Jim Myers of the Tennessean recapped last night’s Cowboy Jack Clement tribute/benefit concert.
In celebration of his No. 1 album, Gary Allan is offering an acoustic version of “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain)” for free download on his website. (warning: autoplay)
Federal charges have been filed against alt-country singer-songwriter Kasey Anderson following “an investigation into allegations that he bilked investors out of hundreds of thousands of dollars promoting a bogus charity album he said would feature songs from mega-artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Lady Gaga…In 2009, according to a complaint and a search warrant served in December for Anderson’s email accounts, Anderson convinced two groups totaling about 30 investors, to give him more than $525,000 for the project. No album was produced and nearly $370,000 was lost, according to the charges. The charges allege that Anderson had met some of the investors after they had helped him fund a successful European tour with The Honkies. In his original offering memorandum, he had confirmed participation from Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, R.E.M, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson, the Foo Fighters, Johnny Depp and others, according to the charges. The offering said the project would cost a total of $206,000, of which he would come up with half himself and tap investors for the other half. He predicted the album — which would be titled ‘Trapped Like a Ghost’ — would sell 85,000 copies and be downloaded 100,000 times.”
Here’s an article from mid-December in which Anderson said he’d been diagnosed as Type 1 bipolar, which is “characterized by severe mania, risky behavior, delusions, and ‘spending sprees or unwise financial choices.’” Anderson is also quoted as saying, “I didn’t set out to do this. I abhor the person that I was, and the person that I am. I don’t want to be this person. I don’t want to be a person who is capable of those things, and when I think about it, don’t know how I could be. I’m not that person in my heart.” (h/t Blake Boldt)
Steve Earle’s next album, The Low Country, drops April 16. Give a listen to a track from that record, “Calico Country,” at Rolling Stone.
At the Midsouth Emmy Awards held earlier this week, Bluegrass Underground won an award for excellence in lighting design and execution.
Chuck Dauphin shines Billboard’s spotlight on Austin Webb.
Jewly Hight interviewed Shemekia Copeland for CMT Edge.
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.