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.
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.
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.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.