Musgraves Sees Post-Grammy Sales Boost; Rural Rhythm to Release Jim & Jesse’s Remastered Radio Shows; Free Bloodshot Sampler

Juli Thanki | February 7th, 2014

  • The Opry will celebrate 40 years at The Grand Ole Opry House March 15-16 with a number of special events, including performances by Josh Turner, Miranda Lambert, and others. Here is the full schedule.
  • On March 4, Rural Rhythm Records will release Jim & Jesse’s Radio Shows. The disc will contain 24 tracks remastered from the original tapes; listeners will also get online access to a video interview with Jesse McReynolds as well as photos from his private collection.
  • Kacey Musgraves’ Same Trailer Different Park saw a 177% sales boost following the Grammy Awards.
  • The Claire Lynch Band is working on a holiday album; Lynch promises that a swing album is in the works as well.
  • Check out Jimbo Mathus’ “Hawkeye Jordan” from forthcoming album Dark Night of the Soul (due out February 18). 
  • Bloodshot’s free 2014 sampler includes songs by Wayne Hancock, Robbie Fulks, Rosie Flores, and more.
  • Randy Travis is, little by little, getting his voice back, according to his father, who is quoted in this Closer Weekly article.
  • Paul Burch to The Chicago Sun-Times: “I love how certain instruments awaken something in you…I like the idea of music as a kind of cinematic background. Once the flavor of a song is satisfied, it’s fun to put in an instrument that normally wouldn’t go with that type of music if you were going to do it ‘properly.’ That’s when you really start to have some fun.”  
  • Parker Millsap talks about his solid, self-titled record in this interview with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
  • Keb’ Mo’ will release BLUESAmericana on April 22. Listen to one of the tracks, “The Old Me Better,” here.
  • Gary Clark, Jr., Dr. John, and Trombone Shorty are among the artists who’ll perform at the NBA All Star Game on February 16 in New Orleans.
  • Jewly Hight interviewed Amy Ray about her new country album.
  • Aaron Tippin and Daryl Singletary are holding a free “Valentines for Vets” show at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum tomorrow.
  • Mavis Staples will play the Newport Folk Festival this summer. Newport booker Jay Sweet talks about organizing the festival’s annual lineup in this lengthy Patriot Ledger article.
  • Speaking of Ms. Staples, David Cantwell recently yook a look at Greg Kot’s new biographyI’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and The March Up Freedom’s Highway. Cantwell also compiled a playlist of essential listening.

 

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