Mel Tillis Undergoes Heart Surgery; Recluses Embrace CXCW; New Album Releases
- Mel Tillis is recovering after undergoing “routine heart surgery” over the weekend.
- USAToday.com premiered songs by Rodney Crowell (“God, I’m Missing You”) and Don Williams (“Sing Me Back Home”).
- 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.
- Our pals at Music Tomes and Country Universe are giving away copies of Gerry House’s new book, Country Music Broke My Brain.
- 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.
- Chuck Mead’s got a new video for “Knee Deep in the Wakarusa River.”
- Dierks Bentley’s Riser debuted atop Billboard’s Country Albums chart, selling 63,000 records in its first week.
- 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.)
- Of course Dan + Shay met at a kegger.
- Stream The Dex Romweber Duo’s new album, Images 13.
- Scott H. Biram released a new video for “Slow & Easy.”
- 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.”
- Tomorrow night’s Music City Roots performers include Teea Goans and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage.
- 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
- And a DVD:
Emmylou Harris – Hour of Gold: Live in Germany 2000
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …
- Paul W Dennis: The Hight article is interesting, although I don't know that I would describe it as fantastic, but then I know …
- Dana M: I'm actually excited to hear a new Reba album. As for the Alan Jackson tour, I hope he announces Canadian …
- nm: Agreed. A good job by three very smart women.
- Deremy Jylan: The Hight piece is tremendous reading.
- Juli Thanki: Much like the music of Aldean and FGL, Michelob Ultra is favored by college kids and too much exposure will …
- Tom: ...michelob ultra seems to be a brew from hell.