Johnny Cash Museum Plans 5/30 Grand Opening; Trisha Yearwood Performs at White House Event Honoring Carole King; Harrianne Condra Passes Away

Juli Thanki | May 23rd, 2013

  • Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel” has been certified platinum. Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” has gone triple platinum, and Taylor Swift’s “Mean” is now double platinum.
  • Sierra Hull visited the WAMU Bluegrass Country studios to play “I’ll Be Fine,” a cut from her upcoming album.
  • Harrianne Condra passed away on Monday. From the press release: She began her career at WSM radio, and it was she who proposed the idea of an annual Disc Jockey Convention to commemorate the Grand Ole Opry’s birthday celebration. This, in turn, became the foundation for Fan Fair, which has morphed into the CMA Music Festival. She retired from Sony ATV (Tree Publishing) where she spent 20 years. Harrianne was one of the first recipients of the SOURCE Award, honoring women who have made vital contributions to the music industry.
  • George Strait’s Love is Everything debuted atop the Billboard Country Albums Chart (and at No. 2 on the Top 200), selling more than 119,000 copies in its first week. (via press release)
  • Trisha Yearwood sang “So Far Away” at a White House event honoring Carole King last night. The concert will air on PBS on Tuesday.
  • Jen Chapin (daughter of Harry Chapin) has a new music video for “Go Away.” Her new album, Reckoning, comes out next week.
  • Little Big Town will host CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock on ABC August 12.
  • Speaking of LBT, their video for “Your Side of the Bed” debuted this morning. (warning: autoplay)
  • The Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville is holding a Grand Opening event on May 30.
  • Australian bluegrass band Mustered Courage has a new video.
  • Coming out June 25: Live From the Archives, Vol. 1, a collection of live performances broadcast on WSM over the years. The Time Jumpers, Darrell Scott, and the Del McCoury Band are a few of the acts on this first release.
  • John Fogerty played “Mystic Highway” on Letterman earlier this week.
  • Stephen Trageser of the Nashville Scene wrote a feature on Winston Yellen (Night Beds).
  • Also in the Scene: Jon Weisberger’s piece on Steve Martin, Edie Brickell, and The Steep Canyon Rangers.
  • Patty Griffin was on Later…with Jools Holland. Robert Plant joins her for the second song in this video.

  1. bob
    May 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for the info on the PBS Carole King concert. It will be good to see Trisha Yearwood sing again.

  2. Rick
    May 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    Opry Alert! I’m guessing(?) tonight marks the end of the spring season of the Thursday Night Classic Country Opry shows and they are going out with a bang! Artists scheduled include The Oak Ridge Boys, Leroy Van Dyke, Lynn Anderson, Billy Yates, and Mandy Barnett. Grade: A!
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Last night’s season finale of Nashville was a real barn burner. I sure hope Rayna and Deacon had their seat belts fastened! I’m sure glad they renewed it for a second season of musical sudsiness. Go Nashville!

    I’ve been a fan of Phoebe Hunt since her Belleville Outfit days and got to see her perform live here in LA in 2012. Phoebe, come back! (lol)

    I’ll have to give the new Nell Robinson album a listen. Should be a few keepers like on the previous release.

  3. Kelly D.
    May 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Love the Mount Moriah stuff and its time more people know about David Ramirez…

  4. bll
    May 24, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Nice roundup today, Trisha singing and Jen Chapin too!

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