Homer Bailes Passes Away; Muddy Roots Lineup Announced; Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay Release Christmas Album

Juli Thanki | December 5th, 2013

  • Homer Bailes, the last surviving member of The Bailes Brothers, passed away on December 3. He was 91.
  • Kenny and Amanda Smith have released a Christmas song, too. Listen to a snippet of “When Love Was Born” on Bluegrass Today.
  • The full lineup for Muddy Roots 2014 (August 29-31 in Cookeville, Tenn.) has been announced: it includes Bobby Bare, The Blasters, Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers, The Tillers, and lots more.
  • Bassist Blake Johnson and banjo player Keith McKinnon have joined IIIrd Tyme Out, filling the spaces left by Edgar Loudermilk and Steve Dilling. (via press release)
  • Chris Young talks about Texas, Nashville Star, and manscaping with our pal Kelly Dearmore.
  • Jason Isbell’s Southeastern topped American Songwriter’s 50 Best Albums of 2013 list.
  • GAC will air Kenny and Dolly: An Intimate Conversation on Monday night.
  • Fantastic film 20 Feet from Stardom has made the 2014 Oscar shortlist in the best documentary feature category. The five final nominees will be announced on January 16.
  • The Shakes’ Brittany Howard guested on Buffalo Clover’s “Misery.”
  • Harvelle’s, an L.A.-area blues club, is going to become a nonprofit. The venue already hosts a weekly benefit called “Service Your Soul,” which raises money to help feed the hungry and provide music education to foster children.
  • Kenny Roby visited the Relix offices to play the title track of his 2013 album Memories & Birds.
  • Trace Adkins on his Christmas record and holiday tour: “It’s definitely something different for me and yes, I’m probably taking a bit of a chance with it, but I’m not worried about it…Musically, it’s the most beautiful thing I have ever had a chance to be a part of. I have always said that anytime you get outside your comfort zone and challenge you. That’s how you grow.” 
  • The “Enlightenment of W.C. Handy” marker will be unveiled on the Mississippi Blues Trail this afternoon in Cleveland, Miss.
  1. SunsetPark
    December 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    http://www.dictionary.com today has “5 Famous Words of Country Music” on their front page. It includes honky-tonk (with a reference to Trace Adkins) and boondocks (with reference to Little Big Town). Interesting.

  2. Janice Brooks
    December 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    The Kenny and Amanda Smith track is in rotation her. Hoping for a promo from Brennen and Noel.

  3. BRUCE
    December 5, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Interesting lawsuit against Paisley & Underwood plus Sony. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

    The Von Trapps had some stinging comments concerning Underwood’s “Spound of Music” part. I think they pose some legitimate comments.

    Adkins Christmas project and album shows he’s more than just than just the “butt” song. His talent deserves a place.

  4. tncheesehead
    December 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    reading the story behind the Paisley/Underwood lawsuit I would guess that yes the idea was stolen – too many coincidences of who might have heard that song and then a new one popped up with the same hook…but that happens all of the time in Nashville – I heard a song that an artist that is now a pop singer on the west coast wrote with a Nashville producer in hopes of getting a record deal – and it was a great song…she didn’t get the cut but the producer moved on and wrote the same song with Taylor Swift – and gave no credit to his first co-writer. I doubt the writer has any chance in an actual trial except for the fact that somebody might pony up $10,000 in hush money for her to go away….

  5. TexasVet
    December 6, 2013 at 12:07 am

    The Von Trapps had some stinging comments concerning Underwood’s “Spound of Music” part. I think they pose some legitimate comments.

    The Von Trapp family have been very supportive:

    A descendant of the story’s main characters says Carrie Underwood may bring something good to the story


  6. Barry Mazor
    December 6, 2013 at 5:25 am

    That any version of “Sound of Music” would be “trying to replace the cats of the movie” is an hysterically funny misunderstanding of what Broadway book shows ARE. The show is done hundreds of times a year by hundreds of cast–and the parts were most certainly not invented or set in stone by the movie cast. (Maria was first payed by Mary Martin, on Broadway, for instance.)

    This is all beside the point that “The Sound of Music” now looks like one step on the road towards demeaning a once great adult American musical form, the book show, into icky pablum treacle ripe for middle school audiences — a fairly dumbass show from the guys who’d once brought us “Carousel,” and a book and score way low compared to the brilliant work Rodgers had done with Hart and Hammerstein did with Jerome Kern etc, a generation earlier–on shows that would not make nice sweet “Family” Carrie Underwood Christmas specials.

    And that’s today’s column on country music.

  7. nm
    December 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    I’d love to see a version of TSoM that managed to sneak in a new number or two based on the sort of music that the actual Trapp Family actually performed. You know, Palestrina, Rossini, Bach’n’em.

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