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Juli Thanki | March 11th, 2014

  • Mavis Staples, Lucinda Williams, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Allen Toussaint, and more will salute Dr. John at a tribute concert scheduled for May 3 in New Orleans.
  • It’s time once more for Couch by Couchwest, which offers the best parts of a music festival without all the pesky human interaction, overpriced drinks, or long lines for the bathroom.
  • Taylor Swift and her publicist, Paula Erickson, are splitting up after a seven-year partnership, which is approximately half a century in Taylor Swift Relationship Years.
  • Swift can wipe her tears on $100 bills because she’s topped the Billboard Moneymakers List, raking in nearly $40 million. The number two slot goes to Kenny Chesney, who earned “only” $32, 956,240.70. Other moneymaking country acts on the list include Luke Bryan (#8), George Strait (#15), Blake Shelton (#27), Zac Brown Band (#30), Rascal Flatts (#34), Miranda Lambert (#36), Tim McGraw (#38), and Carrie Underwood (#40).
  • John Moreland guests on Otis Gibbs’ newest podcast. (warning: autoplay)
  • Get the story behind “I Love a Rainy Night.” (There was a rainstorm one night. Eddie Rabbitt liked it. Then he wrote the song with David Malloy and Even Stevens. The end.)
  • Stream The Dex Romweber Duo’s new album, Images 13.
  • Fanny’s House of Music in East Nashville sounds neat. Also, the shop has a super cool mural that features Maybelle Carter, Rosetta Tharpe, Dolly Parton, Kitty Wells, Memphis Minnie, and several other kickass, guitar-playin’ ladies; I wish the store sold prints of it.
  • Here’s a blog post about David Anderson, who co-edited The Hank Williams Reader. An excerpt: [The editors] designed the book to be much more than a conventional biography or mere collection of articles. By tracing Williams’ increasing posthumous popularity from his premature death at the age of twenty-nine years old in January 1953 to the present, it illustrates something much more significant, which David describes as the literary process by which a popular entertainer becomes an American icon. David noted, “When Williams died, he may have been a riveting live performer with a string of hit records and a skillful composer of numerous country and pop tunes, but no one at the time predicted that his popularity would extend more than a few years beyond his death. Yet, as the years passed, his reputation continued to grow, thanks in part to journalists, historians, family members, and even writers of fiction, whose literary output helped Williams attain the status of one of America’s most beloved musical artists. Thus, our book traces what we term as Williams’ ‘transfiguration’ from a relatively well-known popular entertainer to an individual of legendary proportions.”
  • Neil Young is preparing to launch his new “MP3-replacement service” PonoMusic.
  • This week’s album releases (if you dig the content on E145, we’d sure appreciate if you’d help support the site and purchase your music through the affiliate links below. It doesn’t cost you extra, but we get a percentage of each sale, which helps offset server costs): 

Don Williams Reflections

The Dirty Guv’nahs Hearts on Fire

Dave Adkins Nothing to Lose

Sid Selvidge The Cold of the Morning

Los Lobos Si Se Puede

Sara Evans Slow Me Down

Matt Wallace For a Season

Cowboy Troy King of Clubs

Matt Stillwell – Right on Time

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live (CD+DVD)

  • Some books:

Lee Friedlander Playing for the Benefit of the Band: New Orleans Music Culture

John Wirt Huey “Piano” Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues

  • And a DVD:

Emmylou Harris Hour of Gold: Live in Germany 2000

  1. Roger
    March 11, 2014 at 11:48 am

    That Don Williams cover of Sing Me Back Home sounds great – have to check out that new CD.

  2. Leeann Ward
    March 12, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I’m floored that Luke Bryan is making so much more than Blake Shelton!
    Love te Taylor Swift snark.
    The Otis Gibb podcast is fantastic. Thanks to CMW at Country California for highlighting it, which is what brought it to my attention.

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