Gill, Skaggs to Perform at Jack Greene Memorial; New Jason Isbell Album Due in June; Mississippi Country Music Trail Will Honor Johnny Russell

Juli Thanki | March 22nd, 2013

  • A memorial service for Jack Greene will be held March 27 at the Ryman. Vince Gill, Lorrie Morgan, Gene Watson, Mandy Barnett, The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Penn Pennington, Joe Rucker and members of the Opry band are expected to perform, while Dallas Frazier, Jeannie Seely, Keith Bilbrey, Charlie Ammerman, and Roxanne Atwood are expected to give euolgies.
  • Jason Isbell’s next album, Southeastern, will be released June 11 through Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers. (via press release)
  • Alan Jackson’s Precious Memories Volume II will include “Amazing Grace,” “He Lives,” “When the Roll is Called Up Yonder,” “There’s Power in the Blood,” and “Precious Memories,” which wasn’t on the first album.
  • Charlie Chase and the late Tennessee Ernie Ford will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame on May 4. Read the entire list of new inductees here.
  • David Allan Coe remains hospitalized following his car accident. He’s recovering from cracked ribs and bruised kidneys and some of his upcoming concerts have been canceled, reports Saving Country Music.
  • Brad Paisley’s going to the on the cover of Parade this weekend. A special edition of Paisley’s upcoming record, Wheelhouse, will be available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores beginning April 9.
  • Another Record Store Day release: a Willie Nelson 7” on green vinyl. The A-side is the “all-star version” of “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” from Heroes; the B-side is an unreleased solo version of the song. (via press release)
  • There’s a Kim Richey sampler available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Junior Sisk on collaborating with his father: We actually have never sat down and wrote a song together. He writes two or three songs a week, pretty much. … He always writes at the top of the page, “Play in the key of D, sing like Carter Stanley.” I’ve told him time and time again, “You can’t do that. They all would sound the same, Dad.” So I take the songs. I can tell right away if the words are gonna fit me or not. I sit with the guitar and rearrange it and change some words around, and that’s how I become co-writer. He’s the main writer. I just have to change things around to suit me.
  • Peter Cooper’s new Tennessean article tackles The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken.
  • Balmorhea covered Robert Earl Keen’s “So I Can Take My Rest” for The A.V. Club.
  • Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a collection of songs from a musical composed by John Mellencamp, Stephen King, and T Bone Burnett, will be released June 4. It features “blues and roots” songs performed by Kris Kristofferson, Rosanne Cash, Neko Case, and others.
  • Craig Shelburne interviewed Kacey Musgraves. An excerpt: I love Lee Ann Womack and John Prine. That’s kind of my ideal cross point. If I can sing it like Lee Ann would and say it like John would, then I feel like I’ve gotten somewhere.
  • Stephen Stills did a Q&A with Jessica Hopper of Rolling Stone.
  • Stream Jason Molina’s entire catalog on the Magnolia Electric Co. site.


  1. Janice Brooks
    March 22, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Interesting timing on the Johnny Russell track so close to Buck Owens death aniversary.

  2. Rick
    March 22, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Of the five tracks offered on the Kim Richey sampler three were originally on the “Rise” album released over ten years ago! Does this mean she’s reverted to her “hippie” phase again? (lol)

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features Alan Jackson (a rarity), Gene Watson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Daily & Vincent, Jaida Dreyer, Ricky Skaggs, and Chris Janson(?). Grade: A+!
    The Saturday Night Opry will feature Texas cutie Kristen Kelly, The Marshall Tucker Band (now that’s country! lol), Kayla Sloan(?), Charles Esten(?), and James Wesley(?). Grade: Who are these people?

    I know I’ve said it before, but I hope Alan Jackson drank a few cans of Red Bull before his vocal recording sessions on Precious Memories II. There is no reason to sound on the verge of narcolepsy when singing hymns!

    It will be interesting to see if Kacey Musgraves builds any legs to stand on with Top 40 AirHead Country Radio. She is too outspoken and “open minded” to really be embraced by the format. Based upon what I’ve read about her tweets and her song “Follow Your Arrow”, I wouldn’t be surprised one bit if she were to announce at some point that she was bi-sexual. Maybe that would fare better than Chely Wright’s reception when she came out. Kacey seems to be compelled to rattle cages…

  3. J.R. Journey
    March 22, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I did not know Pat Sajak was a WSM radio deejay before he hosted Wheel of Fortune. And how is Charlie Chase being inducted without Lorianne Crook? Besides that Funny Business show on TNN in the late-’80s and early-’90s, has he done anything as a solo?

  4. Mike Wimmer
    March 22, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Cant wait for the new Jason Isbell album. One of the best singer-songwriters in any genre going right now.

  5. Rick
    March 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Darn, McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica cancelled their Michelle Shocked concerts scheduled for Saturday night due to Michelle’s recent, um “comments”. I don’t call it “The People’s Republic of Santa Monica” for nothing. I was hoping to see another onstage meltdown! Oh well…

    Saturday night was thankfully redeemed though by the appearance of “The Walmart Singing Cashier” from Matewan, WV named Kayla Sloan who sang on the Opry! Kayla’s voice is about as “country” as collard greens and squirrel stew and she loves classic country. Kayla sang “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Coat of Many Colors” and even joined the Marshall Tucker band for “Can’t You See”. The Opry audience loved Kayla and I hope she gets invited back often! They should, I’m sure she works cheap! (lol) Go Kayla!

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