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 RehabAmber DigbyEric Brace & Peter Cooper, and Cereus Bright.
  • Amanda Shires is offering a free download of “Devastate” from her forthcoming record, Down Fell the Doves.
  • Stream the new Court Yard Hounds record.
  • 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)
  • Stephen Deusner interviewed Adam 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.
  1. Rick
    July 10, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    It’s Music City Roots versus the Opry tonight! Juli listed the MCR artists above and the Opry will feature Del McCoury, the Band Perry, Kristen Kelly, TG Shephard, Greg Bates, Chris Janson, and Jim Ed Brown as the token Opry Legend. Grade: B+
    Opry Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html
    I’ll be jumping back and forth between the two and of course the artists I like will be in direct conflict! Crikey, it’s like a multi-stage festival online!

    Eddie Stubbs paid a nice tribute to Jim Fogelsong on his WSM radio show after the Opry broadcast last night. Everyone who knew Jim personally has nothing but nice things to say about the man.

    I really like Ashton Shepherd’s heart towards traditional country music. I don’t know if what she thinks is accurate, but I do appreciate the sentiment. Go Ashton!

  2. BRUCE
    July 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Can’t say I am a big Rodney Crowell fan but I must say I persoanlly agree with his assessment.

    Great to see Daryle Singletary doing something. Always liked his voice and I would say teh duet with Ashtn will be mighty fine. Of course, we’ll never hear it from current radio that pigs out at the trough of poor taste.

  3. bll
    July 10, 2013 at 11:01 pm

    Very sad that we lost a true gentle man with the passing of Jim Fuglesong. He brought many great performers to the forefront of the business.

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