Fourth Person Dies from SXSW Injuries; Billboard and Twitter Team Up; Mary Gauthier Announces Tour Dates

Juli Thanki | March 28th, 2014

  • Download a free, 55-page excerpt of Galadrielle Allman’s Please Be with Me: A Song for My Father, Duane Allman.
  • Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, and Keith Urban will perform on the concert special ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops, which is taping in Vegas next month and will air on CBS May 20. (via press release)
  • On the April 17 Opry Country Classics show, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mary Sarah, Larry Gatlin, and Chris Janson will remember Ray Price. (via press release)
  • The Grammy Museum and Americana Music Association have teamed up to bring more rootsy music to the Los Angeles museum.
  • Deandre Tatum passed away from injuries sustained during the SXSW car accident. Tatum, who graduated high school in 2013, is the fourth person killed by the drunk driver who was fleeing police when he plowed into a crowd of people outside a club two weeks ago.
  • Peter Cooper writes that Johnny Cash’s Out Among the Stars is “not Cash’s best album, but it is invaluable and important because it is a Johnny Cash album, and because it holds fine songs from the pens of [Bobby] Braddock, [Curly] Putman, [Gary] Gentry, Sandy Mason, Paul Kennerley, Tommy Collins, Rhonda Fleming, Richard Dobson and more. By the end of these sessions, Cash had worked through a pain pill addiction and was in tremendous voice.”
  • The SteelDrivers’ “If It Hadn’t Been for Love” – which was famously covered by Adele – was sung by an American Idol contestant on Wednesday night’s episode.
  • The Avett Brothers, Phosphorescent, and Trombone Shorty are playing Lollapalooza this August.  Check out the full lineup. Speaking of Lollapalooza, NPR asks, “How old is too old for music festivals?”
  • Dudley Connell and Ronnie Simpkins discuss The Seldom Scene’s new album in this Smithsonian Magazine interview.
  • Martina McBride performed several songs from her new covers record, Everlasting, for CMT. Watch here.
  • Tom T. and Dixie Hall and Kelly Lang were inducted into the North American Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this month.
  • Billboard and Twitter are teaming up to release real-time music charts that will measure the popularity of music by tracking Twitter conversations. According to The L.A. Times, the charts  “will reflect the top tracks being discussed at any given time and also track the most shared songs by new and upcoming acts on Twitter.”  
  • Luther Dickinson chats about his new album with CMT Edge’s Jewly Hight.
  • Bryan Simpson (Cadillac Sky) wrote about songwriting in a guest column for American Songwriter.
  • Stream Social Distortion guitarist Jonny Two Bags’ solo debut, Salvation Town.
  • The Robert Cray Band’s new album, In My Soul, is streaming on The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog.
  • In an article posted on The 615, Mickey Gilley discusses the ongoing recovery process following a 2009 fall that left him paralyzed.
  • Download free music from “cosmic rockin’ boogie grass” band Playing on the Planet’s new album.
  • Florida Georgia Line is hosting the “This is How We Cruise” music festival at sea with Thomas Rhett, Colt Ford, and others this November. Unfortunately, chances of a run-in with an iceberg on a Bahamian cruise are pretty slim.
  • A new book/CD project, The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, sounds kind of neat.


  1. Juli Thanki
    March 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Also, just posted “Mind Your Own Business” from the upcoming release of Hank Williams’ 1950 “Garden Spot” programs.

  2. Saving Country Music
    March 28, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Saw Sam Doores and The Deslondes at SXSW this year featured in that American Songwriter piece on NOLA, and they were one of my big takeaways. We’ll be hearing a lot from those guys soon.

    • Juli Thanki
      March 28, 2014 at 11:46 am

      They are a solid live act; caught them a while back before the name change — and of course I bought their “Less Honkin’, More Tonkin'” bumper sticker because I’m easily amused like that.

  3. Jack Williams
    March 28, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Aw, that Lucketts feature was nice. I moved to Northern Virginia from New Jersey in 1990 and quickly became a bluegrass fan because of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country radio show in afternoon drive time. One of the first bluegrass albums I bought was that Johnson Mountain Boys At the Old Schoolhouse album. Made it out to Lucketts once and saw Larry Sparks.

    Nice to see Robert Cray mentioned here. I always buy the new Robert Cray album.

  4. Roger
    March 30, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I guess the story about the Carnival Triumph “poop ship” from last year is going to be re-enacted as a musical on the “This is How We Cruise!”

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