Joe Gracey Passes Away; Vince Gill Returns to the Troubadour; Tiny Desk Goat Rodeo

Juli Thanki | November 18th, 2011

  • Joe Gracey, an important figure in the Austin music scene, passed away this week after a battle with cancer.
  • Chris Willman wrote a piece (and quoted Blake Boldt) about homosexuality in the country music industry: Whatever stereotypes might exist about country music not being a gay-friendly genre, “the Row” is chock-full of gay people and one of the most accepting businesses in which they could possibly land in the South. If you’ve got the Sundance Channel, tune into show Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys to see songwriter Shane Stevens and his pal Sherrie Austin.
  • Bruce Springsteen played “Dancing in the Dark” backstage at a Taylor Swift show, then posed for a photo.
  • There’s a must-read feature on John Prine over at The Huffington Post. An excerpt: Asked if he felt like addressing the cancer through his writing, he said it didn’t quite work like that. “What would I call it? ‘This little cancer of mine, I’m gonna let it shine?’ It just bugs me when people go on TV and say ‘I’ve got cancer,’ but I don’t know … maybe it helps them.”Cancer made him look inward, gave him a long moment to reflect. He remembers how he felt immediately following his successful treatments: “It makes colors brighter, makes everything smell better, everything around you.”
  • Kim Hartnett of NorthJersey.com had a chat with John Cowan. Here’s an excerpt in which Cowan explains newgrass: “Newgrass is a genre of music that was started in the mid-60s by people like The Country Gentlemen and The Osborne Brothers. Basically what they did was they plugged their instruments, which was kind of unheard of; they had electric bass. Traditional bluegrass had always been all acoustic, no electricity, and used an acoustic upright bass. The band I was involved in for so long, the New Grass Revival, we actually took it a step further. We grew up in the 60s, so we were incorporating a lot of the sounds and music that was a part of who we were at that time as young musicians. We basically took songs by Jerry Lee Lewis and Leon Russell in the early days, and Bob Dylan — people like that — and played them in the context of our band.”
  1. Barry Mazor
    November 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    There;s another good piece on my old friend Joe Gracey, filling in some more of the background to the story, here:

    http://blogs.houstonpress.com/rocks/2011/11/rip_joe_gracey_one_of_a_kind.php

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    November 20, 2011 at 10:26 pm

    Take a look at that Springsteen photo and realise that there are forty years between him and Swift, yet he looks at most, in his late forties.

    I hope I get to age in Boss years too.

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    November 20, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    That Huffingpost Article mentions this article by the great Roger Ebert, the first published review of John Prine. Well worth a read: http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/music/john-prine-an-american-legend.html

  4. Livewire
    November 21, 2011 at 6:48 am

    It was very sad news about Joe Gracey and I love Kimmie Rhodes albums. Managed to get the track “Rich From The Journey” played twice on BBC Radio 2 and wrote to Joe about it.
    Photo I took at the Luminaire in London, England Joe is right of stage taken 11 April 2008

    http://a1.ec-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/99/fc2e03a2218075730e0f1c2f8e5f9718/l.jpg

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