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.
Douglas Heselgrave of Paste interviewedMary 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.
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:
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.