Preview New Randy Travis Album; T Bone Burnett to Receive Maestro Award; James King Plans Sept. 30 Album Release

Juli Thanki | September 18th, 2013

  • Old Crow Medicine Show was officially inducted into the Opry last night. If you don’t have New Year’s Eve plans, the band is scheduled to play the Ryman December 30-31.
  • Preview Randy Travis’ new album, Influence, Vol. 1: The Man I Am.
  • Barry Mazor writes about Americana for The Wall Street Journal. The annual awards show is being held at the Ryman tonight; any predictions?
  • The town of Okemah, Oklahoma has developed plans to rebuild Woody Guthrie’s boyhood home: The estimated $500,000 rebuild of Guthrie’s childhood home will use original planks salvaged from the run-down property called London House, which was purchased by prominent local businessman Earl Walker in the early 1960s. According to the article, organizers hope to raise funds through donations; Kris Kristofferson is doing a benefit show in mid-October.
  • This Jason Isbell cover story Andrew Leahey wrote for American Songwriter is a damn good one.
  • T Bone Burnett will receive the Maestro Award at this year’s Billboard/Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference in late October.
  • A South Carolina woman stabbed her roommate, who allegedly wouldn’t stop playing the Eagles. In unsurprising news, the police report notes that “everyone was intoxicated at the time of the assault.” No word on which Eagles songs were being played, though.
  • Listen to Willie Nelson and Norah Jones duet on “Walkin’,” a cut from Nelson’s forthcoming album, To All the Girls… (due out October 15).
  • James King will release Three Chords and the Truth, a record of his take on country songs written by folks like Hank Williams, Harlan Howard, Billy Joe Shaver, on Rounder Records September 30. (via press release)
  • Jim White was on BBC Radio 6’s The Tom Robinson Show. Listen here.
  • Brian T. Atkinson interviewed Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay for CMT Edge.
  • The Oak Ridge Boys announced dates for their annual holiday tour.
  • Linda Ronstadt was interviewed by Terry Gross for Fresh Air.
  • Robbie Robertson talks with CMT Edge’s Stephen Deusner about The Band and his new children’s book.
  • Robbie Fulks: “I’ve been really lucky. I think that’s sort of come with the territory of not having much of an audience in a way…On my first couple of records there was definite input from Bloodshot and from Geffen on what to do, but from the fourth record on, I haven’t had any of that input. I’ve just been totally doing what I want to do. I think if I had some sort of hypothetical choice between those two, like having a big audience and an easier life, but not being able to do exactly what I wanted to do, I like to think that I might choose the way that I’ve done it.”
  • The annual Gram Parsons Guitar Pull and Tribute Festival begins on Friday in Waycross, Georgia.
  1. Jack Williams
    September 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Think I would have went with the solo(s) from “Texas Flood” over “Pride and Joy” for SRV, but fair enough.

    One of my all-time favorites is from Johnny Winter’s Be Careful with a Fool from his debut album

  2. Rick
    September 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Because of the aforementioned Americana Awards show tonight Music City Roots has moved their show to tomorrow night for this week only. What I’m really looking forward to is MCR’s “Aussies Only” show next week which takes advantage of the Australian artists who flew in for the Americana Festival goings on. The fact that Catherine Britt and Bill Chambers will be featured makes that an absolute “must listen” episode! (Well, for me anyway…lol)

    As for the guitar solo list, I’d add the entirety of the picking on the Merle Travis song “Merle’s Boogie Woogie”. Talk about flying fingers! Crikey mate! (lol)

    Last night’s Opry half-hour closing segment with Old Crow Medicine Show was great! It’s so rare to hear really rousing country music on the Opry these days. Eddie Stubbs even let Bob Harris of the BBC do hosting duties for a segment as Bob’s in town for the Americana Festival.

    ABC’s new season of “Nashville” starts one week from tonight! WooHoo! Go Scarlett! (lol)

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