Eddie Stubbs Marks 30 Years in Broadcasting; Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Announce Tour Dates; Stream Carrie Rodriguez’s New Record

Juli Thanki | January 16th, 2013

  • Iris DeMent, Kelly Hogan, Taylor Swift, and Todd Snider are a few of the acts whose albums were in the Top 50 of the Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
  • On Monday, Eddie Stubbs celebrated 30 years in broadcasting:  “for more than two hours, musicians sang and spoke Stubbs’ praises, citing his work as a fiddle player in the Johnson Mountain Boys, his “Opry” announcing, his role as the radio voice of sponsors including Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and Honest Abe Log Homes, his membership in the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame, his abiding love of country music and his large, large feet.
  • Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Richard Thompson are touring together this spring.
  • David W. Johnson talks about his book, Lonesome Melodies: The Lives and Music of the Stanley Brothers, in this brief interview posted on the University Press of Mississippi’s blog.
  • Kenny Chesney sang “Amazing Grace” in honor of the Newtown shooting victims.
  • Watch Rose Cousins play her song “What I See.”
  • Lindi Ortega talks music and painting in this article on TheRecord.com.
  • The Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester will celebrate its recent opening with a series of three free lectures. The first one, scheduled for January 23, is called “Ladies Love Country Boys: Gendered Narratives and the Meaning of Country Music.” You’ll be able to stream the event here.
  • The Grascals will perform at the Native Nations Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. (via press release)
  • Lucinda Williams chats with Mary Colurso of Al.com about touring and the covers projects on her musical wish list.
  • This spring, Trampled By Turtles will celebrate their tenth anniversary with a Minnesota tour.
  • Tomorrow, the Spinney Brothers will play a benefit show for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.


  1. Dave D.
    January 16, 2013 at 10:21 am

    God bless Eddie Stubbs. We turned off the satellite radio during our drive from Minnesota to Michigan yesterday to catch his show. “Stay tuned folks, because we’ve got George Jones ‘singing hungry’ coming up.”

  2. Jack Williams
    January 16, 2013 at 10:40 am

    Thanks so much for the heads up on the Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell/Richard Thompson tour! Seeing Emmylou and Rodney together is exciting enough, but I’m also an extremely enthusiatic Richard Thompson fan and never miss him when he comes through the DC area . I’ll be sitting at my computer at 10:00 am Friday when the Strathmore tickets go on sale.

    I have very fond memories of the Johnson Mountain Boys. They were one of the first bluegrass bands I got into after moving to the DC area from New Jersey in 1990. All thanks to WAMU’s drive time Bluegrass Country radio program, which used to have Eddie as a substitute DJ sometimes (he had his own Old Time Country show on the weekend, I think). Saw a great show at the Barns of Wolf Trap in the early ’90s that was titled “Blues and Bluegrass.” The Johnson Mountain Boys followed by the great Piedmont blues artists Cephas and Wiggins. The show ended with both acts on stage singing “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad.” Lovely memory.

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    January 16, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    The Rodney/Emmylou/RT tour is high on the list of reasons why living in Australia sometimes sucks.

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