Omnivore to Release Hank Williams Record Store Day EP; Stream New Dierks Bentley, Marah Albums; Dave & Phil Alvin Salute Big Bill Broonzy

Juli Thanki | February 20th, 2014

  • On Record Store Day, Omnivore Recordings will release Hank Williams’ The Garden Spot Programs — 1950 as a 10” brown vinyl EP. The label is also going to put out a full-length Garden Spots release in May.
  • Multi-instrumentalist and jazz advocate Billy Adair passed away on February 18 at the age of 66. Adair played onstage and in the studio with acts like Brenda Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, and Alabama.
  • Eric Church’s The Outsiders sold 288,000 units in its first week of release, the biggest sales week since Beyonce dropped that surprise album in December.
  • Stream Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania. And don’t forget to enter our LP giveaway.
  • Yep Roc will release Common Ground, Dave and Phil Alvin’s salute to Big Bill Broonzy, on June 3. Listen to the brothers’ version of “All By Myself” here.
  • Blackberry Smoke, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Shovels & Rope, The Avett Brothers, Sarah Jarosz, and Valerie June are among the billionty artists playing Bonnaroo this spring.
  • The Full English took home Best Group and Best Album trophies at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards yesterday. Here is the full list of winners.
  • Tony Trischka discusses his new album, Great Big World, with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner.
  • Paul Colby, who owned Greenwich Village venue the Bitter End for four decades, passed away on February 13 at the age of 96. From an obituary published in The New York Times: Mr. Colby bought the club, at 147 Bleecker Street near La Guardia Place, about a decade after he began managing it. It provided him with a lifetime of memories: watching Van Morrison kick over tables for dramatic effect…James Taylor, in one of his early appearances, bombed…In 1992, the folk singer Tom Paxton told The New York Times that the Bitter End was a “place to learn, to be bad, a place where you could clock your hours, learn what worked and didn’t.” Mr. Kristofferson told The Times that it was the place where “people like me and Bob Dylan didn’t just perform, we came to hang out.”
  • 37-year old Luke Bryan is releasing his sixth Spring Break EP on March 11.
  • On March 4, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Joe Diffie, Elizabeth Cook, The Grascals, and more will participate in a salute to Hee Haw at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
  • Our pal Kelly Dearmore reviewed Chris Thile’s Wednesday night solo show, which he described as “part classical history lesson, part stand-up routine and part prog-roots clinic.”
  • Check out the lyric video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out,” a track from forthcoming album Fortune (out April 22 on Sugar Hill).
  • The Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill will open their first exhibit of 2014, “Lard Have Mercy! 30 Years of Southern Culture on the Skids” on March 14.
  • Sam Lee shares more information about his World War I folk project, Forever England, with The Oxford Times. Says Lee, “I am doing a series of concerts based on accounts, reminiscences, songs, stories and experiences…We are looking more at the effects at home, and, specifically, how the war affected families back here. There are lots of wonderful stories from people who remember being told not to ask dad about the war, and of parents never talking about their experiences. It was taboo, and there was a silent honour. But there was a lot of cheerfulness as well. Music was a celebration. They were hard times but there was a sense of empowerment, especially for women, and a lot took pride in stepping up to the mark. And while there is no one alive old enough to have fought or worked, their children certainly remember hearing about it.” (warning: autoplay ads)
  • USA Today premiered The Shook Twins’ “Shake” from the band’s fourth album, What We Do, which comes out April 8. (warning: autoplay)
  • Rhett Miller talks about The Old 97s’ next record, Most Messed Up, in this interview. Also, a new EPK offers a sneak peek at some of the songs on the album.
  • Laurie Lewis released live album One Evening in May, which was recorded last year at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
  1. Blake Boldt
    February 20, 2014 at 10:02 am

    “37-year-old.” *Snickers*

  2. luckyoldsun
    February 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Parker Millsap–“Truck Stop Gospel”?

    Is he related to anyone–like maybe a Prisoner of the Highway?

  3. Jack Williams
    February 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Great news about Dave and Phil Alvin. I really enjoyed the song. And they will be touring. I’m excited.

  4. Kelly D.
    February 21, 2014 at 6:41 am

    The Old 97s are still awesome. Parker Millsap is yet another great recent example of Oklahoma folk greatness. Thanks for the link love :-)…. And I’ll be 38 when Spring Break hits this year – does that make me too old by a year? Dangit.

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