Healing in the Heartland Benefit Concert Airs Tomorrow; Developers Want to Demolish Bob Wills’ Triple B Ranch; Album Releases
- Blake Shelton’s Healing in the Heartland Oklahoma benefit concert airs on NBC tomorrow night at 9:00 Eastern. It’ll also be broadcast on Style, CMT, E!, G4, and Bravo. Performers include Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba, and Vince Gill.
- Jody Rosen wrote an excellent profile on Shane McAnally for The New York Times.
- A developer has obtained a demolition permit to tear down Bob Wills’ Triple B Ranch in Fresno and build a 200 house subdivision, despite the findings of the Fresno Historical Preservation Commission, reports KFSN-TV.
- Patty Griffin played a few for Bob Harris Country on BBC Radio 2. (warning: autoplay)
- Rolling Stone posted a clip of Dierks Bentley’s new single (which hits radio today), “Bourbon in Kentucky,” featuring Kacey Musgraves.
- Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Hot Club of Cowtown’s Elana James for CMT Edge.
- Stream the John Mellencamp/Stephen King/T Bone Burnett project Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
- Sarah Jarosz, Kelley Mickwee (The Trishas), and more share their favorite Levon Helm performances.
- Here’s a joint interview with Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen published in the New York Times.
- Out August 6: Classic Banjo from Smithsonian Folkways, a compilation featuring Dock Boggs, Pete Seeger, Doc Watson, Ola Belle Reed, Elizabeth Cotten, and more.
- Stephen Deusner wrote about the history of “You Are My Sunshine” for Salon.com.
- Find out the story behind “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
- Keith Urban talks about his new album with Gary Graff of The 615. Fuse will be released September 10.
- Anyone watch Ring of Fire on Lifetime last night? Jewel talks about playing June Carter Cash with Rolling Stone and the Tennessean.
- John Fogerty talks about his new record in this USA Today feature. (warning: autoplay)
- Yonder Mountain String Band has a new album in the works.
- Carrie Underwood joined the Rolling Stones onstage in Toronto for “It’s Only Rock n’ Roll.”
- MusicFest is now the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest ‘N Sugar Grove.
- This week’s album releases:
John Fogerty – Wrote a Song for Everyone
Della Mae – This World Oft Can Be
Gretchen Wilson – Under the Covers
Hot Club of Cowtown – Rendezvous in Rhythm
Claire Lynch – Dear Sister
Rebecca Frazier – When We Fall
Joe Diffie, Sammy Kershaw & Aaron Tippin – All in the Same Boat
The Bankesters – Looking Forward (re-release)
Marshall Chapman – Blaze of Glory
Marshall Tucker Band – Live from Spartanburg, South Carolina
Clarence Bucaro – Dreaming from the Heart of New York
Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally – House & Garden
Various Artists – Turn Me Loose: Outsiders of Old-Time Music
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …