Jim Foglesong Passes Away; Blackberry Smoke Plays Leno; Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Sign with Pinecastle
Juli Thanki | July 10th, 2013
Jim Foglesong passed away yesterday at the age of 90. Foglesong, a Country Music Hall of Famer, was a music executive and professor who was integral to the careers of Garth Brooks, George Strait, Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, and many, many more.
The inaugural Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival will be held at her Hurricane Mills, Tenn. ranch September 28-29. If you go, be sure to bring your ghost-hunting gear.
The new season of Music City Roots begins tonight with New Country Rehab, Amber Digby, Eric Brace & Peter Cooper, and Cereus Bright.
Amanda Shires is offering a free download of “Devastate” from her forthcoming record, Down Fell the Doves.
Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road have signed with Pinecastle Records. The band’s self-titled album will be released September 10; listen to the record’s first single here.
Rodney Crowell on Twitter: “Ever since country music entered the back door of mainstream commerciality—most noticeably in the early sixties—the debate over who possesses the more noble heart, the purists or the popular entertainers has never stopped. (Remember the credibility scare of the late 80’s.) Generally speaking, the purists make the more timeless music. Pop culture is a disposable culture, therefore it stands to reason that those who want the big bucks and the power are inclined to produce slick and disposable music. I don’t see anything wrong with artists getting rich by pigging out at the trough of poor taste.”
Stream Robert Randolph & The Family Band’s new album, Lickety Split, on RollingStone.com.
Blackberry Smoke plays The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. Check local listings. (via press release)
Zac Brown Band is on the cover of the new issue of Relix.
Ashton Shepherd on her forthcoming album, which will include a duet with Daryle Singletary: “It’s a country record, and I’m proud of that. I think it’s great for people to cut all kinds of different music, but I would love for there to be some more traditional music on the radio. I think people are hungry for it. The younger generation – unless their parents have played it for them – might not have heard it before, so it’s new to them. It gives me a chance to make it new again, if that makes sense.”
The 2013 IBMA Awards nominees will be announced August 14 at the Loveless Cafe; the event will be streamed by Music City Roots. (via press release)
American Songwriter premiered a video of Drake White’s acoustic take on “The Simple Life.”
Stephen Deusner interviewedAdam Steffey about his New Primitive album.
Michael Corcoran of the Dallas Observer wrote a lengthy feature on The Warren Hood Band.
This video of Preservation Hall Jazz Band performing “That’s It” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon is sure to put a spring in your step this morning.
“Rock blues artists” Ken Valdez has released a T-Model Ford tribute EP; all proceeds will go to the 93-year old Ford, who’s got a stack of medical bills following a series of strokes. Valdez has also organized a benefit concert that will be held in St. Paul, Minn. on July 14.
The press surrounding Steve Grand continues. This Salon article features a few quotes from our pal Baron Lane of Twang Nation.
Randall Roberts of The L.A. Times takes a look at “essential tracks” from new and reissued folk albums.
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.