Radney Foster’s Next Record Due in May; Watch How to Write a Banjo Concerto Trailer; New Album Releases

Juli Thanki | March 18th, 2014

  • A third person died from injuries sustained in last week’s SXSW tragedy.
  • Radney Foster will release Everything I Should Have Said on his own Devil’s River label May 13. (via press release)
  • Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison announced a bunch of tour dates; according to a post on Willis’ Facebook page, the duo is gearing up to release another album, which is some damn fine news indeed.
  • Watch the trailer for new documentary How to Write a Banjo Concerto. (The first step in writing a banjo concerto: be Bela Fleck.)  The film will be screened later this month at the Green Mountain Film Festival in Vermont.
  • You’ve got a little less than 24 hours to download Chris King’s 1983 for free.
  • Attention, collectors and wealthy eccentrics: a cape made for Elvis Presley to wear during his Aloha from Hawaii show is going up for auction. Presley didn’t actually wear it during the show; during rehearsals, he found the 12-pound, bejeweled cape too heavy.
  • John Carter Cash talks about his father’s “lost” album, Out Among the Stars (you can stream the record here), in this interview posted on TheDailyBeast.com.
  • Next month’s ACM Awards, hosted by the worst pairing since Leopold and Loeb, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, will be broadcast live in Australia on the morning of April 7.
  • Bill Anderson, Del McCoury, Ketch Secor, and Ricky Skaggs are among the artists who shared their Opry memories with Garden & Gun.
  • Stream Robby Hecht’s new, self-titled album and/or ATO Records’ upcoming salute to the ‘80s output of Bob Dylan (the compilation features Langhorne Slim, Dawn Landes, and others).
  • Brandy Clark will appear on Ellen Thursday. (via press release)
  • John Marks, SiriusXM’s senior director of country music programming, on the difference between satellite and terrestrial radio playlists: “[The] metrics are a little bit different. We have a little more freedom to be able to stretch the boundaries of what would be conventional in country music. And because Highway listeners are paying for the experience, it’s becoming expected that we provide, as a part of that service, a curated list of music that is typically not available in any other radio outlet. We work to achieve that by just trying to find the best new and interesting music that we can from whatever source happens to provide it at the time.”
  • Peggy Seeger talks about her brother and folk music in this Chicago Sun-Times interview.
  • Breaking Grass has signed with Mountain Fever Records. The band will release a new album this summer. (via press release)
  • One John Prine concert at Chicago’s Symphony Center, two reviews.
  • When Clinch Mountain Boy Dewey Brown III isn’t backing Ralph Stanley, he’s running his own music store and teaching young fiddle players in Graham, North Carolina.
  • This week’s album releases (thank you for helping support E145 by purchasing your music through the below affiliate links):

Ronnie Milsap Summer Number Seventeen

Ray Price Beauty Is… (EP)

E-and’a – E-and’a

Jessi Colter Live from Cain’s Ballroom

Luther Dickinson Rock ‘n Roll Blues

Lost and Nameless Empty Spaces

Eliza Gilkyson The Nocturne Diaries

Nick Moss Band Time Ain’t Free

Sandra Rhodes Where’s Your Love Been?

Jo Dee Messina Me

Riley Etheridge, Jr. The Straight and Narrow Way

John Oates Good Road to Follow

Dex Romweber Duo Images 13

Judy Collins – Live in Ireland

Waylon Jennings – Right for the Time (Remembered)

Shooter Jennings – The Other Live

  • And a book:

Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry

  1. Jack Williams
    March 18, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I just checked the Birchmere website for the Kelly/Bruce show, because I knew I saw it on the schedule recently. I missed them last year and was glad for the second chance. Turns out Dale Watson and the Lonestars are opening for them. I am there!

  2. luckyoldsun
    March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    “hosted by the worst pairing since Leopold and Loeb, Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton…”

    That’s pretty sick.
    I wish I came up with it. lol

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