Everett Lilly Passes Away; Elizabeth Cook Records Gospel EP; Ralph Emery Inducted Into Tenn. Radio Hall of Fame

Juli Thanki | May 9th, 2012

  • Everett Lilly (The Lilly Brothers) passed away at the age of 87.
  • Due out June 19: Ruby Jane’s Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness).
  • Yesterday evening, Elizabeth Cook tweeted “Can’t believe Im sayin this, but I’m in RCA studio Making a Gospel EP! Holy hell.”
  • Paul Thorn wrote an entertaining guest blog for American Songwriter about a few songs on his new album, What the Hell is Goin’ On: “Bull Mountain Bridge” was written by Wild Bill Emerson. He’s a fairly obscure old-school country songwriter who penned tunes for George Jones and many other traditional artists back in the day. He is a world-class storyteller. He was also a mentor to my main songwriting partner, Billy Maddox. A lot of the things that Billy learned from Wild Bill were shared and passed down to me, which heavily influenced my style of songwriting. This one is a Wild Bill classic about jealousy and murder in the Deep South. Any song that mentions a marijuana dealer, the Ku Klux Klan, breaking the arms of a wife-stealer and then throwing that same person into a cold river to their death, is a tale that should make just about anybody wanna listen. I would also like to say that it was a true honor that my friend Delbert McClinton added his voice to this track. He helped us rock it out.
  • Lee Ann Womack is in DC, singing at the Centennial First Ladies Luncheon and then attending the presentation of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Award. The latter will be streamed at 7 p.m. Eastern; Lyle Lovett is among the evening’s performers.
  • This weekend, Willie’s Roadhouse on Sirius/XM will premiere Willie Nelson’s new album, Heroes (due out 5/15), by playing a different song from the record every hour with commentary from Nelson.
  • Razor X from My Kind of Country takes a look back at Marty Stuart’s 1982 album, Busy Bee Café.
  • Country Fried Rock is offering a NoiseTrade compilation where all proceeds go to benefit Nuci’s Space, a nonprofit which promotes the “emotional, physical, and occupational wellbeing” of the music community in Athens, Ga.
  • Check out the EPK for the fantastic upcoming Rodney Crowell/Mary Karr compilation, Kin.

  1. Rick
    May 9, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Music City Roots Alert! Tonight’s MCR will feature LA’s own Frank Fairfield, John McEuen with his sons Jonathan and Nathan, The Pa’s Fiddle Band, the Wheeler Brothers, and David Vandervelde. If you like old timey depression era string music, then Frank Fairfield is your kinda guy!
    Schedule: http://musiccityroots.com/shows

    The genesis of Elizabeth Cook’s gospel EP began in May of 2011 when Elizabeth was booked to play the “Gospel Brunch” show at the Strawberry Festival near Yosemite here in California. I saw her do a live show just prior to that and she was stressing out a bit about it. It seems she’s come to terms with such matters lately. Go Elizabeth!

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