James Alan Shelton Passes Away; PEN New England Honors Kris Kristofferson; Song Premieres

Juli Thanki | June 4th, 2014

  • Guitarist James Alan Shelton (one of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys) passed away yesterday after a short battle with cancer.
  • 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.”
  • 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 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.”
  • 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”

  1. Dave D.
    June 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Two of the Weldon Myrick obit links above didn’t work for me, here ones that did:

    http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/6106497/weldon-myrick-steel-guitar-great-dies-at-76

    http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashvillecream/archives/2014/06/03/pedal-steel-player-weldon-myrick-dies-at-76

    Obscure trivia: The fine (albeit largely unknown) country singer Weldon Henson was named after Myrick.

  2. Juli Thanki
    June 5, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Thanks, Dave. Those links worked for me this morning; not sure what happened, but it can probably be attributed to a lack of caffeine.

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