On July 23, Omnivore Recordings will release Don Rich’s That Fiddlin’ Man and the all-instrumental The Buckaroos Play Buck and Merle, which is a combination of The Buck Owens Songbook (1965)and The Songs of Merle Haggard (1971). (via press release)
On June 14, Haggard will be given an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Cal State Bakersfield and Owens will be posthumously awarded the university’s Presidential Medal of Honor. (via press release)
Also on June 14: John McEuen will receive the Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award at the Charlie Poole Music Festival in North Carolina.
The Blue Stocking Club, a women’s community service group in Bristol, Tenn., donated more than $76,000 to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which is currently under construction.
Chris Young talks about his next album in this fine American Songwriter feature written by Craig Shelburne. An excerpt: “I know this adage gets used a lot by artists so I can only say it because it’s how I feel – this is more like what we do in our live show. So there still are some ballads that fit the framework of what I did with ‘Tomorrow.’ There are some mid-tempo things that fit, like ‘I Can Take It From There,’ but overall we haven’t released as many true up-tempo songs as I end up playing live. I think that’s naturally where my songwriting went.” Plus he’s broadening his scope sonically. “We’re doing a lot more with guitars, we’re doing some loop stuff, some vocal and doubling effects on this record,” he adds. “Feeling like I had a batch of songs that I was excited about early in the process took a lot of the pressure off. I’d be a little more nervous about doing all that if we didn’t have the songs.”
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.