Los Angeles Americana music series, The Grand Ole Echo, kicks off its new season April 15.
“Before You Leave,” about Mary Gauthier, won Best Short Documentary at the Garden State Film Festival. Here’s the trailer.
John Fogerty’s got a new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, that’ll come out in the fall. It will have him teamed up with Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley and more on re-recorded versions of his old material as well as some new songs.
Wayne Rice created a Slacker Radio tribute station for Scruggs. Listen here.
Freakwater’s Feels Like the Third Time will be available on vinyl for the first time in nearly 20 years on Record Store Day (April 21).
Craig Morgan will perform on Conan April 11. In other Morgan news, he recorded “What Matters Most” for Folds of Honor, an organization which provides scholarships to the children of military members who were disabled or killed while serving. There are 10,000 free downloads of the song available; once those are used up, the song can be downloaded for $1.
Rodney Crowell announced a summer tour with Mary Karr. Dates can be found here.
“Red Solo Cup” has gone platinum. The song is approaching the 1.7 million sales mark.
Folk duo The Milk Carton Kids played a short set on World Café.
Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Florence + The Machine’s Florence Welch covered the Johnny Cash/June Carter duet “Jackson.”
There’s an article on CNN.com about fiddler Mark O’Connor and his music education efforts.
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.