Musician’s Hall Announces Inductees; Radio & Records Closes Doors
- After 36 years of publication, Radio & Records is calling it quits.
The current state of affairs has left The Nielsen Company with no other alternative but to immediately cease all services, products and events related to Radio & Records. The magazine’s final edition is the June 5 issue. Electronic products end today, the Web site will be taken offline soon.
- Chet Atkins and Charlie Daniels are among the 2009 honorees picked for the Musician’s Hall of Fame.
- Performing Songwriter will cease to be published after the June issue as well. Commenting on the closing, publisher/founder Lydia Hutchinson said, “There was a moment of clarity after we signed off on this June issue, telling me that now is indeed the time to let go and end at its peak.”
- Wounded Bird Records acquired the rights to six out of print Kris Kristofferson records from the ’70s and is making them available again.
- Assjack, the less-country side of Hank III‘s persona, is releasing an album on August 4 — through Curb Records.
- A free performance and party celebrating Alan Jackson‘s 20th anniversary since signing a recording deal with Arista Nashville is scheduled for next Wednesday at Nashville’s Cadillac Ranch.
- My Kind of Country’s J.R. Journey ranked Trisha Yearwood‘s ten-album discography for Country California. From the comments so far, no one agrees on a top album.
- In his latest blog post, Robbie Fulks introduced a new album of war songs from which the proceeds go to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. Fulks himself recorded the Harlan Howard song “Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming In” for the project.
- Download a copy of “Down to the Wire” from Son Volt‘s new album American Central Dust, which is due out on July 7.
- To our Oklahoma readers, be sure to check out Drew Kennedy and Rodney Hayden tonight when they make a stop at Wormy Dog Saloon as part of the New American Voices Tour.
- The Saguaro Road Records blog has a promo video of Tanya Tucker talking about her new album and performing several of the songs in studio.
- The server who asked John Rich to surrender his beer the other night at Cafe Coco described Rich as “just pompous and arrogant and completely out of line, like nobody else’s rules pertain to him.” However, Clayton Quisenberry, the musician who’s guitar Rich was playing at the time, has a different take:
He is actually a really cool guy. And he wasent irate at the server because he couldnt drink his beer, it was because he kept getting interupted by people while we were singing. The server that it happened to had just interupted us singing together and was throwing in words to the song that werent part of the song itself. John was agrivated about that.
- Watch new videos from Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Megan Mullins and Cledus T. Judd at CMT. My Kind of Country recommended the Judd video for “Garth Must Be Busy,” which features vocals from Ronnie Dunn.
- Kim Ruehl listed her five favorite Johnny Cash songs through all space and time.
- Justin Townes Earle performed several songs — “They Killed John Henry,” “Mama’s Eyes” and the Carter Family song “I’m Leaving You This Lonesome Song” — in a session with World Cafe host David Dye. Listen on NPR.
- You can find a couple of recent sets from The Flatlanders and Uncle Earl on NPR, too.
- Country California commented on Jim Malec’s knack for interviewing controversial subjects and having them come across as somewhat endearing in “Satan Seems Like Pretty Decent Guy in Malec Interview.”
- Listen to a live bootleg from a recent Hayes Carll concert at Threadgill’s in Austin.
- Country Universe’s Dan Milliken asks: Is country music inherently obsessed with a past way of living and looking at the world, or do its perspective and subject matter evolve along with the times?
- The I Am Fuel, Your Are Friends mp3 blog posted 11 news songs from Lucero that were culled from various live shows. (via ninebullets.net)
- Watch the video of Catherine MacLellan performing “Water In The Ground,” the title track to her new album.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …