Hall of Fame Inductees Named; Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan Announce Tour Dates; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | April 22nd, 2014

  • The 2014 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are:

Hank Cochran (Songwriter)

Mac Wiseman (Veteran Era)

Ronnie Milsap (Modern Era)

  • Omnivore Recordings is holding a spring sale. Go get some music from Merle Haggard, Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens, Don Rich, and lots more.
  • Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan are touring as a duo this summer.
  • John Fullbright released a video – filmed at Willie Nelson’s ranch — for “Happy,” the opening track on his new record, Songs (out May 27). Fullbright also played a couple songs for Jam in the Van.
  • Nickel Creek talked about their reunion in this Wall Street Journal article penned by Jim Fusilli.
  • Headliners for this year’s Taste of Chicago Fest (July 9-13) include Emmylou Harris and Jeff Tweedy.
  • Dolly Parton remains flawless. An excerpt from her speech at sister Stella’s Red Tent Women’s Conference: “Above everything else I’ve done, I’ve always said I’ve had more guts than I’ve got talent…I just had enough talents to carry me through. This is what I always wanted to do, and I’ve been through a lot. It ain’t all glamour — that is certainly true — but it’s been worth it for me. And above everything else, I have always tried.”
  • Download a Felice Brothers sampler at NoiseTrade. 
  • The new Muse sampler features songs from John Fullbright and Luther Dickinson.
  • Moot Davis’ “Goin’ in Hot” is available for free dollars today.
  • NPR is streaming The Milk Carton Kids’ live DVD.
  • Most Messed UpThe Old 97’s new record, is streaming at Amazon before its April 29 release.
  • Carrie Underwood is a Billboard Milestone Award finalist. She’s up against pop stars Ellie Goulding and OneRepublic.
  • Grascal Danny Roberts will release a solo album called Nighthawk on May 20.
  • Farce the Music posted the lyrics to Jerrod Niemann’s “Donkey.” It may sound like a FTM parody, but it’s not. Someone – several someones, actually — wrote this.
  • If you follow us on Twitter, you know we spend a fair amount of time pondering serious issues like, “What if Game of Thrones was set in Nashville?” Turns out that Michiel Huisman, who plays Liam on Nashville, left that show to become GoT’s new Daario Naharis, where he’ll sing less, but behead more. (If you don’t watch either of these shows, this blurb is probably gibberish. Just move along.)
  • Jim Rooney has written a new book. In It for the Long Run: A Musical Oddity is out now via the University of Illinois Press.
  • This week’s album releases (if you enjoy the content on E145, we’d sure appreciate it if you’d help support the site by purchasing your music through these affiliate links):

The Seldom Scene Long Time…Seldom Scene

Black Prairie Fortune

Rachele Lynae Rachele Lynae

Keb’ Mo BluesAmericana

After Jack Echo

Magnolia Sisters Love’s Lies

Rosanne Cash Right or Wrong (reissue)

  • And a very, very funny book:

Todd Snider I Never Met a Story I Didn’t Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

  1. mrsandydog
    April 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Mac Wiseman before Jerry Reed or Dottie West? That seems weird.

  2. sheldon
    April 22, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    You beat me to the punch, mrsandydog. No Dottie for another year.

    Dolly is a national treasure, btw.

  3. Barry Mazor
    April 22, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Why exactly would it be “weird” to induct an earlier deserving veteran before a later one? (Some people are always arguing just the opposite!–(How can a later artist be in when x has not been, yet.)) Under current rules, btw, Jerry Reed would still be in the contemporary category, not the veteran category Mac Wiseman is being inducted for.

  4. luckyoldsun
    April 22, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t know what exactly makes one a national treasure, but I’d give that appellation to Mac Wiseman before the other artist mentioned. He’s definitely a unique talent.

    Plus, I saw a clip of Wiseman on the Del Reeves Carnival Show from maybe 40 years ago and he looked to be north of 350 pounds. And he’s still going strong–at 88 years old. Just goes to show–you can’t predict what’s going to happen!

  5. Paul W Dennis
    April 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Delighted to see “The Voice With A Heart” being inducted – he is my all-time favorite bluegrass vocalist.

    Hank Cochran and Ronnie Milsap are fully deserving of the honor, as well.

  6. Leeann Ward
    April 22, 2014 at 9:47 pm

    Yes, great choices for inductees!

    In Milsap’s case, I guess if you say it to Juli Thanki, it will happen!:):

    Do you feel like that making multiformat/crossover music is delaying your Hall of Fame induction?

    I don’t know, but I will say that I definitely want to be in the Hall of Fame. I’ve been doing this a long time and I deserve to be there. If I’m not there this year, I guess I’ll cry. I mentioned that to Brenda Lee and she said “Crying is always good.”

    I want to be there, but I can’t make that happen. It’s not like there’s a political move you can do. I asked my producer friend how I could do this and he said “You just live your life the way you’ve been doing and it’ll happen.”

    A lot of people think I’m already in the Hall, but I’m not. I hope we can change that. That would certainly be the payoff after being in country music all these years.

  7. Leeann Ward
    April 22, 2014 at 9:50 pm
  8. TX Music Jim
    April 23, 2014 at 10:10 am

    All valid choices. I will forever hold out the hope that Gram Parsons, Jerry Jeff Walker and Gary Stewart will go in. Also truly hope Johnny Paycheck, Hank Jr and David Alan Coe get the nod someday. Congrats to the inductees each of them deserves the honor.

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