Old Crow Medicine Show Announces New Album and Tour; Donna Summer’s Country Connection; Gram Parsons’ Musical Legacy

Juli Thanki | May 18th, 2012

  • Peter Cooper wrote a fine obituary for Doug Dillard.
  • On July 17, Old Crow Medicine Show will release new album Carry Me Back, their first studio album since 2008’s Tennessee Pusher. They’ve also announced new summer tour dates.
  • Davis Inman of American Songwriter wrote a piece on Gram Parsons’ legacy. An excerpt: Maybe part of what attracts us to Gram today is his mysteriousness. There’s very little video footage of him. In one clip, from the Maysles Brothers’ film Gimme Shelter, he’s on stage with The Flying Burrito Brothers at the infamous Altamont concert singing the trucker anthem, “Six Days On The Road.” In another video, a promo shot by A&M Records in 1969 for the Burritos’ first single “Christine’s Tune,” he’s strumming a Telecaster and wearing his famous Nudie suit, looking waifish and feminine. An enigmatic but dedicated artist, Parsons was on a mission to share a new type of music with the world. “It’s hard to describe how deeply Gram loved his music,” writes Keith Richards in his autobiography, Life. “He had one foot in country and one in rock and roll,” says Emmylou Harris. “I think they were both very real for him because of his upbringing and his generation.”
  • Watch the trailer for Jonathan Demme’s new documentary, Neil Young Journeys, scheduled for release June 29.
  • Chet Flippo’s newest Nashville Skyline column, inspired by the Tupac hologram at Coachella, discusses musicians who have been “summoned from the grave” to appear on duets and other recordings and performances: “In zombie state, dead artists are the perfect workers. They demand nothing, they have no expenses, they expect no payment and they deliver exactly the same performance onstage every night. And, importantly, they cause no trouble for their masters. Elvis can’t shoot the TVs in his hotel rooms anymore. Hank doesn’t OD anymore.” 
  • Lady Antebellum helped raise over $285,000 to benefit the tornado-ravaged community of Henryville, Indiana.
  • Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert are featured in the newest issue of In Touch.
  • Shuffle through your iPod and tell Country California all about it.
  1. Rick
    May 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I sure hope the Old Crow Medicine Show album is worth the wait. Hmm…

    Gram Parsons definitely cast a larger shadow after his death than while he was alive. Gram is the Americana (or more accurately Cosmic American) music equivalent of James Dean. I really look forward to the annual Gram Jam tribute concerts held each summer here in LA.

    If Tracy Lawrence had replaced Jason Aldean on stage, that might have been a show worth seeing!

    Lackluster Opry Alert! Saturday night’s Opry will feature the cute but vocally limited Mallary Hope, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Nagatani, Billy Gillman, and Gretchen Peters. Even Gretchen is not enough to redeem this show. Grade: C+
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. Jeremy Dylan
    May 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Young must have Demme on retainer at this point. Not that I’m complaining…

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