Mike Henderson Leaves The SteelDrivers; Hank Jr. Raises $75K for Hall of Fame; New Christmas Music From Claire Lynch

Juli Thanki | December 8th, 2011

  • Mike Henderson has left The SteelDrivers. From a post Henderson wrote on the band’s website: Now, for personal reasons which have nothing to do with my or my family’s health or well being, the time has come for me to say goodbye. Don’t worry I’ll be around and you’ll be hearing from me soon. I leave the SteelDrivers in the capable hands of my bandmates and I know they won’t let us down as they move forward.
  • Peter Cooper’s newest Tennessean article is about Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” and the journey it took from inception to gold recordhood: When Secor sought to copyright the song with Dylan for use on a 2003 album, he found that Dylan actually credited the “Rock me, mama” words to bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup. And Crudup probably borrowed his idea from an early 20th-century Big Bill Broonzy recording. “That song drags a heavy chain,” Secor says. “In a way, it’s taken something like 85 years to get completed.”
  • Hank Williams Jr.’s sold-out acoustic benefit show raised $75,000 for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Blues legend Freddie King will be posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as an early influence.
  • Neal McCoy, Trace Adkins, Jerrod Niemann, Easton Corbin and more are taking to the seas next fall as part of Blake Shelton’s country-themed cruise.
  • Country California is giving away several autographed CDs for the holidays.
  • Claire Lynch has a new holiday song that will be on a Christmas record she’s releasing in 2012. Check it out here.
  • Steve Martin was mighty funny on Jimmy Fallon’s show earlier this week. Check out the clip (zoom ahead to 11:20 if you just want to see Martin play with the Steep Canyon Rangers) at Prescription Bluegrass.

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