Lee Ann Womack, Loretta Lynn Among Additions to George Jones Tribute; Taylor Swift Education Center to Open; Alan Jackson Releases New Video
Juli Thanki | October 9th, 2013
Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, Big & Rich, Loretta Lynn, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson, and, uh, Megadeth have been added to the super-sized lineup of performers at what would have been George Jones’ final Nashville concert on November 22, which has now been named “Playin’ Possum: The Final No Show.”
The Taylor Swift Education Center will open Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. On Sunday, Swift will be presented with her record sixth NSAI songwriter/artist of the year award, more than Vince Gill and Alan Jackson, who’ve won five awards each.
Trampled By Turtles will celebrate their 10th anniversary with the November 12 release of CD/DVD set Live at First Avenue. Here’s a sneak peek.
Beginning Friday, you’ll be able to hear a 1989 episode of Mountain Stage that features John Hartford, Tony Rice, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
The Bulletin posted an interview with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
If you like bluegrass and/or Christmas music, preview a couple songs from Jeff Parker’s forthcoming release, It’s Christmas Time.
Chuck Schultz of American Songwriter reviewedRicky Skaggs and Bruce Hornsby’s Ryman show, noting that it was “more than a bluegrass concert, this was a showcase of two musical icons taking songs in such varied and rich directions the crowd really didn’t know what to expect.”
Here’s a new video from excellent soul band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings.
Listen to John Oates’ new single, “Close,” written with Jim Lauderdale.
Keith Urban will perform at the Grammy Nominations Concert on December 6.
There’s a new interview with Bonnie Bishop on CMT Edge.
Jon Bream recapped the “Girls with Guitars” benefit show featuring Ashley Monroe, Kellie Pickler, Sheryl Crow, Maggie Rose, and Gloriana. An excerpt: The conversational highlight was the story about when Pickler and Gloriana, who toured together for two years, went out to celebrate a birthday in Austin, Texas, and Pickler and Gloriana’s Rachel Reinert got matching tattoos on their feet, and Pickler got a nose-ring. “My husband had to get a diamond [stud] out of my nose with a pair of pliers,” she said.
Jim Caligiuri (Austin Chronicle) on Eric Church’s ACL Fest set: He fits a heaviness worthy of Black Sabbath, along with Iron Maiden’s dual guitar zingers, into his songs about present-day America. One can be sure, however, that Waylon Jennings – name-checked in “Lotta Boot Left to Fill” – didn’t need double kick drums to get his point across. Church’s appearance at the festival was an anomaly. No other artists from the current cast of Nashville stars were on the bill, although, for what it’s worth, he did play Lollapalooza. The audience was definitely his, singing along at all the right times, almost breathlessly waiting for his monster hit “Springsteen.” Overall, the reaction was tepid in comparison to the colossal noise Church’s band made.
Alan Jackson’s got a new video for “Blue Ridge Mountain Song.”
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.