James Alan Shelton Passes Away; PEN New England Honors Kris Kristofferson; Song Premieres
- Guitarist James Alan Shelton (one of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys) passed away yesterday after a short battle with cancer.
- Peter Cooper (Tennessean), Robert K. Oermann (MusicRow) Chuck Dauphin (Billboard), and Edd Hurt (Nashville Scene) penned obituaries for steel guitar great Weldon Myrick.
- Yesterday NPR took a look at Bobbie Gentry’s classic “Ode to Billie Joe.”
- Kelly Dearmore put together a list of George Strait’s 10 best Texas songs.
- Whitey Morgan launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his next album.
- The Justice Department announced that it will “review the 73-year-old legal system governing what songwriters and publishers charge broadcasters, digital music services and other licensees for playing their compositions.”
- PEN New England presented Kris Kristofferson and Randy Newman with Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Awards.
- The May/June 2014 issue of digital roots music magazine Kithfolk has been published.
- Roy Acuff came in at No. 26 on Country Universe’s “100 Greatest Men of Country Music” countdown.
- Boy Scouts can now get a blues music patch thanks to a partnership between the BSA and Mississippi Blues Trail.
- Dailey & Vincent are taping their first live album and DVD at George Mason University in Virginia.
- Rolling Stone published a fine feature on Sturgill Simpson.
- Rolling Stone also published a list of the 100 Best Country Songs, then Trey Barrineau of USA Today got upset at the countdown’s omission of David Allan Coe’s “You Never Even Called Me By My Name.”
- The Bankesters won Best Bluegrass Album at the Independent Music Awards for Love Has Wheels.
- Southern California public radio station KCRW is kicking off a “Country in the City” concert series in July. Performers will include Shelby Lynne, Wynonna, Nikki Lane, Sturgill Simpson, and Gregg Allman.
- It looks like ground will be broken on the International Bluegrass Music Center in Owensboro, Kentucky later this month. The project could open as early as next year, reports WKYU-FM.
- Song/video premieres:
Jim Lauderdale – “I’m a Song”
Willie Nelson & Jamey Johnson – “The Git Go”
Trampled By Turtles – “Are You Behind the Shining Star?”
Shooter Jennings – “Don’t Wait Up (I’m Playin’ Possum)”
BlackHawk – “Heart with a View”
- Dave D.: Sorry, "Gave Her 'Heart' to Jethro."
- Dave D.: "Pay No Attention to Alice", "Homecoming", and "She Gave Her Love to Jethro" start to scratch the surface of my …
- Erik North: "A Week In A Country Jail", hot baloney, eggs, and gravy, and all.
- Paul W Dennis: This album is next on my must-acquire list. I remember listening to Mac on the WWVA Big Jamboree in the …
- Paul W Dennis: I don't usually agree with Luckyoldsun but he's right - "Girl In A Country Song" reeks. On the other …
- andythedrifter: "It Sure Can Get Cold In Des Moines"
- Donald: LOS, I need to second your mention of Ballad of Forty Dollars.
- Paul W Dennis: Best wishes for Jim Ed Brown - there's very few left from his generation of country singers John Morthland's article on …
- Paul W Dennis: That looks like Harold Morrison playing the dobro behind Jeannie C Riley on "Harper Valley PTA"
- luckyoldsun: Got to go with "The Ballad of Forty Dollars." Funny, if you saw the title and started listening to that song …