Jack L. Solomon Passes Away; Americana Acts Salute Springsteen; WAMU Bluegrass Country Celebrates 47th Anniversary
Juli Thanki | July 2nd, 2014
Jack L. Solomon a guitarist who played with George Jones and on recordings for Dolly Parton, Ernest Tubb, Webb Pierce, Melba Montgomery (to whom he was married) and more, passed away on June 24. He was 71.
The controversy surrounding Studio A and Music Row continues. Harold Bradley wrote an letter to the Metro City Council about the topic. An excerpt: “What makes a place historic? The architecture of the Nashville sound was never of brick and mortar. Certainly, there are old studio spaces that, in our imaginations, ring with sonic magic; but in truth, it’s not the room; it’s the music…When a tenant, with no ownership in the property, requests restrictions to a property without the owners’ consent, he effectively hijacks the owners’ original risk and the possibility of a good return on their investment. The Atkins and Bradley families have skin in the game as property owners, and Mr. Folds would ask them to just walk away. An overlay for the entire area would be a downzoning of the worst order, diminishing value almost immediately, and potentially stymieing future creative endeavors…Turns out, the architecture of Nashville’s evolving sound is a synergy of creative energy. That’s still here, and it has nothing to do with this building.”
Folds’ response: “It’s up to our city and business leaders — working alongside the people who make and support our local music scene — to find the right balance between progress and preservation. But as those folks weigh in on what’s best to do, I hope they recognize from a musician’s perspective that great spaces like historic Studio A — the only such space left in the world with its unique sonic and acoustic design — are integral ingredients in the recipe that fuels our ‘synergy of creative energy.’”
Nate Rau of The Tennessean wrote a fine piece on the movement to preserve Nashville’s musical landmarks. Where do you stand on the issue?
Singer-songwriter Josh Ward was involved in a serious boat collision yesterday. He escaped with a fractured elbow, but others were seriously injured; reports say that one person has passed away and a woman is still missing.
Maddie & Tae delightfully send up bro-country with “Girl in a Country Song.” A sample lyric: “Well, I wish I had some shoes on my two bare feet / And it’s gettin’ kinda cold in these painted-on cut-off jeans / I hate the way this bikini top chafes / Do I really have to wear it all day?”
Lightning Rod Records will release a salute to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. on September 16. Holly Williams, Joe Pug, and Justin Townes Earle are among the artists who’ll appear on the album. Here’s the opening track, Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires’ version of “Born in the U.S.A.”
On July 8, Shout Factory will release Steve Earle: Live in Nashville, 1995. (via press release)
Jim Lauderdale on his style of music: “If I had to define something, I would say quirky goes into my style. I started off in bluegrass, but never got to record any until years later with Ralph Stanley. The country stuff I did, there was always something about it that was a little different that might not get me on the radio, but it worked out at a different time that other artists could record them and have hits on them.”
Martina McBride unveiled the cover of her forthcoming cook book.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.