Kevin Sharp Passes Away; Ashley Monroe Offers Free Download; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | April 21st, 2014

  • Kevin Sharp passed away on Saturday night due to “ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues.” He was 43. I can speak from personal experience that there are few folks on the planet that had a stronger passion for childhood cancer advocacy. Long after his hits “Nobody Knows,” “She’s Sure Taking It Well,” and “If You Love Somebody,” left the charts and radio, he was still campaigning tirelessly for the cause.
  • Ashley Monroe is offering fans a free download of a new, acoustic version of “Weed Instead of Roses.”
  • Jerrod Niemann’s “Drink to That All Night” hit Number One on Billboard’s country airplay chart.
  • Michelle Obama will guest star on the May 7 episode of Nashville.  
  • Chuck Dauphin interviewed Randy Houser (the new face of Eckrich deli meats and sausages) over at The 615
  • Nate Rau (the Tennessean) reports that a “collection of record labels sued Pandora this week in an effort to compel the digital music heavyweight to pay royalties to artists and rights holders when a pre-1972 song is played.”
  • Sugarland’s Kristian Bush will do as his partner Jennifer Nettles did and release a solo album.
  • Dave Paulson interviewed Kenny Loggins about the Blue Sky Riders.
  • Neil Young released a surprise covers record called A Letter Home.
  • Ottawa Country Music Hall of Famer Harry “Buster” Brown passed away at the age of 63.
  • Thirty Tigers will release a new album from Greensky Bluegrass on September 9. It’ll be called If Sorrows Swim.
  • Alanna Nash conducted an excellent interview of Rodney Crowell.
  •’s Annie Reuter interviewed Charlie Daniels about his new Bob Dylan tribute album, Off the Grid.
  • Robert Bouchard, Gordon Stobbe, Cindy Church, and Sugartime have been named the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame’s newest inductees. The official ceremony will be held on September 13.
  • Listen to “On Vinyl” from Josh Grider’s new album, Luck & Desire, which comes out next week.
  • New music videos from the last week or two,  with a couple of live videos thrown in for good measure:

Sturgill Simpson “Turtles All the Way Down”

Gregg Allman and Jackson Browne “Melissa”

The Shires “Nashville Grey Skies”

The Del McCoury Band“Misty” (Live at WAMU Bluegrass Country)

Solas “Girls on the Line” (Live at WAMU Bluegrass Country)

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road “Living with the Shades Pulled Down”

Kyle Park “Long Distance Relationship”

Holly Williams“The Highway” (live at the Grand Ole Opry)

Marshall Dane“Alcohol Abuse”

Jennifer Nettles“Jealousy” (Ram Country Live)

Del Barber“Living with a Long Way to Go”

Lera Lynn“Lying in the Sun”

Lee Brice“I Don’t Dance”

Cerys Matthews“Only a Fool”

Krista Scoggins“Shine”


  1. Juli Thanki
    April 21, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    One small addition: tomorrow morning, like last year, the CMHOF will be live-streaming the Hall of Fame induction announcements starting at 10 a.m. Central. (And, of course, we’ll be tweeting about it.)

  2. nm
    April 21, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    I gotta say, Alanna Nash has done some really great interviews with Rodney Crowell over the years. She’s a fantastic interviewer in general, of course. I love the discussion of Emmylou’s impact on smart men, this time around.

  3. Arlene
    April 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    NM- I was interested to see that Emmylou (or her management team) retweeted the link to the Alanna Nash interview with Rodney Crowell…. That’s how I first came across it.

  4. nm
    April 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Arlene, heh.

  5. bob
    April 21, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Very sorry to hear about Kevin Sharp. His debut album was very good. I had heard over the years that he was doing motivational speaking.

    My wife and I were at the Kenny Loggins show in Nashville last month. It was disappointing that he didn’t do a few Blue Sky Rider songs with Gary Burr & Georgia Middleman. They were at the show sitting about 5 rows in front of us. Love the BSR debut album, “Finally Home”.

  6. Arlene
    April 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Wow! Mac Wiseman!!! That should put a crimp in the theory that bluegrass musicians don’t belong in, or at least won’t get elected into, the CMHOF because they have their own hall of fame. I’m so glad that he lived to see this day.

  7. nm
    April 22, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Wow, they really telegraphed the inductees with who they chose to introduce them this year. I can’t recall another year when I could pick ‘em all by seeing who the introducers were.

  8. Janice Brooks
    April 22, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Just a reminder the Wiseman was also a past board member at the CMA.

  9. Barry Mazor
    April 22, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Mac was also heavily involved in mainstream country music, had hits on the charts, and was Nashville A&R head for Dot Records, and among the founders of the CMA. Personally, I’m thrilled about this one.

  10. luckyoldsun
    April 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I swung and missed on Skaggs for this year! Milsap is definitely deserving–and has been waiting longer than Skaggs. Well, I guess it’s “Wait “Til Next Year” for Ricky. At least they picked someone who predates him.

  11. Mark Pope
    April 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I am surprised that Mac Wiseman would have beaten out Ralph Stanley as a bluegrass representative. I recognize that he had many more music industry related positions than Ralph but I believe Ralph Stanley’s body of work outpasses him.

  12. nm
    April 22, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I live in hope that next year will be Tanya Tucker’s year. But the way the HoF voters snub feisty women (cough, Rose Maddox, cough) is sadly predictable.

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