George Jones’ Album Sales Soar; Yearwood, Little Big Town Nominated for Daytime Emmys; Initial Wide Open Bluegrass Lineup Announced

Juli Thanki | May 2nd, 2013

  • Last night, people began lining up for George Jones’ funeral. The service will air on CMT, GAC, WSM,, RFD-TV and Sirius XM at 11 a.m. Eastern.
  • The ACM Awards posted a Jones tribute on YouTube.
  • Eddie Stubbs paid tribute to Jones on WSM last night. The WSM site is loading pretty slowly this morning, but we’ll post a link when/if the audio goes up.
  • Loretta Lynn, Mel Tillis, and Barbara Mandrell were among those who attended a private visitation for Jones yesterday. Peter Cooper wrote about said visitation for the Tennessean. An excerpt from the lovely remembrance: I never knew the howling, outlandish Jones of the 1970s and ’80s. I knew a nice old man who was playful around children. I knew a man who worried about the present and future of the country music industry he’d helped to build, who watched NFL football every autumn Sunday and who delighted in the Christmas lights displayed at the entrance to his and Nancy’s Franklin estate. Folks who came to see the lights often made donations to help the less fortunate, and Jones had been less fortunate himself, long ago. He never saw Christmas lights like that, growing up in Vidor, Texas.  
  • Chet Flippo wrote about the new Jones compilation, The Complete United Artists Solo Singles, for his new Nashville Skyline column.
  • Jones’ album sales have increased 1000% after his death. An excerpt from Keith Caulfield’s article on  Jones’ catalog of albums sold 35,000 last week — up 1,002% from 3,000 the week previous. In terms of digital songs, Jones sold 149,000 downloads last week — up from 5,000 the week previous (a gain of 2,739%). Jones sold more songs this past week than he did in all of 2013 up until his death (91,000). His biggest selling song last week was his classic hit “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” which debuts on Country Digital Songs at No. 15 with 34,000 (up from 1,000 a week ago). His second-biggest tune was “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” with 11,000 (up from basically nothing a week ago).
  • Bob Brozman, musician and author of The History and Artistry of National Resonator Instruments, committed suicide last week. He was 59.
  • Sam Bush, Punch Brothers, Jerry Douglas, and Tony Rice are among the artists who will appear at the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh this September.
  • The Civil Wars are back. They’ll be releasing a self-titled album on Sensibility Music/Columbia Records in late summer.
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Hot Nights at the Hall” summer concert series returns on June 4 with a performance by Ashley Monroe. Sarah Darling and Craig Campbell are scheduled to play the other two show dates.
  • Trisha Yearwood’s cooking show, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen, has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy. The third season of the program begins May 25.
  • Little Big Town and their song “Good Afternoon” have been nominated for a Daytime Emmy in the “Outstanding Original Song” category. (via press release)
  • Jason Isbell talks about his new album, Southeastern, marriage, and sobriety in this Q&A.
  • Ashleigh Flynn is offering a free download of “Prohibition Rose” from her upcoming record, A Million Stars, which is due out May 14.
  • On June 26, Christie’s will auction previously unreleased Bob Dylan song lyrics. “Go Away You Bomb” and “I Want That Bomb” were written in 1963.
  • The new, free Blue Ridge Outdoors “Trail Mix” includes cuts from Hot Club of Cowtown, Peter Rowan, The Bankesters, Jerry Miller, and Sons of Fathers.
  • Stream David Francey’s new album, So Say We All, at Folk Alley.
  • Tony Sauro profiled Peter Rowan for The Record. 
  • Jim Beviglia of American Songwriter is counting down his Top 20 Townes Van Zandt songs. Here’s the first part of the series.
  • Paste posted a new video of Bhi Bhiman’s folky cover of Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.”


  1. Rick
    May 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Classic Country Opry may just feature a George Jones song or two. The artist roster includes “Bayou Boy” Eddy Raven, Daryle Singletary, Terri Clark, Morgan Frazier, and lone “Opry Legend” Jim Ed Brown. Grade: A

    Last night’s episode of “Nashville” was a ripper! Does anyone know if ABC has renewed it for a second season yet? What’s up with that?

    It’s a shame that the CMHOF doesn’t plan on streaming those “Hot Nights At The Hall” concerts online! I’d really enjoy the Ashley and Craig Campbell performances. Darn!

  2. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Speaking of Jones, it would be interesting to know who you like as his favorite duets. The great Tammy duets notwithstanding, the one that moves me the most is his duet with Loveless “You Don’t Seem To Miss Me”. Man that tears my heart out.

  3. Barry Mazor
    May 5, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    Well, Bruce, this is one of those things where I’d say “Luckily, we don’t have to pock,” but on any list of great Jones duets to bring up, I’d include “We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds” with Melba Montgomery.. (and “We’re Not the Jet Set,” just as a reminder that ti’s not all about clenched jaw tears.)

  4. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    How right you are. The duet with Melba was, and is, phenomenal. I actually think Jones made great duets and was just as great a part of his legacy.

  5. Barry Mazor
    May 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    “I don’t have to pock?” Spell check is getting too dumb smart for its own good. I don’t have to puck or peck or pack either. (Hint).

  6. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 9:14 pm


  7. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 9:17 pm

    Not to worry. Look what I just did, and it really was not intentional.

    I teach a class that uses a fictitious company called Prufrock. Can you imagine mispronouncing that word? No spell-check there!

    By your comment, I have been listening to Melba on YouTube. Man the hidden gems that are in country music history.

  8. BRUCE
    May 5, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    By the way, I watched the “George Jones Live in knoxville Tennesee, full concert” on Youtube. Can’t help it. I cried like a baby.

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