“Love for Levon” Benefit Concert Planned; Loretta Lynn Works on New Music; The Real Cost of Free Downloads

Juli Thanki | August 24th, 2012

  • Singer-songwriter Heather Roberts is missing. She was last seen in the Dallas area.
  • Loretta Lynn talks about the new music she’s been working on: Well, I’ve got 60-something things cut already. I’ve got a Christmas album, two religious albums. I’m gonna put ‘em out and get ‘em on the radio.   
  • Coming to the East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center on October 3: the “Love for Levon” benefit concert, featuring Mavis Staples, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Dierks Bentley, and many more.
  • Quiet About It: A Tribute to Jesse Winchester, which features Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, and many more, sounds like a mighty fine album according to Chet Flippo’s new Nashville Skyline column.
  • What is the real cost of “free” downloads?
  • Preview the new Avett Brothers record here, then find out what they have to say about the first single, “Live and Die.”
  • Watch a recent DC performance from Dom Flemons (Carolina Chocolate Drops) and Boo Hanks.
  • Give a listen to four songs from the album Garth Hudson Presents Chest Fever: A Canadian Tribute to The Band.
  • Vanguard Records will release The Essential Mindy Smith on October 9. (via press release)
  • Easton Corbin talks about his new album, All Over the Road, in this brief video.
  • The Flatlanders and their new-old album, The Odessa Tapes, are the subject of a Wall Street Journal feature.
  • Randy Travis allegedly got into a fight in a church parking lot: “‘We got a phone call at around 10 or 10:30 [Thursday] night about a personal family issue occurring between an estranged husband and wife. The wife was reportedly the girlfriend of Randy Travis,’ Officer David Tilley, of the Plano, Texas, Police Department, told PEOPLE on Friday morning… The beleaguered country singer was cited for a Class C simple assault.”
  1. Rick
    August 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Love Trailer’s country list song! Especially the line about the hot cousin in a pick-up truck. The final stanza kind of pays tribute to the late 40’s hit from Merle Travis “So Round, So Firm, So Fully Packed” which was literally constructed of popular advertising tag lines at the time! Although Merle applies the title to a woman he’s describing, it actually came from Lucky Strike cigarette ads.

    That Jesse Winchester tribute album sounds a bit interesting. Well except for the fact Jesse was a Vietnam War draft dodger. Oh well.

    Randy Travis needs to get into rehab fast or he won’t be around for long. Talk about a downward spiral.

    Loretta may have a lot of recorded songs in the can, but are any of them any good? Hmm…

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