Linda Ronstadt Reveals Parkinson’s Battle; The Trishas Plan “Band Break”; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | August 26th, 2013

  • Linda Ronstadt revealed in an interview that she has Parkinson’s Disease and that it has robbed her of her ability to sing.
  • The terrible Rim Fire near Yosemite has forced the cancellation of the long-running Strawberry Music Festival. (warning: autoplay)
  • Trisha Yearwood confirmed in a television interview that she and Garth Brooks are working on an album together and have plans for a tour. Yearwood is working on a solo release as well.
  • Taylor Swift won Best Female Video at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” But most of today’s Swift headlines are about this.
  • True Blood star Stephen Moyer has been cast opposite Carrie Underwood in NBC’s live version of The Sound of Music, scheduled for December 5.
  • NASA remembered Neil Armstrong on the first anniversary of his death with this video set to Eric Brace’s “Tranquility Base.”
  • Billboard’s Chuck Dauphin interviewed Tracy Lawrence about his strong new album, Headlights, Taillights and Radios. An excerpt: “It was real important for me on this album to stretch the boundaries. Some of the things on this record were really challenging for me. They were very rangy. We decided that we were really going to push the envelope this time. My head was in a different place than it had been before.”
  • Peter Cooper did a terrific job profiling steel guitarist Buddy Emmons for The Tennessean.
  • Also in The Tennessean, Cindy Watts talked with Alabama about why they’re a trio instead of a quartet these days.
  • Joy Kills Sorrow, Sturgill Simpson, Robert Earl Keen, and The Time Jumpers are among the acts added to this year’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass lineup.
  • Dolly Parton has plans for a new album and tour.
  • Thompson Square’s “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not” went double platinum.
  • Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Dailey & Vincent and The Oak Ridge Boys are among the nominees for the 44th Gospel Music Association Dove Awards.
  • Trace Adkins celebrated his ten year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • New music videos from the past week or so:

Branch & Dean“The Dash”

Sheryl Crow“We Oughta Be Drinkin’”

Sioux City Kid“Wishin’ Well” 

Jason Isbell“Traveling Alone”

Zane Williams“Overnight Success”

Have Gun, Will Travel“Standing at the End of the World”

The Coal Men “Sanity”


  1. Bruce
    August 26, 2013 at 11:23 am

    It’s not that I do not have the words to comment on Swift’s latest “newsworthy” tidbit at the MTV awards. It’s just that they cannot be posted. In summary, another embarrassment.

  2. Rick
    August 26, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Enjoyed the article on Buddy Emmons. Now I will definitely have to check out that album for tasty tidbits.

    Trace Adkins deserved a “bleep” on Friday night’s Opry! When talking about his pal Blake Shelton Trace commented that Blake couldn’t make it to the show and added “that as*hole” which could clearly be heard! Crikey mate!

    Oh great, Carrie Underwood in “The Sound of Music”. I could see it working if the story was transplanted to some futuristic sci-fi outer-world populated entirely by cyborgs…

    If Taylor Swift didn’t have failed romances where would her inspiration come from? I wonder if Taylor is ever going to have a public melt-down? I might even tune in to one of those tabloid TV shows like TMZ if she did.

  3. TexasVet
    August 27, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Oh great, Carrie Underwood in “The Sound of Music”.

    For Rick:

  4. Leeann Ward
    August 27, 2013 at 7:06 am

    I admit that I was skeptical about Carrie being able to pull off the voice for The Sound of Music, but that clip makes me feel much better about it. Not bad at all.

    PS. I’m bummed that The Trishas are taking a break. I was hoping for another studio album from them soon, not a break.

  5. Luckyoldsun
    August 27, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Not sure that Hank III told Saving Country Music anything. SCM says that III spoke to the Dallas Observer–and provides a link to that newspaper.

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