Loretta Lynn Fights House Fire (She’s Okay); The Mavericks Celebrate 25 Years with Spring Tour; Stream New Drive-By Truckers Album

Juli Thanki | February 26th, 2014

  • There was a small fire at Loretta Lynn’s house yesterday when a lit candle fell onto a chair. Lynn sustained minor burns on her hands while using a pillow to put out the flames.
  • Franny Beecher, guitarist for Bill Haley & His Comets, passed away on Monday at the age of 92.
  • The Mavericks are kicking off their Twenty-Five Live Tour tomorrow in Charleston. The band formed in 1989, which makes 2014 their 25th year of making music if you don’t count all those years they didn’t.
  • Stream The Drive-By Truckers’ English Oceans before its March 4 release date.
  • Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider may not have had permission to film on the railroad tracks where an unexpected train killed one crew member and injured seven.
  • James Alan Shelton is coming up on his 20th year as one of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys.
  • The Dixie Chicks will help salute Rick Rubin on Thursday in L.A. when the producer is presented with The David Lynch Foundation’s Lifetime of Harmony Award.
  • Keith Urban’s got a line of $60 t-shirts. Or you could buy 15 boxes of Thin Mints, which seems like a better deal.
  • Griffin House recorded “Barricades of Heaven” for the forthcoming Jackson Browne tribute album, Looking Into You (out April 1). Listen here.
  • In his new column, Geoffrey Himes wonders, “Who is the greatest country music artist of all time?” Spoiler: Merle Haggard.  (Bonus: Himes names Hank Williams The Hillbilly Sandy Koufax, a comparison that kind of works.)
  • Steve Martin, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and Edie Brickell are heading out on tour beginning March 14.
  • You might want to add JP Bean’s Singing from the Floor: A History of British Folk Clubs to your reading list. Here’s a review published by TheGuardian.com.
  • Neil Young is working on a car-themed book that’ll hit shelves this fall.
  • Stephen Deusner of CMT Edge interviewed Robert Ellis about new album The Lights From the Chemical Plant.
  • Gerry House shared a memory with The 615’s Chuck Dauphin: “[Jane Pauley] came to town for the ‘Today’ show, and I was her guide. I took her to Printers’ Alley to a honky tonk at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon. I went to open the door, and I hit somebody with the door, and it was George Jones. He came out, and he was in a little bit of an altered state. He saw Jane Pauley, and he assumed he was on TV. So, he hopped up on stage and sang ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ acapella, all by himself. I told him that it wasn’t a TV show, and he said ‘Well, alright,’ and ran out of the club. It was a strange and otherworldly experience, but it made me a hero to Jane Pauley, who said ‘You got George Jones to sing for us live.”  
  • The Darrell Brothers, the delightful weirdos behind “Mountain Twerker,” deliver a dramatic reading of Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night.”

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