Ralph Stanley Announces Farewell Tour; Birthplace of Country Music Museum Names Director; Free Ashleigh Flynn Download

Juli Thanki | June 27th, 2013

  • Ralph Stanley has announced that he’ll begin his final tour this October. The “Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Doctor’s Farewell” is scheduled to run through December 2014. (via press release)
  • Jewly Hight visited Nashville’s Woodlawn Cemetery, where George Jones, Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, Tammy Wynette, Marty Robbins, Porter Wagoner, and many, many more are buried.
  • On June 28, the Seldom Scene will play the free Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall.  The concert will serve as a “preview of Longtime…Seldom Scene, the group’s first album with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings (available in 2014).”
  • Della Mae was featured on Yahoo Music; the bluegrass group sat down for an interview and played a song from their new album.
  • The A.V. Club visited “Wonka-like factory” Third Man Records in Nashville. (warning: autoplay)
  • Mavis Staples was featured on Talk of the Nation. She talks about her lengthy career, her new album, and reveals that she wants to record a country album. You can listen to her new record here.
  • Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors announced a string of new tour dates.
  • The Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack (produced by T Bone Burnett and the Coen Brothers) will include Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, and Chrises Thile and Eldridge, along with a few of the film’s actors.
  • John Lawless of Bluegrass Today wrote a post on the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival and Candi Sawyer, who runs the annual bluegrass event while also coping with multiple sclerosis.
  • In late July, Liverpool will host an Americana Weekend, which will include workshops and performances by bands like Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys.
  • Jessica Turner, a professor at Virginia Intermont College, has been named director and head curator of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, which is slated to open in August 2014.
  • Stream Iron & Wine’s “Rattling Bone” from The Lone Ranger: Wanted, which comes out next week.
  1. Rick
    June 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    Have any of you noticed the recent drastic changes at “The Boot”? I was confused as to why they had become so close to “Taste of Country” recently, so I did a little sleuthing and found the reason why:

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/02/townsquare-media-acquires-shuttered-aol-music-sites-and-comicsalliance/

    The Boot had its own unique personality due to the writers involved, so who knows how much it will change with different ownership. Time well tell…

    Oh great, another T-Bone & Coen Brothers soundtrack album project. Somehow I’m not expecting another “O Brother” level of success this go round.

    Ronnie Dunn and Sammy Hagar eh? This factoid tidbit does much to elevate my opinion of Kix Brooks.

  2. Barry Mazor
    June 27, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    My friend Stephen Betts (former editor of Country Music Today magazine) was responsible for a lot of the good stuff on the AOL Boot site. Everyone was booted a few weeks back.

  3. Bruce
    June 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    That’s kinda sad but the way of the world I’m afraid.

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