Kellie Pickler Splits with Label; Emmylou Harris to Tour Australia; Stream Jerry Douglas’ Traveler
Juli Thanki | June 28th, 2012
Kellie Pickler and her label, Sony Music Nashville, have parted ways. Says her manager, “Kellie’s contract with Sony came to an end and they mutually decided not to renew.”
Kelly Dearmore interviewedMerle Haggard. An excerpt: “I don’t ever want to insult anyone. I have six children, and if I brag about one of them, I might accidentally piss the other five off. In that case, I haven’t really done anything wrong, but I’ve still offended them. I try not to do that with my writing, while still being honest and telling the truth that I’m trying to tell. Everything you say in the limelight matters.”
Here’s a fine article on Jerry Douglas at Performing Songwriter, where you can also stream his fantastic new album, Traveler.
The Ernest Tubb Record Shop was featured in the Nashville Scene: Whether it was replacing broken 78s, tracking down hard-to-find releases or stocking the music of obscure and seemingly forgotten artists, the shop has stayed true to their founding principles of placing country music fans first. Founded by the Grand Ole Opry star Ernest Tubb in partnership with his tax accountant Charles Mosley, the store was primarily envisioned as a service for fans. In his travels around the country, Tubb was constantly approached by fans who had trouble finding their favorite records. Even in Nashville, few retailers carried large stocks of country records, preferring to play it safe with pop and classical selections…Despite the fact that the store specialized in records few retailers carried, the initial reaction from record dealers and even some jukebox operators was anger. Many threatened to never carry Tubb’s records again. Within a few months of the shop opening, however, dealers around the country found their business increasing through customers requesting specific records they heard advertised on the Grand Ole Opry.
Here’s another fine Scene feature; this one’s about The Flatlanders.
Download a free sampler from Quicksilver Productions. Artists include Caleb Klauder, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, and Foghorn Stringband.
Watch the EPK for Kathy Mattea’s Calling Me Home, which now has a release date of September 11.
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.