Eli Young Band Plays Conan; CMHOF to Reveal New Expansion; Carolina Chocolate Drops to Play Chicago Blues Fest

Juli Thanki | April 3rd, 2014

  • Dierks Bentley and Sheryl Crow, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Darius Rucker have all been added to the ACM Awards’ lineup of performers. Trisha Yearwood is…only presenting. Sigh. (via press release)
  • On Record Store Day, Tompkins Square Records will reissue Dillard Chandler’s 1975 LP, The End of an Old Folk Song. Listen to one of the tracks here.
  • CMT is actually going to air some country music television: a Johnny Cash show called American Rebel, the eight-hour documentary series They Called Us Outlaws: Cosmic Cowboys, Honky Tonk Heroes and the Rise of Redneck Rock, and Urban Legend: When a Nation Went Country, which will look at the Urban Cowboy craze of the early ‘80s. They’ll follow these shows with Party Down South and Swamp Pawn.
  • Charlie Daniels talks Bob Dylan in this interview with CMT Edge’s Calvin Gilbert.
  • Bluegrass family band Gold Heart has returned to the studio.
  • Don Everly on his late brother, Phil: “I’m not over it. I really feel sad. I think about him every day. I always thought about him every day, even when we were not speaking to each other. It still just shocks me that he’s gone. “He was a great singer, Phil…We did that all our lives — it’s almost like we could read each other’s minds when we sang.”
  • Eli Young Band played a couple songs on Conan. (warning: autoplay)
  • The Elizabethan Session delivers folk music influenced by the sounds and social issues prevalent in 16th century England.
  • The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bettye LaVette, and Dr. John are a few of the acts slated to play the Chicago Blues Festival this June.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will officially reveal its new expansion on April 15. Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Buddy Miller, and Ricky Skaggs will perform at the opening ceremony. (via press release)
  • Randy Lewis of The L.A. Times reviewed The Mavericks’ Tuesday night show in Solana Beach. An excerpt: The band’s sound is magnificently diverse, and it was projected in a vast improvement over the poor mix the group received in last year’s stop at the El Rey in L.A. But perhaps the most remarkable impression from this performance is the sense that 25 years in, the Mavericks not only have fully hit their stride but they also seem to still be on the upswing.
  • Stream Hurray for the Riff Raff’s concert at Lincoln Center beginning tonight at 8 p.m. EST.

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