George Strait’s Farewell Tour Grosses $72M; Carolyn Martin to Release Milton Brown Tribute Album; New Sturgill Simpson Video

Juli Thanki | April 18th, 2014

  • Dolly Parton has a work ethic that artists half her age could learn from. At 68, her days are jam-packed doing interviews, shooting music videos, and being delightful. I am exhausted just reading about her schedule.
  • George Strait’s farewell tour is raking in the cash, grossing more than $72 million since January 2013.
  • A few years back, record collector George Gimarc found Hank Williams’ Garden Spot Programs recorded for Naughton Farms in 1950, but due to the unusual size of the 16-inch discs, couldn’t play them until just a couple months ago. Thanks to Omnivore, these recordings will be available on CD next month, though you can get a sneak peek at them on Record Store Day.
  • Sturgill Simpson to NPR’s Ann Powers on writing for his solid new album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music: I just reached a point where the thought of writing and singing any more songs about heartache and drinking made me feel incredibly bored with music. It’s just not a headspace I occupy much these days. Nighttime reading about theology, cosmology, and breakthroughs in modern physics and their relationship to a few personal experiences I’ve had led to most of the songs on the album. NPR also posted the trippy new video for Simpson’s “Turtles All the Way Down.”
  • Stephen Deusner interviewed Joan Osborne about her new album.
  • Peter Cooper’s new column is about Western Swing Hall of Famer Carolyn Martin, who’s releasing a Milton Brown tribute record.
  • Willie Nelson will be inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame by fellow pot enthusiast Matthew McConaughey.
  • On June 3, Real Gone Music will reissue Linda Martell’s Color Me Country on CD. (via press release)
  • Shovels & Rope released a teaser for some new music they’ve got in the works.
  1. Six String Richie
    April 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    That Parks & Rec. clip was perfection! Everybody reading this blog should watch it even if they don’t watch the show (you don’t need the show to understand the clip).

    I’ve noticed a lot of posts on 145 about P & R. Who writing this blog is the big fan? Is it Juli?

    • Juli Thanki
      April 18, 2014 at 3:58 pm

      Indeed, Richie. Leslie Knope is my spirit animal.

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