George Jones’ Graveside Monument Unveiled; Haden Triplets to Release Third Man Debut in February; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | November 19th, 2013

  • George Jones’ graveside monument was unveiled yesterday. Nancy Jones announced that she’s starting a scholarship in his name at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Katie Armiger, Brent Cobb, Chris Janson, and Corey Smith will take part in a guitar pull on December 10 to raise funds for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Jon Caramanica of The New York Times reviewed Sturgill Simpson’s Saturday night show.
  • Marissa R. Moss of American Songwriter wrote a lengthy feature on Alabama and the two Alabama tribute albums that came out this year.
  • Aaron Watson’s new single was inspired by the story of the late bull rider Lane Frost.
  • Did you hear Ben Nichols’ (Lucero) “The Last Pale Light in the West” on The Walking Dead Sunday night?
  • Jody Rosen on Taylor Swift: She is country’s first truly global star, its ambassador not just to the nation’s mall-rat hordes but to Ireland and Brazil and Taiwan. She confers modernity, cosmopolitanism, youth on a genre that traditionally has stood for the opposite values. The country Establishment may not be crazy about pop music, but it loves having a pop star in its midst, and is willing to follow Swift anywhere she goes, sending songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” to No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs charts. Nashville barely even flinched when confronted with “I Knew You Were Trouble,” surely the only record with a dubstep bass-drop ever to get spins on country radio. For Swift, Nashville offers plenty in return. The country audience is music’s most loyal and reliable; in a decade of record-industry decline, country sales figures have been notably more buoyant than other genres. Nashville turned out to be the perfect staging ground, the ideal base of operations, for Swift’s broader conquest of pop culture. 
  • Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins talk with The 615’s Chuck Dauphin about their new collaboration, Hall of Fame Bluegrass (which you can, and should, stream while you read).
  • Will Kimbrough will release his next album, Sideshow Love, on February 18. (via press release)
  • Folky family band The Haden Triplets will release their debut album (produced by Ry Cooder) on Third Man Records February 3.
  • Henhouse Prowlers are in the Congo as part of the State Department-sponsored American Voices program. Read about the band’s adventures on Bluegrass Today.
  • Arlo Guthrie’s “Alice’s Restaurant” has been named the American Songwriter Song of the Week, just in time for Thanksgiving.
  • John Rich’s new talk show will debut next Monday night on The T.V. Guide Network. Based on the preview, watching this might be a more entertaining way to spend your evening.
  • Wailin’ Jenny Ruth Moody recorded Springsteen’s “Dancing in the Dark” for her solo record released earlier this year; check out her new video.
  • Stream Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong’s Foreverly, a tribute to The Everly Brothers’ Songs Our Daddy Taught Us.
  • This week’s album releases (if you like, or at least tolerate, the content on E145, we’d appreciate it if you purchased your music through the affiliate links below — it doesn’t cost you extra, but it helps us keep the lights on):

The Grascals When I Get My Pay

Julie Lee Till & Mule

Jim Lauderdale – Blue Moon Junction Black Roses

Bottle Rockets Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side

Parker McCollum A Red Town View

Cody Canada Some Old, Some New, Maybe a Cover or Two

Jeff German & The Blankety Blanks 12 Rounds

Sarah Darling Have a Merry Little Christmas Darling

Stan Rogers – The Collection

Jeb Lipson – Patina

Various Artists Rockin’ Legends Pay Tribute to Jack White

Various Artists – Christine Lavin Presents: Just One Angel v2.0

  • And DVD:

All the Labor: The Story of The Gourds


  1. mrsandydog
    November 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Gosh, I’m so old, I remember when Shania Twain was country’s first truly global star. And Garth Brooks before that. And Kenny Rogers before that. And John Denver before that. And Johnny Cash before that. And Jim Reeves before that.

  2. Jack Williams
    November 19, 2013 at 11:46 am

    I saw Sturgill Simpson last night at the Hill County BBQ in DC. After reading the Times article, I would say that we were a good deal more attentive than the Hill Country New York crowd. I mean, it wasn’t Birchmere quiet or anything, but the crowd was really digging him. Great, great show.

    • Juli Thanki
      November 19, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      I missed that show and now I hate everything.

  3. Both Kinds of Music
    November 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I’m of two minds with Hill Country NYC. On one hand, they’re booking country bands and generally don’t charge a cover, which is good because there’s a remarkable dearth of venues for artists like Sturgill in NYC.

    On the other It’s like dinner theater, but at least with dinner theater the audience is there specifically to see you perform. At Hill Country, the band is an inconvenience to the diners with the smattering of real fans hanging out in the wings.

    In a city of 8 million, country music is tough sell.

  4. mrsandydog
    November 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    At the HillCountry in DC, the music plays downstairs, whereas most (though not all) of the dining goes on upstairs.

    My gripe with HC-DC is they get pretty good acts, but do nothing to promote them. I saw Chip Taylor there recently; the concert started at 10:30, way too late for an older-skewing act. It wasn’t widely promoted and drew poorly. Earlier in the summer, HC-DC moved an outdoor concert by Lydia Loveless from 7 p.m. to 5 p.m. on weekday. Not only does this seem disrespectful of the performers, it could give DC an undeserved reputation as a city that doesn’t support Americana-style music.

  5. Dave D.
    November 19, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    I really wanted to see Sturgill Simpson when he played in Detroit a week ago but he was in the unfortunate position of playing the same night that Whitey Morgan was playing in the area. Given that Sturgill was the opening act, I fear the crowd was even less attentive than what was reported for Hill Country NYC.

  6. Country fan
    December 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    I don’t think I will be watching Rich at Night, or any other time.

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