Gerry Goffin Passes Away; Rhiannon Giddens Plans Solo Album; New Book Celebrates the Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Juli Thanki | June 20th, 2014

  • Songwriting legend Gerry Goffin passed away yesterday at the age of 75. What’s your favorite song that Goffin co-wrote? (I’m partial to “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” and The Byrds‘ version of “Goin’ Back.”)
  • The project to restore Woody Guthrie’s childhood home in Okemah has hit a snag due to a financial dispute.
  • The 615 chose Lera Lynn as their next spotlight artist; the site also premiered “La Di Da” from Lynn’s next record, The Avenues, which comes out September 9.
  • Carrie Underwood is doing mission work in Haiti.
  • Cat lady and Law & Order superfan (celebrities – they’re just like us!) Taylor Swift continues her campaign to amuse me: she just named her freakishly cute new kitten after SVU detective Olivia Benson.
  • St. Paul & The Broken Bones have been Summer Stars by Relix.
  • Lady Antebellum’s new video for “Bartender” stars Kate Upton and Tony “Buster Bluth” Hale.
  • Wall St. Cheat Sheet reports that Carolina Chocolate Drop Rhiannon Giddens is working on her new solo record with T Bone Burnett. Gidden on her the material she chose for the album: “[Most] of it is material that was either sort of covered definitely by a woman I admire or was written by a woman. So we’re doing a Dolly Parton song, a song Patsy Cline sang, a Nina Simone song, a song Sister Rosetta Tharpe sang and popularized, um, Jean RitchieEthel Waters … So it’s a real, kind of a survey of Americana, women in Americana … from the earlier part of the 20th century.”
  • The Avett Brothers have a new album in the works as well; they expect to return to the studio with Rick Rubin in November.
  • Joe Henry discusses his new album, Invisible Hour, in this L.A. Times piece.
  • This Relix article includes photos from the new book celebrating 40 years of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
  • VinyloftheDay.com put together a pretty neat post about how the Soviets used x-rays to listen to Western music during the Cold War. An excerpt: “Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, people in the Soviet Union began making records of banned Western music on discarded x-rays. With the help of a special device, banned bootlegged jazz and rock ‘n’ roll records were ‘pressed’ on thick radiographs salvaged from hospital waste bins and then cut into discs of 23-25 centimeters in diameter. ‘They would cut the X-ray into a crude circle with manicure scissors and use a cigarette to burn a hole,’ says author Anya von Bremzen. ‘You’d have Elvis on the lungs, Duke Ellington on Aunt Masha’s brain scan — forbidden Western music captured on the interiors of Soviet citizens.’”
  • Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins played a Backyard Bluegrass Session. Watch them tear through “Wild Mountain Honey” here.
  1. bob
    June 20, 2014 at 11:34 am

    favorite Goggin co-write: Up on the Roof,the original by the Drifters and the James Taylor version.

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