News Roundup for July 13, 2011

Juli Thanki | July 13th, 2011

  • Please welcome Barry Mazor as Engine 145’s Senior Columnist. His column will run twice monthly.
  • It’s Johnny Cash Weekend from Thursday to Saturday for minor league ballclub the Reno Aces. The team will be wearing black jerseys and the first 2500 fans at Thursday’s game get a Johnny Cash t-shirt.
  • There’s a family lawsuit regarding royalties from “I’ll Fly Away.” The song “generated about $1.4 million in royalties between 2004 and the third quarter of 2009, according to court documents.”
  • Wayne Mills and TG Sheppard are remaking Sheppard’s 1981 hit “I Loved ‘Em Everyone” which will be featured on Mills’ upcoming album Long Hard Road.
  • Blue Highway’s Sounds of Home is due out on Rounder Records on August 23.  The album arrives a decade after Still Climbing Mountains, the band’s first all-original collection.
  • Junior Sisk took to Facebook to discuss some recent personnel changes in his band Ramblers Choice: “My long time singing partner Tim Massey has decided to leave the band. He is getting married and is pursuing new endeavors…Though I am sorry to see Timmy go I am excited about the new changes in the band. We have moved Jason “Sweet Tater” Tomlin over to the bass and hired Chris Davis on mandolin. I think you will be pleased with the new configuration.” Sisk will be releasing The Heart of a Song in September.
  • The Foundation for Bluegrass Music will be funding grants and/or scholarships this year in memory of Hazel Dickens and Carlton Haney: “A one-time fund of $10,000 has been earmarked with the following guidelines for applicants: up to $5,000 in memory of Dickens to fund public projects and/or education scholarships that foster “artistic” development involving deserving young people, and up to $5,000 in memory of Haney to fund public projects and/or education scholarships that foster bluegrass music “business” development involving deserving young people.” The deadline to apply is August 15.
  • Grand Ole Opry historian Byron Fay has an interesting story titled “Cause for Concern? The Aging of the Opry’s Cast:” “12% of the Opry’s members are over the age of 80; 40% are over the age of 70 and 52% of its members are over the age of 60. Just under 10% of the Opry’s members are under the age of 40.”
  • Tracy Lawrence has a brand new single that’s out to radio called “The Singer.” Check out the EPK here.
  • Time Life has announced the release of Hank Williams: The Legend Begins on September 13 with newly discovered and meticulously restored recordings of the American music legend. The album “contains the earliest recordings of a 15-year-old Williams and four songs from a home recording in 1940. The other two CDs are from Williams’ first syndicated radio show in 1949, Health And Happiness, that have been restored.”
  • Ken Morton, Jr. posted a few music videos over at That Nashville Sound, including Dana and Lauren Shankman‘s (formerly of Malibu Storm) cover of Tupac’s “California Love.”




  1. Ben Foster
    July 13, 2011 at 11:39 am

    A LeAnn Rimes fitness video? How did I not see that coming?

    Loved Sierra Hull’s Adele cover.

    Looking foward to more great columns from Barry!

  2. Carrie
    July 13, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Wouldn’t LeAnn Rimes need to be healthy in order to do a fitness video? Stick-thin, to me, does not equate health — rather the opposite. I would like for Eddie to start feeding her cheeseburgers.

    Love seeing so many familiar faces here. :)

  3. Jon
    July 13, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    That “California Love” video has been out for like about a month.

    Sounds Of Home is actually Blue Highway’s third all-original album; the press release (and hence this news item) makes it sound like the second, but that ain’t right. It’s clear in the liner notes, though ;-).

  4. Rick
    July 13, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Hey Juli, when is Jim Malec going to drop by so he and Jon can really get into it just like the good ole days at The 9513? Jon, its nice to see you haven’t stopped picking nits at every chance you get!

    Country kind of went reggae back on Ryan Shupe’s first album with the song “Rain Falls Down”, which is quite good by the way.

    I guess I now understand why Dana and Lauren just go by their first names! Shankman? Crikey! Hopefully they will make a bigger splash as a duo than Malibu Storm, which didn’t even leave a puddle…

    Sierra Hull would probably do a good job covering almost any type of song. That gal is the “real deal” and quite a talent. Although she does need more humor in her bluegrass music apart from “Best Buy” anyway.

  5. Matt Bjorke
    July 14, 2011 at 10:22 am


    And it premiered @roughstock to great numbers. Dana & Lauren have a loyal group of fans/followers.

  6. Thomas
    July 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    …there’s more “things that make life easier”- videos/dvds by country stars in the pipeline:

    sara evans – divorce done smoothly
    jason aldean – one piercing is never enough
    reba – tweeting for senior birds
    john rich – taking punches in style
    willie nelson – the perfect grass in your yard
    brad paisley – mud in the pampers
    jessica simpson – the non-country lifestyle
    susie brown – singin’ in bloody tight jeans
    colt ford – forget about the melody
    blake shelton – coping with her success

  7. Jon
    July 14, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    @Matt I like them – heck, I liked Malibu Storm – but I thought that video, even more than the cover itself, was kind of problematic.

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