New Country Music Fest Comes to Vegas; CCMA Award Nominations Announced; Justin Townes Earle Covers “Glory Days”

Juli Thanki | July 18th, 2014

  • Chuck Dauphin makes a case for Don Rich’s Hall of Fame induction. (h/t A.B.)
  • Lucinda Williams’ forthcoming double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone will include a song called “Compassion” that’s an expansion of this poem of the same name written by her father, poet Miller Williams:

Have compassion for everyone you meet,

even if they don’t want it. What seems conceit,

bad manners, or cynicism is always a sign

of things no ears have heard, no eyes have seen.

You do not know what wars are going on

down there where the spirit meets the bone.

  • Eric Banister interviewed Jonathan Bernstein, whose new ebook, Sweet Home Everywhere, examines the musical and cultural impact of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” Music Tomes is also giving away a copy of the book, so go enter that contest.
  • Randy Fox of the Nashville Scene positively reviewed Bear Family box set The Other Side of Bakersfield: 1950s and ‘60s Boppers and Rockers from “Nashville West.”
  • American Songwriter compiled a photo gallery of Nashville’s music scene that includes shots of the Bluebird, RCA Studio B, Gruhn Guitars, and The Station Inn.
  • Nominees for the 2014 Canadian Country Music Association Awards were announced. Brett Kissel is nominated for seven awards, and Lindi Ortega’s up for Female Artist of the Year and Roots Artist of the Year. Check out the full list here.
  • Folk-rock band Heaven’s Jail released a video for their song “Suicide.”
  • Kelley Mickwee (whose fine new solo album comes out next week) on the future of The Trishas: “We are unsure. We know that we want to do something together again, but we didn’t put a time on it. We told each other that we would check back with each other in a year or so. We will see where everyone is in their lives. We will see if making another record is something we are able to do at that time or not. I realize that is kind of a crappy answer. It’s the truth. I think there is a future, but we are all unsure of when that will be.” 
  • Entertainment Weekly premiered Justin Townes Earle’s version of “Glory Days” from Dead Man’s Town, an upcoming Americana compilation paying tribute to Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  • Vegas will host the first Route 91 Harvest Festival from October 3-5. Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, and Dwight Yoakam are a few of the acts scheduled to perform.
  • Paste published a lengthy interview with Candi Staton.
  • Filmmaker Matthew Pellowski tells Bluegrass Today that he hopes to have his Dave Evans documentary, Last of the Breed, out by the end of the year.
  • The Bluegrass Situation looks at six great murder ballads, including “Stagger Lee” and “Where Did You Sleep Last Night.”
  • NPR is offering free downloads of songs by Newport Folk Fest performers Caitlin Rose, Benjamin Booker, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, and others.
  • Here’s an American Songwriter article on the Welcome to 1979 Studio, an analog-heavy Nashville studio that’s also one of a few places in the country that cuts its own vinyl masters.
  1. A.B.
    July 18, 2014 at 10:28 am

    It really is time for Don to go in. You could also make a case for all of 2015’s inductees coming from the Bakersfield Sound era i.e. Maddox Bros & Rose, Dwight Yoakam, & Don Rich.

    The fact that the Bakersfield Sound exhibit is at the Country Music Hall of Fame until the end of this year can’t hurt either.

  2. Janice Brooks
    July 18, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Congrats to The Western Swing Authority on their first Canadian Country Music Association Nominations. Been Programing them since 2010.

  3. Janice Brooks
    July 18, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Got an interesting playlist add yesterday “Ain’t Nothing To Me” Johnny Winter (Written by Leon Payne). I also was directed to the 1977 Jim Reeves version which did not impress me.

  4. paul w dennis
    July 18, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    If the Jim Reeves recording did not impress you, then you missed the subtle irony of his rendition.

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Don Rich will not–and should not–be inducted into the H-o-F.

    It’s hard enough deciding who should be in the hall now–when it’s just about front men (or musicians like “Pig” Robbins, who had a very broad array or work).

    If they put in someone who’s claim to fame is only backing up Buck Owens, then they’d have to consider back up players for a bunch of other superstars.

    And what about all those country stars who seem to have fallen just under the H-o-F line: Billy Walker, David Houston, Cal Smith, Gene Watson, Moe Bandy, Dottie West, etc. There has to be a cut-off somewhere, but how would voters measure No. 1 hitmakers like those against back-up musicians.

    A much more appropriate way to honor Rich and others like him would be for the H-o-F to recognize important back-up musicians and collaborators on–or alongside–the plaques of the artists they supported.

  6. A.B.
    July 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Lucky – So you believe the rotating musician’s category should only go to session players who have played on lots & lots of records?

    Don didn’t just back up Buck though. The Buckaroos backed up everyone under Buck at Capitol like The Hagers, Susan Raye, Buddy Alan, & Tony Booth. Would you rather have The Buckaroos get in instead of just Don?

    I just have a feeling the musician’s category next year will either go to Don, The Buckaroos, or Ralph Mooney since Weldon Myrick isn’t eligible as he passed away this year.

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