In other Opry news, Randy Travis celebrated his 25 years as an Opry member with Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, John Anderson, and more.
Elizabeth Cook was profiled in the Nashville Scene by Edd Hurt.
After several years, Jesse Cobb has left The Infamous Stringdusters. From his post on the ‘Dusters’ Facebook page: I’ve had some of the best times in my life making music and working together with all the awesome people in the organization over the last 6-7 yrs. I’ve also been through some big changes in my life and have come to realize that traveling and being away from my loved ones, as much as is required, is taking it’s toll on me both mentally and physically.
Rockabilly artist Billy Burnette will be inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in November. His most recent album, Rock N Roll with It, was released digitally in June.
PopMatters’ Dave Heaton offers up an interesting column about the role Jesus plays in contemporary country music. An excerpt: When most mainstream county singers reference Jesus, they strip away the gospel traditions and the softness and tenderness of the message. It’s easy these days for cynical, or even just somewhat critically minded listeners to immediately hear a song about Jesus as a commercial device, a political move, or an attempt to kowtow to audience expectations, especially when the songs are less devotional than self-focused, about what Jesus can do for us, as individuals, not what we should do for other people, following his example.
Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley are taking a trip to Sesame Street to help teach kids about hunger on a special that will air October 9. From a statement released by the couple: “We are honored that Sesame Street, with its long history of tackling difficult issues with sensitivity, caring and warmth asked us to be a part of this important project.”
Jason Boland chatted with CMT’s Chris Parton about new album Rancho Alto.
Here’s a clip from the upcoming Taylor Swift Journey to Fearless DVD where she talks about getting her first guitar.
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.