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 interviewedBuddy 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.
Becky Buller has joinedDarin & Brooke Aldridge’s band.
NPR broadcast a piece about the efforts to restoreJohnny Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.