Phil Everly Passes Away; NPR Premieres Rosanne Cash’s The River & The Thread; New Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | January 6th, 2014

  • The good folks of Australia have put together a petition asking Garth Brooks to include them in his upcoming world tour. 
  • Marshall Chapman will play a “chain-smoking, seen-it-all blues singer” in an upcoming Ryan Reynolds movie called Mississippi Grind.
  • Stream Rosanne Cash’s new album, The River & The Thread.
  • Trey Gray, a drummer who has worked with Brooks and Dunn, Faith Hill, and Jewel, is one of seven people profiled in Alive and Well, a new documentary about people affected by the neurodegenerative disorder Huntington’s Disease (Woody Guthrie is perhaps the most famous person to have been diagnosed with the disease).
  • Jewly Hight of CMT Edge wrote a descriptive feature about the newly remodeled Musicians Hall of Fame inside Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.
  • Frankie Ballard released the cover art and track list for his February 11 release, Sunshine & Whiskey.
  • Lady Antebellum released a behind-the-scenes teaser video for their upcoming Take Me Downtown Tour.
  • Taylor Swift is in hot water with her Rhode Island neighbors, who’ve complained that construction on her property is restricting the use of the public beach. The 1,481,900 concert tickets Swift sold in 2013, making her the year’s highest grossing country touring act, probably will help her get over it, however.
  • Eric Church released “Give Me Back My Hometown.” Listen to it and read a review on Saving Country Music.
  • Looks like Tim McGraw might unveil some new music on January 13.
  • After a four month hiatus, Music Fog is back with a new video: Guy Clark performing “El Coyote.”
  • Clay Walker: “Traditional country music died…I don’t think you’ll see this town record what we call ‘traditional’ country music ever again. I believe that era is completely over.”
  • Listen to the title track of Jason Eady’s new album, Daylight and Dark. 
  • George A. Collier, President of Aspirion Records and former executive for Decca, MCA, Atlantic and Arista, passed away on December 21 at the age of 69.
  • Wayne Mills finished recording a new album shortly before he was murdered in November. Saving Country Music has more information as well as the track listing.
  • Steel Guitar Hall of Fame member Johnny Sibert passed away on December 21 at the age of 80.
  • Nominate your favorites for the 12th Annual Texas Music Awards, scheduled for March 22.
  • Shooter Jennings is headed out on tour with his father’s backing band, Waymore’s Outlaws.
  • Abigail Rene Evans, daughter of Texas singer/songwriter John Evans and the subject of the documentary The Merch Girl, passed away on December 23 at the age of 20.
  • Kacey Musgraves credits Radney Foster with helping to convince her to move to Nashville.
  • New music videos from the past week or so: 

Driftwood“The Sun’s Going Down”

Sarah Blacker “Shiver” 

Michael Christopher “Keep It Country”

The Cadillac Three “The South”


  1. bob
    January 6, 2014 at 10:45 am

    RIP Phil Everly. I’ve been hooked on the music of the Everly Brothers since I heard “Bye Bye Love” in 1957 on one of the NYC rock stations. I finally got to see them in the mid 80’s at Westbury.

    Saving Country Music has a very interesting article on the brothers, “How Music Row & Acuff-Rose Killed The Everly Brothers”.

  2. Janice Brooks
    January 6, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Can’t recall the Everly’s being Opry Members.

  3. Luckyoldsun
    January 6, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Gee, can’t Montgomery Gentry make a new album and do a concert tour and have Eddie make some money and pay off some of that debt?

    Or are they officially washed up?

  4. Arlene
    January 6, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    @ Janice- The Everly Brothers were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1957. (Perhaps before you’d have a consious memory of it?)

    From Opry historian Fayfare’s Opry blog:

    On May 11, 1957, the Everly Brothers made their Opry debut. They joined the Opry during the period when rock and roll was putting a big hurt on the Opry and there was concerned that the Opry would even continue. Stories are told that on the nights that the Everly Brothers performed, that there would only be several hundred in the Opry house, but when it came time for the Everly Brothers to take the stage, hundreds of teenage fans would run into the Opry house to see their spot, but as soon as they did their songs, their fans would leave.

  5. Rick
    January 6, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    “El Coyote” was a co-write between Guy Clark and Noel McKay and Noel recorded it on his most recent album. I was lucky enough to see him sing it live with Brennen Leigh back in December when they were here in Los Angeles. Good stuff!

    I was unable to connect with WSM Online’s signal feed last Saturday night while trying to hear the Opry. I’m guessing that Polar Express weather system may have had something to do with it…

    That “Saving Country Music” article about the feud between the Everly’s and Acuff-Rose Publishing finally made me understand why their music career crapped out in the early 1960’s. What a shame and waste of talent that was. Crikey!

    I think there is a slight possibility that the Top 40 AirHead Country radio pendulum might swing back towards a traditional country sound. I’m guessing it’s just about as likely as Obama joining the Tea Party! (lol)

  6. Janice Brooks
    January 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

    thanks Arlene

Tagged In This Article

// // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // //

Current Discussion

  • Paige: Oh damn. :( I never commented here and I haven't been listening to any music at all since Thanksgiving (it …
  • Dave W.: Just read the news here. Will miss E145 very much - love this site. All the best to you Juli …
  • Leeann Ward: Oh, dang! This is real. Farewell to the most generous, informative, quality, intelligent, consistent, ethical country music blog! You …
  • bll: Thanks Juli for all the great articles and information; you'll be missed by me and I suss several others. Best …
  • Both Kinds of Music: I hope people appreciate the irony that one of the best "Americana" albums is titled Metamodern Sounds in COUNTRY Music.
  • Barry Mazor: I would not rule out that possibility..There's a different set of voters involved..
  • Dana M: Does anyone else think that Brandy Clark actually has a good chance of winning since this isn't a country awards …
  • Juli Thanki: UPDATE: Brandy Clark got a Best New Artist nom. BEST AMERICANA ALBUM: Rosanne Cash -- The River & The Thread John Hiatt -- Terms …
  • luckyoldsun: Glenn Campbell is great and I'd love to see him get an award, but the words of that song may …
  • Casey Penn: Juli, it was an honor to write for you here on You're good at what you do, and The …

Recently Reviewed Albums

  • walkerandthetexasdangers3
  • deadmanstown
  • tom t hall storytellers
  • paulthorntooblessed
  • duhksbeyondtheblue
  • kelleymickwee
  • sandrarhodes
  • candi staton