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Juli Thanki | August 10th, 2011

  • The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup is looking pretty sweet.
  • The All for the Hall Country Music Hall of Fame fundraiser/guitar pull returns to LA on September 13. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Zac Brown, and Sheryl Crow are scheduled to perform. Individual tickets are a mere $1,000.
  • The Stanley Brothers were inducted into America’s Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • CMT’s special on the twenty greatest men of country music in the past twenty years airs tonight at 8pm Eastern. How will your list compare with theirs?
  • Farce the Music’s Eric Church t-shirt design probably won’t be seen at a merch table near you.
  • Gretchen Peters continues to rule. From her Twitter account: “Between the #londonriots and “Country Girl Shake It For Me” I am now convinced the apocalypse is here.”
  • The Dirt Daubers (Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers’ frontman JD Wilkes’ new project) released a new video for the title track of upcoming release Wake Up, Sinners! It’s also available as a free download.

  1. Barry Mazor
    August 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Saving Country could have done some more recent homework than that–as in: ask those involved about this. There was, btw, and always is, a difference between legal possession of sheets of paper with words on it and ownership of the lyrics for USE themselves. This happens over and over, as when someone has, say, an old demo record of someone show a sunder contract, and imagines it means they can pout out the record. Always–not.

    The authenticity of the lyrics is not even in question. And you can see images of a lot of the originals in the Colin Escott/Kira Florita book “Hank Williams: Snapshots from the Lost Highway” which as published back in 2001.

  2. Jon
    August 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Yeah, I thought the “investigative” aspect of the SavingCountry item was pretty lame. And I’m not sure whether calling the issue raised by handing out a dead man’s lyric scribbles to a bunch of “co-writers” is properly called “ethical.” On the other hand, there pretty clearly *is* an issue of some sort, at least to me, and I find the practice, even where the motives are presumed to be admirable, to be pretty, I dunno, icky. You can’t write a song with a dead man, all you can do is exploit (<- carefully chosen word) what he's left behind.

  3. Andrew
    August 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    I think it can be okay if it’s done by the right people (Brian Wilson finishing a couple George Gershwin songs last year being an example). I just don’t think Bob Dylan and Jack White are the right people. I would feel a lot better about the project if Hank Jr. was directly involved.

  4. Jon
    August 10, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Oh, and by the way, I counted a dozen or more errors in a quick read of Paul Dennis’s Osborne Brothers piece.

  5. Jon
    August 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I think it can be okay if it’s done by the right people (Brian Wilson finishing a couple George Gershwin songs last year being an example).

    You think Brian Wilson has special psychic powers that allowed him to commune with the spirit of George Gershwin? It’s not a bad idea because person X is or isn’t involved, it’s a bad idea because the dead “co-writer” can’t make any further contribution, nor respond to the contributions of the “co-writer.”

    The closest accepted practice is the setting of poetry or other lyric content to music after the fact (like, oh, the Fugs’ settings of poems by William Blake and A. C. Swinburne), but in those cases the poems were completed and published, and the relationship is clear – the poet wrote, the composer composed after the fact. These abominations don’t even have the virtue of that clarity; there’s no sign that Williams was *satisfied* with what he’d written, and no indication as to what kind of music he thought might go with what he’d written once he was. And therefore, calling it “finishing” – whether it’s Dylan with Williams or Wilson with Gershwin – is misleading.

  6. Rick
    August 10, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Mindy Smith is part of tonight’s Music City Roots show along with such well known(?) acts as Sugar and the Hi-Lows (sounds like a diabetic situation to me), Smokey’s Farmland Band (sounds like someone is still burning their fields after the harvest), Billy Falcon (wouldn’t Billy Thunderbird have sounded more impressive?), Peter Bradley Adams (sounds like there should be a III after that), and Peter Cooper is the guest host.
    Link: http://www.musiccityroots.com/

    Dirt Daubers? Legendary Shack Shakers? I have to hand it to J.D. Wilkes, he sure doesn’t bother with boring or predictable band names! (lol)

  7. Gator
    August 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Thank God for Gretchen Peters!

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