Museum of Broadcast Communications to Celebrate National Barn Dance; Ron Davies Tribute Record Due in March; Album Releases
- Garth Brooks, Shelby Lynne, and The Oak Ridge Boys have been added to the list of artists who will appear George Jones’ final Nashville concert.
- On March 23, the Museum of Broadcast Communications will “celebrate the 89th anniversary of The National Barn Dance radio show in the actual historic WLS studio…The special event will feature an afternoon of classic country music, historic reflections and documentary clips from The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance.”
- Guitarist Dan Toler (Allman Brothers Band) passed away on Monday at the age of 64 after a long battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
- Stream Son Volt’s new album, Honky Tonk (out March 5), at American Songwriter.
- Rolling Stone posted a couple songs: The Mavericks’ “Come Unto Me” and Ashley Monroe’s “Weed Instead of Roses.”
- Out March 25: Unsung Hero: A Tribute to the Music of Ron Davies, a record featuring Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, John Prine, BR549, and many more. All proceeds from the 22-track compilation will go to Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School.
- John Esposito, president of Warner Music Nashville, answers a few questions for Jaquetta White of the Tennessean.
- Take a sneak peek at upcoming Smithsonian Folkways compilation Classic Harmonica Blues, due out May 21.
- Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell talk about how they first met in this article from The Independent.
- CMT Edge premiered the video for Steve Earle’s “Invisible,” a song from his upcoming record, The Low Highway (due out April 16).
- Here’s Tim McGraw performing “Two Lanes of Freedom” on the USS Midway.
- Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen have signed with Compass Records. Their sophomore album, On the Edge, will be released April 30. Also, it’s rather good.
- Vince Gill and Pam Tillis will appear in tomorrow night’s episode of Nashville. (via press release)
- Songwriter Brandy Clark answered five questions for Country California.
- Kellie Pickler and Wynonna Judd have signed on to participate in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
- Here’s a new Quotable Country.
- Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Bruce Robison for CMT Edge.
- American Songwriter’s Evan Schlansky interviewed Holly Williams.
- Byron Berline, Tommy Jackson, Curly Lewis, and Benny Thomasson were inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame earlier this month.
- Rolling Stone premiered a new Iron and Wine track from Ghost on Ghost, due out April 16.
- Don Gonyea shared a sweet story about the time he interviewed Johnny Cash: I asked him, “How’d you get to be The Man in Black?” I cringe a little bit when I hear myself ask that question, but you’ve got to love his answer. “For one reason, it’s a little more slimming,” Cash said. “I wrote a song called ‘Man in Black’ in about 1970. In the song, you see where I pointed out some of the problems and the ills that we have in this country. But I point to myself as being one of those people responsible for correcting some of those problems and unfortunate things that happen to people here.” This was not a good point in Johnny Cash’s life. The new album that I asked him about flopped, and he couldn’t really get on country radio anymore. “Folsom Prison Blues” had been 12 years earlier and it was another 12 or 13 years before he would have that late-career comeback. But on that day, he was way nicer to me than he had any reason to be. I was just this kid wearing a plaid shirt and a corduroy vest from some local radio station that he’d never heard of, but he took the time to answer all of my questions, even the stupid ones. I didn’t fully appreciate it at the time, but that is what I love about this interview all these years later.
- CMT’s Chris Parton interviewed Raul Malo about The Mavericks’ reunion and new record.
- Justin Townes Earle played Mountain Stage.
- Garth Hudson’s landlord sold some of the musician’s belongings over the weekend at a garage sale after Hudson failed to pay rent on his loft for about seven years.
- There’s an “Ameripolitan” compilation available on NoiseTrade featuring Dale Watson, Whitey Morgan, and more.
- Album releases:
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell – Old Yellow Moon
The Mavericks – In Time
Wayne Hancock – Ride
Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors – Good Light
Jaida Dreyer – I Am Jaida Dreyer
Dave Adkins & Republik Steele – That’s Just the Way I Roll
The Civil Wars & T Bone Burnett – A Place at the Table: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Ivan & Alyosha – All the Times We Had
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple
BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet – From Bamako to Carencro
Various Artists – Classic Celtic Music
And a DVD:
The Eagles: Farewell Tour – Live from Melbourne
- Leeann Ward: Thanks, NM. I like a good pop hook, to be honest. So, maybe I need to try it again.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.