George Jones Postpones Performances Through 5/20; Bonnie Raitt to Receive AMA Lifetime Achievement Award; The Business of Johnny Cash

Juli Thanki | April 27th, 2012

  • More info about Nashville, the Music City “family soap” starring Connie Britton: she will play “a 40-year-old Nashville superstar named Rayna who is being forced to team with teen breakout Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) on tour as her own album sales are struggling… Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise) and R.J. Cutler will write and executive produce the drama project, which hails from ABC Studios, Lionsgate and Gaylord Entertainment.”
  • Chris Parton of interviewed singer-songwriter Joe Pug about his new album, The Great Despiser.
  • Here’s an interesting article from the Nashville Ledger about Johnny Cash’s brand and the business strategies laid out by the Man in Black before his death: “Cash left very explicit directions as to the weight his son would bear in caring for the legacy: He’d spent a lifetime cultivating ‘Johnny Cash’ and didn’t want that image diluted.” In other Cash news, start saving your pennies, because a 63-album boxed set is due out this fall.
  • Smithsonian Folkways is celebrating Woody Guthrie with Woody at 100: The Woody Guthrie Centennial Collection, a 150-page book and three CD set, which “contains 21 previously unreleased performances and six never-before-heard original songs, including Woody’s first known—and recently discovered—recordings from 1937.”  Those who join Folkways’ email list will get the chance to preview the unreleased song “Big City Ways.”
  • Caitlin Rose, Chuck Mead, Deep Dark Woods, and other Americana acts have been added to the lineup of Bonnaroo performers.
  • An excerpt from Chet Flippo’s new Nashville Skyline column about “the good old days” of country music: “I am amazed to this day at the extremely primitive touring conditions and situations of country music’s true pioneers… the music endures and imbues the entire past with a rosy glow. The good old days were only good for the record labels and the powers behind the artists. I still find it amazing that — under grueling travel conditions and under onerous financial terms — many of them continued to write and record and perform such marvelous music. There weren’t just performing the hits. They continued to create.” 
  • Here’s an NPR feature on Howlin’ Wolf that’s well worth your time.
  • Punch Brothers played a few for WFUV.


  1. Barry Mazor
    April 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    I’ve gotta say, “The Dustbowl Revival” as a band name makes my head spin. Could it be more dumbly “cute”? Coming soon: “The Plague Boys,” “The Famine Family,” and “The Radioactive Ramblers.”

    • Juli Thanki
      April 27, 2012 at 10:53 am

      I would totally buy The Plague Boys’ hypothetical album of songs about epidemics and infectious diseases. “Typhoid Turnaround” could be a breakout hit…

  2. nm
    April 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    The Radioactive Ramblers sounds like the marching band of the Albuquerque Isotopes.

  3. Rick
    April 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Really enjoyed watching that Dustbowl Revival video although the vocal pick up wasn’t very good. They are one of LA’s most entertaining home grown Americana bands, with one of the best looking lead singers to boot. They often feature a kick arse young female clarinet player that sounds like Pete Fountain named Chole, but she is off at college until summer break. When Chole is back in town I will have to go catch the DBR in Venice at a regular gig.


  4. Jordan Stacey
    April 28, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    While I hope George gets better, I’m a little dissapointed cause I’ve always wanted to see him and I had a ticket for my hometowns show. Our tour stop has been canceled outright and won’t be reschedueled :(

    Hopefully he’ll get better and tour again.

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