Jody Payne Passes Away; Jim Ed Brown Celebrates 50 Years with the Opry; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 12th, 2013

  • Renaissance man Peter Cooper will release his third album, Opening Day, on September 10.
  • Cooper interviewed John Oates about his new “Appalachia-meets-Philadelphia country soul” project, Good Road to Follow.
  • In a new interview on Keepin’ It Country, Jimmy Wayne talked about his upcoming movie, Paper Angels, which is coming out next year.
  • George Strait will be honored with the Founder’s Award at the ASCAP Country Music Awards in November.
  • Shonna Tucker and John Neff, former members of The Drive-By Truckers, have formed a new band called Eye Candy. Their first album, A Tell All, will be released October 15.
  • Gene Watson was inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame.
  • Cassadee Pope’s reality show will air on CMT this fall.
  • Jim Ed Brown celebrated 50 years as a Grand Ole Opry member.
  • Congratulations to our friend Rita Ballou on the relaunch of her site, Rawhide and Velvet.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

The Grahams“Revival Time”

Victoria Williams“A Change is Gonna Come”

LiveWire“Whiskey Sunday”

Jason Aldean – “Night Train”

Jon Pardi“Up All Night”

Phil Vassar“Love is Alive”

Sundy Best“Lily”

W.B. Givens“Oh My God”

Maggie Sajak“Wild Boy”

Amanda Shires“Devastate”

Mumford and Sons“Hopeless Wanderer”

Valerie June“You Can’t Be Told”

The Civil Wars“Same Old, Same Old”

  1. Rick
    August 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I sure can’t blame Chris Stapleton for trying to use the recent dust-up over Tom Petty’s country music comments to his personal advantage! Personally, I think a collaboration between the two of them would yield very interesting results! Maybe Tom Petty can become the “New Jack White” in the country music realm…(lol)

    If only John Oates could still sing like he did decades ago. Oh well…

    I sure hope the doctors can get Jesse McReynolds back on his feet. Jesse and his band are always an Opry highlight, well except when he performs songs from his Grateful Dead covers album. Crikey!

  2. Luckyoldsun
    August 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    •It appears that the Curb-Tim McGraw legal saga might be nearing an end after a federal judge refused to hear the case.

    Don’t worry. Curb will release a statement, to the affect that “While we believe the judge was mistaken regarding the facts and the law, this ruling does not affect our intent to continue pressing this action and we are confident that Curb will ultimately prevail and the court will find Mr. McGraw to be in breach of his contract.”

  3. BRUCE
    August 12, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    For Jim Ed Brown to be able to sing like he does at his age, heck any age, is amazing. He is a crooner that has held up extremely well during the passage of time. His group with his sisters many years ago was one of the Beatles’ favorites. For good reason.

  4. Luckyoldsun
    August 13, 2013 at 12:25 am

    What’s amazing about Jim Ed Brown is you would think that if you had to stick your finger in your mouth and pop your cheek–oh, maybe a thousand times a year, give or take, for upwards of 45 years, you’d either get an infection or your cheek would just stop popping.

    But Jim just keeps on popping, as dependably as Orville Redenbacher.

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