George Jones Hospitalized; Willie Nelson to Play West, TX Benefit Concert; Last of the Breed Documentary Trailer Released

Juli Thanki | April 19th, 2013

  • Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy Dawkins passed away at the age of 76.
  • George Jones was admitted to a Nashville hospital for observation after a routine checkup revealed that he had a slight fever and irregular blood pressure. His concerts scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.
  • Willie Nelson’s April 28 show in Austin will be a benefit concert for victims of the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion.
  • Marty Stuart takes Country Weekly on a tour through some of his country music memorabilia.
  • Douglas Heselgrave of Paste interviewed Mary Gauthier. An excerpt: When you listen to a storyteller, your age disappears. Oftentimes I’ll look into the eyes of someone in the audience and what I see is a little kid who’s saying “tell me a story.” I think the need for stories is very, very primal in human beings. Lord knows I love being told stories; they tell me who I am. They give me something to bounce my experience off of so that I can know that I fit into the human race. Because I’m like an old fashioned troubadour, stories are a very important part of what I do. The stories I tell in between the songs are a way of introducing the songs, but they also provide a way of connecting with the audience.
  • Darryl Smyers interviewed Jay Farrar for the Dallas Observer.
  • Check out the trailer for Last of the Breed, a documentary about bluegrasser Dave Evans.
  • Cindy Watts of the Tennessean spoke with Billy Ray Cyrus about his new autobiography, Hillbilly Heart.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Jonny Fritz for CMT Edge.
  • Just how big is the vinyl resurgence? An excerpt from Ed Christman’s recent Billboard article on the subject:  While vinyl sales are posting large percentage increases annually and are big business for some niche players, it’s still a small percentage overall. And that is reflected in turntable sales, which have been static in five of the last six years, hovering around the 110,000-unit mark (actually ranging from 104,000 to 115,000), according to the Consumer Electronics Assn. “We have to keep in mind this is very much a niche market,” CEA senior analysis manager Sean Murphy says. “We are talking annual sales that are slightly more than the number of iPads Apple sells every two days. It’s safe to say that the glory days of the LP, like that of the CD, are gone and will never return.” 
  • Here’s an interesting interview with Markus Foster, a German diplomat who’s also a DJ at Russia’s only country music radio station.
  • Congratulations to the winners of our Steel Wheels album giveaway: Plain_Jo, Erica, and Pierce. Check your email, guys.
  • Watch the Gibson Brothers play a Joe Newberry-penned tune from their new album, They Called It Music:

  1. Rick
    April 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Darn, I didn’t win a Steel Wheels CD! Well me and about 90 other disappointed folks…(lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry will feature Scarlett O’Connor, er I mean Clare Bowen! Grade: A+! (lol) Other artists include Maggie Rose, Jim Lauderdale, Elizabeth Cook, Charley Pride, Vince Gill and Darius Rucker.
    On the Saturday Night Opry Vince Gill’s segment will include Sir Cliff Richard! Now that’s what I call country! (lol) Other artists featured include Kelleigh Bannen (What’s wrong with just plain Kelly?), Sam Bush, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Charley Pride. Grade: B+
    Opry Schedule:

    I think the Gibson Brothers kick arse, but I’d rather hear them cover a Jimmy Martin classic like Freeborn Man! Oh well…

    • Juli Thanki
      April 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm

      On their former mandolin player Joe Walsh’s last solo album, Sweet Loam, they do an excellent version of “Hold Whatcha Got.” Listen here:

  2. plain_jo
    April 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    so psyched to win the Steel Wheel CD.

    I’d like to thank my manager and all my fans…..I could’nt do it with all you guys!

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