Library of Congress Adds to National Recording Registry; George Strait & Garth Brooks to Perform Together at ACM Awards; Iris DeMent on Mountain Stage

Juli Thanki | March 21st, 2013

  • Here’s a fine New York Times feature on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. An excerpt: At a time when the troubled economy is causing many museums to pull back, the hall is blasting ahead with an expansion that will more than double its size to 350,000 square feet. It has raised $71.6 million, including a $4 million gift from Taylor Swift, in a $100 million capital campaign. Notably, the project depends on a public-private financial deal orchestrated by Nashville’s mayor, Karl Dean, that will structurally connect the hall to a new Omni Hotel, which is adjacent to the city’s new $623 million downtown convention hall, Music City Center. The hall’s day-to-day operational model is equally unusual. Instead of relying heavily on donations, it typically draws more than 70 percent of its operating budget from admissions, retail sales, events, building rentals and food and beverage sales. Last year, those activities contributed about 85 percent of a $12 million budget. “We’ve known no other way,” said Kyle Young, the museum’s director since 1999.
  • George Strait and Garth Brooks will perform together at the ACM Awards on April 7 to pay tribute to Dick Clark. The ACM Artist of the Decade award will be renamed in Clark’s honor.
  • Here’s a photo of Dick Clark and “The Twitty Twister” dancing up a storm with Chubby Checker.
  • Iris DeMent was on Mountain Stage; listen here.
  • Cindy Watts reviewed Alan Jackson’s performance at Wednesday’s Stars Go Blue benefit concert, which raised enough money to fund the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Blue Note Fund for a year.
  • Listen to Amy Black’s new Live at Johnny D’s album over at Twang Nation.
  • Chris Henry’s Making My Way to You is available for download on NoiseTrade.
  • Fast forward to the 30-minute mark to see Kellie Pickler’s appearance on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson last night.
  • Like Unknown Hinson or Ween’s 12 Golden Country Greats? You might dig Badasskatoon’s Greatest Album Ever, which you can download for free here. (NSFW)
  • The Avett Brothers pay tribute to the late Jason Molina with this version of “Hammer Down,” which was filmed last week in Ireland.
  • Chris Gray takes a look at the story behind Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson’s version of “Pancho and Lefty.”
  • The Wall Street Journal is streaming the new Black Lillies album.
  • Michelle Shocked responded to the recent controversy surrounding her with a pair of statements released by her publicist. You can listen to the audio from the incident here and make up your own mind as to what Shocked meant by her remarks.
  • Geoffrey Himes wrote a feature on Bela Fleck and Chick Corea for the Nashville Scene.
  • Later this year, Crystal Bowersox will play Patsy Cline in the Broadway adaptation of Always, Patsy Cline.
  • Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall goes alt-country on her upcoming album due in June, reports the Daily Record.
  • This year’s Tin Pan South is scheduled for April 2-6. Check out lineups and schedules here.
  • Jon Caramanica wrote about Musgraves and Ashley Monroe’s new albums for a New York Times article. An excerpt: Here are singer-songwriters displaying establishment bona fides by playing nice with song structure and instrumentation while making sure to articulate feelings and perspectives not often heard near Nashville’s center. Even with the same goal the two take different approaches. Ms. Musgraves’s assault is full frontal. Her indictments come with names, or at least a boatload of identifying details. They’re about the enemy. Ms. Monroe’s, on the other hand, are sung into the mirror. They’re about the enemy within.
  • Chris Parton of CMT Edge interviewed producer Ryan Hadlock, head of Bear Creek Studio.


  1. Janice Brooks
    March 21, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Kudos to the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Library of Congress list has a bunch of connections to recent passings
    Making a few adds to my playlist later today including the Austin Lounge Lizards Pink Floyd parody and a couple tracks from Pickin on.

  2. Luckyoldsun
    March 21, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I think it’s great that Strait and Garth–two immensely significant figures in country music history–will perform together on the ACM’s.

    Seems to me that the great country artists of the previous era did that much more often. Say, Cash, Jones, Haggard, Willie and Waylon–as well as Tammy, Loretta and Dolly. I think you’ll find a lot of joint performances among and between those artists–duets, trios, etc.; singles, complete albums and TV performances.

    I don’t think there’ve been nearly as many collaborations among their “successors”–like Strait and Garth and A.J. and R.T.

  3. Barry Mazor
    March 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    If you added it up, there are less opportunities for country stars to appear together casually today than there were when the Porter Wagoner and Wilburn Brothers shows, for instance, were syndicated, when the Cash and Campbell shows were weekly national primetime series, or when TNN, for one, presented a regular full schedule of actual country music-derived entertainment.

    So, yeah, we get occasional “Event” pairings on the award shows, and then awards given for the event pairings, but there are just plain fewer appearances and less is left to chance (or the fun of it) –very little at all, seems to me.

  4. Dave D.
    March 21, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I’ve enjoyed Todd May the times we’ve seen him with Lydia Loveless, and am interested in hearing his new solo effort.

  5. Jon
    March 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Somebody hoodoo’d the hoodoo man!

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