Prine Diagnosed with Lung Cancer; Ralph and Nathan Stanley Plan Gospel Release; Nicki Bluhm Plays Conan

Juli Thanki | November 22nd, 2013

  • John Prine was diagnosed with lung cancer. Doctors caught it early and Prine will undergo surgery next month (his mid-December shows in Louisville have been postponed).
  • Ralph Stanley and grandson Nathan are working on a gospel album.
  • Peter Cooper’s new column is a heartbreaker: Tonight was supposed to be George Jones’ farewell concert. He was in on the planning, agreeing last year that he’d be at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena for days of rehearsals, and for dozens of interviews. His wife and constant companion of three decades, Nancy Jones, thought it strange that her husband — normally reluctant to practice or gab — was saying a quick “yes” at each of his publicist’s numerous requests for November of 2013. “I said, ‘Why are you agreeing to everything?’ ” Nancy Jones remembers. “He said, ‘’Cause I’m not going to be here. I’m going to agree to anything they ask. Promise me you’ll make a tribute show out of it, and I’ll see it from heaven.’ ”
  • Listen to a brief clip of Carrie Underwood singing “The Sound of Music.”
  • Alan Jackson is donating one of his boats, a fully restored 1955 Chris-Craft Semi-Enclosed boat he named Flat Top, to the Antique Boat Museum in Clayton, New York.
  • The Dave Rawlings Machine’s Knoxville show looks – and sounds – like it was an excellent night of music.
  • Dwight Yoakam, Travis Tritt, Dierks Bentley and Alabama will appear on CMT’s Artists of the Year special celebrating Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Hunter Hayes, and Tim McGraw. (warning: autoplay)
  • Linda Thompson and Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer are among the nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, which will be held in London February 19.
  • The Ballad of Shovels & Rope, a documentary about the Americana duo, is currently in the works thanks to The Moving Picture Boys, who’ve been filming Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent since 2011.
  • The 12th Annual March Mandolin Festival will be in Concord, N.H. March 7-9.
  • Check out the teaser for Doug Paisley’s Strong Feelings, which is scheduled for release on January 21.
  • Authentic Brands Group has purchased Elvis Presley’s intellectual property from Core Media Group.
  • Kellie Pickler’s new album, The Woman I Am, came in at No. 4 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, having sold 16,000 records in its first week out.
  • Norah Jones and Billie Joe Armstrong talk about their Everly Brothers tribute record in this Paste feature.
  1. tncheesehead
    November 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Though not a record setting first week of sales #’s I sure hope Kellie Pickler has the fan base to maintain her recording career – I have really enjoyed her last few albums and look forward to what she does without the constraints of a major label in the future.

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