Patti Page Passes Away; Folk Archive Goes Digital; New Music from Blake Shelton

Juli Thanki | January 3rd, 2013

  • Topic Records is set to launch “The Great Big Digital Archive Project,” with 84 downloadable folk albums and digital booklets becoming available this month. Six to ten albums will be released each month throughout the year. Many of these records, originally released from the ‘50s to the ‘70s, have been out of print for some time.
  • In this one question interview, Rosanne Cash talks about the most significant risks she’s taken in her career.
  • Jason Aldean will have a role in the movie Sweetwater.
  • After 42 years, Nashville’s Gruhn Guitars is moving off Broadway.
  • Here’s a neat piece about Music Roots, a free program in Mountain View, Ark. in which kids learn the fundamentals of folk music.
  • Hunter Hauk profiles the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in this month’s issue of Cowboys & Indians.
  • Bruce Springsteen has been named the 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year. In February, he’ll be honored with a tribute concert featuring Mavis Staples, Kenny Chesney, Elton John, Emmylou Harris, and more.
  • PopMatters’ Jason Leahey wrote a feature on Mike Cooley.
  • Kelly Dearmore interviewed Cody Canada and Seth James of The Departed.
  • Jesse Sykes’ remembrance of Levon Helm was named Voice Media Group’s best music writing of 2012.
  • Duane Sparks has joined Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers following Adam McIntosh’s departure from the group.
  1. Ben Foster
    January 3, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Shame about Patti Page. She was such a talented lady. I always loved “Tennessee Waltz.”

  2. Rick
    January 3, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    I don’t know Ben, I’ve always been more partial to the Pee Wee King version of that song…

    Last Night’s “Nashville Recap” on ABC was very well executed and has me definitely wanting more of that musical sudsfest! My only advice to the writers and producers would be “More Scarlett!!!!!!”…(lol)

  3. Paul W Dennis
    January 4, 2013 at 12:55 am

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