Kevin Sharp Passes Away; Ashley Monroe Offers Free Download; New Music Videos
- 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.
- Rolling Stone Country will go live on June 1.
- 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.
- Radio.com’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.
- My hometown paper, The Sacramento Bee, published a nice interview with Jon Pardi.
- 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”
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …