George Jones Hospitalized Again; Tim McGraw Signs with Big Machine; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 22nd, 2012

  • George Jones was admitted to a Nashville area hospital yesterday for further testing and evaluation of a lingering upper respiratory infection. His concert dates through June will be rescheduled when possible.
  • Yesterday, Tim McGraw announced his new deal with Big Machine Records. McGraw is already working on new music: “[a]sked when fans can hear his first single for the label, McGraw pointed at Borchetta, who said only it would be ‘sooner rather than later.’ Later in the press conference, Borchetta joked that the upcoming album would be titled Greatest Hits 4.”
  • Marty Stuart shares a memory of Minnie Pearl.
  • Kris Kristofferson will appear in the video for Brandi Carlile’s “It Wasn’t Me.” Rolling Stone has footage of the pair knocking back whiskey shots.
  • Today’s Jimmie Rodgers remembrance over at Bluegrass Today covers “Any Old Time.”
  • Red June sat in with the Steep Canyon Rangers to cover Bill Monroe’s “Wheel Hoss” at a recent concert. Mike Guggino is the subject of SCR’s newest video in their “Meet the Steeps” series.
  • The Black Twig Pickers will release new 12″ vinyl, Whompyjawed, on July 24. The record offers “long-form, highly rhythmic and deeply layered takes on traditional fiddle and banjo music.”
  • Neil Young, The Old 97s, The Avett Brothers, Asleep at the Wheel, and The Devil Makes Three are just a few of the acts slated to play the Austin City Limits Festival this October. Check out the entire lineup here.
  • Here’s a new Bearfoot video.
  • Album releases:

Ronnie Dunn Ronnie Dunn: Special Edition (Cracker Barrel reissue with two bonus tracks; a portion of proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project)

The Brothers Comatose Respect the Van

Cory Branan Mutt

Bob Wayne Till the Wheels Fall Off

Rob Baird I Swear It’s the Truth

Loafers’ Glory Loafers’ Glory

Tedeschi Trucks Band Everybody’s Talkin’

Oak Ridge Boys Back Home Again

Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X-Press New Bluegrass & Old Heartaches

Various Artists Putumayo Presents Bluegrass

 

 

  1. Andrew
    May 22, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I guess it was wishful thinking on my part to hope Tim would go anywhere other than Big Machine.

  2. Rick
    May 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Mark Wills, Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Ronnie Milsap, and Rascal Flatts gets the final half hour segment. Talk about a mixed bag. Sheesh. Grade: B
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Thanks for the Bearfoot video link. Always a good spot of fun!

    Triggerman at Saving Country Music has labelled Scott Borchetta as “The Country Music Anti-Christ”. In my mind his signing of Timbo McGraw only further confirms this fact…

  3. luckyoldsun
    May 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Triggerman at Saving Country Music has labelled Scott Borchetta as “The Country Music Anti-Christ”.

    That’s really a botched joke and cliche more than anything else. Years ago, Kinky Friedman called Garth the “anti-Hank.” Like Garth or hate him, that’s a very funny line! (Even after it’s been quoted over and over.) Changing it to “country music Anti-Christ” makes it heavy-handed and witless.

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