Pistol Annies Cancel Tour Dates; David Via Recovering From Assault; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | June 11th, 2013

  • David Via was attacked by a stranger over the weekend. He’s facing some serious medical costs and, with a broken jaw, he’ll be unable to perform for some time. Bluegrass Today has information on how you can help.
  • The CMA Music Festival crowd was underwhelmed by Lenny Kravitz.
  • Mumford & Sons had to postpone their next three shows so that bassist Ted Dwane can undergo emergency surgery to treat a blood clot on the surface of his brain.
  • Blair Garner will host America’s Morning Show on Nash FM 94.7 beginning later this month. Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney, Terri Clark, and Chuck Wicks have also signed on to co-host.
  • Want to read another article on the vinyl revival? The New York Times has you covered.
  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin talk about their fantastic forthcoming album, Bakersfield, with Chuck Dauphin of The 615.
  • Apple announced that their new streaming music service, iTunes Radio, will be launched in the fall.
  • Booker T. Jones will release his next album, Sound the Alarm, in two weeks on Stax Records.
  • On Sunday, Craig Morgan assisted first responders at the scene of a highway crash that involved three tractor-trailers.
  • Kelly Clarkson debuted a new song at CMA Fest last week. Listen to “Tie It Up” here.
  • We Are Tonight, Billy Currington’s next album, will be released on September 17.
  • The Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog premiered a new Court Yard Hounds song. “Are You Man Enough?” was co-written and produced by Ryan Adams.
  • This week’s album releases. As always, thank you to those who purchase stuff through our affiliate links; it helps us keep the lights on:

Court Yard Hounds – Sunshine (EP)

Jason Isbell Southeastern

Sturgill Simpson – High Top Mountain

Bonnie Whitmore There I Go Again (check out “Too Much Too Soon” here)

Aoife O’Donovan Fossils

Bob Schneider Burden of ProofDagger Beach

Mike Zito & The Wheel Gone to Texas

John Moreland In the Throes

Various Artists Now That’s What I Call Country, Vol. 6

  1. Dave D.
    June 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Re: “As always, thank you to those who purchase stuff through our affiliate links.” For those who may be as dense as me and didn’t know how to do this, all you have to do is click on the hyperlink next to the artist’s name.

    Sturgill Simpson, here we come.

  2. bob
    June 11, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I got a kick out of the last paragraph of the NY Times article on the vinyl revival:

    “We never expected the vinyl resurgence to become as crazy as it is,” he said. “But it’s come full circle. We get kids calling us up and telling us why they listen to vinyl, and when we ask them why they don’t listen to CDs, they say, ‘CDs? My dad listens to CDs — why would I do that?’ ”

  3. Barry Mazor
    June 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

    And once a new generation discovers how “great” five or ten year old scarred vinyl with scratches and skips sound, some hipster will suddenly “discover” the underestimated pleasures of that “forgotten” surprisingly excellent (despite what They Might Have Told You) medium called “the compact disc.” Like all the cool kids in the 1980s had. Be there or be square.

  4. Stuart Munro
    June 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I’m waiting for the great wax cylinder revival.

  5. Ken Morton, Jr.
    June 11, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    I’m waiting for the great wax cylinder revival.
    Stuart, we just need to figure out how to MacGyver some headphones into the thing and we’d be rollin’. :)

  6. Luckyoldsun
    June 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    That David Via story is truly bizarre.

    Thee was a newspaper article not long ago about musicians who give private “house concerts.” Apparently, it’s a phenomenon–but it’s typically done at upscale, estate-type homes, where the host can invite guests and make an event of it. Not the type of places where one would expect assault and battery to be part of the program–though the Bluegrass article omits any mention of where this took place.

    I don’t know how they can be so quick to conclude that it was a “random attack”–It will be interesting to see if the crime is solved. With video cameras pointing at anything and everything nowadays, hopefully they have some clues.

  7. nm
    June 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    But Stuart, how can you use a wax cylinder cover to help you roll a joint?

  8. Rick
    June 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s Opry features zero of the regular “Opry Legend” geriatric types! WooHoo! Pete Fisher must be paying attention to my posts here! (lol) Artists featured include Connie Smith (an Opry Legend to be sure, but not an Opry regular), Riders in the Sky (not geriatric, yet), Dailey and Vincent, Josh Thompson, Diamond Rio, Sara Haze, and Rascal Flatts. Grade: B (for the “Flatts Factor”)
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

    Before CD’s and digital recording came along LP albums could sound fantastic due to the analog recording techniques utilized. For me modern vinyl LP releases made from digital masters makes the entire exercise kind of pointless.

    It’s just a shame Vince Gill didn’t hire a solid male lead vocalist for his “Bakersfield” project. Oh well…

  9. Dana M
    June 11, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    I bought into that whole “vinyl sounds so much better” line people like to drop. But the LPs sounded ‘static-y’, it doesn’t have a clean clear sound like CDs or digital. The upside for me is that I can now listen to old albums from older artists. iTunes seems to only carry greatest hits for these older artists and not their entire work.

  10. Stuart Munro
    June 13, 2013 at 10:01 am


    I’m sure there’s an app for that.

  11. nm
    June 13, 2013 at 4:38 pm


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