegrass and Grasslands were the competition winners in 2012 and 2013.

    Ashley Monroe was fantastic on last night’s Music City Roots and stole the entire show in my opinion. Ashley brought along a pro backing back and Sarah Zimmermann from Striking Matches for harmony vocals. I’d rank this as the best performance I’ve ever seen on MCR by any artist! Once the show is archived on the MCR website, I’ll be dropping in to view it again, and again, and again…(lol)

    ABC’s “Nashville” returns with new episodes next Wednesday on January 15th! Go Scarlett!

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