George Jones Laid to Rest; Woody Guthrie at 100 to Air on PBS in June; Jason Aldean to Co-Host CMT Awards
- GAC put together a photo gallery.
- Rolling Stone posted a statement from Keith Richards on Jones’ passing.
- A few videos from the event are trickling in on YouTube, like Patty Loveless and Vince Gill’s heart-wrenching performance of “Go Rest High on That Mountain.” No word yet on whether GAC or CMT will re-air the service, but we’ll keep you posted.
- Emma Beaton of Joy Kills Sorrow shares the story behind her George Jones tattoo.
- Saving Country Music posted Don Maddox’s memories of first meeting George Jones: “The guy that was booking us in there said, ‘We got a young feller in the audience, he’s just getting started, and I think he’s gonna go a long way. I was wondering if we could let him get up on the stage and do a song with you guys.’” Don recalls to me from his home in Ashland, OR. “We didn’t know who he was, but we said, ‘Sure, bring him on up!’ So he brought him up and it turns out to be George Jones. Of course he was just getting started then. He wasn’t well known, but this guy [the promoter] said he had what it takes and thought he would go a long way, and any help we could give him, they’d appreciate it… And lo and behold, he did go a long way!”
- Jason Aldean will co-host the CMT Awards with Kristen Bell on June 5.
- Dave Hardin’s got a new video for “Red Dirt Bird.”
- Rachel Brooke, Lindi Ortega, and Cary Ann Hearst of Shovels & Rope made Saving Country Music’s list of “Nine Women Who Could Immediately Make Country Better.”
- Winchester, Virginia, and Meridian, Mississippi made Fox News’ list of eight travel destinations for country music fans. (Winchester, where the Patsy Cline Historic House is located, is definitely worth a visit.)
- Mountain Heart was featured on WHYY’s On Canvas. Watch here.
- Kim Ruehl interviewed Kenny Roby for No Depression.
- Wanda Jackson and The Kentucky Headhunters are among the acts scheduled to play the Arkansas Delta Rockabilly Festival next weekend.
- Woody Guthrie at 100: Live at the Kennedy Center will air on PBS stations beginning June 1. The concert CD/DVD, featuring performances from Rosanne Cash, Jackson Browne, The Del McCoury Band with Tim O’Brien, and more, will be released June 11 on Legacy Recordings. (via press releases) Read our review of the concert here.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: The inferiority complex of the CMA never ceases to amaze me.
- Barry Mazor: Thanks for explaining that to me, Luckyol.
- luckyoldsun: Barry, I think you're taking it a bit too seriously. CMT has to keep coming up with new lists to make. …
- Barry Mazor: Thi is a world in which the "top 40 most influential country artists of all time" do not include, for …
- luckyoldsun: I just noticed that Garth and King George are still to come. So unless I'm missing something else, the remaining seven …
- Leeann Ward: I hate it when people pronounce the days of the week with a "dy" ending instead of "day." It's like …
- luckyoldsun: Looking at that bizarre CMT Artists' list with Johnny Cash coming in at #8, it raises the question--Who are the …
- Leeann Ward: I'd have to agree with LOS here. The song was fair game to be released. It's no surprised that it …
- luckyoldsun: "'Brotherly Love,' IS a Keith Whitley song. Trying to take advantage of the impact sales, and the tragedy of Keith’s …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, we know that it's technically a Keith Whitley song, as Juli noted above.