Miss. Country Music Trail Salutes Bobbie Gentry; Sarah Trahern Named CMA CEO; James McMurtry Signs with Complicated Game

Juli Thanki | November 13th, 2013

  • I missed a couple albums in yesterday’s record release roundup: Buffalo Clover’s Test Your Love and Jesse Cobb’s Solitude.
  • Bobbie Gentry’s marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail will be unveiled tomorrow. (Like all of the Trail markers, Gentry’s has been written by Barry Mazor.)
  • Listen to Peter Guralnick’s 1970 interview of Muddy Waters. The e-book reissues of Guralnick’s first two books will include supplemental content like interviews, videos, and extra chapters.
  • Logan Mize released a lyric video for “Used Up.” (Logan’s great uncle is Billy Mize, one of the pioneers of the Bakersfield Sound.)
  • Bloodshot Records is offering a free download of The Waco Brothers’ version of Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues.”
  • If you like rockabilly and/or watching scantily-clad women eat steak, the Reverend Horton Heat’s new video is for you.
  • Ohio State Senator Jim Hughes introduced a bill that would make Rascal Flatts the state’s official country music group.
  • Faith Petric, a central figure in the San Francisco folk scene who was nicknamed the “Fort Knox of folk music” due to her impressive memory bank of folk songs, passed away late last month at the age of 98.
  • The A.V. Club’s newest installment of their “Hear This” series focuses on Townes Van Zandt’s “If I Needed You.”
  • The bluegrass band shakeups continue: Josh Hymer (banjo) and Rickey Wasson (guitar) are leaving American Drive.
  • Jewly Hight did a piece on The McCrary Sisters for Nashville Public Radio. Listen here.
  • Chris Young’s “Aw Naw” has gone gold.
  • Chuck Dauphin’s newest column for The 615 is about Mandy Barnett and her new Don Gibson tribute album, I Can’t Stop Loving You.
  • Hologram Dolly Parton is the new Hologram Tupac.
  • The track listing for the Hard Working Americans’ (Todd Snider’s new band) self-titled debut album — due out in January — includes songs penned by Gillian Welch, Donnie Herron and Chuck Mead, Kieran Kane, Hayes Carll, and others.
  • Kix Brooks produced and starred in the new, straight-to-video Western Ambush at Dark Canyon, which will be available at Walmart in January (it’s currently available to rent and stream if you just can’t wait for the DVD). He also told Billboard that he’s recently begun writing for a new project.
  • Operation Troop Aid will present Hank Jr. with the Patriot Award at Bocephus’ New Year’s Eve show in Nashville.
  • James McMurtry signed with L.A. label Complicated Game. He’s heading into the studio later this month to start work on his next record.
  • Tonight on Music City RootsApril VerchThe Greencards, The HillBenders, and more.
  1. J.R. Journey
    November 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    As a lifetime resident of Ohio, I don’t want Rascal Flatts to be our state’s official country music group. If they’re sanctioned our “official countery music group”, Ohio would forever be linked in peoples’ minds with watered down pop-country music. And there are SO many other Ohioans worthy of the distinction. If you want an official group, both the lead singers from Diamond Rio (Marty Roe) and Sawyer Brown (Mark Miller) come from Ohio. If you want to go solo, Roy Rogers and Earl Thomas Conley are both from my hometown in Portsmouth, Ohio. Bobby Bare, David Allan Coe, and Johnny Paycheck are all from Ohio too.

    I don’t think you’re doing our state any favors in championing a fair-to-middling vocal group, Mr. Hughes. Please stop.

  2. nm
    November 13, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I think the idea of e-books with links not just to outside text references (which most e-readers will already give you, anyway) but also to sound and possibly video clips relevant to the text is awesome. I might even have to buy another copy of Guralnick’s work just to see (and hear) that in action.

  3. bll
    November 14, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Here, here JR! I agree wholeheartedly.

  4. Bruce
    November 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    If Rascall-Too-Flatts becomes Ohio’s official country music group, then the whole state will sound like fingernails on a chalkboard.

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