Radney Foster Revisits Del Rio, Texas 1959; AKUS to Play Hometown Benefit Shows; Album Releases

Juli Thanki | October 11th, 2011

  • On January 27-28, Radney Foster will celebrate the 20th anniversary of his album Del Rio, Texas 1959 by performing the album from top to bottom with his band, along with other hits and a new song. The subsequent live album, Del Rio Revisited: Live At the Paul Poag Theater, will be released in Spring 2012. Tickets go on sale at Foster’s site on November 13.
  • The members of Alison Krauss & Union Station are playing benefit shows in their hometowns to raise money for local organizations. Jerry Douglas explains how this idea came about: “We sat down as a band at the beginning of this tour and Alison said, ‘How would you guys feel about doing some shows for our hometowns and giving them the money?’ I was all over that.”
  • Hank Jr. recorded a song about his recent Fox and Friends/Monday Night Football controversy and posted it on his website yesterday as a free download for 48 hours.
  • Drive-By Truckers Patterson Hood, Brad Morgan, and Jay Gonzalez have been added to the lineup for a benefit concert to save music store Criminal Records.
  • Reba, Ricky Skaggs, Little Big Town, and Lonestar are heading across the pond to headline the International Festival of Country Music, which will be held during late February in London.
  • Saving Country Music stands up for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum after the cover of the latest XXX compilation depicts a tank on HoF grounds.
  • Martina McBride embarked on her whistle-stop tour to promote a new album; she’s keeping fans updated on her journey with a series of blog posts.
  • Album releases:

Johnny Cash Bootleg III: Live Around the World

Dale Watson & The Texas TwoThe Sun Sessions

Ryan Adams Ashes & Fire

Martina McBride Eleven

Lauren Alaina Wildflower

Crowe Brothers Bridging the Gap

Joe Henry Reverie

Scott Biram Bad Ingredients

Carolina Road Back to My Roots

Hunter Hayes Hunter Hayes

Clarence “Tater” Tate 20 Bluegrass Fiddle Classics

John Fahey Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You (Box Set)

Joey + Rory A Farmhouse Christmas

Gill Landry Piety & Desire

  1. Rick
    October 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the Hank Jr. download link! That song expresses a whole lot of the things I’ve been thinking about lately. Calling our country the United Socialist States of America under Obama is about as spot on as one can get. Go Hank!

    Its too bad Radney Foster isn’t doing that Del Rio Texas Revisited concert at Music City Roots. I’d love to see that streamed live, and especially for free! (Such a deal!)

    A benefit concert to save a record store huh? Talk about swimming upstream in the current marketplace. I went into my local Wherehouse Records the other day and they used to have an entire aisle dedicated to country music CDs. Now its down to a single rack and the next time I drop by that will probably be gone. Dedicated Music/Video stores are headed for extinction whether we like it or not, although I’m hoping online retailers will still offer CDs for years to come.

    OPRY Alert! Tonight’s Opry is yet another “special” show with a killer line-up. Artists scheduled to perform include Sara Evans, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Leeann Rimes, Chris Young, Eric Church, Montgomery Gentry, and Scotty McCreery with NO opry legends!!!!!! Grade A++++++!!!!
    Opry Schedule Link: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  2. luckyoldsun
    October 11, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    I’ve always liked Hank Jr.–even when he’s spouting off–because his songs like “A Country Boy Can Survive” or even “If the South Woulda Won” were at least well-crafted and good-natured–or,seemingly so. This latest effort is neither. He just seems bitter, humorless, and a tad incoherent. Why is he blaming “Fox and Friends”? Does he think they should have cut him off before he shot himself in the foot.? And ESPN? The classy thing would be to show gratitude to ABC/ESPN for putting him on for 20-plus years. Did he think it would last forever?

  3. Josh
    October 12, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Remember when Darryl Worley wrote and released this song two years ago, except he actually wrote it in a semi-coherently and clever manner, and it was still generally an awful song and a commercial flop? And how no one’s heard from him since?

    Hank is quickly making a caricature of himself. Sad to see given how talented he is, but it’s not like you can really feel sorry for the guy. He just kind of comes off as spoiled, angry and unlikable these days.

  4. Jon
    October 12, 2011 at 9:02 am

    Whoa, you totally missed the release of the Infamous Stringdusters’ We’ll Do It Live!

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