Levon Helm Passes Away; The Nashville Network Returns; Clay Walker Lobbies Congress

Juli Thanki | April 20th, 2012

  • If you missed Barry Mazor’s comment yesterday: And a report out of Meridian MS, is that Chris Ethridge of the Flying Burrito Brothers (and many country sessions) is also near death, according to Booker T. Jones, who spoke with him. Hard day. I’d met Chris in Meridian myself; he’s had many stories to tell.
  • Chet Flippo on genre distinctions in music: Genre divisions in music have always existed, but they became an important marketing development over the last 100 years as the commercial recorded music industry grew and flourished and sold actual, physical product in huge numbers. Now, as that enterprise dwindles and transforms into a song-dominated download industry, genre distinctions are becoming blurred and even non-existent for many listeners. As songs trump the notion of artists, artist loyalty may become eroded as well.
  • Willie Nelson statue will be unveiled in Austin this afternoon. In other Willie news, here’s “Roll Me Up,”  a song featuring Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, Snoop Dogg from Nelson’s upcoming album, Heroes.
  • Clay Walker was among a group of musicians and celebrities who were on Capitol Hill this week lobbying for federal funding for the arts as part of Arts Advocacy Day.
  • Roger McGuinn talks with NPR’s Neal Conan about his time with The Byrds, his solo career, and his work to help preserve folk music with the Folk Den Project.
  1. Rick
    April 20, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Opry Alert: Saturday night’s first Opry show includes the induction of Keith Urban and the final hour segemnt will feature just Keith, Trace Adkins, and Josh Turner. Its a 100% sure thing that GAC will be recording this for “Opry Live”. Other than that there’s nothing special to report, well except for the Secret Sisters tonight anyway.
    Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Gosh, I missed that Woody Guthrie concert! Now how could that happen?…(lol)

    Will the new TNN wind up as Spike II? Hmm.

    Will Willie’s new statue have a big doobie hanging on his lips just for accuracy’s sake? Or at least a package of Zig-Zags in his hand anyway…

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