George Strait Celebrates 60 for 60; BBC Tracks Down Mystery Yodeler; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | May 21st, 2013

  • George Strait made a brief video thanking the fans for helping him achieve his “Sixty for Sixty” goal. He’s got the most #1s in music history; you can listen to all of them here. Which one’s your favorite?
  • Joe Ely, Terry Allen, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, The Dixie Chicks, and more helped celebrate Lloyd Maines at a gala to benefit KLRU.
  • Remember the news item last week about the BBC Radio 4 broadcast that got interrupted by a clip of someone yodeling? Today there’s an article on the BBC site all about Kevin Connolly’s effort to find the “mystery yodeler.” Turns out the song snippet that aired was Beverly Massegee’s recording of Wanda Jackson’s “Jesus Put a Yodel in My Soul.” It also turns out that Massegee is a very interesting woman: she was allegedly the “Babushka Lady” on the scene in Dallas when JFK was shot and subsequently overcame a heroin addiction and marriage to a “Dixie mafia” hitman. Then she began a yodeling-and-ventriloquism act to bring people to Jesus.
  • The Virtual Strangers are hosting a three-part bluegrass lecture and concert series beginning tonight at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla, Cali.
  • Edgar Loudermilk released a new single from his upcoming album, which will be released in July. Listen to “Shady Green” here.
  • On Thursday, Little Big Town will debut their video for “Your Side of the Bed” on Good Morning America. (via press release)
  • On May 29, GAC will premiere the concert special Brad Paisley Spins the Wheelhouse: Live in Vegas. Musical guests include Dierks Bentley, Carrie Underwood, and John Fogerty.
  • Dierks Bentley talks about his forthcoming record, Riser, in this video interview. Bentley says the album will have party songs, heartbreak songs, songs inspired by his late father, and “more depth.” (warning: autoplay)
  • Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle profiled The Whiskey Sisters.
  • Darius Rucker on his new album, True Believers: “I think we wrote close to 60 or 70 songs and worked on the sounds we wanted. The first two records sounded a lot alike; this time we just wanted to sound a little different. It’s always going to be my voice and all that, but we just wanted the songs to shine a little brighter, maybe do a couple things that were a little more country.”
  • The Dancing with the Stars finale is tonight in case you want to tune in and see if Kellie Pickler takes home the trophy. Wynonna will appear on the show as well, singing “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
  • Bobby Tanzilo of takes a look back at the “coolest record of the ‘60s folk revival:” Blues, Rags, and Hollers, by folk blues trio Koerner, Ray & Glover.
  • This week’s album releases:

Jude Johnstone Shatter

Don Rigsby Doctor’s Orders: A Tribute to Ralph Stanley

Darius Rucker True Believers

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound Howl

Townes Van Zandt High, Low and In Between / The Late, Great Townes Van Zandt

Mike Scott & Friends – Home Sweet Home

Red Dirt Rangers – Lone Chimney

Mac Davis – A Little More Action Please: The Anthology 1970-1985

Various Artists Classic Harmonica Blues

Various Artists – Swamp People

  1. Janice Brooks
    May 21, 2013 at 11:53 am

    As for new releases, I love the new Don Rigsby and Mike Scott. Will also dig up a cut of Mac Davis and Towns Van Zandt.

  2. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve got to say, I think “Lots More Blues, Rags, and Hollers” was a better record.

  3. Both Kinds of Music
    May 21, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    “I think we wrote close to 60 or 70 songs” and then put Wagon Wheel on there just to show we’re not different at all.

  4. Rick
    May 21, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Easton Corbin, Lee Greenwood, Craig Morgan, Mandy Barnett, Diamond Rio (who needs pitch correction these days), Angie Johnson(?), and Opry stalwarts John Conlee and Bill Anderson. Grade: B
    PS – Thursday Night’s show will be the real barn burner with The Oak Ridge Boys, Leroy Van Dyke, and Lynn Anderson! Crikey!

    Jon, I’ve never heard of either of those records before, but I’ll take your word for it.

    I hope Kellie Pickler wins DWTS tonight! Our current reigning queen of country music deserves to beat out that Disney Channel crowd of screeching teeny boppers (ie Taylor Swift’s shared fan base).

    Congratulations to George Strait for pulling off his “60 for 60″ feat! That is something that will never happen again in the commercial country music realm. Oops, I forgot about Taylor Swift…

  5. Luckyoldsun
    May 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    If Taylor Swift is scoring her 60th No. 1 record at age 61 or whatever, I’ll… (Oh, I forgot–I’ll be dead by then.)

  6. BRUCE
    May 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    @Both Kinds Of Music – Your point is?

    BTW, I love Rucker’s “Wagon Wheel” version.

    Gotta love Strait. I wished Swift would swiftly go away. But hey, I choose not to listen to her. What a freedom we have!!!

  7. Jon
    May 21, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    “@Both Kinds Of Music – Your point is?”

    It is a little opaque, isn’t it?

  8. Luckyoldsun
    May 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    Hank III says “Old Junior once said it best,”–Is that some sort of rapprochement in the Williams family soap opera?

    It’s nice that David Allan Coe is still doing it–even if he sounds about 90.

  9. Kelly D.
    May 22, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Dig the Whiskey Sisters and the write-up from ol’ Jim C.

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