George Beverly Shea Passes Away at 104; Garth Brooks Sued by Ex-Partner; The Bankesters Sign with Compass
Juli Thanki | April 17th, 2013
Garth Brooks is being sued by ex-partner Lisa Sanderson, who alleges “that she was induced to work on his behalf with the promise of great rewards.” From the complaint: “Úsing his infectious charisma and the promise that they would ‘make millions’ together to manipulate Sanderson, Brooks lured Sanderson away from a successful and highly fulfilling career in television to become his producing partner and work with him at Red Strokes Entertainment, a company he founded to develop and produce film and television projects. For nearly twenty years, Sanderson worked tirelessly to make Brooks’ dream a reality. However, Brooks’ unreasonable demands torpedoed nearly all of the potential deals that came their way.”
Cindy Watts of the Tennessean and USA Today’s Brian Mansfieldreviewed last night’s “All for the Hall” benefit concert.
Grammy-winning gospel singer George Beverly Shea, who recorded more than 70 albums,passed away at the age of 104. Shea is best known for singing at Billy Graham’s crusades, but he also appeared on Ricky Skaggs’ Mosaic.
Speaking of Skaggs, here’s a Q&A he did for Cowboys & Indians.
Hunter Hauk interviewedThe Band Perry for Cowboys & Indians.
The Bankesters, who’ve made our Best of Bluegrass list two years in a row, have signed with Compass Records. The label will re-release Looking Forward in late May, and a new album, produced by Alison Brown, is in the works.
Hunter Hayes is part of an Esquire fashion spread. An excerpt from the accompanying interview: “Every demo I do has a mandolin or resonator on it — some element of the bluegrass or classic country world that I grew up listening to and that first drew me in. And then I always try to find somewhere for a bluesy guitar sound, because that’s also what I love. Musically, I’m always finding my way home.”
This year’s Americana Honors and Awards nomination ceremony will be held May 14 at the Grammy Museum’s Clive Davis Theatre.
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.