Johnny Winter Passes Away; Hunter Hayes to Headline U.S. Open’s Kids’ Day; Sam Moore Goes Bluegrass

Juli Thanki | July 17th, 2014

  • Blues guitarist Johnny Winter passed away yesterday in Zurich, four days after his last performance, which was at a music festival in Austria. He was 70 years old.
  • Ralph Stanley, Carlene Carter, and Jim Lauderdale are among the artists who’ll play free concerts during The Birthplace of Country Music Museum’s opening weekend on August 2 in Bristol.
  • Documentary The Winding Stream: The Carters, the Cashes, and the Course of Country Music will screen at the Lincoln Center’s Sound and Vision Film Festival on August 4. (via press release)
  • Robyn Ludwick visited the KUTX studios to play “Heartache” from her new album, Little Rain.
  • Fiddler Suzanna Barnes has joined Missy Werner’s band.
  • Maddie & Tae discuss “Girl in a Country Song” with Jewly Hight for Rolling Stone.
  • Paste reports that ATO Records and the Newport Folk Festival have formed a partnership to “curate a special vinyl series that features ATO artists who have performed at the festival or will perform at this year’s installment. The limited-edition series boasts rarities and unreleased tracks, as well as select live performances from the festival.” 
  • Samantha Stephens of put together a list of 10 Tim McGraw Top 10 singles.
  • Charles Humphrey III of The Steep Canyon Rangers is also an ultrarunner who’s training for his first hundred-mile race. He shares his love of running in this Asheville Citizen-Times article.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Michael Cleveland for CMT Edge. The article also includes a stream of three songs from Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper’s forthcoming album, On Down the Line.
  • Thor Christensen of wrote about the city’s struggling blues scene. An excerpt:  “Shrinking support for the blues isn’t just a local issue. It’s a nationwide trend, fueled by popular music’s relentless march toward the new: For every blues-influenced chart-topper like Jack White or the Black Keys, there are dozens of young stars who couldn’t name a single blues song if B.B. King rang their doorbell and played them his greatest hits. Yet the problem is more glaring in Dallas than in other cities. While Chicago has the Chicago Blues Fest, Memphis has Beale Street and St. Louis is about to build The National Blues Museum, Dallas has done comparatively little to promote its legacy as a cradle of one of the first great American art forms.”
  • R&B singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sam Moore guests on Nu-Blu’s tribute to George Jones, “Jesus and Jones.”
  • Rolling Stone put together a gallery of photos from the “Country: Portraits of an American Sound” exhibit currently running in L.A. Commentary from the photographers accompanies each image.
  • Edd Hurt for The Nashville Scene: “If you believe that country music is the authentic expression of real emotions and urgent states of mind, the career of Dwight Yoakam may epitomize the way some artists struggle to make their authenticity known to a world that is not always impressed by it. If you believe that country music is a kind of pop music, you may regard any struggle for authenticity as potentially fatal to the idea of free-floating pop. What got in the way of country’s crossover potential in previous eras was its combination of moralism and conservatism. You’ll find plenty of moralizing and an essentially conservative musical vocabulary in most of Yoakam’s music, but he doesn’t betray much angst over authenticity. What Yoakam’s career illustrates is that authenticity isn’t a matter of being born into a musical culture, though that certainly helps — creators of music worry about the details of their presentation first, and art arises from that attention to idiomatic detail.”
  • Former Harlem Globetrotter and collector of music memorabilia Lamont Robinson is spearheading an effort to find a home for The R&B Music Hall of Fame (currently a mobile exhibit) in Detroit. The plans include finding an existing building to convert into a 30,000 square foot museum that would include a restaurant as well as interactive exhibits and an auditorium.


  1. luckyoldsun
    July 17, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    “Every now and then I know it’s kinda hard to tell,
    But I’m still alive and well.”

    R.I.P JW

  2. bruce
    July 17, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Pardon my simplicity, but I have no idea what Edd Hunt is saying in reference to Mr. Yoakam.

  3. luckyoldsun
    July 18, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Good catch.
    It appears that the Nashville Scene didn’t get around to publishing its April Fool’s Day issue until July.

    That essay on Dwight Yoakam by “Edd Hurt” reads like either the rantings of a psychotic on hallucinogens or someone doing lame parody.

    I’d say the giveaway comes when the guy writes:
    “By 1980, the course of pop country had run parallel to the efforts of such Nashville rebels as Gary Stewart, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Along with Nelson, such scamps and outlaws as Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Eddie Rabbitt and Merle Haggard appeared on the 1980 country chart.”

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