48 of the Indiana stage collapse victims have sued Sugarland and 12 other defendants.
Hearth Music posted an interview with old-time banjo playerRiley Baugus, whose work has appeared on the Cold Mountain soundtrack and the Robert Plant/Alison Krauss collaboration Raising Sand, to name just two albums.
News from Matraca Berg’s Twitter account: just wrote a countryass song with @guitarleena [Angaleena Presley] .one of my favorite young songstresses… Sounds good as long as it’s a “countryass song” and not a “country ass song.”
Rolling Stone made a list of their Top 100 Guitarists. Roger McGuinn, Bonnie Raitt, Buddy Holly, John Fahey, Willie Nelson, Robert Johnson, Richard Thompson, Clarence White, Scotty Moore, Bo Diddley, Chet Atkins, and James Burton are a few of the country/roots names that made the cut.
If you get RFD-TV, Friday at 8pm Eastern they’ll be airing Joey + Rory’s A Farmhouse Christmas special.
Rhonda Vincent added Brent Burke, a reso-gutarist who she says is the “next Jerry Douglas,” to her band The Rage.
John Hiatt, Rodney Crowell, Ranger Doug, Chris Scruggs, Rosanne Cash and Rodney-Rosanne offspring Chelsea Crowell will play a benefit show in Nashville on December 19th where the proceeds go to Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Tickets start at $30.
My Kind of Country’s Occasional Hope digsJason Boland and the Stragglers’ Rancho Alto.
George Strait remembersChris LeDoux in an interview with Storme Warren.
Saving Country Music, Muddy Roots Music, and Hillgrass Bluebilly have joined forces to bring the fifth annual XSXSW showcase to next year’s SXSW to “offer fans and artists an alternative to the SXSW madness, while still giving them the opportunity to take advantage of the massive collection of talent, resources, and networking capabilities SXSW affords, and unlike many SXSW events, it is completely open to the public.”
Listen to Little Big Town’s take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Our posting schedule is light this week as we brine turkeys, roll out pie crusts, and get patted down by airport security. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everyone.
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.