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…

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