Drunk History to Portray Kristofferson & Cash’s First Meeting; Stax Musical in the Works; Music City Roots Relocates

Juli Thanki | July 10th, 2014

  • Garth Brooks is holding a press conference (which you can stream here) at noon today. The 615 reports that sources say Brooks is announcing not only a mega comeback tour, but an album as well.
  • Brooks is also still holding out hope that the Ireland concerts can be salvaged.
  • Relix posted a 2013 video of Bobby Womack playing a few songs in the magazine’s NYC headquarters.
  • Our pal Eric Banister recapped the sixth season finale of The Marty Stuart Show, which focused on Stuart’s relationship with Johnny Cash.
  • Prepare to spend your entire day watching Music Vault’s videos of live performances by Muddy Waters, Neil Young, Sarah Jarosz,and about a billionty other artists. (warning: autoplay)
  • The 615’s Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Nikki Lane.
  • Jamey Johnson to Jewly Hight (the whole interview is well worth your time): “In my career, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know a lot of my different heroes, and I can tell you that after meeting and spending time with guys like George Strait and Ray Price and Willie and Kris Kristofferson and Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr., there’s very few things that all of those guys have in common. The things that they do have in common, they all have, I’d say, an indomitable sense of self. It can’t be brought down. There’s nothin’ you’re gonna say or do that’s gonna make Hank Jr. stop bein’ Hank Jr., or make George Strait stop bein’ George Strait. So that tells me that all of the messages that I get from them through their songs or through their writing or through their day-to-day interactions with other people, that all of those messages right there are things about them that you can count on. That makes me aspire to be the same way.”
  • Peter Cooper’s new column is all about national treasure Jean Shepard and her book, Down Through the Years.
  • The lineup for the 2014 Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love (which will be held in Marfa, Texas from September 25-28) looks pretty killer, with Elizabeth Cook, The Old 97s, Robert Ellis, and more slated to perform.
  • Members of the John Henry Historical Society are restoring an old building in Talcott, West Virginia to serve as a museum dedicated to the steel-driving folk hero. (h/t Jeff)
  • Edd Hurt of The Nashville Scene penned a feature on Cowboy Jack Clement’s final record, For Once and For All, which comes out next week.
  • Dallas Davidson was arrested in Nashville early this morning for disorderly conduct and public intoxication. TMZ reports that Davidson was challenging “various people” to fight and shouting racial and homophobic slurs.
  • If you’re interested in learning about the business strategies of Nashville’s top managers, check out Holly Gleason’s neat new article, “When It Comes to Music City Management Styles, It’s Different Strokes for Different Folks.”
  • On September 27, Carrie Underwood will headline the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.
  • Music City Roots relocated from the Loveless Café to The Factory at Franklin. Last night was their first show in the new location.
  • Next week’s episode of Drunk History will focus on American music; here’s a clip from the episode that portrays the first meeting between Kris Kristofferson and Johnny Cash. Not too long ago, Drunk History delivered a pretty funny sketch about Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, so this should be a fun episode.
  • Here’s a new video for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis’ recording of “Motor City Man.”

  1. nm
    July 10, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    The only thing I want to hear Garth announce is that Trisha Yearwood’s album that she recorded last year is coming out next Tuesday.

  2. mrsandydog
    July 10, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    I wonder if Garth is going to announce he’s joined the 21st century and putting his music on iTunes or Amazon MP3.

    If he’s really back, I’m intrigued to see how well he’ll do. He’s been gone a long time, and by having his music be so inaccessible, he’s made it hard to gain new fans while his old ones die off or move on to different flavors.

  3. Leeann
    July 10, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    He will be making his music available digitally soon, but it seems like he’s not budging on the whole album thing. His ticket sales seem as though he’s relevant still, but I agree that it’ll take some work if he’s going to be in the consciousness of young people. My teen sister who has recently become a country music fan had never heard of Garth Brooks when my dad mentioned him to her. As a Garth fan, I was both surprised and horrified.

  4. bll
    July 10, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Digital, new music and a tour; maybe I’ll be able to get tickets this go around.

  5. Jack
    July 11, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I love this website, but I’m a little disappointed that you are linking to a story from TMZ, a trashy gossip tabloid.

    Sadly, TMZ set up shop in Nashville in May, and I would argue that their current presence in the city is as much of a threat to the traditional spirit of Nashville as the over-development the “Save Studio A” folks are fighting against. Posting a link to this story is just feeding the beast.

    Also, crappy songwriting aside, I would argue that Mr. Davidson’s personal problems are really none of our business.

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