Mickey Gilley Returns to Touring; New Country Rehab Releases Free EP; Leonard Rutherford to Receive Grave Marker

Juli Thanki | March 21st, 2014

  • Check out the list of Record Store Day releases — there are a fair amount of country/roots titles — and plan your budget accordingly.
  • Stream Merle Haggard’s “I Take a Lot of Pride in What I Am” from the reissued live album The Fightin’ Side of Me, which comes out next week.
  • Jon Pareles of The New York Times reviewed Rosanne Cash’s Tuesday night concert.
  • Courtney Cash, granddaughter of Tommy Cash and Johnny Cash’s great-niece, was stabbed to death in her home. The man who lived with her received multiple stab wounds as well, but is in stable condition. Police have a suspect in custody.
  • Our pal Stephen Deusner chose 10 Buck Owens Prime Hits for CMT Edge.
  • In April, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will host an interview with producer Jimmy Bowen and screen Leading Ladies of The Grand Ole Opry, Hosted by Reba McEntire. The HoF will also hold a screening of the 1994 ACM Awards, which were hosted by Reba and Alan Jackson.
  • Taylor Swift is in the trailer for the movie adaptation of the young adult novel The Giver, which portrays a bleak, dystopian future.
  • Speaking of bleak, dystopian futures, John Rich is launching a “lifestyle line” called Redneck Riviera. Fugly t-shirts and ballcaps abound.
  • Bluegrass musician Leonard Rutherford, who was buried in an unmarked grave in 1951 after he was found dead in a ditch (no, for real), will receive a proper grave marker at a ceremony in Somerset, Kentucky tomorrow.
  • NPR’s Ken Tucker praises Sara Evans’ Slow Me Down
  • The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame broke ground on a $1.1 million expansion that’ll nearly double the size of the building.
  • Terri Clark’s campaign to raise funds for her new album has surpassed its goal, which means we’ll be hearing some music from her later this year.
  • Download or stream a Hard Working Americans live show, recorded in Chicago last month.
  • Download New Country Rehab’s new, free EP.
  • Dan Rather is going to guest announce on the Opry tonight. (via press release)
  • Thanks to Nashville, it’s harder than ever to nab a seat at the Bluebird. Billboard takes a look at how the venue is dealing with the fame.
  • Check out “Listen” from BettySoo’s forthcoming album, When We’re Gone (out May 27).
  1. Janice Brooks
    March 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    excuse me did you forget to mention Bobby Seymore?

    • Juli Thanki
      March 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

      Not finding any official news/press releases/articles on that front. We learned our lesson with the premature reports of Ray Price’s death.

  2. luckyoldsun
    March 22, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    It’s nice to see Rosanne Cash enjoying something of a career resurgence with this new album “The River and the Thread.” John Leventhal put together a great band to back her and they managed to pack Town Hall for the performance.

    Truthfully, they didn’t need to perform the ENTIRE new album–as they did. The energy picked up considerably when they moved on to performing her hits and other material!

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