Friends & Family Celebrate Chet Flippo; Jett’s Creek Offers Free Album Download; Linda Ronstadt Among Rock & Roll HOF Nominees

Juli Thanki | October 16th, 2013

  • Chet Flippo’s friends and family gathered at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Monday to celebrate his life with songs and stories.
  • Link Wray and Linda Ronstadt are among the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees. Check out the full list of nominees and vote here.
  • Kenny Rogers on country music: I’m a country singer with a background in jazz and a lot of other influences. Ray Charles was my hero. I’ve always believed country is the white man’s rhythm-and-blues. It’s where the pain is. Right or wrong, I hit Nashville and did some pop songs. I worked with Lionel Richie and Barry Gibb. But I feel like I drew a lot of people to country music who wouldn’t have gone there without me. Country music couldn’t ever understand that not everybody’s history goes back to Hank Williams. For a lot of people, it starts with Alabama or Dolly. And now it starts with Taylor Swift. That’s healthy for country music. I think I took a lot of flak for taking country pop, but I broadened the audience. Country has always been too country for a lot of people.  
  • Here’s the tracklisting for Kellie Pickler’s November 11 release, The Woman I Am.
  • A sneak peek at the 2014 MerleFest lineup reveals that Ralph Stanley, The Steel Wheels, Dailey & Vincent, and Claire Lynch are among the performers scheduled to play the annual festival next April.
  • Eight colleges will receive The Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship, will be given to students from farming families in the communities that Bryan visited on his Farm Tour.
  • Check out this demo from Bloodshot’s upcoming Bottle Rockets reissue; “Indianapolis” features Brian Hennman backed by Uncle Tupelo.
  • Ronnie Fauss answered a few questions for CMT Edge; the site also posted Fauss’ “Good Enough” music video.
  • Wynonna is preparing for a Christmas tour and the launch of her line of bedazzled sneakers.
  • CMT Edge premiered JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers’ video for “Wild Moon,” the title track of the band’s new record.
  • Steep Canyon Ranger Mike Guggino did a Q&A for The Horn.
  • Bluegrass band Jett’s Creek is offering a free download of their new album, The Wait is Over, until October 22.
  • A Kickstarter campaign was launched to help raise funds for the release of a star-studded Blind Willie Johnson tribute featuring Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits, and others.
  1. bob
    October 16, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Enjoyed the Kenny Rogers interview. Thanks. I think he makes same good points. My shift to country music in the late 70’s had nothing to do with Hank Williams.

  2. Rick
    October 16, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Music City Roots is back after a short hiatus. Tonight’s show will feature Alanna Royale (sounds like a stripper or Bond Girl name), Davina and the Vagabonds (Gypsy and the Hobos would be preferable), the Shook Twins (any relation to the Alabama Shakes?), Wood and Wire (does the ranch need some fence repair?), The Stephen Sebastian Band (any relation to John Sebastian?). It’s rare but sometimes these unknown acts are halfway enjoyable. My hope springs eternal as far as MCR is concerned! (lol)

    It’s too bad that the Chet Flippo life celebration wasn’t broadcast online, or if it was that I wasn’t aware of it! Sounds like a fine evening to be sure in honor of Chet’s legacy.

    As far as Merlefest goes, just like Fan Fair and Top 40 artists, isn’t it easier to list the big name bluegrass acts that won’t be there? (lol)

    That “Blind Willie Johnson Tribute” album seems to be targeting Americana artists with annoying singing voices! They should definitely add Steve Earle, Todd Snider, John Prine, etc….

  3. Mark
    October 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    You were nice enough to mention the free download of the Jett’s Creek recording in your header section but I never could find a related post. Here is the link for the full record download that will be available through the 22nd of October.

    • Juli Thanki
      October 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      It’s there; second item from the bottom — but thanks for the direct link!

  4. Fervor Coulee
    October 16, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Sad that so few folks realize the contributions of Link Wray and the Meters. IMO, of course.

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