Hank Williams Concert Recordings Scheduled for October Release; Laurie Lewis & Del McCoury to Host IBMA Awards; Brantley Gilbert Announces First Headlining Tour

Juli Thanki | July 12th, 2012

  • Hank Williams: The Lost Concerts Limited Collector’s Edition will be released on October 2. The collection features “the only two Hank concerts reputed to be recorded…the concerts were recorded only six weeks apart in 1952, less than a year before the songwriter’s death. At the time, tape recording was expensive and rarely done, but lucky for us, a radio DJ in Buffalo, New York, and a promoter in Pennsylvania, decided to capture the unscripted and intimate performances in their respective hometowns. In between the songs, Hank shares personal anecdotes about himself, his band members and his songs.”
  • Lots of folks are eligible for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. CMT.com’s Craig Shelburne takes a look at a few of them. Who do you predict will see induction next?
  • Laurie Lewis and Del McCoury will host this year’s IBMA Awards at the Ryman on September 27. The nominees will be announced August 15 at The Loveless Barn. (via press release)
  • Watch Old Crow Medicine Show play “Sewanee Mountain Catfight” outside the Ryman.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Jason Isbell for the Nashville Scene. An excerpt: “I try to have sort of an ideal listener in my head that basically remains the same person for every song that I write. I kind of have this person I’ve made up that’s sort of sitting next to me listening when I finish a song, the kind of person I want to play for, I guess. I don’t know if that’s intellectually elitist or the opposite, but it’s just sorta for me, somebody that’s my ideal audience member.”
  • Jim Caligiuri of the Austin Chronicle picked a few of his favorite songs from the first half of 2011. His downloadable mix includes John Fullbright, Lyle Lovett, and Marty Stuart.
  • Lots of folks are weighing in on Luke Bryan’s performance at All-Star Game, during which he read a few “key words” of the national anthem off his hand. Here are posts from Saving Country Music’s Triggerman and CMT’s Alison Bonaguro.
  • Hear another Woody Guthrie playlist, featuring not only Woody and son Arlo, but Alison Krauss & Union Station, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, and Tim O’Brien, to mention just three acts.
  • Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue interviewed Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place about the new Woody Guthrie box set.
  • The July 17 episode of PBS program History Detectives will take a look at a vintage Stratocaster that is allegedly the one played by Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival.
  • A couple weeks ago, Punch Brothers played a few for Garden & Gun.
  • Hank Jr. on his new musicI’m playing like four or five instruments on here myself. I’m a pretty much hands-on guy. Even the engineers said, “Nobody in this town does this! They don’t come in here and play five instruments. Are you crazy?” I said, “Well, I’m not them.” It’s really fun, getting rid of Curb [Records] and saving some of those good songs and all the new stuff.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our autographed Sara Evans CD giveaway: Michael A.
  1. Rick
    July 12, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    It’s cool that those Hank Williams Sr. concerts were recorded way back when. I look forward to hearing them at some point in time.

    I am just so jazzed to read about the Brantley Gilbert headlining tour! It’s kind of a sign like the Pale Horseman of the Apocalypse when it comes to the future of AirHead Country Music…

    Wow, so Hank Jr. actually played multiple instruments on his new album! That is truly remarkable as I’ve never heard of that being done before by anyone in country music!…(lol)

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