Ralph Stanley Turns 87; Reba, Loretta, and Bobby Bare to Play Johnny Cash Music Fest; New Album Releases
- Ralph Stanley (who turns 87 today) celebrated his birthday with a concert last Saturday.
- Singer Penny DeHaven passed away on Sunday. She was 65.
- Bluegrass Today reports that Craig Wood, who was arrested for abducting and murdering 10-year old Hailey Owens, was part of the Springfield, Missouri bluegrass scene. Local music store The Acoustic Shoppe is raising funds for the Hailey Owens Memorial Fund if you’d like to donate.
- Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay played “Breaking Up is Easy” for CMT Edge.
- In April, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, and The Band Perry will appear at Celebrity Fight Night, which, as it turns out, is a charity event and not an actual boxing match, so you won’t get to see Reba—Fight Night’s longtime emcee –TKO both Perry brothers even though we all know she totally could.
- Reba, Bobby Bare, and Loretta Lynn will headline the fourth annual Johnny Cash Music Festival on August 15 in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
- Creative Loafing Atlanta takes a look at Alejandro Escovedo’s “punk melting pot.”
- Davis Inman (American Songwriter) selected five Chicago songwriters you need to hear. I’m digging Matt Campbell.
- Trisha Yearwood told the Chicago Sun-Times about her solo tour and her marriage, which is “so truly happy it makes you want to puke.”
- Audio restoration engineer Michael Graves, who’s worked for labels like the historically-focused Dust-to-Digital, talks about his work in this interesting piece broadcast last week on WABE.
- The 2013 MusiCares Person of the Year concert saluting Bruce Springsteen will be released on DVD March 25; it includes performances by Neil Young, Jackson Browne, and Kenny Chesney.
- American Songwriter premiered Alana Amram & The Rough Gems’ “People Like to Talk.”
- Robert Loss wrote a fine feature on Lydia Loveless for PopMatters.
- Maggie Rose is the American Songwriter Writer of the Week.
- Dierks Bentley discusses Riser with Chuck Dauphin of The 615.
- “Folkboat soon will be making another run/The Folkboat promises something for everyone.”
- Guitarist Grant Gordy has left the David Grisman Quintet; Gordy, who is based in New York City, is now playing in several different projects, including a band with Darol Anger and Joe Walsh.
- This week’s album releases (thank you for supporting E145 by purchasing music through our affiliate links below):
Dierks Bentley – Riser
Levi Lowrey – Levi Lowrey
D. Charles Speer & The Helix – Doubled Exposure
The Far West – Any Day Now
Wyatt Easterling – Goodbye-Hello
David G. Smith – One House
Cowboy Dave – Driven Man
- A DVD:
- And a couple books:
Patrick Huber, Steve Goodson and David M. Anderson (editors) – The Hank Williams Reader
Michael Streissguth – Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville (now in paperback)
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- Jack Williams: There's "Eight More Miles To Louisville", where Portland is referred to as Portland East.
- nm: Of course, Bangor is also mentioned in "I've Been Everywhere."
- Stuart Munro: As if that's what this discussion is doing, Barry. I'm for the online commenters thinking about and discussing the music …
- bob: Agree on King of the Road. There's another song that mentions Maine, "A Tombstone Every Mile" recorded by Dick Curless …
- Barry Mazor: I'm sure there are many ways to lasso in and constrict any genre or format, any of them, so …
- Stuart Munro: I'm not sure that there hasn't been a shift in the meaning of the term "Americana" as originally used and …
- luckyoldsun: Given that the word "Americana" is a fairly common word that has been in use for decades--generally used to describe …
- Jack Williams: Fair enough, Stuart. My own purely personal view is that the term Americana is the successor term to Alt.Country …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I do like the warmth to Jack's voice. It's too bad that he didn't record more of his own …