George Riddle Passes Away; Shel Silverstein Biopic in Development; Swift, Church to Play iHeartRadio Fest

Juli Thanki | July 23rd, 2014

  • George Riddle, one of George Jones’ Jones Boys and the writer of songs like “Hall of Shame,” passed away. He was 78 years old. Robert K. Oermann wrote an obituary for Riddle that’s published at
  • Variety reports that there’s a Shel Silverstein biopic in the works. The film, currently under development by Wonderland Sound and Vision, will be based on Lisa Rogak’s biography A Boy Named Shel: The Life and Times of Shel Silverstein.
  • Here’s Low covering “I’m on Fire” for Dead Man’s Town, the forthcoming Americana salute to Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  • Bobby Bare’s first hit, “All American Boy,” was credited to Bill Parsons. Bare recently told the story to Chuck Dauphin: “I was drafted, and had to go into the Army the latter part of November of 1958. I was living in California, so I had to come back to Ohio to go in because that’s where I registered. I had about a week before I had to report to Fort Knox for basic training. Bill had just gotten out of the Army. He had a thing he wanted to record. So, we went down to King Studio in Cincinnati, and I played bass on his thing. We had about fifteen minutes. I said ‘Let me put down this thing I’ve been working on.’ So, I did. That same day, they wanted to make a copy of it. The guy who was paying for it went to a company there to get an acetate made. It was Fraternity Records. When they heard the two records. They asked who was singing, and the guy told him Bill Parsons – which it was on the back side of that record. So, they put it out with his name on it. It scared him to death. He didn’t even know the song.”
  • Taylor Swift, Zac Brown Band (who just released a video for “All Alright”), and Eric Church are among the acts slated to play the multi-genre iHeartRadio Festival in Vegas this September.
  • Rolling Stone published a fine profile of producer Dave Cobb, who’s worked with artists like Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Lindi Ortega, and Jamey Johnson. The article reports that Cobb’s future projects include one with Chris Stapleton.
  • Ryan Adams announced fall tour dates and the August 19 release of “1984,” a new 7”.
  • Our Canadian radio pal Dave Woods recently interviewed Sam Moore about his recent collaboration with Nu-Blu and his memories of recording with Conway Twitty. (warning: autoplay)
  • Check out “Go Get Gone,” a song from Rose’s Pawn Shop’s forthcoming album, Gravity Well.
  • The Pine Hill Haints will release The Magik Sounds of The Pine Hill Haints on September 30. American Songwriter premiered one of the band’s new songs, “Ms. Pacman.”
  1. Donald
    July 23, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    “Ryan Adams announced …. the August 19 release of “1984,'”

    Which, I’m told, is the fifteen years later update of his most requested concert song.

    Think about it…you’re almost there…yes!

  2. luckyoldsun
    July 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    That Bobby Bare/Bill Parsons story has been often told, but I still don’t quite understand how two then-nobodies could go into a studio, record something, pass it along to some unheard-of record label–and without the singer even being around to promote it, have the record zoom all the way to No. 2 on the national pop chart! (And truth be told, it’s not even a very good song!)

    It was a completely different world, I guess, but still…

Leave a Comment

We want Engine 145 to be a safe and fun place where everyone is welcome to post. While differences in opinion and debate are always welcome, comments that include personal attacks on other posters, threats of physical violence, or racial/political/sexual epithets will be edited or deleted.

Tagged In This Article

// // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // //

Current Discussion

  • Tom: is almost the year 2015 - ain't it about time we leave people (celebrities included) having the personal relations …
  • Paul W Dennis: I had assumed that Herndon was gay after the incident that Lucky Old Sun referenced, but bought the next Herndon …
  • Jonathan Pappalardo: For anyone who wants to buy it, the Rosanne Cash 45 is available again. With 1000 copies being created, I …
  • luckyoldsun: It seemed that the old morals arrest incident really did Herndon in. He was a pretty big country star before …
  • CraigR.: Hopefully in the future being gay or straight won't matter at all. And then people won't have to hide their …
  • Bruce: Jim has a remarkable voice for his age. Heck, for any age.
  • bob: Good luck to Herndon and Gilman. I've seen Herndon in concert. While I liked his 90's material better, he's still …
  • Leeann Ward: It was Brad Paisley and its on his Christmas album.
  • luckyoldsun: I seem to recall hearing a recording of the Christmas song "Walking in the Winter Wonderland" where the line "In …
  • Leeann Ward: For a slow new Christmas music year, the announcement of the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP and the Christmas tracks by …

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • walkerandthetexasdangers3
  • deadmanstown
  • tom t hall storytellers
  • paulthorntooblessed
  • duhksbeyondtheblue
  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton