Little Jimmy Dickens to Begin Radiation Treatment; Big Sandy, Farewell Drifters Plan Album Releases; New Sturgill Simpson Video

Juli Thanki | June 26th, 2013

  • Little Jimmy Dickens will begin short-term radiation next week to treat the “precancerous condition” found on his vocal cords.
  • Sturgill Simpson’s “Railroad of Sin” video premiered on Saving Country Music.
  • The Farewell Drifters have signed with Compass Records. The band’s next album will be released in the fall. (via press release)
  • Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a new album. What a Dream It’s Been features new arrangements of old Big Sandy songs. (via press release)
  • 60,200 Pandora streams of “I’ll Sing About Mine” netted Adam Hood $1.10 in mailbox money. Pandora’s in the middle of a battle over royalty rates (they want to pay even less), but TheVerge.com reports that formal settlement negotiations are expected to start soon.
  • Bassist Blake Pitney has joined Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.
  • This is nice: 9-year old Jaylynn Hiler, who was hit by a drunk driver, will get to meet her favorite singer, Lee Brice; his manager reached out to her and gave her backstage passes to Brice’s next closest concert.
  • The Colorado Springs Independent posted a feature on Emily Earle, singer-songwriter/The Voice contestant/niece of Steve Earle. Emily’s debut EP, News from Colorado, was released a couple weeks ago.
  • Listen to Bela Fleck and the Jerry Garcia Band tackle Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come.” The song can be found on the recently released GarciaLive: Volume Two.
  • CMT Edge posted a new Truth & Salvage Co. song.
  • Carrie Underwood has been added to Toby Keith’s benefit concert lineup.
  • Kacey Musgraves took home Breakthrough Songwriter and Breakthrough Artist honors at the MusicRow Awards. “Merry Go ‘Round” tied “I Drive Your Truck” for Song of the Year. Check out the full list of winners here.
  • EW.com premiered White Buffalo’s “Joey White” from upcoming album Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways, due out this September.
  • Ryan Bingham’s “Until I’m One with You” is the theme song for forthcoming FX drama The Bridge.
  • A while back, we posted a news item about the Del McCoury Band setting some of Woody Guthrie’s previously unheard lyrics to music. Here’s a video with some more information on the project:

  1. Ken Morton, Jr.
    June 26, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Hopefully Little Jimmy Dickens makes as good of a recovery as someone at his age can make. The Opry hasn’t been the same without his cheesy jokes each week.

    That Pandora statement from Adam Hood hardly is even fathomable. Hood was later quoted that Spotify would have netted him all of about $5 more. Regardless of whether their model works or doesn’t work, Pandora/Spotify are going to starve out the folks that provide their content.

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