Patsy Cline HoF Exhibit Opens Next Month; Kenny Chesney Added to Farm Aid Lineup; New Mavericks Album Slated for 9/25 Release
Juli Thanki | July 26th, 2012
New exhibit Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving Youwill open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on August 24. The opening weekend festivities will include a panel discussion with Cline’s husband and daughter as well as Harold Bradley, Jan Howard and George Hamilton IV. The exhibit will run through June 10, 2013.
Karyn Rochelle, who co-wrote songs like “Georgia Rain” and “This Is Me You’re Talking To,” is the newest subject of American Songwriter’s Nashville Songwriter Series.
From our friends at the Foundation for Bluegrass Music: “A fund of $8000 has been earmarked to support public projects that foster innovative development in the world of bluegrass music. Individual grants ranging from $2000-4000 will be given in memory of Earl Scruggs and Warren Hellman. Of special interest are bluegrass music-related projects and programs that involve education or youth. This is a competitive application process and candidates must meet the Foundation’s Grant Application Guidelines. Grants awarded will be announced no later than September 28, 2012.” The deadline to apply for one of these grants is August 15.
What did Big & Rich and “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” do for country music? Says Anthony Easton, Big & Rich are “the lost fathers of a new strain of country music, one that embodies many of the same themes as the movie—namely, the way that men try to perform like men. More recent songs like Justin Moore’s “Back that Thing Up,” and “Backwoods,” Kip Moore’s “Somethin’ Bout A Truck,” Luke Bryan’s “Country Girl (Shake It For Me),” Jason Aldean’s “Hicktown,” and Brantley Gilbert’s “Kick It in the Sticks” could be considered direct descendants of the Big and Rich instinct. They often sound similar, pillaging from hip-hop or rock and roll. They’re unsentimental tracks nestled on albums otherwise filled with sap. And they’re about the South or West, or at least general semi-rural places that have not been taken over by suburbs—the back 40, the sticks, the river, the farmer’s field.”
Give a listen to this music medley of the first round of artists confirmed for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass. Sounds like the Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas, O’Brien Party of 7, Steve Earle, Ralph Stanley, and more will be part of this year’s lineup.
Out August 21: Country & Cold Cans, a new Dierks Bentley EP. The EP will initially be a digital-only release available on iTunes.
Brian T. Atkinson interviews bassist Will Dupuy of the reunited South Austin Jug Band.
September is shaping up to be a fantastic month for new music: The Mavericks are releasing In Timeon 9/25.
Chris Parton wrote a fine feature on Billy Joe Shaver. An excerpt: By 1966, Shaver was living in Nashville. Four years later, he earned a promise that Jennings, a fellow Texan, would listen to his songs — but Jennings was reluctant. Their meeting in a bustling recording studio ended up being one of the greatest true stories in country music history. “When I ran into Waylon, I threatened to whoop his ass,” snarls the fearless Texan. “He had told me he would listen to my songs. I’m the kind of guy that thought he meant it. I chased him around for about six months, and then finally, I just threatened to whip his ass in front of everybody. “He took me into a room and said, ‘Hoss, you can get killed that way.’ I said, ‘I’m down to it. You’re either going to listen to these songs, or we’re going to go a round or two.’ I was a big ol’ boy. I could handle him. I knew I could. He said, ‘All right, I’m going to listen to one song. And if I like it, I will let you play another. If I don’t like it, you and I are going to part, and I am not going to see you again.’ “I went ahead and did ‘Ain’t No God in Mexico,’ and he liked that. He said, ‘OK, one more.’ So I did ‘Old Five Dimers,’ and he liked that. By the time I got to ‘Honky Tonk Heroes,’ he slapped his leg and said, ‘I know what I got to do.'”
From the Salisbury Post: “Cheerwine announced today the Avett Brothers’ Legendary Giveback charity concert will be held Oct. 19 in Charlottesville, Va…Proceeds from the show will raise money for family-aid organizations across the country, and the concert will be streamed live to anyone who pledges to volunteer time to their community on www.Cheerwine.com/giveback.”
Speaking about the Avetts, here’s “Live and Die” from their upcoming album, The Carpenter.
Performing Songwriter posted an excerpt of an old article written by Chris Neal about Bob Dylan’s infamous electric set at the Newport Folk Festival on July 25, 1965.
Tift Merrit’s got a new, rocking song called “To Myself,” which will be on her next album, Traveling Alone, due out October 2.
Davis Inman of American Songwriter wrote a feature on roots rocker Cory Branan.
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.