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 Mansfield reviewed 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 interviewed The 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.
  • On May 7, Big Machine will release The Music of Nashville: Season 1, Volume 2. MusicRow.com has the track listing.
  • Chuck Dauphin wrote a column on Granger Smith for The 615.
  • Here’s a clip from the Levon Helm documentary, Ain’t in It for My Health. (warning: autoplay).
  • Keith Phipps reviewed the Helm documentary for NPR.
  • Lonestar’s next album, Life as We Know It, will be released June 4. (via press release)
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne wrote a feature on Billy Ray Cyrus, whose autobiography, Hillbilly Heart, was released this week.
  • On August 27, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young will release a live album recorded during their 1974 reunion tour.
  • Joey Jones is leaving Cumberland River.

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