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.
Langhorne Slim stopped by the Relix office to play “Salvation.”
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.
Carrie Underwood’s on the cover of the November issue of Women’s Health.
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.
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.