Garth Returns with Four-Disc Box Set; Dom Flemons Leaves Carolina Chocolate Drops, Album Releases
- Music publisher Bob Beckham passed away yesterday at the age of 86. Among his many accomplishments: discovering Tony Joe White and receiving the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first Mentor Award.
- Garth Brooks will release a four-disc box set of cover songs next Tuesday. Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences will feature songs from the following categories: Country Classics, Classic Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul, and Melting Pot. Trisha Yearwood appears as a background singer and as a duet partner on “After the Fire is Gone.”
- Vince Gill will be honored with the CRB Career Achievement Award on February 18 in Nashville.
- Bassist Edgar Loudermilk will leave Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out at the end of this touring season to concentrate on his songwriting and solo career. (via press release)
- Dave Adkins & Republik Steele are splitting up.
- Peter Guralnick’s first two books, Feels Like Going Home and Lost Highway are getting the E-book treatment; both reissues – which will be released this December through Little, Brown and Company — will include new chapters, video segments, and other supplemental content. (via press release)
- Dom Flemons, one of the founding Carolina Chocolate Drops, is leaving the band after eight years for a solo career, reports David Menconi.
- Corb Lund’s got a new video for his song with Hayes Carll, “Bible on the Dash.”
- Darden Smith talks about his work with soldiers suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injury in this Chicago Sun-Times feature. You can find out more about SongwritingWith: Soldiers here.
- Donna Ulisse is streaming a concert on StageIt tonight. (via press release)
- Jason Isbell played his gut-wrenching song “Elephant” for Amazon. Isbell and Amanda Shires were among the musicians who paid tribute to Bob Dylan yesterday as part of a benefit for Sweet Relief.
- Download Sarah Jarosz’s “1,000 Things.”
- Peter Cooper wrote a fascinating article about the murders of Stringbean and Estelle Akeman.
- Wanda Jackson covers The White Stripes’ “In the Cold, Cold Night” for a forthcoming Jack White tribute record that also features performances by The Dirt Daubers, W.S. Holland, Rosie Flores, and more.
- Mandy Barnett’s version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” is streaming on USAToday.com.
- Here’s a new Quotable Country.
- Black Prairie played “Nowhere, Massachusetts” for Relix.
- From Slate: “The Legends of Mississippi Blues You’ve Never Heard Of,” a post featuring fabulous photography by Lou Bopp.
- Kacey Musgraves talks about her songwriting and country idols in this interview for Entertainment Weekly.
- Chely Wright discussed the aftermath of her coming out and the progress country music has made regarding gay rights: What’s as important is Kacey [on "Follow Your Arrow"] is a straight gal talking about equality, and we really need our straight allies to be part of the movement. All voices matter. I wish more straight allies in country music would be more public about it. I have friends who are … but they choose to keep quiet about it rather than say what they believe. And I understand that. Who wants to lose fans? Who wants to have someone tell you, “I don’t like you anymore”?
- Chrissie Dickinson of The Chicago Tribune reviewed Rhonda Vincent & The Rage’s Old Town School of Folk Music show.
- Hurray for the Riff Raff will release their new album, Small Town Heroes, in February on ATO Records.
- Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 53rd birthday with a two-day bash that begins November 21 with performances from Terri Clark, Daryle Singletary, and more.
- The Village Voice looks back at Dave Van Ronk.
- This week’s album releases (thank you for supporting Engine 145 by purchasing your music through the affiliate links below):
Mandy Barnett – I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson
Kellie Pickler – The Woman I Am
Grace & Tony – November
Chris King – Native
Sammy Kershaw – Big Hits: Volume One
Lady Antebellum – Golden (Deluxe Edition)
Jesse Terry – Stay Here with Me
Trampled By Turtles – Live at First Avenue
John Hiatt – Here to Stay: Best of 2000-2012
Mason Jennings – Always Been
Starlings, TN – All the Good Times
The New Christy Minstrels – Merry Christmas! The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings 1963-1966
Ry Cooder – Ry Cooder: 1970-1987
- A new DVD:
- And a book:
Ben Fong-Torres – Willin’: The Story of Little Feat
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.