Mike Auldridge Passes Away; Free Bloodshot, Blue Ridge Outdoors & American Songwriter Samplers

Juli Thanki | January 2nd, 2013

  • Dwight Yoakam performs on Leno tonight. (via press release)
  • Thanks to Arlene for pointing us toward this benefit record—featuring Tift Merritt, Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck, and others–from Mason Jar Music. 100% of the revenue goes to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.  Read about the recording process here.
  • Bloodshot Records is offering a free 2012 sampler featuring songs from Rosie Flores, The Waco Brothers and Paul Burch, Justin Townes Earle, and more.
  • January 7 marks the end of Ronnie Mack’s Barndance, an “extraordinary musical showcase that has been a backbone of the Los Angeles country scene for the past 25 years.” 
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale for CMT Edge.
  • Bluegrass Today lists the 30 songs that got the most airplay in 2012.
  • On January 26, the Observatory Theatre in Santa Ana, CA will host the benefit concert “Brotherly Love: A Night for Our Brother Phil Alvin.” The lineup includes The Blasters, The Knitters, X, and more.
  • Emmylou Harris was under investigation for allegedly leaving the scene of a car accident on the L.A. Freeway in October: The CHP opened a hit and run investigation after the other driver filed a report.  The investigation is now complete and we’re told the file was sent to the D.A., who will decide if the country legend should be prosecuted. Emmylou’s rep acknowledges to TMZ she was involved in a “minor traffic accident,” adding “she unintentionally rubbed bumpers with another vehicle.” The rep says Emmylou didn’t realize the cars made contact so she took off. The rep calls it a “garden-variety accident that happens everyday on the 405,” and Emmylou has turned the matter over to her insurance company.
  • Blue Ridge Outdoors‘ free January Trail Mix includes songs from Carrie Rodriguez, Mike Cooley, and John Driskell Hopkins & Balsam Range.
  • American Songwriter’s monthly sampler includes cuts from Lindi Ortega, Holly Williams, Ashley Monroe, and others.
  • Gene Watson was interviewed by Brian T. Atkinson for CMT Edge.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys serenaded former president George H.W. Bush over the telephone when he was hospitalized.
  • Butch Vig, the drummer for Garbage who also produced records like Nirvana’s Nevermind, formed an alt-country band called The Emperors of Wyoming.
  • Natalie Maines’ cover of Pink Floyd’s “Mother” was featured on NPR.
  • Becky Buller has joined Darin & Brooke Aldridge’s band.
  • NPR broadcast a piece about the efforts to restore Johnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.
  1. Rick
    January 2, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance in December featured The Collins Kids performing and I didn’t know about it until afterwards! ARGH! (lol) Scheduling the shows on the first Monday night of every month kept me away except for holidays that happened to coincide with the show dates. The venue used for the last few years would pack out quickly and become barely standing room only in the process. I liked the concept but the execution left something to be desired for someone who lived across town when we’re talking LA freeway commuting traffic. Still, I’m sorry to see it go away.

    That Phil Alvin benefit concert sounds interesting. Both The Blasters and The Knitters bands typically attract a lot of good looking “rockabilly” women fans! I especially like the poodle skirts and tight sweaters! (lol) Now if John Doe would just clean up his potty mouth while he’s on stage with X and The Knitters…

    Darn, there is no Music City Roots tonight. I am looking forward to next week’s show that will feature Leon Russell and Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out. I hope Leon sings songs off his 1973 “Hank Wilson’s Back” album! We shall see.

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