HoF to Hold “Women of West Coast Country” Panel; Download Rayna Gellert, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale Songs; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | November 20th, 2012

  • Here’s a New York Times article about Darden Smith’s SongwritingWith:Soldiers retreat, which helps veterans find some healing through writing: Staff Sgt. Eustacio Obregon, who deployed four times to Iraq as a petroleum supply specialist, composed a song with Sergeants McRae and Josh Hartman, 43, about firefights, friends who were killed in battle and repeat deployments. “This is a way to open up a little more about what we’ve been through,” Sergeant Obregon, 38, said. “This song is something that’s mine, this is my life. I can bring this song home and play it for my kids, and they can understand what I’ve been through.” Karen Vandiver, a psychotherapist who works with veterans and soldiers, helped select those who attended the camp. Most of them have post-traumatic stress disorder. “Songwriting is very healing, and it needs the same focus as psychotherapy,” Ms. Vandiver said. “When you focus on your issue in an intense way, you get insight and often closure.” 
  • American Songwriter profiled another organization, which can be found at WarriorSongs.org, which aims to “transform the destructive experience of war and its effects on those who serve into something meaningful and universal, allowing veterans to reclaim their joy and hope.” 
  • Popular Science posted an image gallery of “strange musical instruments” from their archives, including the harpitar and the world’s largest fiddle, built by a New Jersey man in 1935.
  • Del McCoury pulled out the five-string for a song during his Alexandria, VA show, with Sam Bush accompanying him on fiddle.
  • On November 29, Ted Russell Kamp will stream a live concert for the Blackwing Sessions. He’ll be performing songs from his new record, Night Owl, which is due out in January.
  • Bill Friskics-Warren reviewed the Tompkins Square box set Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music 1923-1936. 
  • CMT’s Craig Shelburne interviewed producer Scott Hendricks.
  • Gary LeVox discusses Rascal Flatts’ near breakup and the band’s restaurant chain in this audio clip.
  • Krystal Keith has been officially signed to father Toby’s Show Dog-Universal label.
  • Hunter Hayes sat down for a Q&A with John Ritchie of American Songwriter.
  • It’s Acoustic Week at MusicRadar.com. Today they’re covering country music. Blues has also been featured.
  • “Jazzgrass” group MilkDrive is featured on CMT Edge.
  • Jewly Hight leads an entertaining conversation with Corb Lund and Hayes Carll.
  • Listen to “I Lost My Job of Loving You” from Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale’s new album, and download their version of “The Train That Carried My Gal from Town” on the duo’s Facebook page.
  • Here’s a track from Bobby Rush’s upcoming album, Down in Louisiana.
  • Download songs from Rayna Gellert, Mary Bridget Davies, and more.
  • This week’s album releases—including the Black Friday specials:

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Live from Alabama

Shannon Whitworth & Barrett Smith Bring It on Home

Six Market Blvd. Shake It Down (re-release)

Rascal Flatts All Access & Uncovered (DVD)

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Live at Red, White, and Bluegrass

Various Artists Cluck Old Hen: A Barnyard Serenade 1926-1940

Various Artists This and That for Christmas

Phoenix Stone Honky Tonk Superstar

Chris Isaak Chris Isaak Live! Beyond the Sun (DVD)

Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderale Buddy & Jim (Black Friday release)

Merle Haggard Capitol Rarities (Black Friday 10″ vinyl release)

Wanda Jackson – Capitol Rarities (Black Friday 10″)

George Jones United Artist Rarities (Black Friday 10″)

Buck Owens – Buck Sings Eagles (Black Friday 10″)

  1. Janice Brooks
    November 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Go girls of the West Coast

  2. Jack Williams
    November 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I was at the Sam Bush and Del McCoury show at the Birchmere and it looks like the video was made not far behind me. What a great show it was. It’s like they made the whole Birchmere their living room.

    There was a funny quote from Sam Bush when the crowd wanted him to pick up the banjo. He said he was going keep his standing as a Southern gentleman. A Southern gentleman knows how to play the banjo, but… won’t.

    Seeing and hearing Del McCoury hit those high notes on Midnight on the Stormy Deep was something to behold.

  3. bob
    November 20, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Kudos to Darden Smith and the other songwriters involved in helping soldiers coping with PTSD & TBI.

  4. Saving Country Music
    November 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I would kill to be in that Women of the West Coast panel discussion. I’m really hoping the California Country exhibit lends to some serious consideration for The Maddox Brothers & Rose being inducted.

    Now Jon, say something condescending about me. ;)

  5. Arlene
    November 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Does anyone know why news reports (and Juli) are listing this week as the week for the release of the Buddy and Jim album while Amazon and New West Records list the release date as December 11th? Is the album available to purchase somewhere for immediate delivery or was the release date pushed back everywhere? Thanks.

    • Juli Thanki
      November 20, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      The album will be available at many independent record stores this week as part of Black Friday; it’ll be available everywhere starting on the 11th.

  6. Jack Williams
    November 20, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Arlene, it’s a Black Friday Record Store Day special, I believe. That is, available at participating independent record stores today, then generally on 12/11.

  7. Arlene
    November 20, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Got it. Thanks Jack and Juli.

  8. Jon
    November 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I believe that would be Del accompanying Sam, not the other way around.

  9. Jon
    November 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Boy, that MusicRadar.com piece is something else.

  10. Ken Morton, Jr.
    November 21, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Boy, that MusicRadar.com piece is something else.
    Good else or bad else, Jon?

  11. luckyoldsun
    November 21, 2012 at 3:22 am

    It reads like a guy was given–or gave himself–the assignment of writigng the entire history of country music. So he got an encyclopedia and read up on Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family. And he started writing about what he read. And then he kind of tired of the whole thing and decided to tell the rest of country music history from memory–and whatever popped into his head–including the made-up fact that Elvis got “You Were Always On My Mind” from Willie!

    Oh, and the guy wrote this opus a dozen or so years ago and MusicRadar decided to post it now.

    In this case, I have to agree that it’s “something else.”

  12. Jon
    November 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Bizarre else.

  13. Rick
    November 21, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Speaking of Buddy and Jim, they will be performing on this Wednesday night’s Music City Roots show! Yay! Other artists slated to appear include 18 South (fronted by Jon Randall Stewart), Shawn Camp, Mike Farris, and The Church Sisters. Grade A! It’s a shame so few people will be tuning in due to the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday. Oh well…
    Link: http://musiccityroots.com/

    I would love to watch that “Women of West Coast County” panel discussion live online from the CMHOF but they don’t offer such a service! The CMHOF needs to get in contact with the Music City Roots folks and set up similar live streaming capability to cover these types of events. Even as a pay service I’d gladly pay $5 to watch this live if I had the opportunity. I’m guessing there are quite a few other people who don’t live in Nashville who would love to take advantage of such a service if it were offered. They’d better record this event for their archives and make it available on their website at some point or I’ll be an unhappy camper. Events like this are too important not to preserve for posterity!

    You know Jan Howard should also be included in that CMHOF panel discusssion of west coast country women. Jan and her songwriter husband Harlan lived in Los Angeles in the mid to late 1950’s and Jan recorded duets with their close personal friend Wynn Stewart who would stay with them on occasion. I think Jan well deserves a seat at that table.

  14. Barry Mazor
    November 21, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    Jan Howard did appear on a panel on the opening week of the Bakersfield exhibit, fyi, Rick. And I’ plan to be at that “Women of West Coast Country” event, so at least I can report on it later. It’s possible it will be streamed after the fact, as the Hall often does, but I don’t know that to be the case as of now..

  15. Jeremy Dylan
    November 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    I encourage all to head over to the MCR website and catch up with this week’s show. One of their best.

  16. Rick
    November 22, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Barry, I think you should contact the CMHOF and tell them the MUST video record that panel discussion! (lol) I would love to hear what Jean Shepard has to say about Rose Maddox. Also, having Lorrie Collins there is too cool. The Collins Kids should have focused far more on country music rather than rockabilly and they might have had greater success and longevity. Their song “They’re Still In Love” is top shelf by any standard. They are mostly an unknown/forgotten act these days so I’m glad Bear Family put out a neat compilation album of their better songs.

    Jeremy, I totally agree with you about this week’s MCR show. It was also one of the longest MCR shows ever by about half an hour but no one was complaining. The music was consistently good to excellent throughout the entire program, unilke most MCR shows where the opposite is usually the case. It’s well worth a listen, all three hours of it!

  17. Barry Mazor
    November 23, 2012 at 12:16 am

    I once discussed Rose Maddox with Ms. Shepard; she felt competitive towards her, mainly, said they had some “set tos” but eventually–later– became good friends. Among the country women who followed Rose they often seemed to have admired her talent, but she could be, well, prickly.

  18. Rick
    November 24, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for that insight Barry! I’m really looking forward to your write up of that event and am glad you have chosen to attend.

    Last night (Friday Nov. 23rd) on the “WSM Request Show” after the Opry I asked Kevin Anderson to spin a Collins Kids song and he seemed to not be familiar with them! (lol) Neither Kevin, nor Eddie Stubbs, played a Collins Kids song so I’m guessing the WSM music library might not have any. It’s time they headed to the E.T. Record Shop to pick up a copy of the Bear Family CD “The Rockin’est!”.

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