Frank Page, John Wilkinson Pass Away; Skynyrd, Paisley to Take Part in Inaugural Festivities; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 14th, 2013

  • Willie Nelson’s next album, Let’s Face the Music and Dance, will be released March 5. The press release states that the album’s songs “include American standards and country classics, Irving Berlin and Carl Perkins, Django Reinhardt as well as Willie-penned originals.”
  • Peter Cooper wrote a feature on the tragic tale of Glen Sherley, the Folsom inmate who wrote “Greystone Chapel.”
  • Jimmy Wayne is going to share his paranormal history on Bio’s Celebrity Ghost Stories on 1/26: “While singer Jimmy Wayne struggles to compose his masterpiece, he encounters the spirit of a country music legend who lends a helping hand.”
  • Crystal Bowersox, runner-up on the 2010 season of American Idol, will release her sophomore album in March. The album is produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos and features a guest appearance by Jakob Dylan 
  • The longtime rhythm guitarist for Elvis Presley, John Wilkinson, passed away at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer.
  • Last week, Kentucky’s Court of Appeals ruled that “a nonprofit organization can use Bill Monroe‘s name to promote The Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Music Festival and for tours of the musician’s home place in western Kentucky.” This reverses a lower court’s ruling that prevented the organization from utilizing the legend’s name in their promotions.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd will headline the 2013 Heroes Red, White & Blue Inaugural Concert Ball honoring America’s military heroes in Washington, DC, on January 20. (via press release)
  • The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation has elected new leadership: Pat Alger is the organization’s new chairman. (warning: autoplay)
  • The Grand Ole Opry posted a 20 question interview with Jonathan Jackson, the actor who plays Avery on Nashville.
  • Justin Moore is stumping for Grand Ole Opry membership.
  • Vanity Fair’s Michelle Ciarrocca did a Q&A with Americana band The Black Lillies.
  • Country Radio Hall of Fame member Frank Page passed away at the age of 87. He hired Jim Reeves as a radio announcer back in 1950, launching his career in entertainment, and introduced a 19-year old Elvis Presley to his first national audience via the Louisiana Hayride in 1954.
  • Brad Paisley will be performing during President Obama’s Inauguration festivities.
  • Rolling Stone’s Chris Willman wrote a feature on Jerrod Niemann. An excerpt from the piece, which also includes a live performance of “Lover, Lover”: “It seems kind of bizarre to say ‘Okay, every song has to be 3 and a half minutes or under’ and ‘Every song has to be an up-tempo positive love song’ and go through all this criteria of what a song should be. It bums me out that we can’t put a six-minute song of just jamming out with the guys on an album, to show somebody a different side of us. So it definitely means a lot to me to go into the studio and make a record. And it breaks my heart to see this digital age where that’s the future, for people to say, ‘Oh it’s just gonna be one song.’ But I wish everybody would continue to search the Internet and to go through and try to find more than that one song and say, ‘Hey, where do all these folks come from?’ I hope the album never disappears.” 
  • Brantley Gilbert’s yet-untitled third album has nine finished songs and will be even more hard-rocking than 2010’s Halfway to Heaven. Gilbert is working on the album with producer Dann Huff.
  • Randy Travis was officially charged with a DWI stemming from his “driving while naked” incident that occurred in Texas last August.
  • The debut of Sheryl Crow’s Broadway musical Diner, scheduled to open in April, has been pushed back to early fall. 
  • Jon Stone, who co-penned “A Woman Like You,” and original Bomshel member Kristy Osmunson have formed the duo American Young and have been signed to Curb Records.
  • New music videos:

Ashley Monroe and Vince Gill“Like a Rose” (Live on the Opry)

Phoenix Stone – “100 Proof Moonshine”

Wade Bowen and Will Hoge“Song Nobody Will Hear” (Live)

Chris Knight“In the Mean Time”

Angela Hesse “Burn Baby Burn”

Stephanie Jansen “The Life You Made”

Clayton Bellamy “Straight Into the Sun”

Tracy Killeen “Driver’s Seat”

Bob Corbett – “Blown Away”

Channing Eleton“Days”

Leah Seawright – “Set It on Fire”

Rachel Potter “Live the Dream”

The Ben Miller Band “Get Right Church”

Deep Dark Woods “Banks of the Leapold Canal”

Rodney Crowell “God, I’m Missing You”

  1. bob
    January 14, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I saw the Black Lillies at the Grand Ole Opry in October of 2011. They sang “Two Hearts Down” and “Three in the Mornin'” and sounded real good. Lead singer Cruz Contreras was formerly part of his ex-wife’s band, Robinella and the CCstringband.

  2. Rick
    January 14, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Kristy O just can’t seem to free herself from the clutches of the Curb label! Kristy lasted through both versions of Bomshel and now she’s at it again! Is that Jon Stone guy that same one that used to be touted as being the first artist signed to the “Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge” music label? Hmm…

    Why couldn’t the Opry have done a “20 Questions” session with Clare Bowen instead? Clare’s been featured twice on the Opry so far and will hopefully appear many more times in the future!

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