In a letter to the editor posted on the Tennessean website, Naomi Judd criticized the CMT Awards for allowing “only a ‘by the way’” mention of George Jones and choosing “alternative music group” (really, Naomi?) The Mavericks to cover “The Race is On.”
Chuck Dauphin wrote a feature on Valerie June for The 615.
In October, the Newport Folk Festival is heading to the opposite side of the country to produce the two-day Way Over Yonder Festival, which will be held at the Santa Monica Pier and feature Justin Townes Earle, Shovels & Rope, and more.
The Steel Wheels, The Dust Busters with John Cohen, and Lucky Tubb & The Modern Day Troubadours were among the Independent Music Awards winners. (h/t Janice Brooks)
The Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Mass. is holding a free, three-part series on innovators in American music. The first event, scheduled for tomorrow evening, features Wheaton professor Delvyn Case speaking about Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. The other two events, scheduled for June 20 and 27 will cover jazz geniuses and “homegrown composers,” respectively.
UK folk duo Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will release their album, Fire and Fortune, in the States on July 30. (via press release)
Ashton Shepherd is “expected to release a new independent project” next month.
Juli Thanki is the editor of Engine 145 and a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Washington Post, Bluegrass Unlimited, and M Music & Musicians Magazine. In 2011 she received the International Bluegrass Music Association Print Media Person of the Year award.