Grand Ole Opry Stars Honor George Jones; Willie Turns 80; CMA Music Festival Makes History

Blake Boldt | April 29th, 2013

  • The death of George Jones remained in the news over the weekend, including this remembrance from freelance journalist Tim Ghianni for CMT.
  • George Jonesfuneral is scheduled for Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House and will be open to the public.
  • Willie Nelson turns 80 this week and the country world celebrates.
  • Patsy Cline‘s exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame closes on June 9. A special concert featuring Pam Tillis and Lorrie Morgan is one of many events in May that revolve around the exhibit.
  • Also from Twang Nation, the new video for John Fullbright‘s “Gawd Above.”
  • CMA Music Festival made history by selling out the LP Field nightly shows six weeks in advance.
  • Peter Cooper of The Tennessean speaks with Kenny Chesney about his new album, Life on a Rock, out tomorrow.
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill wrapped up their limited engagement at the Venetian in Las Vegas last weekend.
  • Lady Antebellum is “definitely really country,” according to Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley.
  • Speaking of Stagecoach, the L.A. Times published a recap and photo galleries of the event.
  • Consequence of Sound gave a positive review of Kacey Musgraves‘ performance at Joe’s Bar in Chicago.
  • Texas country singer Aaron Watson tells of the real-life tragedy behind his latest album, Real Good Time, in this interview with Amarillo Globe-News.
  • Rockie Lynne will perform a benefit concert next month in North Carolina as part of his nonprofit organization Tribute to the Troops.
  • Chris Talbott of the Associated Press profiles “Brooklyn country” act The Lone Bellow.
  1. Bruce
    April 29, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Looking for a review of Marty Stuart at Stagecoach 2013. He and his band consistently put on great performances and I assume this one was no dofferent.

  2. Barry Mazor
    April 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Well, here’s a VIEW of Marty & the Superlatives at Stagecoach–shaky video, but real:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bc_cfPm3Buc

  3. Rick
    April 29, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    So Stagecoach passes cost $ 240, eh! Holy crap! I am grateful for all of the news write ups to read about all that I missed out on this weekend! (lol) I just wish The Little Willies would perform at McCabe’s Guitar Shop. Oh well…

    Come to think of it, I also wish Kasey Musgraves would perform at McCabe’s Guitar Shop some time. Guess you can’t have everything.

    Article link title above: “CMA Music Festival made history by selling out the LP Field nightly shows six weeks in advance.” I’m always amazed at how passionate some people can become about mediocrity! Crikey mate!

    That Aaron Watson article was quite poignant. Aaron’s deep rooted Christian sensibilities are one of the reasons he is so popular. Go Aaron!

  4. Bruce
    April 29, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Video says it all. Thanks for posting Barry.

  5. Jonathan Pappalardo
    April 29, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Dierks did a wonderful cover of “Walk Through This World With Me” at Stagecoach. Got to see his set on TV, as DirectTV carried the whole festival live.

    Also loved how he and the band reworked “Settle For A Slowdown” into a bluegrass ballad.

Tagged In This Article

// // // // // // // // // //

Current Discussion

  • Michael A.: Has anyone else had a difficult time trying to get the free download from the Reba site?
  • Dave D.: I can't believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode - and it was a Sharona episode, as …
  • nm: Taylor Swift was on CSI once. Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about …
  • Barry Mazor: It's only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbwDGtj84YY
  • Arlene: I suspect you'll also be including an episode of L.A. Law....
  • luckyoldsun: The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt "the b--- had it coming."
  • A.B.: Janice - I saw that too and sent him a Tweet about it.
  • Janice Brooks: Peter Cooper needs an edit. Stringbean did not die in 1964.
  • Leeann: I can't contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It's not my …
  • Jeremy Dylan: That was a great episode of Monk. The "Georgia On My Mind" scene is just heartbreaking.

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton
  • sturgillsimpsonmetamodern
  • raypricebeautyis
  • rodneycrowelltarpapersky
  • rhondavincentonlyme
  • mandybgibson