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.” 
  • Happy anniversary to WAMU’s Bluegrass Country, who’ve kept bluegrass on DC airwaves for 47 years. They also stream their shows online.
  • The Roys will release their next album, The View, in September on Rural Rhythm Records. (via press release)
  • Candi Staton shared her memories of the late Bobby Womack with The L.A. Times.
  • Hellbound Glory, Caitlin Rose (who drew comparisons to “Graham” Parsons), Eric Church and Sturgill Simpson all made The Village Voice’s countdown of 10 country artists you should be listening to.
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors’ free July Trail Mix includes songs from Jonah Tolchin, Zoe Muth, I Draw Slow, Waylon Speed, and more.
  • Martina McBride unveiled the cover of her forthcoming cook book.
  1. Leeann Ward
    July 2, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I say that no other music artists should be able to release a cookbook unless they’re going to simultaneously release an album! This cookbook phenomonon is getting ridiculous (I’m especially looking at you, Trisha Yearwood!).

  2. Janice Brooks
    July 2, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m glad ET Record Shop 1 is on the Regester.

  3. Sam G.
    July 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

    150 new Dylan acetates, Geez, Old Crow Medicine Show will have material to cover their next albums for decades!

  4. Barry Mazor
    July 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    There’s not, far as has been reported, a new unheard song among them.They’re simply Dylan’s multiple work takes and mixes from songs from on albums circa 1970-71–some of which were likely on the “Another Self-Portrait” CD set released last year in the form found.. The guy’s hyping them to get his $7500 and more per side, but it doesn’t make them particularly special..

  5. Arlene
    July 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    I LOVE that Isbell/Shires version of “Born in the U.S.A.”

  6. Erik North
    July 2, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Re. “Girl In A Country Song”–it may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but it will hopefully be a good sign of things to come, not only for the two gals in question, but also to slow the spread of the dreaded bro-country disease.

    In so many ways now, “bro country” has become, to paraphrase Foghorn Leghorn, like backing into a brace and bit: Y’get bored! (LOL)

  7. luckyoldsun
    July 3, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Perhaps there’s more demand for a cookbook from McBride than there is for a new album from her. These publishers and record labels don’t do things without first doing a lot of research!

  8. Jonathan Pappalardo
    July 6, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    But Martina did just release an album, Everlasting, on April 8. A covers project of classic soul and R&B songs. It may not be a collection of entirely brand new material, but it is a new album. So the cookbook comes just a couple months after “new” music from her.

    Trisha Yearwood on the other hand…seven years has been far too long. She has her explanations (mainly lack of interest in recording when her mother died) but it’s more than time for new music BEFORE any future third cookbook.

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