Frances Preston Passes Away; CMA Music Festival Sets Attendance Record; New York Banjo Summit Touring This Fall
Juli Thanki | June 14th, 2012
Frances Preston, “the most influential music executive of her generation,” passed away yesterday at the age of 83. The Country Music Hall of Famer began her noteworthy career in the 1950s as a mail messenger at BMI, a job which included answering Hank Williams’ fan mail.
Ed Ward did an NPR feature on swamp pop pioneerBobby Charles, who wrote songs like “See You Later, Alligator” and “Walking to New Orleans.”
Touring this fall: the New York Banjo Summit, which includes Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Richie Stearns, and Pete Wernick. Noam Pikelny and Mac Benford will also appear on select dates.
The CMA Music Festival set an attendance record, with over 71,000 fans joining in the festivities, a figure over nine percent higher than last year’s numbers.
Check out the trailer for Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away” video.
Leftover Salmon will be the house band on After the Catch, the post-show special that follows Deadliest Catch.
Chuck Dauphin catches up with Bobby Bare, who’s recording a new album for Plowboy Records. The album will include“actual Bare originals, along with songs written by Tom Waits, Alejandro Escovedo, Bob Dylan and Leadbelly.”
Here’s a Q & A with Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr in M Music & Musicians Magazine.
Saving Country Music is loving Eric Strickland & The B Sides’ new album, Honky Tonk Till I Die.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.